EMCAC Part II: Will City Close Eastern Market’s North Hall on Weekdays? – Issue May Be Tossed to the New Market Governing Authority

Eastern Market North Hall, Friday Morning

EMCAC Part II:  Will City Close Eastern Market’s North Hall on Weekdays? – Issue May Be Tossed to the New Market Governing Authority

by Larry Janezich

Some members of the Eastern Market Citizens Advisory Committee (EMCAC) continue to pressure Eastern Market Manager Barry Margeson to close the Eastern Market North Hall during the week.  Margeson has resisted, pointing to city regulations which define the North Hall as community space.  Committee members cite energy costs, liability concerns, and potential damage to the building.  Weekdays, the space has been a go-to place for children and their caretakers seeking like company and a cool/warm/safe environment.  A look at the Eastern Market website event calendar shows regularly scheduled Thursday morning events providing entertainment for children and others.

Committee members are concerned that use of the space by the public during the week will be an established expectation when EMCAC hands over the reins to the new governing authority for Eastern Market provided for in upcoming legislation which will be introduced by Councilmember Tommy Wells.

At last Wednesday’s EMCAC meeting, Chair Donna Sheeder announced that Councilmember Wells is reviewing draft legislation to provide the new governing authority for Eastern Market.  She said that he wants to introduce the bill before the Council begins its summer recess on July 15.  ANC6B could hold a special call meeting on the legislation before the end of July; ANC6B has no meetings scheduled for August.

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