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Use of Public Space: COVID-19 Response- Re-opening Phase I

Purpose

On June 3, 2020, Council approved temporary street closures for outdoor seating for restaurants and cafes. Resolution 2020-13: Supporting Small Businesses and Advancing Public Health by Allowing the Use of Public and Private Space for Outdoor Seating, Sales, and Customer Pickup.

Laurel Avenue closure

In support of Takoma Park’s small businesses and needed steps toward re-opening, the City Council authorized the closure of the northbound side of Laurel Avenue for outdoor seating, sales, and customer pick-up, beginning June 12.

The side of Laurel Avenue where the businesses are located will be closed to allow for outdoor dining and enjoyment, curbside pickup, and other public uses to assist Takoma Park’s businesses, employees, and residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The southbound lane of Laurel and the median will remain unchanged.

The travel lane and parking lane on the northbound side of Laurel Avenue will be closed with barriers. Signage will be installed to announce the road closure and detour around the church. The handicap parking space will be relocated across Laurel, on the southbound side. Additional handicap spaces are located across Eastern in DC and in the parking lot behind the Laurel Avenue storefronts. The parking lot entrance is at the intersection of Carroll and Laurel Avenues.

The businesses will begin using the outdoor space in order to re-open the restaurants, as required by the State and County restrictions, beginning on Friday, June 12.

The operation of the US Post Office on Laurel is unchanged and the Takoma Park Farmers Market will continue to use Laurel for the Sunday market.

Re-purposing Parking Spaces

The City has in place a program for outdoor cafe seating in the public right-of-way, which could be either on sidewalks or in a parking space.

Outdoor Cafe Permit
Traffic Detour for Laurel Avenue Closure
Community Feedback Regarding Street Closures

The City has created a survey to collect community feedback on the Laurel Avenue closure. The survey can be found at the link here.

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