Other cities in the Capital Region have created outdoor dining spaces and prohibited traffic. Cohoes and Ballston Spa are two examples of very successful outdoor dining. If everything goes as planned, downtown Saratoga Springs will be next.
Why Create Outdoor Dining in Downtown Saratoga?
Dillon Moran who is the Commissioner of Accounts for Saratoga Springs has proposed a local law that would make outdoor dining a permanent fixture until 2025. He says that the City Council agrees too, according to the Daily Gazette. The President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, Todd Shimkus is all for the plan. He said:
The reality is those outdoor patios saved a number of restaurants over the last two years, particularly when they were limited in terms of how many people they could have inside.
The plan would include not allowing vehicle traffic on specific downtown streets that have restaurants. It would go into effect on weekends during the spring and summer months.
What Streets Will be Closed if The Outdoor Dining Proposal Goes Through?
According to the plan, these are the streets that would be closed off for outdoor dining.
Part of Caroline Street to Maple Avenue
A Portion of Phila Street to Putnam Street
Henry Street from Caroline Street to Lake Avenue
What Happens Next?
The proposal for permanent outdoor dining has gotten the approval of the Saratoga City Council. Now it will be presented in two public hearings. There is one on February 15th and another on March 1st.