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Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) Questions Boston Public Market Impact on Local Stores


Continuing its public outreach efforts, the Boston Public Market presented this week to the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC).

Expected to open in Summer 2015, the Boston Public Market will be located in the currently vacant ground floor of the MassDOT Parcel 7 garage at 136 Blackstone Street, on the corner of Hanover Street next to Haymarket and along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Boston Public Market is expected to include a Market Hall with space for about 50 vendors selling local Massachusetts and New England food products. A restaurant and education / display space is also included as part of the plan. The non-profit BPMA has raised over $9 million toward the $15 million project. The State of Massachusetts has contributed $4 million to the project and has budgeted additional funding.

Members of the Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) asked about how the new marketplace would impact North End stores, such as bakeries, butchers and small market shops. BPMA responded that their offerings will be limited to that grown/sourced in the local area and BRA studies have shown public markets can act as a magnet to attract more tourists to an area.

Please view the video above to hear the full presentation and discussion at the meeting.

More information can be found at the BPMA’s website,