StrEatery Pilot Program
What is a StrEatery?
A StrEatery, also known as a Parklet or Pop-Up Park, is a type of platform that reclaims underutilized public space for pedestrian oriented outdoor dining. Typically these platforms are constructed on top of pavement in alleyways, existing on-street parallel or angled parking, or across public plazas. The structure itself is conducive to re-use of the public way due to its ability to be constructed to accessible design standards, and ability to create new public space where it would otherwise be limited.
Why is Kennewick starting a pilot program?
The City and Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership have performed several surveys to find out what residents, businesses, and visitors would like to see more of in our downtown. The recurring theme is a desire for outdoor dining spaces, which are not easily created in an area that is already relatively developed. Kennewick received funding through its Community Development Block Grant Program that provides a public-private partnership to support the cost of installation of outdoor dining areas.
The partnership provides funding to expand outdoor dining and therefore available seating for food or beverages businesses operations, which in turn allows the business to create one or more new job opportunities. For 2018 the City has $50,000.00 available in matching funds for this program, equating to two StrEateries and the creation of a minimum of 1.5 additional employment opportunities.
Great! When can I apply?
Round 1 - Competitive Applications
Applications are open for an initial competitive application period on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018, which will close on Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Applications submitted during this round will be weighed against one another utilizing the criteria contained in the application document, and the availability of the public right-of-way for this use.
Round 2 - Open Applications
Pending available funding, applications will continue to be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until Friday, July 6th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Applications submitted during this round will be weighed on the merits of the individual application as they are received.
The City reserves the right to reject any applications that would not fit local, state, or federal requirements for funding or construction.
Application and Submittal Process
Please submit scanned applications as an image or PDF to Miles Thomas, Economic Development Manager at [email protected], or submit paper applications in person or by mail to:
Miles S. Thomas
Economic Development Manager
210 West Sixth Street
Kennewick, WA 99336