Last summer, Lawrence city officials took measures to allow downtown businesses more room for safety against COVID-19 by allowing outdoor seating to occupy some downtown parking spaces — temporary “parklets.”
Now the parklets may be here to stay for a while longer. The temporary right-of-way program is set to expire on Dec. 31, but the city is considering implementing a long-term parklet program after this one expires, according to a city news release Thursday.
The long-term program would include several changes to the current regulations for parklets, including “fire code, safety regulations, right-of-way permits, historic design guidelines, equity among local businesses, parking and more.”
The city is looking for input from residents and business owners on this possible extension. Members of the community can share their thoughts about it through this survey or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also three virtual meetings for residents to share their perspectives coming up: 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5; noon Wednesday, Oct. 6; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. Zoom registration links can be found here.
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