Council May Consider A Parking Meter Vacation

LA MESA -- The La Mesa City Council will consider the impact of turning off the parking meters for the duration of the downtown streetscape project currently underway in La Mesa Village.
In the agenda for Tuesday's regular council meeting, council members Ernie Ewin and Kristine Alessio ask council approval for the City's Parking Commission to study the impact of letting parking be free throughout the extensive reconstruction effort.

The street redesign and renovation project is expected to last well into next year as sidewalks, streets and sides streets along La Mesa Boulevard between Fourth and Acacia get a complete face-lift.

The $5-million project has been much anticipated in a downtown that, while quaint, suffered from years of aging. However, local merchants have been concerned that the months of construction will inhibit business and reduce their revenues.

City officials have attempted to plan the project with night work and a schedule that will reduce the length of time crews are in front of any one establishment, but clearly the project will make it a bit of an adventure to get to La Mesa Boulevard shops as sidewalks, curbs, trees and streets are completely replaced. Eliminating the parking charges might make braving the construction zone a bit easier on customers.

The council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at its City Hall chambers on Allison Avenue. CLICK HERE for the complete agenda.

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Comment by steve sund on July 22, 2014 at 1:24pm

I too think that this is a great idea.  My office on La Mesa Blvd. is one block West of the streetscape construction but I believe that if one has to circle around the block a few times and maybe have to park several blocks away from their destination then a nice little reward of free parking would ease the inconvenience. 

Coronado has free parking during the holiday season and they put a canvas bag over the meters that say "Happy Holidays!  2 hours free parking courtesy of the Coronado City Council".  Nice touch.

 

Comment by chris shea on July 21, 2014 at 1:03pm

I think this is a good opportunity to put a notice on every meter explaining the free parking is a gift to the shoppers from the City of La Mesa as a way to thank them for their patience.  A great PR opportunity.

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