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Farmers Market Will Open in Heney Lot

The Capital City Farmers Market plans to hold the remaining winter markets (every other week in March and April) at the former outdoor location on the Heney Lot on State Street. The market will be smaller and there will be safe shopping protocols, said a news release from the market’s board, but organizers encourage folks on Saturday, March 28, to shop for produce, meat, cheese and dairy. There will be no non-produce vendors in the interest of keeping shoppers safe from crowding. The board said summer market plans are unresolved but those markets, starting May 2 and going every week, will either be held at the Heney Lot or, more likely, at 2 Taylor Street, across from the new Transit Center. Both locations are relatively convenient to downtown and shopping while walking or biking, the release said.

Construction Set to Begin on Berlin Senior Housing Project

Having recently received an Act 250 permit for a large senior housing project at the Berlin Mall, and pleased that interest rates are falling, developer Brad Dousevicz told The Bridge his Essex-based firm plans to push ahead with site work and construction in April or May. The development—called Spruce Place—involves a 98-unit, four-story building with apartments for independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Construction should take about 16 months, Dousevicz said, which means Spruce Place could open in the second half of 2021. Marketing of units will begin about six months before completion. “There is quite a pent-up demand for this,” he said. “We get calls every week from people wanting information about Spruce Place.”