City of Hagerstown officials met Wednesday with the Washington County Board of License Commissioners to discuss a proposal that would let a handful of business owners open sidewalk cafes downtown.
Hagerstown Planning Director Kathleen Maher said she started researching the idea after the city recently decided to widen sidewalks in the first block of South Potomac Street.
That project involves replacing parking spaces with sidewalks, city engineer Rodney Tissue said.
Maher told the commissioners that the city staff has been researching laws in other municipalities, including Annapolis and Frederick, where sidewalk cafes have enjoyed success.
She passed out documents that said Annapolis, for example, requires cafe owners to maintain at least 6 feet of unobstructed sidewalk space for pedestrians to pass.