After some passionate arguments for each option, Madison?s Local Food Committee unanimously recommended the city start a public market on the east side.
In a vote Tuesday evening, committee members passed a resolution asking the council to move forward with the public market planning process on the site at East Washington Avenue and First Street.
Alder Marsha Rummel said market development would likely start with the city-owned fleet service garage behind the shopping center that faces East Washington Avenue.
The recommendation stressed to city officials this is just the first step in creating a greater food district, and urged those people to keep locations on the south and north sides of Madison under consideration for future markets.
The committee had narrowed down possible locations for a public market before Tuesday?s meeting.
Project for Public Spaces, a consultant hired by the city to help with market planning, analyzed the final three sites.