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  • Groups meeting to discuss use of downtown streets and Foundry Place Garage rooftop

    Excerpted from the City Manager's Advisory: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/sites/default/files/2020-06/Advisory%202020.06.17.pdf

    CITIZEN RESPONSE TASK FORCE & CITY ADVANCING GUIDELINES FOR USE OF DOWNTOWN STREETS AND FOUNDRY PLACE GARAGE ROOFTOP – The Task Force and subgroups working on the two different areas are meeting almost daily with City staff including DPW, Planning, Health, Fire, Police, Inspections and the City Manager to facilitate functional plans. DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OWNERS who would like to participate in the planning, please send an email with your contact information to hotline@cityofportsmouth.com The Downtown Streets sub-group plans to meet by Zoom on Thursday, June 18 at 2 p.m.

    · Public Realm Spaces for Restaurants – Concepts for use of public spaces are being advanced in conjunction with Fire, Police, Building, Planning and DP. Public realm requests will be received through City’s Viewpermit system (Sidewalk Café Application), pending additional Task Force decision-making. Restaurants and retail can go ahead and submit, approvals to follow. The use of these spaces is subject to City area service agreement insurance details and Health Department requirements for physical distancing. https://portsmouthnh.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1082/record-types/6431

    · FOUNDRY PLACE GARAGE Space – The Foundry Place Garage task force sub-group chair Russ Grazier, with Kathleen Cavalaro’s nonprofit arts and culture group PopupRooftop.com is working out practical and logistical details. The group plus Councilor Cliff Lazenby plans to meet with the surrounding neighborhoods, on the top floor of Foundry Place garage on Thursday, June 18 at 6 pm. Another meeting via Zoom will continue the conversation with the neighborhoods.

    · For information, visit the Citizen Response Task Force web page, that provides the materials and resources the committee is using. All meetings are conducted publicly via zoom and are posted in advance on the City website homepage. To contact the Citizen Response Task Force, email via hotline@cityofportsmouth.com.

    BUSINESSES! CITY MANAGER NEEDS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS With so many fast-moving projects, the City is updating its list of business contact emails to keep you informed. Please send the name of your business and contact name and email to hotline@cityofportsmouth.com. Put “Business Contact” in the subject line. Thanks!