Shop and dine local, inside or outside! The City of Temecula’s Temporary Expanded Dining/Retail Program, allowing businesses the option to expand outside their establishment begins tomorrow, June 24th.
The City of Temecula offers businesses, citywide, the ability to temporarily expand their footprint outdoors onto private property. Businesses within Old Town may also expand within the public right-of-way including onto sidewalks and closed street segments adjacent to their business if ADA accessibility and other requirements are met. Street closures along portions of Old Town Front Street will provide a pedestrian-oriented attraction and experience for patrons, and allow businesses adjacent to the closed roadway an opportunity to expand onto portions of Old Town Front Street. These temporary expansions are offered until the State of California removes restrictions on occupancy and social distancing, or sooner based on the level of interest and participation from the business community. The City will revisit the program and closures over the next 30 days.
The City developed 90 new parking spaces with two temporary parking lots in front of City Hall to offset the loss of parking, netting 20 additional parking spaces in Old Town.
While the program is named for retail and restaurants, it is open to most business uses. Two free permit options are available to businesses that wish to utilize additional outdoor space at their place of business. Applications can be downloaded from the City’s website at TemeculaCA.gov/TED:
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.
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 Temecula, and (3) help residents, employees and business owners meet physical distancing requirements set forth by the California Department of Public Health. Interested businesses are encouraged to visit TemeculaCA.gov/TED for applications and more information.