BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market is moving ahead with its plan to purchase the Planet Gas Station to create about 30 new parking spots.
Representatives from the farmers' market are scheduled to go before the Development Review Board on Wednesday, Jan. 22 to seek approval for a Change of Use permit for the property at 570 Western Ave.
The January meeting is scheduled for a Wednesday due to the Martin Luther King holiday that falls on the Monday when the original meeting was scheduled.
"The farmers' market intends to purchase the property and convert the land to parking to accommodate the increasing needs of customers," Stevens & Associates Landscape Architect Adam Hubbard wrote in the DRB permit application.
Hubbard says current plans include removing the gas pumps, underground storage tank and canopy from the 1.1 acre parcel.
Improvements to the land will cost about $10,000 according to the permit application.
The current 1,118-square-foot convenience store structure will remain, he said, and while there are no immediate plans to use the building, the market wants to retain the potential of using the structure for a community market.
The market also intends to retain the Planet Gas sign to potentially use for market promotion.
The Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market board is also considering using the building for a public restroom and storage.
The move to purchase the Planet Gas Station from the current owner is part of the market's larger overall plan to acquire more of the property where the market sets up along Western Avenue in West Brattleboro.
Most of the land there is currently held by a three different landowners.
The market is also hoping to purchase the main market area where the booths are set up along the Whetstone Brook from Green Mountain Power.
That land became available after Central Vermont Public Service, the previous owner of the land, merged with GMP.
The market has applied for a $6,000 USDA Rural Development grant to help make that land deal go through.
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