Beset by expansion at Nationwide Children's Hospital and new residential construction projects, the Schumacher Place Civic Association is trying to convince Columbus officials to create permit parking on some streets.

Brenda Gischel, president of the neighborhood group, said the narrow streets are lined with cars from visitors and heavy construction equipment.

Residents in the bedroom community, with German Village to the east and Parsons Avenue to the west, have begun the petition process to get the permit parking on Ninth, Jackson, Beck and Elsmere streets.

Although there is no parking on South Lane Alley, Kennedy Drive and Beech Street, residents there must also sign onto the permit agreement because they'll be using those streets for parking, too, Gischel said. The permit areas would allow visitors to park for two hours at a time.

But volunteers have failed to get the required 75 percent of signatures of property owners from the block, or properties that face the street and have an address with that street name, Gischel said.

So the Schumacher Place residents are considering modifying their request to include portions of Ninth, Jackson and Beck -- and whatever other streets where they can be successful in getting the proper number of signatures, Gischel said.

"It's a start," she said. "You can always add more if you need it."

With signatures collected, representatives from the Columbus Department of Traffic Management then visit the permit-request area at various ties of the day to measure the parking burden.

The study is then sent up the chain to the Parking Advisory Group and Transportation and Pedestrian Commission, which makes a recommendation to the city director of public service, who generally has the final say-so on the matter.

There is no time limit on collecting signatures, said Jeff Ortega, spokesman for the Columbus Public Service Department.

And there is no set time limit on getting permit-parking in place. It depends on how fast the petition signatures are collected and verified, Ortega said.

"Typically, it is a six-month or longer process from request to installation of permit parking," he said.

In the meantime, Nationwide Children's Hospital has offered its employees a low-rate in its parking garages and surface lots.

"They're doing what they can to make it work," Gischel said.

Yet, the public streets are free and they seem to desire the short walk from Schumacher Place rather than paying to park, she said.

Gina Berrichia, a spokesman for Nationwide Children's, said hospital officials have no objection to the permit-parking proposal in Schumacher Place.

And, the expansion at the hospital eventually will end, but the community also is dealing with higher density developments, such as the Arbor, a 143-unit apartment complex under construction off South Lane Alley and a 10-unit condo development, construction of which has yet to start, at the corner of Ninth and South Lane.

As the buildout of Parsons Avenue continues, it creates an even bigger parking burden on streets where it's difficult to pass other vehicles headed in opposite directions, sight lines at intersections are constantly obstructed and trash trucks and public-service vehicles look like they won't fit, Gischel said.

"I would like to see the city and Schumacher Place to work together to create an atmosphere that's livable for the people in the northeast quadrant of Schumacher," Gischel said.

"We are all Schumacher Place residents and we need to be supportive of all the people who are experiencing all the congestion that is taking place in that area and it's going to continue."

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