City of Sandy offers second round of covered structures grants
The city of Sandy will soon reopen its permanent covered structures grant program for a second round of applicants. Sandy businesses, such as restaurants, bars and gyms are eligible to apply. The majority of the funds granted will come from the Urban Renewal Agency fund. The grant is designed to be used for businesses within the urban renewal district. However, the city has set aside some general funds for businesses outside of those boundaries but still within the boundaries of Sandy.
The application process opens again at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11 and closes 18 days later, at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29.
"This program gives our food-and-beverage-based businesses in Sandy a competitive edge in a couple of ways," city Economic Development Manager Dave Snider. "First, grant recipients now have outdoor seating available to keep their businesses going in the event that we see future pandemic-related restrictions to indoor dining.Â Second, outdoor dining spaces are something that visitors passing through to play on the mountain and Sandy's citizens can both enjoy.Â We hope this translates into more skiers, mountain bikers and hikers patronizing our restaurants and pubs in the near future."
The application and more information on the program can be found online at https://ci.sandy.or.us/planning/page/permanent-covered-structures-grant-program.
To date, seven different businesses have benefitted from the program, including Le Happy Creperie and Cocktail Bar, Boring Brewing Co., Red Shed Public House, No Place Saloon, Sandlandia Food Carts, Tollgate Inn Restaurant and Bakery and Sandy Family Restaurant/Ria's Bar.
Boring Brewing owner, Bill Schwartz, has commented on the benefit of his Sandy-styled outdoor structure for his business.
With the addition of the outdoor seating area, Boring Brewing hasÂ nearly the equivalent to its regular full capacity — 49 people — even with tables spaces for safety.Â Â
"As long as the weather holds, we're outdoors," Schwartz said, attributing that to the program. "We're probably going to use (the structure) through winter. It's lit and we have heaters."Â
Brie Escalante, co-owner of Le Happy Creperie and Cocktail Bar is happy to have enhanced covered,Â outdoorÂ seating provided by the city's program, calling that acquisition a "big win."Â Â
Escalante estimated that the new Sandy-styled structure expanded the restaurant's outdoor dining area by 25%-30%.
"We offered a second round of this program because of the feedback we got from our citizens and from our local business community, which has been extremely positive." Snider added.
For approved projects, the City will pay for 100% of up-front project costs, with the applicant reimbursing 20% of project costs upon completion of the structure.
The number of grants available is undetermined at present, to be decided by the Sandy Urban Renewal Agency Board, which analyzes and chooses who of the applicants receives funding. So, anyone interested in the program, who meets the requirements, is encouraged to apply.
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