BANGOR – The City of Bangor is working to support its small businesses by creating outdoor space for them to begin operating again.
According to councilor Ben Sprague, the city will be blocking off some streets to provide space for outdoor seating at restaurants and for products at retail shops.
These locations will be right outside the businesses for the most part, but Sprague said the city is willing to work with them to help in any way possible.
Sprague said each business will have to fill out an application and have a layout for what it wants to do so the city can review it as quickly as possible.
“We’re going to review plans and make sure that the sidewalk is still passable and that there’s nothing dangerous with jutting out into the road,” Sprague said. “There will be plenty of blockades and signage to make sure that cars know that there’s a change in traffic pattern.”
Sprague said he thinks the city council will have firm guidelines out in the next week and that businesses will hopefully be able to use the outdoor space by June.