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Posted on: June 17, 2020

City of Temecula Unveils Temporary Expanded Dining/Retail Program with New Parking Lots in Old Town

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Shop and dine, outside! To support Temecula businesses impacted by COVID-19, the City of Temecula is offering temporary outdoor expansion opportunities to restaurants and retail establishments to assist in their safe reopening.

As part of this effort, beginning Wednesday, June 24, 2020, portions of Old Town Front Street will temporarily close to vehicular traffic to allow businesses an opportunity to expand their footprint within the public right-of-way onto sidewalks and into the street for dining and shopping. Newly formed pedestrian centers in Old Town, created by the street closures, are based on the level of localized business participation, and may remain in place until the State of California removes restrictions on occupancy and social distancing.

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To support this program, two new parking lots in front of City Hall will open adding 90 additional free public parking spaces. Additionally, all other private and public parking lots in Old Town remain accessible to vehicles.

Council Member Zak Schwank is part of the Old Town Steering Committee and states, “Old Town Temecula is a unique destination in Temecula with a street pattern fully capable of piloting a more pedestrian-oriented experience, and we are excited to support our local businesses in this way. I am confident that our community will embrace the opportunity to stroll the streets in Old Town Temecula.” Council Member Schwank added, “I hope to see you all in Old Town Temecula this summer!”

The City’s Temporary Expanded Dining/Retail Program is not limited to Old Town, and provides an opportunity for Promenade Temecula and other retail centers to apply to participate. While the program is named for retail and restaurants, it is open to other business uses as well. Two free permit options are available to businesses that wish to utilize additional outdoor space, either in Old Town or citywide. Applications can be downloaded from the City’s website at TemeculaCA.gov/TED:

  • COVID-19 Special Event Permit: Public Right-of-Way Temporary Expansion for Old Town Temecula
  • COVID-19 Temporary Use Permit: Private Property Temporary Expansion

Both permits will accelerate temporary expansions while also ensuring compliance with other critical safety requirements including ADA accessibility, alcohol licenses, life safety, fire and additional considerations.

Temecula Council Member Mike Naggar is also on the Old Town Steering Committee and states, “The objectives of this program are three-fold: (1) support local businesses that have suffered great economic losses since this pandemic began, (2) promote local shopping and dining within our community, and (3) help our residents, employees and business owners meet the physical distancing guidance within the State public health orders.”

Interested businesses are encouraged to visit TemeculaCA.gov/TED for applications and more information.