May 19 Update: The Poughkeepsie Town Board unanimously gave its approvals last night for the creation of the Hudson Valley Marketplace flea market, says town clerk Sue Miller. According to the town supervisor’s office, the next step is an approval by the planning board, which is required for an indoor flea market. The market will also need a flea market permit, which costs $125 per weekend.
A recalcitrant town board is meeting tonight to decide the fate of a long-overdue flea market. For two years now, Eli Nassim has been trying to launch a swap meet in a site he owns, at 130 Salt Point Turnpike in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He has the building. He has a name — the Hudson Valley Marketplace. He has a Web site. He’s even joined both the local chamber of commerce and the National Flea Market Association. What he has not had is the cooperation of the Town of Poughkeepsie.
The town prevented the market from opening last year, as reported in April 2010 by FleaMarketZone.com. More setbacks then delayed an opening for this spring. Now Nassim is going before the board for a “Stormwater Easement, Pump Station & Assess Easement, and Stormwater Agreement,” according to the agenda for tonight’s meeting.
Nassim’s plan for the Hudson Valley Marketplace includes 200 vendors every Saturday and Sunday, free admission, and free parking. For more information, e-mail the market at info@HVMarket.com, or call (845) 483-1234.