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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A former newspaper printing facility in Flint is scheduled to reopen in May as the home of the city's new farmers market.

The main floor of The Flint Journal's former plant will house vendors and two commercial kitchens that can be used by vendors or others, the newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/1mwq3vv ). A community area with seating capacity of 200 to 300 is planned as well as a demonstration kitchen for educational events.

"It's also a space that can be rented out for private parties, but it really is there for educational purposes," said culinary director Sean Gartland.

Plans call for more than 45 vendors indoors as well as 30 more vendors in an outdoor pavilion, which is scheduled to be built later. The upper floor of the market is home to the market's offices as well as an outdoor terrace that runs the length of the building.

At Flint's old farmers market, many vendors use open spaces without walls. In the new location, many of the spaces will be more permanent. Organizers of the new market also want the city to close an area street to vehicle traffic on Saturdays for more events.

"It would be like a street fair," said Karianne Martus, one of the market's managers.

Shane Dean, owner of J. Dean's Smokehouse and a market vendor, this week toured the new market and said he was looking forward to setting up shop.

"This will be our first brick-and-mortar location, retail-wise. We've been mobile in the past," he said. "For me, it's an opportunity because of additional space."

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Online:

http://www.flintfarmersmarket.com

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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