la marketa

James Brown / WXXI

One of Rochester’s long-discussed projects took a big step forward Thursday. 

Officials and neighbors broke ground on La Marketa, a project whose origins go back to neighborhood brainstorming meetings in the late 1970s. The open-air marketplace is expected to house retail, green space and events on what’s now an empty lot on North Clinton Avenue near St. Michael’s Church. 

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said it would not have happened without the persistence of supporters.