Applications are now open for parklets, outdoor dining, pushcarts and outdoor merchandise sales in downtown Lafayette.
"Vibrancy is one of the primary goals for our Downtown Action plan," said CEO of the Downtown Development Authority Geoff Dyer. "Parklets are a great way to bring activity and commerce out to the sidewalk. I think you’re going to start seeing a lot of positive improvements along Jefferson Street in the near future, and the investment in more outdoor dining and seating will be a key factor."
In addition to enhanced dining options and experiences for downtown visitors, the ordinance allows for the outdoor sale of merchandise, providing economic development opportunities for entrepreneurs and attracting stable vendors as assets to the area.
Depending on the number of initial applicants, permits may be granted via a competitive application process given limited spaces as described in the ordinance. Applications for the first round open today and responses are due on July 12 to Cathie Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.