Fight For Fenton Street Market Pays Off

The fate of the market was undetermined when it closed November 2011.


After the of the Fenton Street Market (FSM), organizers were proud to announce Saturday it's reopening this spring after a struggle with Montgomery County officials.

According to a FSM newsletter, the lease isn't outlined as of yet because they "are still negotiating the final details of [their] contract with Montgomery County," but remain optimistic that they will open on Saturday, April 28 through the end of October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

In July of 2011, county officials were considering an increase of the market's fee from $48 per Saturday to more than $1,200 each week. The larger fee is based on an hourly rate of $125 for use of half of the plaza. 

FSM officials were given the discounted rate after officials wanted to experiment with the viability of Veterans Plaza and it was a success according to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D). However, 

The situation didn't stop the organizer's spirit. Before they shut down in November of 2011 they put in an application to the county to use the space in the spring of 2012. 

The market is currently looking for potential vendors to sign up beginning April 2, 2012 on Fenton Street Market's website.

Kate Chandler March 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Very glad to hear it will be back! Good work.


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