Fruita to expand downtown seating areas

FRUITA, CO — To promote and encourage social distancing in public areas, the city of Fruita will be expanding sections of downtown for additional outdoor seating areas. Beginning this Thursday, August 27, N. Mulberry Street and N. Peach Street, from Aspen Ave. to the alley, will be closed for construction to build those areas. The city does not yet have a completion date, but it’s expected to finish within a few weeks.

Rendering of N. Mulberry Street.

Once completed, these sections will be open to the public and will included more shaded areas. These areas will be available for all businesses and restaurants. The city will also be bringing on a contractor to frequently clean and sanitize these common areas.

“[T]his project is part of our larger ‘Be Well, Be Fruita, Campaign’ with the use of federal coronavirus relief funds,” Mike Bennett, Fruita city manager, said. “We hope that these temporary spaces will aid our local businesses who are dealing with limited capacity constraints by providing their customers and our residents a safe, spaced out place to enjoy Fruita’s exceptional food and beverage options. Soon we will be sharing more information on other similar projects potentially in the Kokopelli Business area in south Fruita and other areas throughout town.”

Featured image: Rendering of N. Peach Street.