Empty storefronts are visible in multiple locations in Orleans, including this one on Main Street next to Post Office Square. [Donna Tunney/Cape Codder]

ORLEANS — Cape Cod’s economy is however reeling from COVID-19, specifically the restaurant sector. But downtown Orleans enterprises had been suffering extensive prior to the pandemic hit.

And while residential serious estate is in significant need, with history-lower inventory, the commercial property industry for buys and leases is struggling badly, and has been for some time.

Enter the Orleans Scheduling Board, which has proposed using the services of a consultant to take a look at solutions for boosting economic growth in city.

“For Lease” signals are not new in city. The lender at Skaket Corners has been empty due to the fact 2008, and the outdated Fireplace ‘n Kettle cafe has been dormant since 2016. The Underground Shopping mall is deserted, other malls have vacancies, Guapo’s and Vers are shut and the Lobster Claw shut down when its owners retired previous September.