The Madison Public Market Foundation is pleased to welcome Megan Ballard as our new Project Manager. Megan previously served as the Treasurer of the Board.
A Message from Megan
After serving as the Treasurer for the Madison Public Market Foundation, I am excited to shift into the role of Project Manager for the Board of Directors. In my new role, I will work with the Board to facilitate completion of multiple projects as we prepare to break ground on the Madison Public Market in 2020. I will also take an active role in community outreach and engagement as the dream of our public market becomes a reality.
While the City of Madison works diligently to finalize construction plans, I will be working with the Foundation Board to implement its operating plan. I am building relationships with public market operators across the country, recently completing tours of NewBo Market in Cedar Rapids, IA, Logan Street Market in Louisville, KY and Findlay Market in Cincinnati, OH. We’ve gathered amazing insights from our peers as we begin to define our vendor selection process. Other key initiatives we are working on this summer include developing and implementing a brand strategy; securing public art for the project; and continuing to grow the capacity and operations of the Madison Public Market Foundation (future operator of the Market) in preparation for opening in 2o21.
In addition to working with the Madison Public Market, I recently joined Madison Commercial Real Estate as a Sales Associate specializing in retail brokerage services. Prior to joining MCRE, most of my career has been spent in the commercial real estate industry, managing and leasing shopping malls.
I am originally from Iowa, relocating to Madison from Minneapolis in 2016. I’m an active member of Downtown Rotary and Downtown Madison Inc. I enjoy living on the Isthmus and taking in everything our beautiful City has to offer.
Thank you to all the dedicated individuals and organizations that have worked tirelessly on the project and to our donors and supporters. We would not be here without you! The Madison Public Market will be an amazing asset to our community and I could not be more thrilled to join the team!
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out at
May 31, 2019. On Wednesday, May 8, Madisonians got their first look inside the future home of the Madison Public Market at 200 N. First St., which currently houses the city’s Fleet Services building. The Public Market Sneak Peek event featured members of the MarketReady program, a project of the Northside Planning Council working in collaboration with the City of Madison to put equity at the center of the market by supporting a diverse group of entrepreneurs as they prepare to apply for a location in the market. MarketReady businesses offered samples and sold goods ranging from prepared foods to jewelry and body care products.
May 9, 2019. As rain poured down from dark skies Wednesday, the future home of the Madison Public Market was alive with excitement as visitors got a flavor of what the long-anticipated East Side venue will be like when it opens in two years.
Over the course of a two-hour open house at what is now the city’s Fleet Services building at 200 N. First St., the large room with 20-foot ceilings was almost always full. More than 1,000 people attended the event, according to Madison Public Market Foundation estimates.
This was the first time the public could tour the space, which has been a long time coming. Advocates have been pushing for the project for at least 14 years, with delays in part stemming from choosing a location.
May 8, 2019. The City of Madison invited the public to attend an open house to see the building that will become the future Madison Public Market. Hundreds flocked to the old City of Madison Fleet Services building to get a taste of vendors that will be at the Madison Public Market.
“They have great food,” Al Cooper said. “They included all sectors of the community.”
Cooper has lived in Dane County for decades. He is excited for the Madison Public Market and thinks it will bring a lot to the East side community.
May 7, 2019. The 66-year-old building with sweeping interior open spaces and 20-foot ceilings, huge bay doors, and expansive rows of windows is poised for new life.
Already, there is a sense of big things ahead for the two-story industrial space, currently the city’s Fleet Services building on the East Side, which has been chosen as the future home of the $13.2 million Madison Public Market.
The Public Market, advocates and city officials say, will be a year-round, inclusive and welcoming community destination featuring a diverse group of entrepreneurs offering fresh produce, culturally diverse prepared food, locally made food products, and handcrafted arts and crafts.
When Josie Chu’s mother passed away and Chu inherited her cookbooks, she had no idea that an old recipe for sauce tucked in the back pages would soon become an entire business.
Chu now owns the condiment company Madame Chu Delicacies, and like many other entrepreneurs in Madison, has faced various barriers while building her business. But programs like The Food Enterprise and Economic Development Kitchen and MarketReady have given her the tools to navigate such obstacles.
FEED and MarketReady are both part of several organizations that work to support populations that face historic barriers to entrepreneurship.
Wednesday, May 8 5-7 PM 200 N. First Street (Fleet Services Building)
Join the City of Madison and the Madison Public Market Foundation on Wednesday, May 8 to share feedback on updated designs for the Madison Public Market and to tour the building that will be the Market’s future home.
Our design team has begun their work and we are looking to hear your thoughts on the initial plans. You’ll get an update on the latest designs for the Market, a chance to sample tasty treats and view unique artisan crafts from local merchants, and a first look at the unique Fleet Services building that will soon be the Market’s home.
Stop by this open house style, free event! Online RSVP appreciated, but not required.
Opportunities to learn and give feedback
The Public Market Design team has produced the first draft of updated plans for the Market. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and be a part of the process. Interactive stations set up around the event will include topics such as:
Guiding Design Principles and Priorities
Floor Plan/Vendor Layout
Getting to the Event
Getting to our Market home is easy! Fleet Services is located at the corner of E. Johnson and First Street. Vehicle parking for this event is available in the shopping mall lot at the corner of First St. and E. Wash. You can plan your bus ride with Madison Metro on Google Maps.
On Tuesday, the City of Madison Common Council made significant
progress in moving forward the development of the Madison Public Market. In
three resolutions sponsored by alders Larry Palm, Amanda Hall, and Marsha
Rummel, the Council approved the Collaboration
Agreement with the Madison Public Market Foundation and city staff’s
recommendation for architect and
engineering design services.
In approving the Collaboration Agreement with the Madison Public
Market Foundation, the City officially empowers the Foundation to select
vendors to operate within the Public Market, hire staff to operate the Market,
advise and provide input on the final design, and secure funds to ensure the
successful launch of the Market. Along with these responsibilities, the City
grants the Foundation seed funding to move forward with a complete operating
excited to launch into this next phase of the Public Market development in an official
collaborative capacity with the City of Madison,” said
Jamaal Stricklin, President of the Board of the Madison Public Market
Foundation. “With the selection of the architecture team and the collaboration
agreement in place, we can see some real forward progress toward opening the
doors of the Market in 2021.”
In October 2018, after reviewing 11 proposals from Madison and around the country, City staff put forth a recommendation to the Common Council to engage an architecture and engineering team led by Minneapolis-based Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle (MSR) to complete the design of the Madison Public Market building. With Tuesday’s approval by the Common Council, MSR can start the design process for the site at the corner of First Street and E. Johnson Street.
This development marks a significant milestone in making the Madison Public Market a community-driven, inclusive destination for the Madison region. You can be part of the initial momentum with a gift today.
January 29, 2019. Madison’s nonprofits provide critical services that ensure the city’s rich resources are accessible to all its residents. In turn, they rely on the support of donors and the larger business community. So many private business leaders step up to the plate every day, knowing their employees value service and the opportunity to give back. These efforts not only benefit the populations each nonprofit intends to serve, but all of us. This is good, old-fashioned, genuine community building, and it’s alive and well in Madison. With this section, we honor our local nonprofits and the companies that go the extra mile to keep them running strong.
Madison Public Market
Imagine a bustling, vibrant, 45,000-square-foot public market showcasing the best of Madison’s local food and handmade goods. A treasured destination and important economic driver melding a 21st century local food economy with innovation and growth, particularly for communities that traditionally face barriers to entrepreneurism. Yet another spectacular landmark for which this city becomes famously known: Capitol Square. Monona Terrace. The Overture Center for The Arts. And, in 2021, the Madison Public Market.
“When we look at the best cities across our country and the world, most of them have thriving, colorful public markets. Madison is long overdue for a public market of our own,” said Jamaal Stricklin, Madison Public Market Foundation president.
January 28, 2019. Mayor Paul Soglin recently announced updated plans for the Madison Public Market. This year-round market space, which will be home to local food and retail vendors, will now be located at the corner of First Street and East Johnson Street, rather than at the corner of First and East Washington Avenue. The city-owned Fleet Services building currently occupies this site and will undergo renovations to become the Public Market when Fleet Services relocates in 2020.
The previously proposed market site is next door to Fleet Services, where the privately-owned Washington Square shopping plaza is currently located. The future Public Market site sits directly next to Burr Jones Park along the Yahara River, provides more square footage than the original development plans, and the renovation of the existing building is projected to provide cost savings when compared to the costs of new building construction, according to the city. Plans for the market include an outdoor seating area, access to water and greenspace, a performance stage and vendor space.
Madison Public Market’s MarketReady Program, which is operated by the Northside Planning Council, works in collaboration with the city to support a cohort of 30 food and retail business entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds as they prepare to apply for a spot in the market, with the goal of creating a market that is representative of Madison’s population and cultural diversity.