In a surprise move by the L.A. Film School, its official complaint against the Hollywood Farmers Market over access to the school’s parking garage was withdrawn with provisions on Tuesday. The move will allow the market to renew its six-month street closure city permit, which expired this week, and continue to operate at the corner of Selma and Ivar Avenues if the market will accept the school’s terms, which were not disclosed. The Hollywood Farmers Market would not comment.
“We have been in discussions with the city and looked at all options that would allow the market to continue to grow,” said Albert Villalta, vice president of marketing for the L.A. Film School.
The market’s permit expired on Tuesday and it was granted a one-week extension by the city. The film school then withdrew its complaint. A meeting is scheduled for Monday between the market, the school, the office of Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, 13th District, and the Department of Public Works to iron out details. City officials have been determined to keep the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, a local institution for 20 years, as is. Approximately 150 vendors and an estimated 10,000 customers flock to the market every Sunday to sell and buy fruits and vegetables.
“The city is committed to maintain the vibrant community resource that is the Hollywood Farmers Market,” said Yusef Robb, a deputy to Garcetti.
At issue between the Hollywood Farmers’ Market and the L.A. Film School, which owns the property at 6363 Sunset Blvd, are the parking spaces that the market takes away from students and faculty at the school on Sundays. Recently, the market has moved vendors on the southern end of Ivar Avenue to allow access to the second level of the film school’s Morningside Court parking structure. The market has also started researching several alternative layouts to determine the feasibility of relocating 50-60 farmers that currently set up on Ivar Avenue south of Selma Avenue.
According to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, the L.A. Film School, which has stated that the market hinders “planning for future growth,” has provided no information on the feasibility study analysis of joining its two parking structures.
“We looked into feasibility and realized it was not a viable option, financially or from a safety standpoint,” Villalta said.
Commissioner Andrea Alarcon, who serves as the Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, hopes to finalize terms on a street closure permit extension.
“We as a city family, are all concerned with the baseline priority that the Hollywood Farmers’ Market will operate as is,” Alarcon said.
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