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Council Puts off Revoking Mercado's Permit

Mercado El Rey's future is now in the hands of a state appellate court.

The San Juan Capistrano City Council put off a decision Tuesday to revoke the permit for Mercado El Rey, the popular Latino market whose neighbors say has insufficient parking.

A Superior Court judge has agreed, ordering the city to revoke the mercado’s permit. However, the market’s owners and their landlords went before a state appellate panel Tuesday to ask that the city postpone the action until the matter can be fully heard in that higher court.

According to a letter from landlord Dove Capistrano Partners, the court did issue the postponement, or stay. As such, the council took the item off the agenda.

Back in September 2011, the San Juan Capistrano City Council green-lighted the permit for Mercado El Rey in the spot of the former Vincent de Paul Society thrift store.

Nearby landlord Dan Friess told Patch earlier this week that parking has been a nightmare ever since. He’d like a temporary structure built back when the storefront housed a thrift shop be removed to make room for six more parking spots. The temporary structure has since been incorporated into the store.

In a letter sent before the City Council meeting Tuesday, Dove’s lawyers said the court has invited the city to submit by April 23 a letter in support of the city’s original approval. 

Whophantom April 17, 2013 at 02:26 PM
I have to give credit landlord Dan Friess for trying to come to a reasonable solution. If it's the employees taking up the much needed spaces, customers should come first and the employees including the owners should find alternate parking. What I don't understand is why Mr. Friess never complained when the Vincent de Paul store was in business? VDP was a busy store, especially on the week ends.
Kelley April 17, 2013 at 03:27 PM
It is refreshing to hear of someone offering a solution to the problem, rather than just adding to it for once! If more people did that, rather than just complaining about everything, then more could get done to make our wonderful City a better place to live.

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