Following nine months of research into food truck legislation in other communities and after assembling a special committee of government and civic leaders to evaluate options, Council voted unanimously to allow food trucks to operate in designated downtown areas. The legislation uses the biomedical corridor boundaries to define the “downtown area.” Within that area, it establishes two locations near the hospitals that will be reserved for food trucks: Locust Street south of Cedar Street and Park Street west of Forge Street. Food truck operators told Council that they were most interested in the areas surrounding the hospitals, which employ a combined 20,000 people. At Large Council Representative Jeff Fusco, who chaired the committee, said they did not favor restaurant owners or food truck operators, but sought balance. “I believe we accomplished our mission,” he said. Fusco also said that he would not be opposed to re-evaluating the legislation after the season and making appropriate adjustments.
May 19, 2014 from Akron City Council on Vimeo.