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At the July 28, 2020 Council meeting, staff will be providing an update regarding the business support initiative called "On the Avenue." The program has closed San Anselmo Avenue for merchants and restaurants to utilize the street space as retail and dining space on the weekends.Starting on July 24, 2020 the opening of San Anselmo Avenue to pedestrians only will be changed to nights only from 5:30-midnight, Friday through Sunday. This is in response to merchant requests. While the opening of San Anselmo Avenue to vehicular traffic during the day on Sunday may impact some restaurants in terms of having breakfast or brunch, there may be alternatives in terms of parklets and a potential one-way street.
A new concept has been discussed regarding temporarily turning part of San Anselmo Avenue into a one-way street between Tunstead and San Anselmo Avenues.Staff has applied for and received the Transportation Authority of Marin’s (TAM) Quick Build Grant and was awarded $20,000 for the pilot project. A one-way street would allow for additional space to widen sidewalks, parking will remain but will move away from the buildings creating greater opportunities for businesses to develop parklets to utilize their parking for outdoor activities. The street could also be meandered and narrowed to slow down traffic and add more bike improvements where feasible.The draft proposal in the grant is to make San Anselmo Avenue one way from Tunstead to Tamalpais in the northwest direction toward Fairfax with southeast local traffic toward Ross going one-way on Kientz to Library Place.Staff will present updates on both the On the Avenue and the Quick Build projects at the Town Council meeting, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 starting at 7 PM. In order to attend, please use the following link:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87460014141 Or Telephone: +1 669 900 6833 Webinar ID: 874 6001 4141