Baltimore DOT seeks public input on the future of outdoor dining

Baltimore City Department of Transportation officials are asking for the public’s input on a new plan to make curbside dining permanent in some areas. Transportation officials said they were getting a lot of mixed reactions to the idea. All of this is happening as the city prepares to end the COVID-19 policies that first made this possible. The city said it has received a lot of positive feedback about outdoor dining and wants to continue in the future, but with stricter regulations. Andrew Carter owns Delia’s Foley in Federal Hill. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, his restaurant began offering curbside dining. “It was extremely popular. They would be the first tables to be seated,” Carter said. “I think people like being able to enjoy their food outside. The warm weather, the music, the lights. end of 2022 and make permanent curbside restoration in parking lanes of public rights-of-way.| Public Comment on Outdoor Dining in Certain Areas of Baltimore “Parking is hard enough in this area,” said resident Andrew Canter. Canter said he thinks curbside dining has caused some problems. “It’s time to get back to letting public spaces be public spaces used by the public and not letting private companies reap the benefits,” Canter said. “We weigh and balance the concerns of residents, the concerns of businesses,” said Liam Davis, of the Baltimore Department of Transportation. Under the proposed policy, he said businesses would have to pay fees based on square footage. “We want our business to be successful and to make money. We also need to understand that when you lease a public right of way and make money from it, is there money that should also be paid to the city,” Davis said. Carter said if the idea is approved, he thinks it will help restaurants and others will adopt it. “I think it’s great for the neighborhood. I think it gets people to go out and eat earlier, to be outside, to enjoy the nice weather,” he said. The comment period ends on November 14.

Baltimore City Department of Transportation officials are asking the public’s input on a new plan to make curbside restaurants permanent in certain areas.

Transportation officials said they were getting a lot of mixed reactions to the idea.

This is all happening as the city prepares to end the COVID-19 policies that first made this possible.

The city said it has received many positive comments about outdoor dining and wants to continue in the future, but with stricter regulations.

Andrew Carter owns Delia’s Foley in Federal Hill. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, his restaurant began offering curbside dining.

“It was extremely popular. They would be the first tables to be seated,” Carter said. “I think people like being able to enjoy their food outside. The warm weather, the music, the lights.”

Now the city wants to hear from residents on whether to expand the emergency outdoor dining program, which is set to end at the end of 2022 and make curbside dining in parking lanes permanent. public rights-of-way.

| Public comment on outdoor dining in certain areas of Baltimore

“Parking is hard enough in this neighborhood,” said resident Andrew Canter.

Canter said he thought curbside dining led to problems.

“It’s time to get back to letting public spaces be public spaces used by the public and not letting private companies reap the benefits,” Canter said.

“We are constantly weighing and balancing the concerns of residents, the concerns of businesses,” said Liam Davis of the Baltimore Department of Transportation.

Under the proposed policy, he said businesses would have to pay fees based on square footage.

“We want our business to be successful and to make money. We also need to understand that when you rent a public right of way and make money from it, is there money that should also be paid to the city,” Davis said.

Carter said if the idea is approved, he thinks it will help restaurants and others will adopt it.

“I think it’s great for the neighborhood. I think it gets people to go out and eat earlier, to be outside, to enjoy the nice weather,” he said.

The comment period ends on November 14.

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