An Edible Arrangements store is proposed for an Alvarado Street building that was badly damaged during a 2006 fire in downtown Monterey.
The city Planning Commission will consider a permit sought by Virginia Fisher for the shop, which would be one of 1,141 of the franchise stores in operation in 14 countries.
The stores, which sell edible fruit bouquets and chocolate dipped fruit, started in East Haven, Conn., in 1999.
The proposed Monterey site at 475 Alvarado Street is in a renovated building owned by the Saucito Land Co.
City planners recommend approval of the permit under the city's "formula fast foods" commercial classification.
A commission report says the store fits city policies to "encourage small businesses and locally owned businesses."
On a related note, the commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed downtown specific plan intended to boost the area's economy.
The plan includes strategy, development guidelines and a long-term plan for improvements of public space.
"This vision helps ensure that private investments, grants and public investments have a common ... goal," the report says.
While Monterey's downtown has sagged, several communities have "reversed the downward trend" of their downtowns, the report says, citing Santa Monica, Pasadena, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara as examples.
Two studies — one on transportation and parking, the other on streetscapes and urban design — have contributed to the proposed downtown plan.
A commission subcommittee worked with members of the Architectural Review Board and Historic Preservation Commission on the draft plan. The document breaks the downtown into nine districts, including the Alvarado, Heritage and Pearl districts, with specific "challenges and opportunities" for each.
Final consideration before the City Council is expected in January. The 195-page draft downtown plan can be found on the Planning Office page of the city website, www.monterey.org.
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· What: Monterey Planning Commission
· When: 7 p.m., Tuesday
· Where: Council chambers, 580 Pacific St., Monterey
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