West Side Clean-Up Nearly Complete

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The city of Cleveland said it’s full steam ahead, continuing its efforts to restore the historic West Side Market to full operation, two weeks after flames forced the landmark to close.

City officials, as well as Osborn Engineering, conducted a follow-up structural assessment Monday. The Department of Public Works said the clean-up by Restore X will be completed by Tuesday morning.

Public Works officials will now work with the market’s tenants association to explain the next steps to the vendors.

Cleveland leaders said final inspections have not yet taken place, and approval to reopen will require that. And prior to the restocking of individual stands, all food contact surfaces, equipment and utensils will still have to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

The work all stems from that overnight fire on January 30 near Sebastian’s meat counter.

The investigation into an exact cause of the fire is still open.

The West Side Market’s main house will remain closed until further notice.

No date has been set on when the market will reopen.