Save The Flea Market at Eastern Market
  • Petitioned Harriet Tregoning

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Director, Office of Planning
Harriet Tregoning
DC Ward 6 Council Member
Tommy Wells
DC Council
Phil Mendelson
DC Mayor
Mayor Gray

Save The Flea Market at Eastern Market

    1. Michael  Berman
    2. Petition by

      Michael Berman

      Washington, DC

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April 2013

Victory

Michael Berman: The Flea Market Will Continue The Flea Market at Eastern Market celebrates its 30th anniversary this year by announcing that it now expects to continue in business as its site at Hine School on Capitol Hill is redeveloped later this year. Diverse Markets Management, LLC (DMM), the flea market owner, today announced a recently-executed license agreement with the District of Columbia to continue the market operations on a closed 7th Street SE, along a side of the school redevelopment. The two-year license incorporates a Mayor's order for the street closure on weekends and a Public Space permit for the market operation beginning August 1, 2013, said DMM President Michael Berman.

Most of The Flea Market at Eastern Market will be eliminated under a development proposal for the site of Hine Junior High School that will go before the DC Zoning Board on June 14.

Developers Stanton-EastBanc and the DC Zoning Board have to find a home for The Flea Market at Eastern Market that will work for the exhibitors and their legions of customers.

The market provides up to 150 spaces for vendors and approximately 15,000 people visit the flea market on a typical weekend. Everything from antique furniture to maps, art, photography, clothing and textiles are sold. The Flea Market at Eastern Market has been a vibrant incubator space for small businesses as well as a treasured neighborhood meeting place. When the original Eastern Market building was gutted by fire in 2006 The Flea Market at Eastern Market carried on. It’s a neighborhood institution and a landmark in its own right.

Despite pledges of the developers to preserve the market, albeit at half the current size, the proposal actually cuts by two-thirds the space for vendors and customers, eliminating 38,000 square feet of market space from the current configuration. Water features, street furniture and plantings are continually being added to the design that will further reduce usable space.

A reconfigured design could accommodate the Flea Market. It is the responsibility of the developers and the DC Zoning Board to resolve these issues and secure a viable home for the market before the project is allowed to proceed.

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    1. The Flea Market Will Continue

      Michael  Berman
      Petition Organizer

      The Flea Market at Eastern Market announces that it expects to continue in business as its site at Hine School on Capitol Hill is redeveloped.

      Diverse Markets Management, the flea market owner, announced a recently-executed license agreement with the District of Columbia to continue the market on a closed 7th Street SE, along side the school redevelopment. The two-year license incorporates a Mayor's order for the street closure on weekends and a Public Space permit for the market operation beginning August 1, 2013. "The license pretty much concludes a two-year effort, including an intense "Save the Flea Market" campaign last summer, to secure our future," said DMM President Michael Berman.

      DMM also has an agreement to negotiate with the developer to move the market back to the private development when construction is completed, And Berman is optimistic that the negotiations will be concluded by July.

      “We look forward to keeping the market going."

    2. The campaign to save The Flea Market from redevelopment continues

      Michael  Berman
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your continued support and active involvement on the development of the Hine School site, 7th & C Sts, SE, where the Flea Market has operated for 20 years. Please continue to write to the Mayor [eom@dc.gov], Councilman Wells [twells@dccouncil.us], and Deputy Mayor for Planning Victor Hoskins [VHoskins@dc.gov] to tell them how important the Flea Market is to the Eastern Market area, socially, culturally and economically. Stanton-Eastbanc's plan will negatively impact the community and the Market with -loss of open space previously enjoyed by the community -significant reductions in the size and number of market vendors that can be accommodated -bad plaza design crowding vendors and pedestrians on weekends, compromised ability for vendors to unload and set-up, especially furniture and other large-format vendors. Tell DC to save the market, its vendor base, and the community by ensuring there is enough space in the project and on 7th St during construction.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. We need your support, just 150 signatures to go!

      Michael  Berman
      Petition Organizer

      With your help, and in addition to our printed petitions circulating onsite, we can reach 5000 total supports for adequate public space to accommodate the Flea Market in the future project. Please forward to friends and concerned customers.

    5. Reached 750 signatures

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    • sheila kasindorf HYATTSVILLE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      i have been going to the market for several years and enjoy it immensely.I often go back to the vendors I have purchased items from in the past years.

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    • Lauren Szewczyk ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      We moved to this neighborhood in Summer of 2012 because we fell in love with the market. Take it away and it's just a bunch of nice homes...

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    • Taylor Pittman WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a DC resident and visit the market almost every weekend. I have been visiting the Flea Market since I was a little girl. It would be purely awful to see it go. The Flea Market brings life to Capitol Hill.

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    • Taylor Pittman WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a DC resident and visit the market almost every weekend. I have been visiting the Flea Market since I was a little girl. It would be purely awful to see it go. The Flea Market brings life to Capitol Hill.

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    • Elizabeth McDaniel ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Flea Market is a unique attraction for the entire city.

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