Downtown businesses sought to host "parklet" for the summer

Sustainable Connections and the city of Bellingham are looking for a downtown business to host a “parklet” this summer, after officials said a pilot project that installed one of the structures last year outside La Fiamma Pizza on Railroad Avenue received positive community feedback.

Parklets convert on-street parking spaces into small parks and usually include benches, plants, bike racks and other installations.

“The feedback about the experimental parklet last summer was really positive,” Darby Cowles, a project manager for the city’s myDowntown planning process, said in a press release. “This next phase will allow another business to reap the benefit of having expanded public space.”

Interested downtown businesses are asked to submit an application by April 15. For more information on applications, contact Rose Lathrop, Sustainable Connections’ green building and smart growth manager. Lathrop can be reached at rose@sconnect.org or 360-647-7093, Ext. 107.

The selected business will have a parklet located in front of its storefront between May 1 and October 31.

There is no cost to submit an application. But the selected business will need to pay $2,100 to cover the costs of moving the parklet, any necessary repairs or cleaning, permitting assistance, and all city fees, according to the project’s request for information.

The project’s RFI, available online at http://sustainableconnections.org/greenbuilding/files/parklet-rfi, has more information on eligibility, selection criteria and submission requirements, as well as other details about the project.

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