City Council Member David Ryu will conduct a community meeting to discuss the future of the Larchmont Farmers’ Market on Saturday, March 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Marlborough School, 250 S. Rossmore Ave.
The news was relayed to the Buzz on Friday night by Gary Gilbert, a Windsor Square resident who has been championing the cause of keeping the Larchmont Farmers Market in the city parking lot on Larchmont Blvd., since it was announced that construction of a small new playground on the south edge of the lot could negatively affect the market’s size, location or operations.
As previously reported, Gilbert met with Ryu last week to urge him to hold a community meeting to gauge support for the playground when Gilbert discovered that many residents and businesses were not yet aware of the plan to install a playground.
“I’m thrilled that Councilmember Ryu has followed through on his promise to hold a public meeting, and I’m confident that after he sees the community’s strong opposition to the project, as he’s already seen with over 250 emails and hundreds of phone calls decrying a children’s play space located next to moving cars and noxious fumes, he will do the right thing and respect the will of his constituents,” Gilbert told the Buzz. ” “That’s why we elected him.”
The fate of the market has been up in the air since the announcement that the proposed construction of a children’s playground would permanently remove six parking spaces on the south edge of the parking lot where the market locates on Sundays. The construction could also affect the size and location of the Market, and the market manager announced consideration of possibly expanding the enterprise, and moving it one block north to Larchmont Blvd., between Beverly and Rosewood.
Over the past several weeks, however, residents and businesses have sent more than 250 e-mails to Ryu’s office, urging him help keep the Larchmont Farmers Market just as it is.
The meeting will be held at the Marlborough School at 250 S. Rossmore Ave. on Saturday, March 14, from 2-4 pm, in the 2nd floor Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, There is street parking in the vicinity, and limited on-campus parking for cars and bicycles (enter from westbound Third Street, just west of Arden Blvd.).