Nationwide Children's Hospital's will open a 700-space employee parking lot on East Livingston Avenue and some surrounding neighborhoods receive much-desired permit-parking restrictions.
The hospital's new lot, at the northeast corner of East Livingston and South Grant avenues, is expected to open by late November, said Angela Mingo, director of community relations at the hospital.
It will take over the former 7.4-acre Columbus Africentric Early College campus and parking lot, 300 E. Livingston Ave., on the north side of the street.
Meanwhile, streets in Schumacher Place, Southern Orchards and Livingston Park soon will have parking restrictions.
Both measures are expected to ease tight parking situations in the neighborhoods.
Mingo said hospital employees at other lots will be moved to the new parking lot, which is a few blocks east of the main hospital.
It will accommodate workers at all three shifts, meaning it will be occupied 24 hours a day, she said.
"Our first priority is parking for our employees," she said. "Our goal is to deter on-street parking in residential areas."
The new lot is adjacent to the Livingston United Methodist Church complex, 200 E. Livingston Ave.
Brenda Gischel, president of Schumacher Place Civic Association, said once the project is completed the parking restrictions in her neighborhood will affect South Ninth, East Beck, Jackson and Elsmere streets.
The three-hour restrictions will be enforced from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The restrictions will not apply to residents who have permits, Gischel said.
Mingo said there are no plans to expand west, which would mean the acquisition of the church or some of its parking lot.
However, the current parking lot is zoned for commercial building, so offices could be built on the parcel in the future, she said.
Mingo said hospital officials might consider opening up the lot for public parking for special events in the area, although it largely depended on the date and time such activities would be held.
Gischel said the hospital is "a great neighbor to Schumacher" and she has little doubt it would try to accommodate any overflow event parking.
"I am confident if there were something happening and we needed parking we could go to them and say we need 'X' number of spots and they would say yes," she said.