As soon as the ground thaws and the snow melts, the Potterville Downtown Development Authority will break ground on a 40-foot by 60-foot pavilion project that will be located on the 200 block of Main Street in downtown Potterville.

The pavilion will be located in a portion of the block destroyed by a 2010 fire that took out four downtown buildings. DDA chair, Joe Bristol said he envisions the pavilion being utilized for a number of local opportunities, such as a regular farmer’s market.

“We’ve spoken to the market manager of our current farmer’s market about an additional day held in the new pavilion,” Bristol said. “I expect it to be utilized for more than just food. I envision it being used by artists, musicians and for citywide events and concerts.”

The DDA is working with a projected budget of $90,000 and he said he hopes construction will be completed by May. The board is currently working on plans to develop a rental plan and fee structure for community use. Bristol said he’d like to see a regular farmer’s market featured on the weekends, though all plans are still in the discussion phase.

The Potterville DDA welcomes all community input on the project. Comments and questions can be directed to Bristol at (517) 927-7912 or email