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Open air market coming to El Centro?

April 16, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

People seeking to sell their arts, crafts and produce on weekends in El Centro will likely soon have somewhere to do so, as an open air marketplace received El Centro Planning Commission approval.

"It's a swap meet," said Oliver Alvarado, city planning director.

The market will sit on 4.5 acres at 395 E. Aurora Drive near the intersection of Dogwood Road.

The project will be built out in three phases, with the first consisting of 68 vending spaces and 72 parking stalls, including for the disabled. The second phase is the same except for one less parking space. Phase three includes 58 vending spaces and 41 parking stalls, including six for the disabled.

The Yuma-based project owners could not be reached for comment. Their conditional-use permit application describes the project as "a first-class marketplace with new items only." The planned hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays through Sundays, September through May.

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The vending stalls are described in the permit application as pop-up style. Each stall would be 10 feet by 30 feet.

Nearby land uses include a commercial recreation facility to the east, a manufacturing business to the north and vacant lots to the west and south. The area is zoned light manufacturing.

It is unknown when the issue will reach the City Council for approval.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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