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Easton Public Market receives grant funding for new plaza to complement parking garage

Easton Public Market

The Easton Public Market at 325 Northampton St. in Easton.

As Easton’s new Fourth Street parking garage is just starting to be constructed, a new outdoor plaza for the Easton Public Market is now in the works to join it.

The project was announced on Monday after State Senator Lisa Boscola secured a $300,000 grant through the Keystone Communities Program that went to the Greater Easton Development Partnership, which oversees the market. The Church Street Pedestrian Plaza & Exterior Improvements initiative is part of the garage project.

The whole project is slated for a May 2022 completion date, Easton Public Works Director David Hopkins said back in March. The garage itself will add 505 new parking spaces to downtown over six floors over concrete. The plaza will add some ambience and leisure to the buildings that front Church Street, namely the public market, with furniture and fixtures to be provided by the GEDP.

“State funding for the Church Street Pedestrian Plaza and improvements to the Easton Public Market will have a positive economic impact on the City of Easton,” Boscola said in the release. “The Keystone Communities Program does a tremendous job making investments throughout Pennsylvania that improve our quality of life and foster economic growth and this project will definitely accomplish that goal for residents and visitors to the City of Easton.”

According to a statement from the GEDP, the funding will allow the market to open up an entrance on Bank Street to accommodate customers during the construction on the Church Street side of the building.

“We are grateful to the state, and the Senator and her team, for supporting the plaza project and outdoor improvements to Easton Public Market and the Bank Street corridor,” said Jared Mast, the executive director of the GEDP, in the statement. “These enhanced public spaces will not only improve the customer experience at the public market, but also provide additional amenities for Downtown Easton residents and visitors.”

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Connor Lagore may be reached at clagore@njadvancemedia.com.