NEW BERLIN — An artist rendering of how a new home for the New Berlin Farmers Market might look in the New Berlin City Center is now available.
The farmers market shelter would be east of a PDQ gas station/convenience store proposed for the southeast corner of National Avenue and Coffee Road at 15055 W. National Ave. The market site would offer 18 parking spaces, under the plan.
However, Michael Skupien who operates the market for the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, said 18 spaces is not enough. On a busy summer Saturday, the market could attract 70 or 80 shoppers, he said.
New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament said plans are still in flux. However, the market will have at least as much parking as it does now, if not more, he said.
Although the New Berlin Plan Commission is slated to consider the farmers market on Thursday, March 30, consideration likely will be put off until April 13, when both it and the PDQ can be considered together. A hearing on the PDQ will be held March 30.
Currently, the market sets up Saturday mornings in the parking lot of the New Berlin Police Station.
The city center farmers market shelter would consist of heavy timber construction. It could be built in phases as interest increases,
with the first phase consisting of an 80-foot by 65-foot structure and a 60-foot by 25-foot pergola structure west of the shelter. The pergola is envisioned as a formal entry to the market.
A smaller 20-foot by 20-foot pergola structure also is proposed for the corner of Library Lane and Michelle Witmer Drive to create a formal entry and focal point for a landscaped area. That area could accommodate food cart vendors or small gatherings, a PDQ spokesman said.
Outdoor seating would be provided beside a granite pathway and surrounded by shortgrass prairie.