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City to Clean Up Third Street Flea Market Site

July 12, 2012

Once home to a movie theater, a flea market, and a meth lab, the blighted Southwest Twin Drive-In Theater may soon see another use.

City of Memphis and federal officials announced Wednesday, July 11th, that city crews would clean up the almost 20-acre Third Street Flea Market site within the next two to three weeks. It will then be sold.

Mayor Wharton, federal officials, and neighborhood leaders tour the blighted Third Street Flea Market site.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. said he hoped to see the property become something that is both needed by the neighborhood and is wholesome.The previous owner relinquished his rights to the property after being charged with selling illegally imported goods. That has given the federal government control of the property, but it will be managed locally while it is being prepped for sale.“We don’t want to get one bad thing out and then put another bad thing in,” he said. “As long as I’m Mayor, this won’t be a flea market.”

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