Farmers and food wholesalers, once enthused at the grand plans to give Syracuse's Regional Market a $25 million face-lift, now think the renovation to begin next spring will change the market too dramatically.
All but one of the market's current collection of 11 warehouses and three sheds, built in 1938 as a public works project, are to be demolished. In their place, an architectural firm will put two new warehouses, a fountain and bandstand and glass-enclosed shops, if the state approves selling bonds to raise the money.
Nineteen wholesalers now use the warehouses; 175 growers run a retail market out of the sheds on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. But 75 vendors have signed a petition questioning renovations and asking for a stronger voice in discussions that, up to now, have been dominated by architects and urban planners.