The city’s plan to build a public market, which would feature food and wares from local restaurants and businesses and create a strong downtown center, got a big financial boost Thursday from the federal government.

The U.S. Commerce Department announced it would award $3 million to the Dickinson Economic Development Corp. to help it a build a 30,000-square-foot building billed as the Gulf Coast Market.

The money is being awarded through the commerce department’s Economic Develop Administration. Federal officials and elected leaders said they expect the market to help Dickinson recover from the severe damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, according to a statement announcing the award.

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