Streetside eating options come to downtown

Anne and Saidhbh O’Shea enjoy the new outside seating options at Jack Sprats on Tuesday (above). The mother and daughter pair stopped by Cottage Grove for a bite on their way to Corvallis from Oakland, Calif.

One of three planned "streateries" for Cottage Grove’s Main Street has been constructed in front of Jack Sprats.

The structure is part of a $30,000 grant from Travel Oregon which was awarded for the “direct investment and technical assistance for the development, enhancement and stewardship of key visitor experiences that are COVID-19 appropriate” as well as a project that will “aid in economic recovery and enhance local livability and provide access to a diversity of explorers.”

Citizens, business owners and city staff worked during multiple council meetings since early 2020 to develop the streatery program, and the state was looking for shovel-ready projects.

Fortunately, the city had three dining decks, or streateries, approved by council and ready to be assembled in downtown Cottage Grove this spring.

Each streatery will be owned by the city, though each restaurant is permitted by city council to operate their respective streatery during respective business hours. During the hours that each restaurant is closed, the streateries will be considered tiny public parks, or “parklets.”

Each streatery is intended to be placed within only one parking space each. Furniture owned by each restaurant may be removed for their own security reasons, however, the public is encouraged to use the streateries.

Designers primarily emphasized safety as the primary goal in the structural design of each streatery.

The commercial-quality railing is designed per Oregon Structural Specialty Code to withstand up to 200 pounds of horizontal pressure. And, since each streatery is a distinct dining area, the ADA prescribes one wheelchair accessible table must be placed immediately adjacent to each dining deck.

To address passing vehicular traffic, one concrete barrier will be placed on the end of each streatery, facing on-coming traffic.

In the fall of 2021, staff will be asking citizens and business owners for feedback on the Streatery Pilot Study. The city council will be studying successes as well as how the program can be improved.

In the meantime, citizens are encouraged to provide their input at any time. Call Civil Engineer Ryan Sisson 541-767-4153 with questions or comments.

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