By Jane Smith

    For the first time in more than 19 years, Delray Beach will offer a summer GreenMarket. The question is where.
    Market Manager Lori Nolan proposed the Block 60 parking lot on Northwest First Avenue, just east of the Tennis Center and west of Swinton Avenue.
    She said the community had asked for the summer GreenMarket when making her presentation April 23 to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency board, which runs the program. She said it would be revenue neutral. The board approved that location.
    She proposed holding it from mid-May, with an anticipated start date of May 16, to October every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon with about half of the vendors of a typical winter season.         The market’s current location at Old School Square was ruled out because the ground had become rutted, making it difficult for strollers and wheelchairs to navigate, she said.
    At the end of the meeting and after Nolan had left, board member Angela Gray made a motion to reconsider the location. It passed 4-2 with Paul Zacks and Bill Branning voting no because Nolan had left and Gray didn’t know what the cost would be. Commissioner Cathy Balestriere was absent.
    Then Gray proposed holding it in Libby Wesley Plaza at the southwest corner of Southwest Fifth and West Atlantic avenues. If the vendors don’t fit, she said, reduce the number or apply to close Southwest Fifth during that time.
    “As a board member, I seldom do this, but I want to make this happen at this site,” she said.        

They agreed, again by a 4-2 vote.
    In other action, the board granted a six-month extension to allow Delray Beach Holdings to finish the governmental approval process. The company plans to build the iPic Theater, a Class A office building, 7,290 square feet of retail space and a multilevel garage on agency land.

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