By WECT Staff | June 23, 2020 at 5:26 AM EDT – Updated June 24 at 12:02 AM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Wilmington City Council met Tuesday evening and, after discussion, voted unanimously to bring temporary outdoor dining to the downtown area during the coronavirus pandemic to start Thursday June 25th and run through Labor Day.
The Downtown Business Alliance and Wilmington Downtown Inc. both advocated for a program called “Downtown Alive,” which involves closing parts of some streets to accommodate outdoor dining.
The new order will help restaurants find some additional space for customers since indoor dining is limited during the pandemic.
The temporary road closures include:
- Front Street bounded by Market Street and Chestnut Street.
- Front Street bounded by Market Street and Dock Street.
- Princess Street bounded by Front Street and 2nd Street.
- Princess Street bounded by 2nd Street and 3rd Street
This proposal will affect traffic Thursday-Sunday during this time period during the following hours:
Thursdays/Fridays 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sundays 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The roads will start to close up to an hour prior to the time period and will be re-opened no longer than an hour after the time period ends each day.
Nearly 20 restaurants supported the proposed program and some retail merchants also showed interest, according to information provided to council.
The outdoor dining areas will be non-smoking, but alcoholic beverages will be allowed.
The expected program cost is $109,500.
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