Public Hearing on Farmers Market Privatization Decides Fate of the Market Tomorrow

We're getting closer to a car-free farmers market.
We're getting closer to a car-free farmers market.

City Hall will meet tomorrow to decide on a number of factors governing the privatization of the Dallas Farmers Market. Items for consideration include rezoning and expansion of the area surrounding the market, and the sale of public land for private development. The decisions up for vote during tomorrow's meeting are borne out of the proposal submitted by the Dallas Farmers Market Group, a collection of development and marketing firms looking privatize and develop the area.

Other items include a 30-year deal to lease Shed 1, which will remain public land, back to the Farmers Market Group, resolutions to sell the remaining land surrounding the market to the group, and bond approval.

Tanya Reagan, president of the Farmers Market Stakeholder's Association, an organization that represents property owners around the market, fully supports the plan. She'll join Debbie Bozeman, president of the Dallas Farmers Markets Friends, in asking the city to move forward with the privatization.

If the plans work out, control of the Dallas Farmers Market could be handed over to the private group as soon as the end of March.

Tomorrow's meeting will be held in the sixth-floor council chamber at 1 p.m.

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