Independence officials ceremonially broke ground Tuesday morning on the Uptown Market, a permanent Farmers Market structure that will be at the city-owned parking lot off Truman Road between Liberty and Osage streets. The $3.3 million project is scheduled to be finished before the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival on Labor Day weekend. Uptown Market will have an open-air structure separate from a enclosed structure that will have roller doors for open-air use and can be used as a year-round events space. The Rotary Plaza will be incorporated into the Uptown Market space, in recognition of Rotary's $312,000 contribution to the project. The parking lot at 201 Truman Road will be closed to the public during construction. Standing at left is Independence Rotary President Ilene Shehan. With shovels, from left, are Rotary fundraiser Brad Speaks, Chamber of Commerce Interim President Tom Waters, City Manager Zach Walker, City Council Member John Perkins, Mayor Eileen Weir, Council Member Tom Van Camp, Independence EDC President Tom Lesnak and Council members Scott Roberson, Chris Whiting and Karen DeLuccie. [Mike Genet/The Examiner]