Traditional market houses offer a wide range of foods, from produce to baked goods to dairy.

But the Meadville Market House can’t do so with its existing electrical system, according to Mark Gorman, director of the French Creek Project, which manages the house.

Gorman told the Market House Authority at a Friday meeting that a needs assessment has begun to determine the current and future electrical needs of the Market Street building, and that will tell managers just what must be done to make the Market House able to live up to its potential.

Gorman said an electric oven bought by Creative Crust, a new bakery at the Market House, is unusable because the electrical system doesn’t have enough power to run it.

That, and the possibility of having large coolers to hold dairy and other goods, necessitates the upgrade of the system. He said Penelec will finalize the power assessment next week, and that can be taken to electrical contractors to get prices.

The electrical survey will be meshed with an overall conceptual plan to be conducted next year, Gorman said, which will study the entire house and how it can be best utilized.

Gorman also noted as the conceptual plan and changes move forward, the French Creek Project plans to hire a near-full-time market manager to oversee the day-to-day operations in lieu of project staff. He said that would be more cost-effective for such duties, and would probably be done next year.



Gary Johnson can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at gjohnson@meadvilletribune.com

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