It is time to set the record straight as it relates to the Farmers Market.
The Port Commission unanimously approved a revised lease agreement with the city/Market in April. This new agreement lowered the rent percentages by eliminating the staggered system that had been in place ever since the market opened many years ago.
Now we need to clear up the parking issue that Steve Wilcox mentioned in a letter to the editor on Oct. 9. The “market’s overflow parking lot behind Batdorf and Bronson” was never a part of the Market lease area. Until several months ago this area was under lease by the Rants Group for parking to facilitate their office needs. While it was being used for parking for the market, it is not– as I stated – part of their lease.
Earlier this year, the port purchased the Fish and Wildlife property on Washington Street where the new estuary display has opened. That area is available to the public for parking for the Farmers Market and other vendors in the Market Centre area.
Wilcox’s complaint is baseless as the port has actually provided more parking in the immediate area of the Market Centre/Farmers Market development.
Yes, the port has leased the area Wilcox references in his letter for a longshore dispatch hall. This hall lease agreement will produce additional revenue to the port and not reduce — but increase — the number of parking spaces available for the Market.