City Approves Additional Downtown Outdoor Space For Restaurants, Retailers-Brevard NC
Last updated 5/21/2020 at 11:26am
The Brevard City Council has unanimously approved staff recommendations to create additional downtown outdoor space for restaurants and retailers in anticipation of the Phase Two reopening Friday at a reduced capacity for dining and shopping.
Council's resolution outlined the following:
•On-street parking spaces on Main Street on the block immediately west and on the block immediately east of Broad Street, opposite the sidewalk from such stores will be closed to vehicular parking as a "test block." Through traffic will still be allowed.
•Parking spaces may be used by pedestrians for safe travel while parts of the sidewalk and bricked area will be used for tables and chairs or retail display racks, etc. Other pedestrian use of the sidewalk, with parking spaces used for merchandise, may also be a viable option.
•The city will erect fencing to block vehicular parking and create barriers for safe use of those parking areas newly designated for outdoor dining and retail.
•Restaurants and retail shops with a license to serve beer and wine may contact the Planning Department for approval to serve alcohol directly adjacent to their establishment and with proper barricades in place.
•Businesses that do not want on-street parking spaces closed in front of their business may petition the city to leave spaces open before fencing is put in place.
•The city will identify and clearly mark spaces for all curbside pickup where needed.
Many businesses outside of the "test-block" have expressed a desire to increase outdoor space with use of parking lots, parking spaces and sidewalks. The city's planning director, Paul Ray, encourages businesses to contact the Planning Department to discuss potential solutions.
"Not only are we not excluding other businesses throughout the city from thinking creatively, we are actively encouraging businesses to contact the Planning Department to let us know what they have in mind and how we can help them adjust to current conditions," he said.
This resolution also allows the Heart of Brevard to request special event street closures for weekends and evenings as desired by downtown business owners.
In addition to this resolution, city staff have been working to increase the number of outdoor seating areas throughout downtown to accommodate takeout dining. Additional tables have been added to the corner of Caldwell and West Main streets, with shade umbrellas on order. Visitors to downtown will soon find additional seating in the East Alley near Sully's Steamers and in the North Alley adjacent to Hunters and Gatherers.