INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Massachusetts Avenue significant stakeholders are upset with the city’s decision to close the street to allow restaurants to have outdoor seating.
Nonprofits, restaurant owners and residents detailed in the letter to the city how they learned about the closure from the news, not the city itself which they said was even more frustrating.
They claim there was no input or regard for the people it will impact.
Detour signs are now up along Mass Ave as well as social distancing indicators that must be in place for restaurants to open Friday with outdoor seating only.
Mayor Joe Hogsett and other city leaders have said this will boost the local economy, but the restrictions are still challenging and not just for restaurant owners.
Part of the letter from Mass Ave business owners regarding street closures says in part:
“Among our main concerns is virus proliferation. Funneling the city’s population to Mass Ave for what will be in essence, a “street fair” (with alcohol) after 3 months of quarantine is a recipe for disaster. Other concerns include access for delivery drivers and carryout, package deliveries, visitor parking and security. The street being open is not the problem and closing it is not the solution.”
Mass Ave merchants say they have found no vocal support for this, except those quoted on the news, saying they’re finally ready to get out of the house and then city leaders who are making it happen.