For Immediate Release
Survey Responses Provide Feedback Regarding F Street Closure
Thanks for your input; over 600 surveys completed
Beginning in early June, two blocks of F Street – between Sackett Avenue and 2nd Street – transformed into a pedestrian-focused restaurant and retail hub. This change was made to support local businesses while also ensuring that social distancing guidelines could continue for the health and safety of employees and patrons.
The City of Salida is fully invested in assisting business owners navigate the new reality of operating in this time of COVID-19. Shutting down a section of F Street to vehicle traffic and allowing businesses to extend their retail and restaurant space into the street has been one way the City has tried to help businesses adapt. Over the last few weeks, businesses have made use of the space in a variety of ways to provide spacing, outdoor dining, and other displays.
A brief survey was circulated throughout the community to get feedback on the street closure and share ideas for improvements moving forward. Over 600 survey responses were received from residents, business owners and visitors.
51.15% of total respondents and 42.62% of business respondents said they love the street closure and think it provides a safer place to visit and shop.
The survey asked for feedback on how the area could be improved. Some responses included making the space more inviting by adding temporary landscaping, seating and providing shade structures. Others suggested expanding the road closure for several more blocks to support more businesses.
Several common themes among respondents who don’t like the closure cited a concern for the number of people not wearing masks and they feel the closure only helps a small number of businesses in the area. Others were concerned with street accessibility for older adults or individuals with mobility issues and think the loss of storefront adjacent parking has had a negative impact on business.
The City will compile the individual feedback received from the survey and determine next steps. The City Council will be discussing this matter at their regular worksession on July 6th.
For more information, please contact City Hall at 719-539-4555.