Business owners in Larchmont Village are concerned about the lack of affordable parking for employees and have taken the issue up with the Traffic Commission.
Several of them, not wishing to be identified, complain of “selective enforcement.”
“We don’t want them parking in spots for customers but there is no legal place for them to park on either end of town,” says one store owner. “The teachers at Chatsworth School park on Chatsworth and Larchmont Ave all day and they don’t get tickets, even though it’s 3 hour parking.”
“Ours are lower wage workers who can’t afford over $1000 a year in parking permits,” says another.”
One store owner’s idea is to issue permits to park legally all day on certain streets. Homeowners on the affected streets would get free permits.
The Traffic Commission suggests that businesses on the Palmer Avenue side of town purchase day permits for Lot 3, the elevated section of the train parking lot. Permits are $55 a year plus the meter for $5/day.
One resident complained to the Traffic Commission about the vertical spaces at the corner of Larchmont Ave and the Post Rd, saying even though it’s 2 hour parking, Village Hall workers park there all day.
The Commission recommended that employees near Boston Post Road park at Flint Park, where the parking is free, and will look into potential merchant parking at the lot behind Sherwood’s Restaurant.
The Traffic Commission recently voted in favor of permanent 2 hour street parking, rather than one hour.