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Market Building Public Hearing Tonight

September 26, 2008

By Duncan Adams duncan.adams@roanoke.com 981-3324

City and health department officials met at noon Wednesday in the Roanoke City Market Building with food court vendors, a construction manager and fire marshal officers to discuss progress to date for cleanup and repairs that could reopen the mice-infested, city- owned building downtown.

Robert Parker, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Health, said Wednesday that there is no estimate yet about when the vendors’ licenses to operate might be reinstated.

City officials have said the building will remain closed until all food vendors have their licenses back.

Nonfood retailers remain open in spaces fronting adjacent sidewalks.

Tonight, the public is invited to a public hearing to discuss the future of the 86-year-old structure.

The city closed the building Sept. 19 after inspectors from the state health department found evidence of mice activity at all of the businesses in the market building that sell food.

Inspectors also discovered limited examples of food contamination by mice.

Since then, vendors have been working to clean their small spaces, and plumbing, electrical and painting contractors have been tackling repairs.

City Manager Darlene Burcham said Wednesday that “visible, significant progress has been made.”

Parker reiterated Wednesday that there has been no report of illness related to the infestation.

Mice-borne diseases can include, but are not limited to, hantavirus, leptospirosis and salmonella.

Dick Tabb, an environmental health manager for the Roanoke and Alleghany health districts, said mice-borne diseases are rare.

For more information, go to: www.cdc.gov/rodents/diseases/ index.htm.By Duncan Adams

duncan.adams@roanoke.com 981-3324

City and health department officials met at noon Wednesday in the Roanoke City Market Building with food court vendors, a construction manager and fire marshal officers to discuss progress to date for cleanup and repairs that could reopen the mice-infested, city- owned building downtown.

Robert Parker, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Health, said Wednesday that there is no estimate yet about when the vendors’ licenses to operate might be reinstated.

City officials have said the building will remain closed until all food vendors have their licenses back.

Non-food retailers remain open in spaces fronting adjacent sidewalks.

Tonight, the public is invited to a public hearing to discuss the future of the 86-year-old structure.

The city closed the building Sept. 19 after inspectors from the Virginia Department of Health found evidence of mice activity at all the businesses in the market building that sell food. Inspectors also discovered limited examples of food contamination by mice.

Since then, vendors have been working to clean their small spaces and plumbing, electrical and painting contractors have been tackling repairs.

City Manager Darlene Burcham said Wednesday that “visible, significant progress has been made.”

Parker reiterated Wednesday that there has been no report of illness related to the infestation.

Mice-borne diseases can include, but are not limited to, hantavirus, leptospirosis and salmonella.

Dick Tabb, an environmental health manager for the Roanoke and Alleghany health districts, said mice-borne diseases are rare.

For more information, go to: www.cdc.gov/rodents/diseases/ index.htm.

Public meeting

What: A chance to discuss the future of the Roanoke City Market Building

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Where: Planetarium, Center in the SquarePublic meeting

What: A chance to discuss the future of the Roanoke City Market Building

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Planetarium, Center in the Square

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