The City of Delaware will sell 70 passes for 146 ten-hour meters to help downtown workers.
“Currently permits are sold at a cost of $2 per enforceable day, a savings of 50 cents a day,” City of Delaware Community Affairs Coordinator Lee Yoakum told The Gazette. The ten-hour meters cost 25 cents an hour.
In addition, the ten-hour permits will be transferable to other employees or tenants. The permits are available from Parking Control Officers during their daily patrols.
The spaces are located near the perimeter of downtown, along Franklin, William, Winter, and Union streets. These spaces leave “the more-convenient spaces nearer the shops available for customers, especially along the Sandusky Street corridor,” the City said in a release.
In addition, a letter from Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski about the changes was sent to all downtown business owners.
“For the long-term parking needs of downtown merchants and tenants, it is necessary to have parking clearly established that you can use that does not interfere with downtown visitors’ ability to come and go,” Pijanowski wrote.
“I would ask that two-hour spaces be reserved for use by customers and visitors who truly need short-term parking,” Pijanowski continued. “Moving your car around the downtown area to avoid over-limit parking not only takes away spaces for customers, but also upsets your neighbors who depend on turnover to succeed.”
Pijanowski also wrote that “changes will be coming throughout the year” regarding parking.