Party Planned for Eastern Market Reopening

$22M renovations on schedule

WASHINGTON -- Renovations to the burned Eastern Market are on schedule, so the city is planning a party for its reopening.

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty announced Thursday that the ribbon-cutting ceremony has been scheduled for June 26 with a community celebration the following day.

Vendors will be guided through the relocation process beginning next month. They currently are set up at a temporary location.

Fire tore through the market in April 2007. City officials pledged to rebuild, and the renovations are costing $22 million, Fenty said.

"I am proud that the District has upheld its commitment to reviving Eastern Market as quickly as humanly possible, in addition to meeting our pledge to its vendors and consumers by rebuilding with minimal interruption to the market’s daily and weekend operations," Fenty said.

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