For Immediate Release - August 04, 2011


BOSTON - Thursday, August 4, 2011 - Governor Deval L. Patrick today signed Executive Order 535 establishing the Public Market Commission. The Commission's primary responsibilities will be to define and protect the mission of a public market in downtown Boston; work with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for and select a day-to-day operator of the market; and monitor the financial health of the market on an ongoing basis.

"The Commonwealth's farms and waters produce wonderful things, and I look forward to the efforts of this Commission to bring these treasures to the new Market," said Governor Patrick.

In June, the Patrick-Murray Administration released a comprehensive implementation plan to help state and city officials work with Massachusetts farmers and food producers to design, build and manage a successful year-round public market in downtown Boston. That report, researched and written by New York firm Project for Public Spaces, recommended that an oversight committee be created to "guide the mission, development and operations of the public market."

The Commission is comprised of nine members with demonstrated interest, experience or expertise in the production and sale of fresh, local foods and seafood; real estate development; and/or community planning. The Commission is chaired by Department of Agriculture Resources Commissioner Scott J. Soares and includes representatives from the below state, city and community entities:

  • The Executive Office for Administration and Finance;
  • The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs;
  • The Massachusetts Department of Transportation;
  • The Massachusetts State Senate;
  • The Massachusetts House of Representatives;
  • The City of Boston;
  • The Boston Redevelopment Authority; and
  • The Rose M. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Commission members serve on a voluntary basis and are appointed for two-year terms.

"A vibrant public market in Boston can be the hub for all we are doing to encourage healthy eating of locally-produced foods from our city, our state and our region. I look forward to working with Governor Patrick and his Administration to create one of the best public markets in the country," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Once established, the market will be centrally located on the first floor of 136 Blackstone Street, adjacent the Haymarket MBTA subway and bus stop which provides Green and Orange Line service, as well as access to 16 bus lines. The space, also known as Parcel 7, is currently owned by MassDOT. Consistent with the market's implementation plan, this project will create dozens of construction jobs in the near future and up to 200 permanent jobs when the market opens.

"I thank Governor Patrick for his leadership on this project and I am excited to get to work with my fellow commission members so we can get this market open as soon as possible. It will be a wonderful community asset for the Commonwealth and the City of Boston," said Commissioner Soares.


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