ALAMEDA -- Just one complaint has been received at City Hall over the flea market at College of Alameda since the Planning Board approved the event in April, and a representative from the city's Planning Department also found no problems while visiting the market on a recent Saturday.
The board held a hearing Monday as part of a six-month review of the market's use permit to make sure it was compatible with businesses on nearby Webster Street and to check whether it was impacting homes in the neighborhood, including at the Bayport housing development near the college.
But the hearing drew no speakers and ended up prompting no comments from the board.
Cheryl Nieters, 27, who lives in the neighborhood, said she has visited the flea market about twice since the operators secured approval. The market takes place every Saturday.
"I look for bargains," Nieters said Wednesday. "It's like going to garage sales and discount shops. It's a way to save money, but you have to be willing to look and to be patient."
The lone complaint stemmed from a report that the operators were placing small placards around town advertising the market, including as far away as the Park Street Bridge.
The organizers immediately took down the signs after they were contacted, according to Andrew Thomas, the city's planning services manager.
A sister flea market takes place each weekend at Oakland's Laney College, which like College of Alameda
The college district was the applicant for the use permit, which calls for vendors to set up no earlier than 7 a.m. and to wrap up by 5 p.m.
The markets are not affiliated with the Alameda Antiques & Collectibles Faire, which is held on the first Sunday of each month at the former Alameda Naval Air Station.
In other business on Monday, the Planning Board was set to consider a proposal from St. Joseph Elementary School on Chestnut Street to build a 700-square foot classroom for kindergartners that would face Lafayette Street. But school representatives asked for the issue to be put off and the board will now review the proposal on Oct. 22.
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