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Eastern Market Report: Bollards Are Back

At the April 24 meeting of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC), Market Manager Barry Margeson announced that the bollards are back.

The bollards were expected to be installed in fall, and are a linchpin of the Market security plans. But after being peremptorily cancelled in November, plans were reinstated and additionally funded in the District budget.

In addition, the installation scheduled for November will take place in one stage under the newly negotiated plan rather than in three stages as initially proposed.

EMCAC Member Tom Kuchenberg Dies

Chair Chuck Burger solemnly announced the news of the passing of long time member Tom Kuchenberg.

Burger asked for a moment of silence to honor Kuchenberg’s life and service to EMCAC as the independent representative  member.  Unlike the rest of the members who each are selected to represent a community group, Kuchenberg represented the residents of the District.

Kuchenberg served for twenty-five years as a fully engaged community member and was the gold standard of community  service.

When asked what drove Kuchenberg to such incredible lengths, equally long-serving EMCAC member Monte Edwards replied: “We felt we were doing something good for the community and after we got some experience we had some confidence in what we were doing.”

Plain-spoken and wasting no time unnecessarily complicating  issues,  Kuchneberg led a varied and vibrant working life of government service. In his earlier days, he worked at the Cellar Door jazz club as well as on the Alaska pipe line. He coauthored a book on the environment called “Reflections In A Tarnished Mirror: The Use and Abuses of the Great Lakes.”

Kuchenberg bought a vacation cottage in Nova Scotia more than thirty years ago which he visited regularly.

Burger released a statement on behalf of EMCAC which reads:
“It is with a heavy heart that I inform  you that our Tom passed away this morning at his home. Tom was a very special individual and his passing is a great loss  not only to his family and friends but to  our community and the EMCAC family. He will be sorely missed. ”

Market Manager Report

Market Manager Barry Margeson reported that revenue for the first six months of the fiscal year was $405,251 with a strong second half of the year projected. Expenses to date are $311,970 with North Hall books for lucrative private events such as wedding receptions driving this surge in revenue. The FY24 budget is $838,052. North Hall revenue so far in April is $39,650.

Radici Closes

Cornerstone brick and mortar Eastern Market business Radici closed doors for good on April 28th.

Peter Waldron is a long time resident and former Chair of ANC6B. Waldron has been reporting on the Eastern Market for fifteen years and can be reached at peter218@prodigy.net.

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