Monday, September 24, 2012

Free Parking For Food Trucks

Update: The City of Greensboro has chosen to forbid Eric Robert from hosting food trucks even though his property is outside of the BID area. I see the opportunity for a class action law suit based on right to work laws coming into play.

Eric Robert, owner of what was once a feed mill located on Elm Street, one block south of Lee Street (link to Google map) has told myself and others he is willing to offer free parking to food truckers interested in doing business in downtown Greensboro.

While officially, outside of Greensboro's Central Business District, there are hundreds of people working within walking distance and thousands more who are already driving from Downtown Greensboro to restaurants much farther away.

Or you could hope you get chosen for the City of Greensboro's upcoming food truck trial and pay $20 for each 5 hour session stuck away on Commerce Place where almost nobody ever goes.

Of course, if you haven't already, you will still need to spend $150 with the City of Greensboro to get the necessary permits no matter where you park your rig.

This, my friends, is what community building is all about.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

While I chafe at State and Federal regulations that have shut down most of my business endeavors, the local regulations are often the highest entry hurdles to clear. The fees and licenses sure cut into working capital for the little guy. And none of the politicians seem to get it.

Billy Jones said...

Exactly!

Kevin Twyman said...

Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

What reasons did the city cite for having the authority to disallow an owner of commercial property from hosting a food truck event?

Billy Jones said...

Anon, We're still trying to get to the bottom of this. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.

eric robert said...

Billy, a few council members are supportive of the offer, the current zoning is not...dgi has brought up the zoning to prevent me (and others) from hosting the trucks... I spoke with a city staffer today who informed me that the current zoning restriction is being worked on...who knows we may actually be allowed to conduct business in our city without asking milton or edwin for permission...

Billy Jones said...

What? No offerings to the gods? No killing your first born sons? This could be the dawning of a new era!