The Firetown Market is built on the site of what had been a block of Old Bradford’s row houses. After the site was leveled by Hurricane Atlas, the city planners decided the area could use more shopping. Initial plans were drawn up for a large grocery store with an attached strip mall, but then a citizen’s suggestion of a more traditional open-air market was heard.
The idea quickly gained favor among the locals, but a spirited debate broke out concerning the usefulness of a shop that could not remain open during the cold New England winters. To resolve this issue in a cost-effective manner, a more permanent structure was proposed. Composed primarily of a re-purposed warehouse and the sliding doors from aircraft hangars, the new design called for a Market building that could be opened almost completely in the summer, yet sealed up in winter. The proposal was circulated, voted on, and approved in nearly record time.