PORTLAND -- The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement Thursday that would pave the way for a public market at the west end of the Morrison Bridge.

The board voted unanimously to authorize county chairman Jeff Cogen to enter into an agreement selling the Morrison bridgehead property to the Melvin Mark Development Company for $10.4 million, Multnomah County spokesman Hank Stern told KGW. The plan is for that site to become the James Beard Public Market.

Background: New Portland public market close to reality

The namesake of the covered, open-air market, James Beard, is a Portland native and the city s most famous culinary icon.

If all goes according to plan, the market should open in 2016. It would be open all year long.

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