Greetings from Town of Erie Economic Development
I wanted to take a moment to provide an update and explanation for the closure of the 500 block of Briggs Street, detail the other scenarios we considered, and share the relocation of the Farmer’s Market. First, let me apologize for the limited communication and outreach to Erie residents and businesses while making this decision. We are working vigilantly to provide support to businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidelines from the state to allow restaurants to reopen are changing weekly. We are committed to responding as quickly and as effectively as possible. As a result, outreach and communication has been difficult to accomplish. Please know it is our goal to work hard every day to improve upon this front.
Why are we closing the 500 block of Briggs Street?
We closed the 500 block of Briggs Street in an effort to provide restaurants on this block the ability to expand their patios and increase their service capacity. This will remain until October 31st (or until the state of emergency is lifted).
The Safer at Home State guidelines issued on May 25th permit restaurants to open at fifty percent of their existing building occupancy (or 50 people whichever is fewer). Restaurants were encouraged to expand their outdoor patio seating while maintaining social distancing guidelines. These guidelines also encouraged restaurants to expand into adjacent parking lots (both public and private). Given the nature of the building types and layouts of the restaurants Old Town, there is limited accessible space to expand patios while maintaining ADA compliance and social distancing guidelines. Closing the 500 block of Briggs Street became the viable solution.
What about 600 block of Briggs Street?
We did explore an additional closure of the 600 block of Briggs. However, after consultation with the Mountain View Fire Department, and the Erie Police Department, a number of public safety concerns (fire access and traffic control) determined closing the 600 block inadvisable. This is also why we relocated the Farmer’s Market to Wells Street.
We know all businesses and individuals have been impacted by these unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic if different ways. We can, and will get through this together. Your patience and ongoing support of the businesses of our community is truly appreciated. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns by calling me at 303-926-2769 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Economic Development Director