Rumblings of Possible Flea Market Coming to Georgia & Park Road
At last night’s Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force meeting there was some discussion of the possibility that the 9th & U Street Flea Market is looking for a new location. I had previously heard some scuttlebutt that a flea market was being talked about on Georgia Avenue, but last night was the first time I’d heard of the empty lot at Park Road and Georgia being discussed as a location for the 9th & U Street market.
In following up with Sylvia Robinson, I was informed that the market “will be displaced by JBG” when their current site is redeveloped. The market organizers are talking to the owners of the empty lot to ascertain if if will support the market’s needs. But, the site is not perfect.
To begin with, the site is smaller than the 9th & U street lot meaning that there is room for fewer vendors. Also, over the summer area residents expressed concern to MPD on more than one occasion of drug dealing on the 600 block of Park Road. The drug dealing and loitering on Park Road were factors in New Commandment Baptist Church’s decision to sell its property and seek a new location in Maryland. The church has been located at 625 Park Road since 1995.
Lastly, there is the issue on whether or not the community will support this market if it moves to Park Road and Georgia. Several residents I’ve spoken to were straight forward in expressing their opposition to this market relocating to the community.
I’d like to hear from others, especially those familiar with the 9th & U street flea market. Would it be a good fit? To be successful, would it need to be a different mix of vendors than it currently has? Is there a better location for it? Please leave a comment.Commerce and Businesses comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.