1. As coronavirus reopening plan unfolds, Northampton gets $10,000 grant to design safe outdoor dining, curbside business on Main Street

    As coronavirus reopening plan unfolds, Northampton gets $10,000 grant to design safe outdoor dining, curbside business on Main Street

    As plans to jump start the commonwealth’s economy unfold amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials in Northampton announced Thursday the community has received a multi-thousand-dollar grant to help the reopening process in the city’s business district. The city was awarded a $10,000 design grant from the Lawrence & Lillian Solomon Foundation to encourage outdoor dining and easy curbside purchases on Main Street in Northampton and Florence that abide by social distancing practices, according to a statement from Mayor David Narkewicz.

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    1. Expanded outdoor dining has long been a desired addition to the downtown experience, and many see it as a critical component of economic redevelopment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. We're working together to make sure that once we have the green light from health and safety experts, we're ready to open for business on the streets.
    3. The grant is specifically intended for Main Street in downtown Northampton, as it is the most complex system part of this initiative, but both Central Business Districts are open for consideration for expanded outdoor uses.
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