Fenton City Council unanimously approved an updated emergency regulation Monday, April 26, to allow the Fenton Street Experience to happen this spring and summer in the downtown area. In mid-August 2020, the city implemented its street closure for the Fenton Street Experience to help businesses in the downtown area. It ran until the beginning of October 2020.
According to a memo from Michael Hart, assistant city manager and executive director of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to City Manager Lynn Markland, Hart said the bulk of the feedback was positive and it was deemed a success.
Hart said one of the takeaways was the appreciation from the public and especially families, to have pedestrian use of the streets on Thursday and Friday evenings, besides helping the businesses.
This summer, the city plans to offer the use of sidewalks downtown for restaurants/bars during the week, and all businesses use of the sidewalks and streets Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m.
With health, safety and welfare in mind, Hart said they have created a number of mini events to supplement the Fenton Street Experience during the four months of operation — from May 20 and 21 to Oct. 14 and 15, in addition to the Farmers Market on Thursdays.
Impacted streets: Shiawassee Avenue from Adelaide Street to LeRoy Street and LeRoy Street from Shiawassee Avenue to Caroline Street, and any other city streets designated by the city’s police chief.
During the street closures, no parking will be allowed on the closed streets. A 12-foot safety lane will be maintained for emergency vehicles at all times.
All businesses using expanded outdoor seating and retail space are responsible for the nightly removal of all trash and debris from the outdoor location they occupied.
Businesses applying for expanded outdoor seating or retail space must possess a valid certificate of occupancy from the city’s building department.
To qualify for expanded seating or retail space, businesses must submit an application to the city of Fenton on a form available on the city’s website cityoffenton.org and abide by all requirements.