A StrEatery, also known as a Parklet or Pop-Up Park, is a type of platform that reclaims underutilized public space for pedestrian oriented outdoor dining. Typically these platforms are constructed on top of pavement in alleyways, existing on-street parallel or angled parking, or across public plazas. The structure itself is conducive to re-use of the public way due to its ability to be constructed to accessible design standards, and ability to create new public space where it would otherwise be limited.
Why is Kennewick starting a pilot program?
The City and Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership have performed several surveys to find out what residents, businesses, and visitors would like to see more of in our downtown. The recurring theme is a desire for outdoor dining spaces, which are not easily created in an area that is already relatively developed. Kennewick received funding through its Community Development Block Grant Program that provides a public-private partnership to support the cost of installation of outdoor dining areas.
The partnership provides funding to expand outdoor dining and therefore available seating for food or beverage business operations, which in turn allows the business to create one or more new job opportunities. For 2018 the City has $50,000.00 available in matching funds for this program, equating to two StrEateries and the creation of a minimum of 1.5 additional employment opportunities.
Great! When can I apply?
Round One applications closed on Friday, May 11th, 2018 with two applications made. The following applicants were chosen for award by the Block Grant Advisory board for award, which allocated up to $25,000.00 to each for expenses related to the procurement and installation of their StrEateries:
Rockabilly Roasting Company
101 West Kennewick Avenue
Foodies Brick and Mortar
308 West Kennewick Avenue
The City reserves the right to reject any projects that would not fit local, state, or federal requirements for funding or construction.