David Steele

Meeting competing parking needs

David Steele, Economic Development Specialist, No Phone Number Available

Friday, June 13, 2014 at 9:39 a.m.

Meeting competing parking needs

Parking meters serve multiple purposes. Businesses like the turnover they create. Consumers want ease of use and convenient payment options. Apartment tenants want an available place to park at an affordable rate.

In an effort to meet all the competing parking needs of users of the downtown area, the City Parking Team continues to evaluate the right meter locations.

Recently, new meters were installed around Bernard Street and Eighth Avenue in response to apartment tenant complaints about street parking being unavailable to them. Neighborhood businesses and the medical community's workforce occupied street parking spots, making it difficult for neighborhood residents to find parking.

Parking passes were distributed to apartment residents this week allowing them to park for free for this first year. After some initial confusion about the new meters, residents have expressed appreciation that spaces are available where before there were just wall-to-wall cars.

Other neighborhoods in business areas will soon receive new meters to make parking more available for apartment residents. Meters will be installed in the following neighborhoods:

  • From Wall to Stevens streets on Sixth Avenue
  • Howard from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue
  • Fifth Avenue from Howard to Stevens streets

View Parking Meter Additions Map (PDF 2.3 MB)

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