During a public hearing on Wednesday night, the Town of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees approved a law that will allow for the installation of parking meters on Madison Avenue and parts of Myrtle Boulevard.
The reason behind the adoption of this law is to ensure that there will be transition in the parking spaces in the Washington Square area during the day, said Town Administrator Stephen Altieri. In the past, those spaces have been used by long term parkers, he said, which prevents persons seeking to use businesses or professional services in the area from parking there.
The meters will be placed on both sides of Myrtle Boulevard, starting at the intersection with North Chatsworth Avenue and ending at the intersection with Madison Avenue. On Madison Avenue, meters will run on both sides, between the intersection with Fifth Avenue and Myrtle Boulevard (*see map).
In that metered area, vehicles will be able to park Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. by paying for the desired parking time ($0.75 per hour), which cannot exceed three continuous hours.
The meters will accept all denominations of coins, except for pennies, and the law does not apply on holidays. Like in the rest of the town, parking will not be allowed between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. unless otherwise indicated.
A man who owns a building on Myrtle Boulevard addressed the board during the public hearing, saying that he was much in favor of the law. He's had an empty store for over a year, he said, and people interested in renting his space expressed their concern that it would be difficult for potential customers to visit the store if they couldn't park in the area.
Asked by Councilman David Fishman if he was aware that there was a parking area available to business owners in Larchmont, the man said he wasn't.
The parking deck near the intersection of Myrtle Boulevard and Chatsworth Avenue, across the street from Gjoko Spa & Salon, is a residents parking lot 24 hours a day, but also a business owners lot from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is to free up spaces for customers to park in, explained Fishman.
If you'd like more information regarding the business owners lot, contact Christina Battalia, the town clerk.
Once the new meters are in effect, appropriate signage will be put in place and/or striping will be painted on the surface of Myrtle Boulevard and Madison Avenue to indicate when and where parking is permitted.
Copies of the law can be obtained from the town clerk's office during regular office hours (Mon. - Fri, 8:30am to 4:30pm, or until 4pm in June - August).
The law will go into effect once the parking meters are installed, which should happen in six to eight months, said Altieri.