News and Tribune

Recent Local News

July 11, 2013

Piloting a parking spot at Perkfection

Temporary outdoor seating proposal approved; goal is to bring in diners

JEFFERSONVILLE —

A proposal approved Wednesday will give curbside service a literal meaning downtown.

Jeffersonville Planning Director Shane Corbin presented a request to the Board of Public Works to temporarily create an outdoor seating area in a parking spot outside Perkfection, at the corner of Spring and Maple streets.

Corbin said planters will be used to create a temporary outdoor seating area in a handicapped parking spot outside the business. He said the city is looking into replacing the handicapped spot with a handicapped parking space on Maple Street, but plans have not been finalized.

“It is just a project that we wanted to move forward as a pilot [project],” he said. “We’re anticipating a lot of people from the Big Four [Bridge] coming over and we don’t really have adequate seating and spaces for people to congregate along Spring [Street].”

The idea of converting street parking spots into outdoor seating areas was part of the development plans for Red Yeti, a restaurant and brew pub under construction at the corner of Spring and Chestnut streets. The proposal was that the restaurant would take over several parking spots on Spring Street in order to provide outdoor seating to its guests.

However, Red Yeti is not scheduled to open until later this year, and Corbin added that the concept of using the parking spots for outdoor seating was actually borne out of the city’s participation in PARK(ing) Day last year. PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

City officials said they would wait until the construction on the intersection of Spring and Chestnut streets is completed before the street seating is added at Perkfection.

Jeffersonville is planning to reconstruct Chestnut Street to create a corridor from the Big Four bicycle and pedestrian bridge landing to Spring Street. Work on the project is slated to start Monday, July 15, and last until Sept. 15. During the first week of work, the intersection of Chestnut and Spring streets is going to be closed and a detour will be in effect. The city will hold a press conference today to talk about the project.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Recent Local News
LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Shark Sightings a Big Catch for Cape Tourism Native American Teens Get Taste of College Legendary Actor James Garner Dies Ukraine Rebels: Black Boxes Will Be Returned Recording May Show Attempt at Crash Cover-up
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.