Temporary patio pilot project proposed

Temporary outdoor patios, like this one in Barrie, Ont., are being proposed for the downtown areas of Cornwall. Coun. Denis Carr has asked for a report on making it happen in 2017. (City of Barrie via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – You could see temporary patios set up in the downtown areas of Cornwall next summer.

In a new business motion during Monday’s council meeting, Coun. Denis Carr has asked the city for a report on the structures, which have been popular in larger centers like Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.

The patios would be in “certain parking areas on downtown streets” during the summer only and would require a building permit.

Carr said the Cornwall Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) supports the idea, which could be in place as early as 2017 if given the green light.

“This has been a pilot project in Toronto and in Ottawa. It’s been very successful. Particularly on Pitt Street where you have an opportunity to put in a temporary patio which would benefit the smaller restaurants downtown, we think that would be a good idea,” Coun. Denis Carr said.

“It is a very good think and I’m looking forward to seeing the report,” Coun. Bernadette Clement added.

There was some discussion before making during the Le Village business area would be included in the staff report.

The report will be coming back to council by November.