The town and the Arts Council of Princeton solicited proposals for a sponsor for the second annual Princeton parklet, but there was only one taker interested in being the sponsor this year.
JaZams on Palmer Square was the only business to apply.
Applicants had to agree to pay $5,500 to the town to cover the cost of lost parking meter revenue and administration fees, and the host is responsible for all design and artist fees. The sponsor also had to agree to use the existing parklet structure provided by the municipality, but could add its own touch to the parklet, which takes up two parking spaces.
Business Administrator Marc Dashield told the Princeton Council Monday night that jaZams had requested a reduced fee of $3,500. He said the cost is lower than last year because the business just needs to assemble the existing structure, not pay for a new one.
The parklet was not listed on the agenda, but the topic came up for discussion during staff reports. Councilwoman Jo Butler and Councilman Patrick Simon had questions about the costs and the location.
“It’s right on the square. There is already a park on the square, and the library is right around the corner,” Butler said, adding that parking is already tight on Palmer Square.
Mayor Liz Lempert said the parklet is exciting. “JaZams is very excited about it, and they hope it will attract business there,” she said.
Some council members wanted the governing body to vote on the issue. The council then voted 4-2 to approve the reduced fee for the parklet. Last year the first parklet was located in front of Small World Coffee.