Kalamazoo businesses can move into the parking lot

The Kalamazoo City Commission has approved rules to allow restaurants and other businesses to set up shop in unused parking spaces during the pandemic.

Restaurants, bars, and other businesses in Kalamazoo now have the go-ahead to move into nearby parking lots to ply their trades under new rules approved by the Kalamazoo City Commission Monday night.

The emergency ordinance decreases off-street parking requirements until November, which will allow for more outdoor space, especially for bars and restaurants.

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Businesses must submit an application to the city for approval to increase their outdoor capacity.

The rule will make it easier for some shops and restaurants to conduct business in a way that is safer during the pandemic.

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