A proposed transportation renewal plan for Bluefield, W.Va., will force the city-run flea market currently held in a municipal parking garage to move if it is approved April 11. The Bluefield City Flea Market has been held seasonally on Saturdays since the late 1980s, and the entire structure has filled up with vendors at the peak of the season.
As reported in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the city is considering building a regional transportation hub, called the Colonial Intermodal Project, which would include tearing down the Princeton Avenue Parking Garage. A new location will need to be held for the flea market. Plans for the future location of the Bluefield City Flea Market are up in the air, according to Bluefield Mayor Linda Whalen, as quoted in the Daily Telegraph:
Though there are no current plans for where the flea market could be relocated, Whalen said city officials have considered several options. “At this point, it’s still up to suggestion where the flea market could be located,” Whalen said. “The city management would have to make recommendations based on usable space in the city. Then, the city board would have to make a decision on where to relocate it. That is still a very long ways down the road, though.”
Coming up next: The Bluefield City Board will meet to discuss and vote on the Intermodal plan on April 11. If approved, the project will move to the engineering and environmental stage. The flea market is expected to run as usual for the present.
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