A few months ago, we blogged about parking issues grabbling residents and business owners in the 12South neighborhood. (Read that original blog here.) Nearly three months later, a resolution has yet to be found and the issue has been deferred.
The issue lies in that the neighborhood has been seeing growth at an incredible rate over the past couple of years, including many new restaurants and multiple developments underway in the heart of the neighborhood. The commercial growth has brought with it more traffic to the area and with traffic comes parking woes. For several months, homeowners and business owners together have been in dialogue about how to best remedy this growing problem.
The main issue lies within the streets of Caruthers, Gilmore and Montrose Avenues, which see the most traffic and have the most residents struggling to find parking outside of their homes.
The most recent proposal set forth is to implement residential permit parking on the aforementioned streets. Area restaurateurs fear such measures would harm their business and were suprised that the proposal was brought to the Metro Traffic and Parking Commission. The decision has been deferred until March by the Commission, however, in hopes of both sides coming together to reach a better compromise.
An alternate solution, for instance, could be allowing those without permits to park on the street, but with a restricted two-hour time limit. Belmont-Hillsboro and the neighborhood surrounding Edgehill Village have similar residential parking permits programs. The Metro Traffic and Parking Commission approved permit parking on Halcyon Avenue in the 12 South neighborhood last year.
We will continue to keep you updated on this news story.