There are plans to reopen the Columbia Market House by next year.
Columbia Borough, which still owns the building, just gave the green light to CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health to manage its transformation back into an open-air market.
“You’ll see over the next year it transform,” said Philip Goropoulous, president of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Heath. “A beautiful renovation taking place inside. There will be updated heating and cooling so that we can have a full month 12-schedule here with fresh fruits vendors.”
CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health already has investing footprints in Columbia. Earlier this year, it announced plans for a childcare center.
“A lot of people say why Columbia,” Goropoulous said. “We proudly say why not. Columbia is a beautiful town with beautiful people. It requires some investment and care for us to be able to take it to that next step.”
The Columbia Market House closed late last year.
Goropoulous said there are also plans to put a 40-seat restaurant in the building that’s been around since the mid-1800’s.
“There is no doubt that once we open it and have energy back in it and a restaurant and a market and programming throughout the year, that this really will catalyze other economic development to happen in the downtown,” borough manager Rebecca Denlinger said.
Goropoulous said the plan is to have the market open by summer.