In an effort to help downtown businesses relaunch after the COVID-19 lockdown, the City of Saline is closing parts of Ann Arbor Street on Fridays and Saturdays.
The "downtown recovery zones" will close Ann Arbor Street between Michigan Avenue and Henry Street on the south, and between Michigan Avenue and the parking lot behind Dan's Downtown Tavern.
The road will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Downtown businesses and restaurants have been invited to use the streets to serve customers. Restaurants, who've seen indoor capacity depleted by social-distancing orders, can set tables and chairs on the road.
Saline Main Street is organizing volunteers to help set up the street. The downtown revitalization organization is also working with Salt Valley Arts, the Saline Leadership Institute, Summerfest and the Saline Farmers Market to create a street fair environment on Saturdays.
Tran Longmoore is a veteran community journalist. He is founder and owner of TheSalinePost.com. He is co-publisher of The Saline Post weekly newspaper. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 734-272-6294.