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Broad St. Market working to shed negative image

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One of the nation's oldest farmer's markets is trying to make a comeback.

The Broad Street Market in Midtown Harrisburg has struggled over the last four years, battling through the recession, a broken HVAC system and two separate rodent infestations that forced its temporary closure in 2010 and 2012.

New Mayor Eric Papenfuse, however, sees the Civil War-era market as extremely viable, and has formed a task force to help revamp the market and its image.

Jonathan Bowser, chairman of the Broad Street Market Corporation, said several improvements are in the works. Those include upgraded lighting, updated signage and new doors.

Bowser said many well-known businesses such as Neato Burrito, Bagel Lovers and Auntie Anne's began with stands at Broad Street Market.

"If you look around, this is like a business incubator," he said. "It's also an economic driver for the city, so it really should be and can be a real tourism destination."

Bowswer said there is no reason why Broad Street cannot obtain the same level of success as places like the West Shore Farmer's Market and Lancaster Central Market.

The public is invited to provide feedback at a meeting of the newly-formed mayoral task force at 6pm Thursday at the stone building on the North Third Street.

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