Old Town business owners criticize Front Street closure plan

The Temecula City Council is set to re-examine the plan at Tuesday's meeting

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Old Town Front Street, Temecula. Valley News/Jeff Pack photo
Business owners in Old Town Temecula are speaking out about the city of Temecula’s plan to turn Old Town Front Street into a pedestrian paseo and allow eateries to move seating into the public right-of-way amid pandemic-related restrictions on indoor dining. The Temecula City Council first approved the plan on June 9. Originally, the plan called for Front Street to be closed between Second and Sixth streets beginning Wednesday, June 17. Fourth and Fifth streets were also intended to be closed between Mercedes Street and the Murrieta Creek. However, facing negative feedback from some business owners in the northern area of Old Town, city staff did not move forward with the closure on the original date, and revised the street closure plan to a smaller area. Temecula Community Serv
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