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City Market Vendors React to Council-Approved Redesign

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A big crowd showed up for Charlottesville’s City Market Saturday morning - just days after City Council decided to move forward with plans for a brand new design.

City Council decided this week to move forward with the Market Plaza design. That would mean a new, mixed-use facility at the city-owned parking lot on Water Street where City Market currently resides.

NBC29 talked to vendors at City Market Saturday and there were mixed reactions about the plans to redesign the Water Street area.

"It'll be kind of difficult in the in-between stages when they're building the new location and that we're kind of unsure about, but as long as they keep making sure the market's there, we're fine with that,” said Carmen Rucker, a vendor.

The plans, widely supported by City Council members this week, include a multi-use building. That means the market would stay, but would take on a new environment.

Dixie Kason and her uncle Jack have been running a produce stand at City Market for more than four decades. They're not happy about the new proposal.

"I don't like it moving at all. Why can't we stick with what everybody's used to is what I feel, and I don't see the point in moving it really,” said Kason.

But the uncertain future of City Market didn't stop people from coming out in big numbers.

The next step is for City Council to start negotiating some contracts for the project - but change is definitely in the works.

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