The Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau is in the process of renovating its warehouse, located behind the visitors center on South Main Street. The facility will become the permanent home for the Main Street Farmers Market. Funding for the renovations came from hotel-motel tax revenue reassignment of 8.33%, approved by Statesboro City Council in March 2020. The property was purchased in December 2018, and had previously been filled with old hotel furniture and fixtures. “Probably one of the primary goals would be to create a permanent facility for the farmer’s market, and then we’d also be able to use the venue for events and hopefully do some things, partnering with hotels, that would attract some smaller groups, maybe medium-size groups that would come to town, put some heads in beds at our hotels,” SCVB board Vice President Barry Turner told the council last year. The projected cost of the project is $650,000, with financing though Citizens Bank and St. Andrews Builders as the contractor. Plans include large roll-up doors to be installed along the front and back sides of the building. The interior measures about 7,500 square feet, but there will also be large, porch-like overhanging roofs on the front and back. In addition, plans include a footbridge over the creek behind the facility, which will lead to the Willie McTell Trail, giving the area a park-like feel. According to Becky Davis, executive director of the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau, the building will also serve as a rental venue for meetings, conferences, reunions and weddings, and will be another tourism product to promote Statesboro and Bulloch County as a destination city. “We have great ideas for events and festivals that we will host on site to bring Georgia Southern students and parents downtown,” Davis said. The farmers market has been held outdoors in the parking lots behind Synovus. The new facility will allow for the market to continue even in inclement weather. The SCVB has housed the Market2GO online market since January 2019. For more information on Statesboro and Bulloch County, go online at visitstatesboro.org or call 912-259-9555. The Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau is located at 222 S. Main Street.
Article is courtesy of the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau.