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Danville: Council reduces downtown street closures, citing business owner feedback

Weekend closure area shortening effective Friday

(Image courtesy town of Danville)

The Danville Town Council decreased the temporary downtown street closures on weekends, modifying the closure zone on Wednesday in response to concerns from some business owners.

Starting this Friday morning, the closure area on Hartz Avenue will include only the block between Diablo Road and Prospect Avenue. Other areas blocked off to create parklets for outdoor dining are unaffected by the change.

(Image courtesy town of Danville)

Intended to help downtown businesses by creating more outdoor space for restaurant and retail activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter order, the program to close certain streets to vehicular traffic originally began in June and included Hartz Avenue from Diablo Road to School Street between early Friday morning and Sunday evening.

But recently town officials heard from many business owners in the closure area "who do not feel the weekend closures are having the beneficial effect many were expecting, and called for the south end closure to be lifted between Prospect Avenue and School Street," according to Jill Bergman, the town's economic development manager.

Bergman presented the owner feedback to the Town Council during a special meeting held via Zoom on Wednesday. The council members agreed to shorten the closure area on Hartz Avenue in line with the request.

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The new closure zone layout will begin this weekend -- early Friday morning (July 31) through this Sunday evening (Aug. 2), the same time period as before.

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Danville: Council reduces downtown street closures, citing business owner feedback

Weekend closure area shortening effective Friday

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 11:05 am
Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 12:42 pm

The Danville Town Council decreased the temporary downtown street closures on weekends, modifying the closure zone on Wednesday in response to concerns from some business owners.

Starting this Friday morning, the closure area on Hartz Avenue will include only the block between Diablo Road and Prospect Avenue. Other areas blocked off to create parklets for outdoor dining are unaffected by the change.

Intended to help downtown businesses by creating more outdoor space for restaurant and retail activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter order, the program to close certain streets to vehicular traffic originally began in June and included Hartz Avenue from Diablo Road to School Street between early Friday morning and Sunday evening.

But recently town officials heard from many business owners in the closure area "who do not feel the weekend closures are having the beneficial effect many were expecting, and called for the south end closure to be lifted between Prospect Avenue and School Street," according to Jill Bergman, the town's economic development manager.

Bergman presented the owner feedback to the Town Council during a special meeting held via Zoom on Wednesday. The council members agreed to shorten the closure area on Hartz Avenue in line with the request.

The new closure zone layout will begin this weekend -- early Friday morning (July 31) through this Sunday evening (Aug. 2), the same time period as before.

Comments

Member
Danville
on Jul 30, 2020 at 6:53 pm
Member , Danville
on Jul 30, 2020 at 6:53 pm
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I think Hartz between Diablo and Faz,I believe that is school street, should be a walking street always let alone Covid-19. I’d like to see it put to a vote with the residents of Danville.


Danville Voter
Danville
on Jul 31, 2020 at 8:25 am
Danville Voter, Danville
on Jul 31, 2020 at 8:25 am
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Many of the restaurants are in the area where the closure will remain for now so that makes more sense that the overly broad shutdown in our downtown. Perhaps now some of the other types of businesses downtown will have a chance to survive a little longer.


Bob
Danville
on Jul 31, 2020 at 11:39 am
Bob, Danville
on Jul 31, 2020 at 11:39 am
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It's Friday morning and I took a little drive down Hartz Ave, 'Still blocked off from School to Prospect. I don't think the PD got the memo.


Jennifer
Danville
on Aug 1, 2020 at 9:18 pm
Jennifer, Danville
on Aug 1, 2020 at 9:18 pm
1 person likes this

Open everything with caution so businesses can survive.


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