After the 260-year-old Halifax Seaport Farmers Market (HSFM) moved into a newly renovated building on the Halifax waterfront, it immediately faced a series of economic, design, and governmental issues, threatening the market with bankruptcy and possible closure. Project for Public Spaces met with vendors and customers, analyzing the market's operations throughout the process, crafting a repositioning plan that addressed governance, assignment of debt, design, marketing, and merchandising improvements to stabilize the market's future. Project for Public Spaces also provided interim management for the market until HPA hired a new executive director.
Since Project for Public Spaces created the plan, HPA has taken over the market management, eliminated the debt, and began implementing the physical improvement plans. New entrances, circulation plans, and tenant design standards have made the market more functional, efficient, and customer-friendly. Overall sales and customer visits are up – and the market's future is secure. It continues to be an urban attraction and regional economic driver for all of Nova Scotia's local producers.
Place Evaluation & User Analysis
Community Engagement & Visioning
Design Review & Oversight