Cleaning to Start Sunday at West Side Market

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West Side Market

CLEVELAND — The Department of Public Works has entered into a contract with RestorX MD to clean the 100-year-old West Side Market in the aftermath of the fire.

The contract will cost approximately $276,000 and the work, which is scheduled to start on Sunday, February 3, will take approximately five to 10 days.

The fire that closed the West Side Market this week is keeping many vendors away from their jobs.

Fortunately, on Friday, several produce stands reopened after being given the all-clear from the city. The produce section is in a separate building, located north of the Market House, which remains closed.

Here’s the list of vendors that are open as of 2/1/13:

– DeCaro Produce

– Greg’s Produce

– Harb Produce

– Iskander Produce

– Tony’s Produce

There are several West Side Market fundraisers:

Market Garden Brewery & Distillery on W. 25th: “At 4pm, we will begin serving the Market Recovery Lager. $1 of every beer sold will be donated to the Market Vendors Association to help make up for all of their losses.”

 – The Happy Dog on W. 58th & Detroit: “We’ll be donating one dollar for every dog sold this weekend to help the vendors and their employees out. Here’s hoping the clean-up goes well & they’re open for business soon!”

The Charter One Foundation issued a $10,000 grant to Ohio City Inc., the community development organization partnering with the City of Cleveland through the West Side Market Centennial Fund to support West Side Market vendors affected by a loss of business while the market remains closed.

Flames erupted Wednesday morning at Sebastian’s Meats, destroying that stand and nearby Foster’s Meats.

“It’s gone. The stand is gone,” Brian Foster said. “Didn’t know what to think, honestly, just the amount of damage it did to the two stands was horrendous.”

The blaze also cracked a column and left the northwest end of the market covered in ash and soot.

While the investigation is still ongoing, the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, said Maureen Harper, chief of communications for the City of Cleveland.

*For additional coverage on the West Side Market fire, click HERE.

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