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Depot Square moving to completion


This summer’s Farmer’s Market should have an updated venue as construction on the downtown Depot Square project continues.

“It is moving along,” said Ralph Kline, of the Ironton Lawrence County Community Action Organization. “Basically they have gotten a lot of the sidewalks turned up, the conduits underground.”

This week installation on the shelter for the walkway for the market is expected with paving for the parking area slated for early spring.

The multi purpose, open-air shelter will be along Bobby Bare Boulevard near the site of the former Austyn’s restaurant.

Working on the project are Boone Coleman Construction for the civil contract at $201,867; West End Electric Co. for electrical work at $215,138; and Portco Inc. for general contract work at $410,000.

Funding for the project is expected to come from a Downtown Improvement Grant from the Ohio Department of Development and KYOVA Enhancement funding.

“We moved (the completion date) back until the asphalt plants open at the end of March or April,” Kline said. “(Paving) will be the last thing.”

The shelter should be ready for the market and the early summer Gus Macker tournament, Kline said.