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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.

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