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Footprint of Hollywood Farmers' Market may change to resolve parking issue

April 26, 2011 | 10:20 am

Click through for more information on the Hollywood Farmers Market in The Times' guide to Southern California farmers markets.This post has been corrected. See the note at bottom for details.

Parts of Hollywood Boulevard would be set aside for the Hollywood Farmers' Market in one scenario being considered by organizers negotiating with the Los Angeles Film School over parking for the popular Sunday event.

The plan was proposed by the film school and shared with market organizers Monday, said former City Councilman Michael Woo, chairman of the board for the group that runs the market.

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Wood said the plan would would entail closing all or part of Hollywood Boulevard between Cahuenga Boulevard and Vine Street.

Another proposal calls for moving the market to Vine Street between Hollywood and Sunset boulevards.

Under both scenarios, the market would continue to occupy two blocks of Selma Avenue, a short stretch of Cosmo Street and the block of Ivar Avenue north of Selma.

But the boundaries would no longer include the stretch of Ivar south of Selma and north of Sunset Boulevard. The city denied the market a permit for that block last year, in part because film school officials complained it cut off access to a garage entrance.

City Councilman Eric Garcetti helped the market win an extension of its permit until at least May 17 to give organizers a chance to work out a compromise with the film school.

Woo said the board of the nonprofit that runs the market will meet Sunday to discuss the possible shifts of the market footprint.

He said the proposal to move to market to Hollywood Boulevard is probably the one they will consider most seriously. That proposal would expand the boundaries of the market, he said, but it would disrupt traffic and require city buses to be rerouted.

It also raises safety concerns, he said, and could require guardrails and possibly traffic officers. In 2003, an elderly man mistakenly drove his car into the Santa Monica Farmers Market, killing nine people.

Woo said safety would be paramount but the market "would not want to absorb the cost of paying for additional security."

At the outset of negotiations late last year, market organizers promised to study potential adjustments to its footprint, including alternative layouts on adjacent streets.

Film school administrators said they would review the feasibility of joining the parking garage that is blocked by the market with another parking structure to resolve the access problem.

Woo said film school officials have since "indicated that they are not willing to explore that option."

School officials have said they support the market in Hollywood, but they need access to their parking structure.

[For the record, 11:57 a.m., April 26: A previous version of this post misidentified the Los Angeles Film School as the Hollywood Film School.]

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Image: Map shows location of Hollywood Farmers' Market. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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