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File #: 2020-8248   
Type: Council Referral
Body: City Council
On agenda: 9/1/2020
Title: Consider Creating a Grant Program for Park Street (Downtown Alameda Business Association-DABA) and Webster Street (West Alameda Business Association-WABA) to Adapt the Configuration of Park and Webster Streets, including Potential Temporary Street Closures. (Mayor Ezzy Ashcraft and Councilmember Oddie)
Attachments: 1. Correspondence
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Consider Creating a Grant Program for Park Street (Downtown Alameda Business Association-DABA) and Webster Street (West Alameda Business Association-WABA) to Adapt the Configuration of Park and Webster Streets, including Potential Temporary Street Closures. (Mayor Ezzy Ashcraft and Councilmember Oddie)


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COUNCIL REFERRAL FORM

The Council can take any of the following actions:
1) Take no action.
2) Refer the matter to staff to schedule as a future City Council agenda item.
3) Take dispositive action if sufficiently noticed such that the public and Council have been provided sufficient information by the published agenda, and no formal published notice of a public hearing is required.

Name of Councilmember requesting referral: Mayor Ezzy Ashcraft and Councilmember Oddie

Date of submission to City Clerk (must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. on the Monday two weeks before the Council meeting requested): 8/17/2020

Council Meeting date: 9/1/2020

Brief description of the subject to be printed on the agenda, sufficient to inform the City Council and public of the nature of the referral:

Create a grant program for Park Street (DABA) and Webster Street (WABA) Business Associations to adapt to configuration of Park and Webster Streets and potential temporary street closures; eliminate red tape.

Leaders of the Chamber, DABA, and WABA are concerned about the continued viability of local businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers. The City has reconfigured Park and Webster Streets to provide space for outdoor dining and enhanced social distancing. However, in order to maximize the effectiveness of lane closures, and possible temporary street closures, the city needs to find additional ways to support the vibrancy of these districts. Time is of the essence as many businesses are struggling to survive and often encounter "red tape" when attempting to find creative solutions to remaining open. To qualify, any parklets, etc. set up with these grant funds must ...

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