City prepares to waive patio fees for businesses impacted by downtown streetscape work

This week, the City’s general committee accepted a staff recommendation to forgo fees related to patios in the downtown core, between Mulcaster and Toronto streets.
The cost of the City Centre Outdoor Patio application, as well as associated on-street parking rates, should be waived for the 2020 and 2021 patio season in recognition of the impacts of the Dunlop streetscape construction, reads the report.
“Patio season runs from April 15 to October 15, however due to the construction on Dunlop Street, between Mulcaster Street and Toronto Street, the patio season for the businesses within the construction area will be shortened or not permitted at all in 2020,” reads the report.
“By waiving the patio fees in 2020 and 2021, the City of Barrie is showing their continued support, encouraging the public to visit and explore the downtown area during construction, as well as post-construction as the downtown businesses leverage the new streetscape.”
Waiving the patio fees will cost the City about $14,000 a year, or $28,000 in total. The matter comes to council on Monday for ratification.