Farmers Market Relocation

Momentum Midland has withdrawn its request for the City of Midland to review the Putnam Park area as a potential site for a new Farmers Market. Click here for more.

Original Idea
Momentum Midland has requested that the City of Midland undertake a review of the Putnam Park area as a potential site for a new, upgraded Farmers Market facility. Momentum Midland describes themselves as a local collaborative effort dedicated to building on Midland’s existing features and assets to enhance economic development and quality of life in the area. Their request to consider relocating the Farmers Market builds upon a series of previous local studies, including the Project for Public Spaces “What if we built Midland around Places” report of June 2006; the Hamilton Anderson “downtown Midland” report of November 2007; and the Michigan Municipal League “PlacePlan Growing Markets, Growing Downtown” report of September 2014.

This web page will serve as a resource for information on the proposed project. Information will be provided as it becomes available.

Staff Reports:
City Council Meeting - 7-27-15

Parks & Recreation Meeting - 9-1-15


Date/Time Location
Parks and Recreation Commission
Sept. 1, 7 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
Downtown Development Authority
Sept. 9, 3 p.m.
City Hall Council Chanbers

Open House - Traffic Study Findings

Sept. 16, 5:30-7 p.m.

City Hall Council Chambers

Planning Commission

Sept. 22, 7 p.m.

Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Auditorium, 1710 W. St. Andrews Rd.

Special City Council Meeting - CANCELLED

Oct. 19, 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting - 7-27-15
Parks & Recreation Meeting - 9-1-15
Downtown Development Authority Meeting - 9-9-15
Traffic Study Meeting - 9-16-15
Downtown Development Authority
The Downtown Development Authority board asked downtown property or business owners and people who work or live downtown about the proposed Farmers Market and its importance to the downtown community. Below are findings from the survey.

Traffic Study
A traffic study has been conducted to evaluate current traffic operations at the intersections around the proposed market site; to predict traffic volumes generated by background growth and the extended market; and to identify road improvements needed to allow the street network to accommodate the future traffic.  Below is the traffic study including two maps of the area reviewed.

Previous Meeting Videos

Boards and Commissions:

City Council:

Previous Studies

Public Input Opportunities

Boards and Commissions:
Several City boards and commissions have been directed by City Council to consider components of the Momentum Midland request. These components include whether Putnam Park can and should be used for farmer's market purposes; the importance of locating the market in downtown Midland; and the technical feasibility of locating a farmer's market at this site. Each board and commission will hold one or more public hearings on the proposal. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend and participate at these meetings by sharing their input on the proposed plan.

The next board and commission meetings at which the proposal will be considered are as follows:

  • Parks & Recreation Commission:  Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 7 p.m. - City Hall Council Chambers
    • The Parks and Recreation Commission discussion will focus on whether or not Putnam Park can be used for farmer's market purposes and, if so, whether or not there is a need for this area to be preserved for some other form of parks and recreation use.
  • Downtown Development Authority (DDA):  Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 3 p.m. - City Hall Council Chambers
    • The DDA discussion will focus on whether or not there is a benefit to the downtown area in having the Farmers Market located in or adjacent to the downtown. Also discussed will be whether the proposed location is more, less, or equally beneficial to the downtown than is the current Farmers Market location.
  • Planning Commission:  Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7 p.m. - Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Auditorium   
    • The Planning Commission discussion will focus on the ability of the proposed site to accommodate a farmer's market. This review will include consideration of a traffic study evaluating needed changes to the Poseyville Road Bridge and surrounding road network. Parking, parcel size, and conceptual design of the market will also be discussed by the commission.
Traffic Study Open House
As part of the process to review a request from Momentum Midland regarding the Farmers Market, the City of Midland will host an open house to present the results of a traffic study performed near the Poseyville Bridge.

  • Open House:  Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 5:30-7 p.m. - City Hall Council Chambers
    • A short presentation will be provided at the beginning of the open house. This will be an opportunity for residents to learn the results of and ask questions related to the traffic study. Traffic study results will likely be posted on the City’s website by September 15.

Additional Links

Comments may be submitted in writing to:  City Manager's Office, 333 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640; via email; or in person at a public hearing.