More than 100 vendors at an historic Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Flea Market -- an entrepreneurial icon that has been a way of life for the vendors and their customers for 27 years -- will soon have to find a new place to buy and sell their wares.
An unanimous vote Tuesday night by the Jefferson County Planning Commission gives permission to Dr. James Gibson, a Berkeley County dentist, to build a 55-unit multifamily subdivision. Gibson's family has owned the 12-acre tract where the flea market currently sits at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Millville Road since 1942.
The subdivision will be called Alstadts Corner after the Alstadt House, a circa- 1790 restored brick structure across U.S. 340 from the flea market.
Tuesday's planning commission vote was the last hurdle Gibson faced except for some formalities, planning officials said.
The project met all county subdivision rules and was recommended by the planning commission staff.