First Friday vendors can expect inspectors

[Source: Sadie Jo Smokey, Arizona Republic] — Neighborhood Services Department inspectors will attend First Friday in downtown Phoenix on Friday to ensure compliance of city vending ordinances.  Several inspectors will roam Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Street between Central Avenue and Seventh Street and nearby streets during the a monthly art walk of galleries and performance spaces.  Erynn Crowley, a deputy director of Neighborhood Services Department, said if inspectors observe a vending violation, they’ll provide information, a notice of the violation and give the violator about an hour to pack up and move.  “If they refuse to move, our next step would be to issue a citation,” Crowley said.  “We’re just looking for compliance overall. If everyone is in compliance, that would be great.  There are places for them to vend legally, and we hope that’s where they’ll go.”

Roosevelt Row CDC, an affiliation of residents and business owners along Roosevelt Street, have expanded the boundaries of a First Friday street party to accommodate about 80 vendors.  The extended boundaries will be on Garfield Street between Fourth and Sixth streets, and on Fifth Street between Garfield and McKinley streets.  Vendors will be able to set up beginning at 4 p.m., and state and city representatives will be present to sign up vendors for privilege tax licenses.  Booths will be rented for $35 each on a first-come, first-served basis, said Jennifer Delgado, president of Roosevelt Row.  “We will gladly sign up vendors the day of the event for the street closure if space is available,” said Delgado.

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