Traverse City DDA Discusses Leasing Outdoor Seating to Restaurants
The DDA discussed purchasing platform cafe’s and leasing them to businesses downtown. The platform cafes would cost the DDA $30,000 and would feature a ramp for wheelchair access. They would lease them to businesses as a more affordable option for outdoor dining.
CEO of the DDA, Jean Derenzy, says they got great feedback when they offered outdoor dining during the pandemic. They hope this would be a win for locals tourists and the businesses.
“More vibrancy for downtown. It’s all about the experience when it comes to a downtown. It adds that component to it and trying to help the restaurants as we move forward in `22 and `23,” Derenzy says.
And although the DDA didn’t make a decision Friday, they hope to have a decision by December.