A West Side Market vendor will open on Wednesday for the first time since the fire on Jan. 30.
CLEVELAND - The West Side Market opened its doors to the media Tuesday to take a look inside at the aftermath of a fire that happened the morning of Jan. 30.
Vendors have been affected by the temporary shutdown that is projected to last through Feb. 13.
To help with recovery efforts, this Wednesday will be set aside as "West Side Market Wednesday." Businesses are asked to donate 5 percent of their sales to help with recovery efforts. Organizers are even asking non-business owners to give to help get this historical part of Cleveland's downtown back on its feet.
Cleanup started Sunday on the 100-year-old market. Twenty laborers worked to remove wasted food and other products that were in the fire. Two waste collection trucks hauled it away.
The Department of Public Works has entered into a contract with RestoRX MD, a Mentor-based disaster recovery company that specializes in fire damage, to do the cleaning. The contract is estimated at approximately $276,000. The cleanup project will take up to 10 days to complete.
According to the city of Cleveland, the city will pay for the cleanup out of capital funds previously set aside for upgrades and improvements to the West Side Market. The city executed a mayor's emergency, which allows the city to move forward quickly in emergency situations like this.
Public Works Director Michael Cox talked with NewsChannel5 on Sunday.
"We value the West Side Market and the impact that it and our vendors have on our community and economy," said Cox. "Restoring it to full operation is our number one goal," he said.
If you'd like to make a donation to vendors and the relief effort you can go to a site set up by Chef Michael Symon: http://www.marketvendorrelief.org/
A meat vendor reopens at the West Side Market Wednesday after the fire that started at his stand.
Sebastian's Meats, one of the indoor stalls damaged in the West Side Market fire last January, reopened Wednesday morning at 7 a.m.
A mob of people Saturday at Cleveland's West Side Market - took part in a cash mob for the first Saturday the market was open since a fire shut down part of it for a few weeks.
Customers flocked to the West Side Market on Monday when it reopened for the first time since a fire damaged the historic landmark.
Visitors can expect to see a clean-as-can-be facility after the January fire.
West Side Market vendors spent Wednesday cleaning, baking and prepping ahead of the market's scheduled reopening on Monday.
President's Day will be a big day at the West Side Market as the Cleveland landmark gets set to reopen.
Cleanup has been completed on the West Side Market, and while the building is deemed structurally safe, the cause of the fire remains undetermined.
The company hired to handle clean-up at Cleveland's West Side Market will be done on Tuesday, but there is still more work before it can reopen.