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Outdoor shopping and dining in downtown Lock Haven begins this weekend

LOCK HAVEN – Downtown Lock Haven is going to look a lot different this Friday.

PennDOT has approved a request from city council to close East Main Street from Jay to Vesper and Grove Street from East Church Street to Jordans Alley on Fridays beginning at 10 a.m. until Saturdays at 9 p.m.

“Beginning Friday, June 12 and continuing each weekend through Sept. 26, these sections of the downtown will be closed to traffic each weekend,” Director of Community Life Kasey Campbell said in a press release.

“The closure of this section of downtown will accommodate pedestrian traffic, enabling restaurants to expand sit-down dining into the sidewalk and parking area in front of their buildings,” Campbell explained. “Retail stores will also be able to move merchandise into the sidewalk and parking stall areas on the closed section of the Central Business District.”

Stores or restaurants that may not be equipped to offer outside services can contact the city planner.

“Any business in the city that may need to make an investment in tables, or other outdoor equipment in order to invest in their success is encouraged to reach out to City Planner Abbey Roberts (570-893-5903) to discuss the city’s new business enterprise loan offering which provides a 3-year loan at 1 percent with no payments for the first six months,” Campbell said.

Further information regarding the closure will be available in tomorrow’s edition of The Express.

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