German Village Gazette

Parking battle brewing in German Village

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Another parking battle is brewing in German Village.

Some residents are asking the city to institute permit parking on Kossuth Street between Mohawk and Fifth streets, placing in jeopardy about 20 on-street parking spots for some of the area’s most popular tourist destinations: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant, Schmidt’s Fudge Haus, Helen Winnemore Crafts and the Old Mohawk restaurant.

According to the request, 2-hour parking would be in place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both sides of the street. Permit-only parking would then kick in between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Residents say the parking situation has become unbearable during the evenings, with almost every spot on the street taken by either employees or patrons of restaurants and boutique businesses.

But shop owners say that in an urban neighborhood, residents should expect parking to be an occasional inconvenience.

It follows the city of Columbus’ decision last year to begin enforcing parking restrictions in a portion of eight alleys and streets in the village.

The city will conduct a study on the permit-parking request in June and is expected to make a decision on the matter at the end of July.

For more on this story, see the June 13 edition of the German Village Gazette.

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