A group of Faneuil Hall Market vendors looked for support from the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) this week to oppose changes at the marketplace. Leaseholder Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. is planning to renovate the historic property including a boutique hotel and new center food area. Much of the surrounding retail space would be transformed into bars and restaurants.
Vendors are concerned that the changes will eliminate locally owned pushcarts and food vendors that have operated at the market for over 30 years. Susan Luongo, who spoke at the meeting, currently operates a Christmas pushcart and said she is representing over 40 other vendors including some in the food court. The eviction process has already begun to make room for the new retail spaces. Ms. Luongo said the marketplace could de-emphasize many of the remaining local vendors in favor of more international chains.
View the video above for more information and discussion from the December 8, 2014 Neighborhood Council meeting.
Update: Speculation regarding the eviction of Salty Dog in the video has since been denied by Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. and removed from the text of this post.