German Village Gazette

Study suggests ample parking available in Village

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German Village's parking problems are generally confined to small area of the community and only at certain times of the day.

That was the result of a two-month study, that concluded there is plenty of available parking in the neighborhood and there are even some underutilized parking lots in the area.

Graduate students in city and regional planning at Ohio State University said they studied the streets several times a day each day of the week.

They divided The Village into nine zones and began canvassing the neighborhood in January.

The report was presented April 29 at a public meeting in the German Village Meeting Haus.

The highest rate of on-street parking capacity were in Zones 1 (71 percent) and 2 (66 percent), which cover the north end of the Village, said Jordan Fromm, who worked on the study.

"There are streets in the northwest portion and in the northeast portion of German Village, as well as primary commercial corridors, that experience higher than average capacity as compared to the rest of German Village," Fromm said.

"However, proximate street sections typically have lower than average on-street parking."

The group made a sweeping list of near-term, intermediate and long-term recommendations, including angled parking on Jaeger and Mohawk streets and in the Schiller Recreation Center parking lot.

For example, the students suggested back-in parking on the west side of Jaeger and eliminating parallel parking on the east side of the street. That move would slow down traffic and create more spaces, they said.

They also recommended expanding the boundaries of Permit A parking, but increasing the maximum time period from two to three hours.

The group also called for elimination of the parking ban in some alleys and narrow streets, except during recycling and garbage pickup.

Other recommendations included signs clearly marking available signs, additional bike racks and identifying more car2go parking spots.

The students found that of the large-scale parking lots in the neighborhood, only four exceeded 75 percent capacity, creating an opportunity for officials to strike parking arrangements with those property owners.

Students consulted members of the business community, who expressed a number of concerns, such as underused permit parking around high-traffic restaurants, undecipherable parking restriction signs and an alley parking ban that constrains parking capacity, particularly for valet services.

Meanwhile, 434 people responded to a neighborhood survey: 73 percent were Village residents, 67 were patrons of Village businesses and 9 percent were affiliated with Study suggests amply parking available in Village businesses. A majority of resident respondents parks on the street, according to the survey.

Residents and visitors experience most parking challenges during evenings and said things are worse on Friday and Saturday nights, according to the survey.

Respondents also expressed a number of concerns such as unbalanced parking availability between residents, businesses and visitors; lack of space for actual parking demand; business parking generation congests adjacent parking availability; and cumbersome restrictions in parking areas.

Tim Bibler, chairman of the German Village Society Parking Committee, said he was impressed by the students' effort.

"I was very pleased with information and data they collected," he said. "That was a big job. At least we've got a base we can start from."

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