ROSEBURG, Ore. -- With the City of Roseburg now allowing businesses to expand outdoors, small business owners are hopeful this new option will bring in more customers.
Under the program, businesses apply for a right-of-way permit that allows them to expand into on-street parking, and it can be used for outdoor seating, lines and shopping areas.
City officials told KEZI 9 News that the whole idea is to help small businesses attract more customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re looking at different ways where we can help sort of alleviate the difficulties our small businesses have had to endure these last few months,” said communication specialist Eric Johnson.
Judd Louis will be opening the SunnySide Theater sometime this year, which will act as a live music venue, a bar and possibly a café during the day.
He said outdoor seating would be a great addition to his business.
“The structure of downtown is probably one of the coolest, but yet we don’t utilize it that much because there’s not much outdoor options for people,” said Louis.
Other Roseburg residents told KEZI 9 News that they’re excited to see this idea come to life because of how it may help businesses during the pandemic.
“It’s definitely going to be good because there will be more possibilities of increasing the revenue with the capacity limits with COVID,” said Anthony Lane.
Johnson said the permit is only good until October. However, he said city council is open to exploring other options depending on how successful this program is.