Phoenixville Parking Authority holds public meeting to discuss new parking program

The Phoenixville Parking Authority will hold public meetings on April 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. at 212 Bridge Street. The meeting will be held at the Bistro on Bridge restaurant and people can enter through the Prospect Street entrance.
The meeting will explain how the new parking plan for downtown Phoenixville will be implemented on May 3, 2010.

The plan will involve the installation of central pay stations in the lots at Main and Bridge, Prospect Street, Price and Main Streets and the Mill Street lot.

The cost to park in the lots will be one dollar an hour and will be in affect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be two hour free parking per block on the street from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The two hour free parking will enable the Parking Authority to "move cars" that normally sit in front of stores for the entire day.

"Part of the problem is that residents and merchants are parking on the streets in front of their apartment or store and not moving all day. This gives the illusion of the town being filled with customers but instead it dissuades customers from coming to town because of the lack of convenient parking" stated Barry Cassidy, Authority Director.

Residents in the surrounding area are also encouraged to attend.

Many of the residents park in the lots all-day and there are not many spaces available for customers when they seek to patronize the commercial businesses.

There will be an attempt to create a planning group for resident parking, as there will be a call for volunteers to serve on that committee.

In a recent study 47 percent of the cars in the lots did not move at all and the plan to meter the lots will introduce change.

In addition, the parking Authority will provide off street parking to merchants on the Phoenix Steel Property.

The extra 150 to 175 spaces will be made available as of May 3 when the program is enacted. 
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