LISBON — The Lisbon City Council has authorised a plan for closing a 4,000-square-foot stretch of decrease Main Street this summer time that goals to sort out considerations raised by enterprise homeowners.
The plan for the part of Main Street dubbed “Moxie Plaza” is designed to handle issues recognized following the same closure final summer time. The closures have been developed in gentle of the COVID-19 pandemic to draw extra foot site visitors and encourage outside eating and neighborhood occasions.
Brett Richardson, the city’s financial and neighborhood improvement director, reviewed the plan on the Feb. 16 council assembly.
Richardson mentioned the city plans to put extra indicators round city to assist appeal to extra of the automobiles on Route 196 to Main Street. The city additionally will maintain Main Street seen to Route 196 site visitors as an alternative of blocking the view because it did final summer time.
Prior to the pandemic, Richardson mentioned there have been greater than 15,000 vehicles on Route 196 every day in contrast to 6,000 vehicles on Route 9, and three,000 vehicles on Main Street in accordance to Maine Division of Transportation site visitors counts.
Richardson mentioned the plan additionally gives 35 extra parking areas in close proximity to Main Street companies with designated worker parking additional away.
The city is making a calendar of occasions for Moxie Plaza and the city to appeal to folks to the Main Street space. The city is hiring an occasion coordinator to work on tailor-made occasions for particular person companies and to market them.
With different space communities canceling occasions like Bathtub Heritage Days competition and the Yarmouth Clam Pageant, “Individuals are going to be searching for issues to do,” Richardson mentioned.
The plan additionally lowers 90-day vendor license charges to $25. It will present rather a lot of folks a possibility to come to Main Street, Richardson mentioned, following complaints that vendor charges final summer time have been too costly.
Laura Ingerson owns a enterprise on Main Street and questioned how companies will thrive with Main Street closed.
“I, as a enterprise proprietor, can say that our emails and considerations are going unheard,” she wrote in a Feb. 16 electronic mail to the council.
Fern Larochelle is the lone councilor who opposed the vote on the Main Street closure plan on Feb. 16.
“My largest concern is just not all companies on Main Street are on board with the closure and I simply don’t know if each avenue has been checked out to truly make it work for everyone and that was my largest concern,” Larcohelle mentioned Monday.
It’s a plan that Constructive Change Lisbon, a Lisbon enterprise advocacy group, hasn’t taken a stance on but, in accordance to Ross Cunningham, the group’s president.
“I feel the problem is it’s inherently useful for some companies and inherently difficult for others and we wish to assist all people,” Cunningham mentioned Monday. “And it’s going take an terrible lot of work as a neighborhood to guarantee any enterprise that experiences any type of unfavorable influence are supported,” to mitigate these impacts.