Fellow Gloucester Merchants,
I want to share with you what is happening this spring in our downtown.
- 2121 New Floral Beautification initiatives for downtown. Generous Gardner’s was the recipient of the most recent award from the 100 Women Who Care Cape Ann organization. Congrats to Generous Gardeners!
The $11,500 donation will support a new hanging basket program on Main Street with self-watering baskets that can hold 2 gallons of water with each watering. The group has also purchased self-watering inserts for the existing ground planters, with the addition of four new ground planters for the upper end of Main Street. New watering tanks will allow volunteers to water the baskets from their vehicles. The plan this year is to install 27 baskets from Tonno to Sage Floral.
The donation is still not enough to cover the cost of the Beautification Initiatives for 2021. We are asking our fellow business owners to help out with a donation to the program. Gloucester and downtown are very fortunate to have a group like Generous Gardner’s volunteering to make Gloucester more welcoming with the beauty of flowers. Please contact Susan Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a donation.
2. The second item I want to share is Parson Street. As you know Parson Street is a small street in between the Dress Code and the Mermaid shop. The city has won a grant to make Parson Street a more walking friendly, ADA approved entrance to Main Street from Rogers Street. Plans call for new street paving and sidewalks, new lighting, and possible a pedestrian sign that lights up on Rogers Street. Parson Street will become a pedestrian connector from I4C2 parking and downtown. Completion is expected before May 31 of 2021. A great improvement for downtown. Thank you to our Mayor and Jill Cahill from Community development for making the grant possible.
3. The third item I want to bring forward is the city is in the process of permitting outside dining once again this year. If you want to do outside dining and serve alcohol once again, you need to talk to the Building Inspector Billl Sanborn . Bill will guide you thought the process. It is my understanding that the city is going to expand out door dining for this summer.
If you have suggestions on how outdoor dining can be improved on Main Stress now is the time to add to the conversation.
4. The last item I have is the Sidewalk Bazaar. We are hoping to have it once again in some form in August. If the state opens up events like ours than we will move forward. For now we are in a wait and see mode