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      Community preps Market on Main facility for construction

      The second day of demolition began inside the upcoming marketplace in downtown Ottumwa.

      Board members and around 15-20 volunteers spent Saturday prepping the building for construction.The facility on Jefferson and Main will soon house a year-round farmer's market. This will host not only areas for local vendors to sell produce, but it will also include a teaching-kitchen area, crafts, woodworking and even an outdoor courtyard. Blueprints are available on the Market on Main website, so you can see how it will look when it's complete.

      Volunteers got their hands a little dirty tearing down walls and sorting out scraps of wood, plumbing fixtures and metal-- but not to be thrown away.

      "We've recycled nearly every piece," Director of Market on Main Heather Ware said. "We're sending it out to local people who are gonna clean it up, use it. Some of it's going to the OHS woodshop. We're recycling some of the bathroom fixtures, trying to make this as community friendly as possible."

      A contractor for Market on Main has not been selected yet, but they should be open to bids by the end of the month. Construction should begin this summer, and is expected to be open to the public by December 1st.