Pavilion nearly complete

Published 1:05 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A pavilion that is set to shield both customers and vendors from the summer sun at the Kenbridge Farmers Market on Fifth Avenue is expected to be completed by the end of the week, the Kenbridge Town Manager confirmed.

Town Manager Robyn Fowler said in an email interview Jan. 3 that the projected completion date of the pavilion’s construction would be by the end of this week, “weather permitting.”

“The town received a grant from (U.S. Department of Agriculture) USDA Rural Development to have a pavilion built for the farmers market,” Fowler said. “Since the market is open during the hottest time of the year … the shade will bring much relief from the hot sun.”

Fowler said R.F. Howerton Inc. is the contractor Consultants Inc. is the project engineering firm.

Michael Tanner, of R.F. Howerton Inc., said in an interview Thursday that the construction for the wooden pavilion with a metal roof began 10 days before.

“We’re hoping in the next week,” Tanner said about the estimated completion of the pavilion. “The snow is probably going to slow us down a little bit but within the next two weeks at the latest.”

He said crew members will need to finish placing the roof material on the pavilion.

Samuel Carroll, CEO and project manager with B&B Consultants Inc., said the organizations involved with building the 30-foot-wide and 64-foot-long pavilion were authorized to begin construction in mid-August.

He also noted in a Thursday interview that snow may pose a delay to the pavilion’s completion.

“They have some stain they have to put on the building too,” Carroll said, referring to crew members working on the pavilion. “If it’s not warm enough, they’re not going to be able to do that either. They’re very close — within the next week or two.”

He said the pavilion will have a concrete slab at the site, and gravel will surround the pavilion.

The town had been approved for a $108,000 grant to build a pavilion at its farmers market, a previous Dispatch report cited. The project was expected to cost approximately $115,000.

R.F. Howerton Inc. is based in Warfield, and B&B Consultants Inc. has offices in South Hill, South Boston and Chase City.

A new sign in close proximity to the market was recently installed. Fowler said R.F. Howerton Inc. had overseen the sign’s construction.

Fowler said that during the market’s operating schedule in both 2016 and 2017, there had been between six to 10 market vendors each week, and the number of visitors to the market, on average, was between 40 and 50.

A post from the “5th Avenue Market – Kenbridge, VA” Facebook page cited in October that the market is set to reopen for the year in June.