PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC)– The City of Petersburg has decided to reopen a section of Sycamore Street that was used to help out businesses during the pandemic. The area dubbed ‘Old Towne Square,’ currently is closed off to traffic and is used for outdoor dining.
The space was created as a way for restaurants to keep their doors open during the pandemic while meeting spacing regulations.
This week, Petersburg City Manager Stuart Turille presented the plan to the City Council to close the square, though no exact date has been given.
Turille’s decision to close the square and re-open this portion of Sycamore street follows an in-depth evaluation while weighing the economic benefit and public safety. According to Turille, the approach was to see if the benefits outweighed the costs and public safety risks.
Turille outlined three options to…