Fort Frances farmers market hopes to pull shoppers downtown
The downtown area in Fort Frances could take on a drastically different look by the summer.
The town has applied for a grant of just under $2 million to demolish and then redevelop the site where the Rainy Lake Hotel currently sits.
Fort Frances Economic Development Centre spokesperson Tannis Drysdale said the hotel would be replaced by a market square — and parking for large vehicles.
"We've never really had good access to the border for folks that have RV's or boats and trailers behind them. And, probably, 75 per cent of our tourists through our town have boats and RV's behind them," she said.
Drysdale said the market would be an “anchor tenant” and help bring more shoppers to downtown Fort Frances.
"We will have to remove the old hotel, bring the farmers market out from the industrial park into the downtown, [and] build and construct a new laneway from the border to Scott Street,” she said.
"It would represent about half of one block along Scott Street, so it's going to provide a large market square space, along with a lot more parking for the downtown area."