Canal Street Marketplace


The Canal Street Marketplace now has a website! Please visit us to get the latest news and updates on our markets, dinners and more!!

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The Canal Street Marketplace project is a perfect example of Brownfield Redevelopment at its finest.  It is also proof that persistence and hard work payoff.

The Canal Barn itself has had several lives and uses, the last of which was storage for the Department of Public Works.  The next is far more exciting.  The Marketplace will provide residents with a community gathering place where they can find the freshest and most sought after locally produced items.   Access to healthy food has been extremely difficult without a grocery store nearby and this will address that need for our residents and visitors. 

The plan is to have the Canal Street Marketplace operate 6 days a week and the food selection and products available will be dependent on the seasons.  There will be indoor and outdoor vendor spaces available and the surrounding property will be landscaped and provide resting spots to enjoy an apple and a book!

Be sure to check back here often for updates and pictures as the Canal Street Marketplace Project progresses!



The Canal Street Marketplace project is one that has grown from several planning initiatives which included honest evaluations of current conditions and a publicly crafted roadmap to the Fort Edward Renaissance.

The Canal Barn once served as a repair location along the original Champlain Canal that wound through the Village- now known as Canal STREET.  This building was constructed elsewhere in Washington County, disassembled, moved and re-erected on the property where it stands today.  The amazing architecture and materials have served for more than 200 years and it is our intention to enhance the structure and give it new purpose.  A Farmers Marketplace for our community to have access to healthy, local foods and other locally produced products is an ideal reuse of this barn.

This project was first an idea mentioned in response to a Master Plan survey question in 2005.  From there a resident sketched a concept for the barn that was being used by the DPW, for pedestrian and bicycle improvements.  Shortly after, the Village submitted a grant application to the RESTORE-NY program through the Empire State Development Corporation and was not successful.  A second attempt was made but that too was unsuccessful. 

Not deterred, the Village began to work on relocating the DPW which is sitting on prime property in the heart of the community.  In 2010, after careful planning, a Shared Municipal Services Grant application was prepared and awarded that aided in the relocation of the Village DPW.  Moving to property adjacent to the Town Highway Department created a complex which has been utilized to share manpower, equipment, and materials whenever practical.

Encouraged by the joint Village/Town project’s success, the Town agreed to perform a Phase 1 & 2 Environmental Assessment on the former DPW garage, barn, and the property with the assistance of their EPA Petroleum Assessment grant.  This investigation led to the determination that the red garage needed to be demolished and removed in order to properly assess the property under the slab.  Once that was done, the assessment and restoration of the site was completed and includes monitoring wells for easy data collection if necessary in the future.  In addition to the demolition of the garage, the Canal Barn was found to have asbestos panels on every wall and ceiling and had to be removed.

A coordinated planning initiative was undertaken by the Town and Village through a Brownfield Opportunity Area grant from the Department of State.  It was the public involvement in the creation of the Downtown Renaissance Plan that truly identified and shaped 7 concept areas complete with Priority projects for each.  The Canal Street Marketplace Concept Area is officially being implemented.

Armed with more information than ever and a clear mission, the Village submitted applications to the Department of State, Canal Corporation, and Ag & Markets to bring the farmers market to fruition.  The Village was awarded $150,000 from the DOS EPF-Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and $94,000 from Canal Corporation that is being used to transform this barn into the beautiful Canal Street Marketplace.

Since the budget is tight, the Village is asking for assistance from residents and business owners in the form of the donation of their time, skills, and materials.  Currently, the Engineering and Architectural designs are near completion and work is scheduled to commence with light demolition shortly.  There is a signup sheet if you are qualified and would like to volunteer.

And since you are probably wondering… it is an aggressive schedule and anticipate completion this year with a Spring Grand Opening planned.

Thank you for supporting this extremely important Community Project!


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At this time there are no open bid opportunities. 



Architect- AJA Architecture

Planning/Design- ELAN Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture, PLLC



On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our community, the Village of Fort Edward wishes to extend their appreciation to the following agencies for their support of the Canal Street Marketplace Project: Governor Andrew Cuomo and Secretary of State Cesar Perales (Award Letter), Director Brian Stratton of the NYS Thruway Authority (Award Letter) and the Capital Region Council members.