Freeman: Easton Public Market to receive $200k state grant

Financing will support upgrades to facility scheduled to open in fall

HARRISBURG, May 27 – State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, said the Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved a $200,000 state grant for infrastructure improvements to the Easton Public Market, a multivendor indoor food market scheduled to open this fall.

“The funding is a key piece to making the market a year-round showpiece for downtown Easton,” Freeman said. “It is an exciting project, and I commend the Greater Easton Development Partnership and all involved for advancing the project.”

Freeman said the grant will go toward connecting the projected 25 independent food and retail businesses to needed utilities and upgrading electrical capacity at the former Weller Health Education Center at 325 Northampton St.

“The money also will be used to help design air-flow units to serve the food vendors, who will feature the best in regional food,” Freeman said. “The Phase II funding comes at the right time with recent news reports that nearly a dozen vendors, leasing more than half the space, have been lined up for the facility.”

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent state agency that evaluates and administers funding for projects that create jobs and improve cultural and recreational assets.