Kenosha HarborMarket gave Forgianni an opportunity to merge his passions for food and planning.
The HarborPark neighborhood was a factory site until the late 1980s. It was in a place that mattresses and automobiles were built and from which midwestern products were exported.
When the factories had closed, and the buildings were being razed, Ray was instrumental in the redevelopment of the site into a community asset. Ray was among those who planned the area that now includes lakefront condos, museums, walking paths and event spaces.
Kenosha HarborMarket was an opportunity to combine the place that he helped design with his love for food.
Nearly two decades ago, Forgianni and a few others founded this unique market on the Place De Douai.
The Place De Douai is the plaza between the Southport Marina and 56th Street. Ray’s vision was a European style market. Those markets are often seen on a plaza, surrounded by restaurants, with goods being sold out of tents rather than from the back of trucks.
The market quickly became a Saturday tradition and a place to be, and be seen, for Kenosha residents and out-of-town visitors alike. Over the years it expanded to include the two blocks in front of the city’s museums.
Those of us who live in the HarborPark, walk the lakefront promenade, fish in the harbor or enjoy lakefront festivals have much to be thankful for.
Those of us who enjoy strolling through the Kenosha HarborMarket on a lovely Saturday owe a great deal of gratitude.
While Forgianni may no longer be with us, his incredible vision and persnicketiness will forever live on.
Raymond A. “Ray” Forgianni, 71, of Kenosha, passed away from complications of COVID-19, on September 26 at Froedtert South in Kenosha. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday (Oct. 10) at Place de Douai (at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 56th Street).