Farmer's Market shuts down early to avoid construction noise

Farmer's Market shuts down early to avoid construction noise

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Construction on a new boutique hotel adjacent to Marion Square downtown is also a growing source of concern for many vendors at the Charleston's Farmers Market.

One vendor close to the gate separating Marion Square from the $101 million hotel, came equipped with two headsets, just in case he needed to block out the noise.

Saturday, many were spared, as city officials worked out a compromise with Bennett Hospitality, the group over construction of the project.

The market closed at 12:30 p.m., an hour and a half early, with construction crews starting their work no sooner than 1p.m.

Market officials were unsure how many weeks the condensed hours would be in effect.  Although temporary, many vendors welcomed the compromise.

"Listening to 90 decibels of power pile driving would be a little bit different atmosphere so we're very grateful to everyone for working so hard to get it sorted out," said longtime vendor Cheri Ward.

Will Altman, a vendor in his second year, is stationed farther away from the construction site, and said his experiences will likely differ because of it.

"A lot of the people that work at the farmers market, get all their sales done on one day of the week," he said.

"When that is compromised, whether it be a big storm, or something scaring off customers, inclement weather, too much heat, those people lose their paychecks for the week."

The new hotel is expected to stand eight stories tall, and have 185 rooms.

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