SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — More and more food carts may soon be rolling through the city of Springfield. Councilors approved two amendments Monday night that will help pave the way for the mobile restaurants.
The council gave its approval because it’s hoping more food carts will help the city become more vibrant.
Several people voiced their concerns at Monday’s council meeting. They asked about fees for cart owners saying with nothing like rent set up, the carts would be pure profit. They also expressed concerns about people using the carts, then using the restrooms at nearby businesses.
While the council gave its approval for carts, the system to govern them is still being designed. It’s all part of the city’s goal of attracting more foot traffic.
“Food carts can’t stand alone. They’re just one part of building a successful downtown. They won’t make downtown. They won’t break downtown,” said Kevin Ko, Community Development Specialist.
The first carts could roll out in early fall.