StrEatery Pilot Program
What is a StrEatery?
A StrEatery, also known as a Parklet or Pop-Up Park, is a type of platform that reclaims underutilized public space for pedestrian oriented outdoor dining. Typically these platforms are constructed on top of pavement in alleyways, existing on-street parallel or angled parking, or across public plazas. The structure itself is conducive to re-use of the public way due to its ability to be constructed to accessible design standards, and ability to create new public space where it would otherwise be limited.
Why is Kennewick starting a pilot program?
The City and Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership performed a survey in 2015 to find out what residents, businesses, and visitors would like to see more of in our downtown. The recurring theme is a desire for outdoor dining spaces, which are not easily created in an area that is already relatively developed. Kennewick received funding through its Community Development Block Grant Program that provides a public-private partnership to support the cost of installation of outdoor dining areas.
The City and Partnership looked at several factors in adding outdoor dining options in Historic Downtown, including:
- The physical material cost to expand a level concrete area of sufficient width for outdoor dining is approximately $20,000 per parking space and is permanent, while a two parking space wide StrEatery is approximately $10,000 per parking space for a decking system and can be removed easily when necessary
- Parking is underutilized on Downtown's side-streets and parking lots
- Two parking spaces hold two vehicles, with an average occupancy of two people or less; a StrEatery can accomodate up to 25 patrons - both with an average turnover of 1.5 hours
- Nationally, parklets and streateries are occupied 46% of the time
- StrEateries provide outdoor dining opportunities not otherwise possible, and encourage pedestrian oriented vitality
Pilot Program Awards
The program provides funding to expand outdoor dining and therefore available seating for food or beverage business operations, which in turn allows the business to create one or more new job opportunities. For 2018 the City has $50,000.00 available in matching funds for this program, equating to two StrEateries and the creation of 1 FTE for every $35,000 spent in federal funding.
The first application period closed on Friday, May 11th, 2018 with two applications made. The following applicants were chosen for award by the Block Grant Advisory board, which allocated up to $25,000.00 to each for expenses related to the procurement and installation of their StrEateries:
- Rockabilly Roasting Company
101 West Kennewick Avenue
- Foodies Brick and Mortar
308 West Kennewick Avenue
The installation at Foodies Brick and Mortar was cancelled due to funding expiring before the project was initiated.