Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle and Sen. Joseph E. Robach, R-Greece, recently announced that they secured $1M in state funding for the development of a new, permanent home for the Brighton Farmers Market — which is part of the town of Brighton’s four-phase redevelopment of 1435 Westfall Road at Buckland Park.
Morelle and Robach each contributed $500,000 in capital funding to the project.
“The Brighton Farmers Market is one of the many tremendous offerings that continues to contribute to our community’s high quality of life and make Brighton a truly wonderful place to call home,” said Morelle. “I am proud to have secured funding that will allow the Market to expand and increase access to locally-grown foods, promote environmental sustainability, and continue to support the growth of agribusiness throughout our community. I thank Sen. Robach for his collaboration in this effort, and I thank Supervisor Moehle and the town of Brighton for their continued partnership and commitment to the success of this project.”
“Whether you go for the fresh produce, desserts or just to see your neighbors, we all love visiting the Brighton Farmers’ Market,” said Robach. “I am pleased to work with Majority Leader Morelle and the town of Brighton to deliver this state funding that will help build a permanent farmers’ market for our community to enjoy year-round. This state-of-the-art facility will provide added convenience for Brightonians and will support our local farms and agriculture industry, which are critically important to our economy.”
“The Brighton Farmers Market is a community asset, serving hundreds of residents from Brighton and throughout the area every Sunday, providing a convenient source for locally and sustainably produced foods,” said Supervisor Bill Moehle. “This project will enhance the Market and support new community activity in Buckland Park. I am grateful to Majority Leader Morelle and Sen. Robach for their continued support of the Brighton Farmers Market.”
The town of Brighton has implemented a four-phase redevelopment of 1435 Westfall Road at Buckland Park. The town’s goal for this parcel is to redevelop it into a new home for the farmers market in order to enable residents to connect with local farmers.
Currently, the town operates a summer farmers market at the Brighton High School parking lot. The high school is centrally located and readily accessible by town residents. However, this location lacks amenities such as electricity, shelter during inclement weather, restrooms and there are conflicting uses of the parking area.
The town also operates a Winter Farmers Market at the Brookside School gymnasium, which is too small to properly support the winter market. The new Buckland Park site will initially house the winter market.
The redevelopment project at Buckland Park will provide amenities currently absent at the high school and Brookside, eliminate conflicts and is readily accessible to town residents.
Once completed, the project will include the renovation and extension of current facilities on the parcel. In addition, the complete project will include the development of an existing structure at the site as a performance and events space, a concrete sidewalk for pedestrians, a bike shelter, bio-retention island to capture and harvest stormwater, an asphalt parking area, an access control gate, ADA compliance parking area, a pedestrian plaza, a pavilion and planting of native trees and plants.