West Side Market
The West Side Market is a historic institution that we must preserve and protect for future generations. Mayor Bibb’s administration is focused on making immediate investments to upgrade facilities and support vendors to drive growth at the West Side Market.
In early 2022, the Bibb Administration passed legislation in partnership with Cleveland City Council to cap rental rate increases, expand lease options and open the door for alcohol sales to support vendors and drive growth at the West Side Market. The approved legislation:
- Holds rent rates at their 2020 levels for 2022 and cap annual rent increases to no more than a 3% increase in future years.
- Allows the City to enter leases for up to three years with one, three-year option to renew.
- Permits short-term leases, which would allow the West Side Market to consider daily pop-up events, seasonal vendors, and food trucks.
- Charges prepared food vendors the same rate as traditional (butcher, meat, vegetable) vendors. Currently, prepared food vendors pay a 60% premium on space compared to traditional vendors,
- Repeals the City of Cleveland ordinance that prohibits alcohol sales at West Side Market stands.
- Increases food access programs such as Produce Perks at the West Side Market.
In addition, the Bibb Administration has:
- Launched a pilot program in partnership with Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE) and Produce Perks Midwest to iIncreases food access at the West Side Market.
- Expanded CLE Public wi-fi to the Produce Arcade; and
- Secured re-appropriation of $500,000 from the State of Ohio Capital Budget to fund future renovation projects at the West Side Market.