The Alhambra Farmers Market may temporarily relocate starting Aug. 17, according to Community Services Director Martin Ray. Ray presented Monday to Alhambra City Council a proposal to move the Sunday market from its current location on Monterey and Bay State streets to 2nd and Main streets. The farmers market must relocate due to the construction of a new mixed-used development at Alhambra Place.
City staff explored two other locations: a parking lot south of Valley Boulevard and Chapel Avenue and the Alhambra Courthouse parking lot located at Commonwealth Avenue and 1st Street. Ray cited a lack of visibility, the possibility of disturbing nearby residents, and a lack of parking as reasons why staff dismissed these options, adding that the Main and 2nd location is close to public parking and shopping.
"Come and shop at Main Street. Eat at Main Street. We want people to come and stay," Ray said Monday. "That's the whole idea of moving it closer to Main Street."
City staff is calling the move temporary because it is unclear whether the market will return to Monterey and Bay State once construction at Alhambra Place is completed, according to City Manager Mary Swink.
City Council responded positively to the relocation and commended Alhambra Farmers Market Manager Harry Wong. “You’re doing a great job," Councilman Steven Placido said. "I see your staff, they're very friendly, they help out, they're very relaxed, they take care of anything that happens and you keep that area very safe for families. It’s a great program we offer here in town and largely from what Martin [Ray] says is because of you.”
City staff also updated Council on the progress of goals outlined in Alhambra's Strategic Plan. Updates included the completion and installation of picnic shelters at Alhambra Park, as well as the planned completion of other goals, including the installation of band shell flooring at Alhambra Park and the implementation of an online registration system for Alhambra leisure classes.
Weren't able to attend the meeting? You can watch it here. City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month on the second floor of City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next regular meeting will be on July 28 at 5:30 and 7 p.m.