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Community can take survey and leave their comments on Aspen Community Voice
In an effort to invigorate economic recovery downtown, the City of Aspen is seeking the public’s input on expanding restaurant and storefront activity into the streets in order to increase the number of customers served within health order guidelines and to create more diversity downtown for businesses, residents, and visitors.
All are encouraged to learn more about the project and participate in the community survey at aspencommunityvoice.com. The community survey is open for submissions and will close for initial insights at noon on May 25 to expedite the planning process. On the project webpage, users can also submit comments, ask questions, and learn more about the initiative.
“We’re asking for input about helping businesses recover the lost capacity inside by extending commercial activities outside, into the public right-of-way,” said Pete Rice, engineering division manager. “We hope to use feedback from the community survey to provide direction so we can rapidly and safely deploy this pilot program. The key idea is to create a comfortable setting to enjoy summer in Aspen while actively supporting economic recovery.”
Because geography and business composition are different in each area, the options for outdoor commerce will vary. If streets are modified or closed, businesses would be able to participate by extending operations into designated outdoor areas in front of their existing storefronts.
Rice said, “There are geographic constraints to what streets can logistically be modified or fully closed. We understand not every area of town will offer the same opportunity due to safety and program administration. However, the goal is to get feedback on preferred areas for the City to target for this program.”