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Outdoor flea market coming to Lightfoot

jojacobs@vagazette.com

Lightfoot now has a new pop-up flea market to add to its economic profile. The outdoor market will be located at 6623 Richmond Road and will operate on weekends with space for 15 to 20 vendors.

The market is expected to being operations in a few weeks in an existing parking lot of office, warehouse and commercial facilities at 6623 Richmond Road. The market will provide space for up to 20 vendors and will operate 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays year round, said senior planner Jose Ribeiro.

No new permanent buildings or additions will be constructed as part of the market. Vendors will bring their own tables and remove them at the end of the day, according to a staff report.

The property at 6623 Richmond Road is about 11 acres, with one area zoned general business and the other general agricultural.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the application to establish the flea market at its meeting Tuesday.

The market will take up about 27 parking spaces in the lot, which has about 180 spots. The complex doesn’t attract enough business to fill the lot to capacity and, given that the market operates on weekends, it’s unlikely it will be an impediment to the complex’s activity, Ribeiro said.

“It’ll give the location a potential commercial shot in the arm, which I think it could use,” said attorney David Otey, who represented the applicant for the special-use permit required to operate the market.

One resident spoke in favor of the idea during the public comment that preceded the vote.

“Why do we need a flea market? Among other things, it is a great entertainment for locals and tourists,” county resident Mildred Webb said. “It’s an opportunity for people to sell their goods. For some it is their main income.”

She added that the market would provide a more central location for residents of outlying areas of the county to come hold yard sales.

The supervisors’ approval comes after the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the project for approval Sept. 5.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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