Saturday Flea Market Operator Will Fight Termination of Lease for 300 Block of 7th Street
By Larry Janezich
Friday afternoon, Carol Wright, operator of the Saturday Capitol Hill Flea Market, responded to the Department of General Services’ (DGS) termination of her license to operate on 7th Street. Wright sent an email to Eastern Market Manager Barry Margeson, that she had “no intention, whatsoever, of giving up or terminating the license” for use of the 300 block of 7th Street.
Wright’s email outlined her engagements with Margeson to provide for the “continued use of Seventh Street since October 1, 2018.” The letter charges that termination of the license had not been brought up in conversations and meetings before it was suddenly announced last Thursday.
Wright’s letter said, “The public announcement that our market is terminated has already created community outcry. Your announcement that DGS will be putting out an RFP [request for proposals for another operator] while we are still negotiating a change in terms and security upgrades for the 5th extension offered to us and without any notification to EMCAC, the ANC, Councilman Allen, and most importantly me, will be met with extreme protest by myself and others.”
“I will be requesting a meeting, regarding this matter, with Councilman Charles Allen, EMCAC chair Donna Scheeder, ANC Chair Chander Jayaraman, and you to stop the February 7th DGS plan for a RFP. As I previously answered your question the Capitol Hill Flea Market is ready for a March 2, 2019 set up on the 300 block of Seventh Street and should not be threatened by your announcements this week.”
As previously reported Wright has not yet signed a contract for the continued use of the block for the flea market. The Saturday flea market has not set up on 7th Street since the first week of December, not has it set up on C Street between 7th and 8th Streets so far this year. January and February are the slowest months for all outside vendors connected with Eastern Market as weather makes setting up tents difficult and keeps foot traffic indoors.