NORFOLK-Farmers markets, 24-hour convenience stores, recreation centers and flea markets could be moving in to downtown Norfolk and the Ghent neighborhood.

City Council today will vote on zoning changes that would allow the previously banned businesses. It's part of the effort to create an arts district along Granby St. north of Brambleton Avenue.

If the measure is approved, business owners have to apply for a special exemption.

'Seeing the city make these changes is great,' Caryann Wineberg said, who plans to open an art studio on Granby Street.

Allowing flea markets means local artists can sell products in her shop.

'I feel like the flea market term has a negative connotation, the closest to a flea market we would get to is a craft show,' she added.

'The addition of uses in the downtown district should create more business opportunities,' stated in the department of planning and community development report.

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