Terry Downs, who has shepherded the revitalization project at the farmers market at Penn and West Market streets, is stepping down from his post as its
Terry Downs, who has shepherded the revitalization project at the farmers market at Penn and West Market streets, is stepping down from his post as its chief operations officer. (Bill Kalina photo)

In the middle of a major renovation project, York City's oldest indoor market is losing its chief operations officer.

Terry Downs said he's stepping aside for personal reasons. Downs, a York native with a background in historic architecture, has been in the position since March.

"Some things have come up in my personal life," he said Friday.

His last day as chief operations officer will be Sunday, Sept. 30.

Downs said he will continue as co-chair of the Friends of Farmers' Market, formerly known as the York Historic Farmers' Market Association, which works to increases awareness about the market.

Established in 1866, Farmers' Market will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2016. The market is located at the corner of Penn and West Market streets.

Construction is ongoing at the market to repair a crumbling facade and a roof that's leaked for decades.

A $480,000 grant is covering the cost of a new roof, new bathrooms and facade improvements. Construction is expected to wrap up this fall.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.