Letter: Apartment residents face new parking restrictions

To the Editor,

Larchmont apartment residents who live in the Washington Square area will be faced with new, highly-restrictive parking regulations if the Mamaroneck Town Council adopts them after its public hearing on Wednesday, June 4.

The Town Council proposes banning substantially all multi-hour, non-WS-resident parking in the area between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Area residents would have to buy permits to park on those streets during those hours and almost everyone else would face fines of up to $300 per day for parking there for more than three consecutive hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Thus:

1. Because the Town Council refused to include temporary visitor parking passes in its proposal, area residents would not be able to have guests for more than three consecutive hours on a weekday. Forget about hosting that luncheon group, book club, card players, etc.

2.Forget hosting children, parents, friends and others who want to visit for a few days, if any of those days are weekdays. Unless they want to move their cars every three hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., they will have absolutely nowhere in the area to park.

3. Building employees will have nowhere in the area to park for the length of their shifts.

Crazy as they sound, these restrictions really are what the Town Council is proposing.

Area residents who want to stop this from happening, and preserve their right to park, and to have their guests park, on the streets in their neighborhood have one, and only one, chance to do so, and that is to attend, and speak out at, the public hearing on Wednesday, June 4, at 8 p.m., in the court room in the Mamaroneck Town Center on the Post Road, on your left, just past the High School. If one finds no parking at the Town Center, parking is usually available in the high school parking lot next door. Those who cannot get there, and also those who can, can call Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson at her office, 914-381-7810, or email her at supervisor@townofmamaroneck.org, to let her know what they think of these proposed new restrictions.

 

Ralph M. Engel,

Larchmont