Who hasn’t raced out of a restaurant or other storefront on Mamaroneck Avenue only to see the ticket scooter zipping away, leaving a pink ticket on your windshield? You may actually be the lucky ones. At least you got a space.
Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum says the Village is experiencing a “marked surge” in demand for parking, keeping the meter readers busy and frustrated residents circling the block. He is concerned that the frustration at not finding parking may actually prevent visitors from returning during “peak” periods.
“There are options for this Village; either the local leaders will respond to the new demands so our downtown will continue to thrive and develop; or ignore the reality and let our Village eventually decline and lose it appeal as a destination point for business and cultural events,” Rosenblum writes in a letter to the Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce.
Rosenblum says studies show a downtown parking space is potentially worth $20,000 to $30,000 in annual retail sales, and that communities with a population of 18,000 to 20,000 provide up to 50 spaces per 1000 people. “The Village of Mamaroneck should have a minimum goal of 40 to 60 spaces per 1000 for our downtown business area or a minimum of 800 versus the approximately 400 currently available.”
The mayor has proposed two tier parking structures in the downtown business district, one behind the movie theater/CVS and the second at the “Spencer parking lot,” currently a permit parking area. There are other sites and suggestions regarding the required parking in the Village, which also should be part of the review.
The first discussion and presentations will take place at the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday May 25th at the Village Court room, 7:30 pm.
The Mayor invites downtown merchants, downtown property owners, people who visit downtown for business or shopping, and all residents to attend, watch on LMC-TV, or send your comment’s to his attention at Village Hall, 123 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck, NY 10543.