The Jersey City Planning Board will listen to a proposal Tuesday night from Mayor Steven Fulop calling for a limit to chain stores in the city’s downtown area in favor of locally-run shops and restaurants.As reported Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, the proposal would mandate that just 30 percent of the city’s downtown commercial space would be available for rent by businesses with at least 10 or more properties within 300 miles of the city.
“Applebee’s isn’t exactly a food destination that attracts people from all over the region,” Fulop told the Journal. “We don’t want every retail space to become a Gap, TGI Fridays or a Starbucks.”
According to a report by the Jersey Journal, grocery stores would not be subjected to the proposed changes and some areas of the city’s waterfront would be exempt.
Fulop will reportedly unveil details of the proposal Tuesday night before the city’s planning board, which is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. City Council will meet on Wednesday.
Similar rules have previously been enacted in cities like San Francisco and Nantucket, Mass., according to the Journal.
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