Castlegar Launches New Open Streets Pilot for Businesses
The City of Castlegar is announcing a new Open Streets Pilot Project to support businesses looking for creative solutions in responding to COVID-19.
The pilot project allows businesses to expand into outdoor spaces to meet the physical distancing requirements put in place by the Province of British Columbia in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This could include things like spaces for retail sidewalk sales, outdoor cafés and restaurants, and pop-up shops.
“We want this to help our business community not only survive, but thrive, moving forward,’ says Meeri Durand, Manager of Planning, Development, and Sustainability. “Open streets is an emerging trend in communities across Canada and is a great way to support our businesses and residents who want to feel safe when supporting local businesses.”
The pilot project is available until October 31, 2020 and is open to businesses holding active City of Castlegar Business Licences. There is no fee to participate; however, at the end of the pilot, businesses will need to dismantle all improvements made during this period. Applicants will be responsible for ensuring there are no concerns with adjacent businesses or business activities.
The City of Castlegar is a service centre in the West Kootenay. The diversified and growing economy is focused on the forestry, energy and mining sectors in the valley, and commercial services in the City. Quality of life features backcountry adventure and an increasingly dynamic urban culture, including the Millennium Park & Ponds and Sculpture Walk.
For more information, please contact:
Bree Seabrook - Communications