On May 24, 2016, City Council directed staff to implement a pilot project along the 100 and 200 blocks of Welch Avenue that would remove eight parking spaces in the 100 block and six in the 200 block. The project used concrete planters to close off the parking. Street furniture and bike racks were installed in the newly defined area. The goal was to create a safer environment for pedestrians and bicyclists while creating a usable pedestrian space for the district. The project has been in place since June 2016 with seasonal changes during the winter months that removed the street furniture but left bike racks and the planters in place.
The project has been reviewed by City Staff and they have gave their report to City Council on December 12, 2017. City Council will decide future of the planters and street furniture on Welch.