RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Some Richmond streets will see some parking changes later this month, and some business owners say it’s news they’ve been waiting for years.
The City of Richmond will enforce time-limited parking on Saturday, October 1. 15.
It’s no secret to find parking near Scott’s Addition when you’re looking for a night out on the town.
“Oh, I’ve completely given up on finding parking here,” said Matt Danisewicz, who lives near Arthur Ashe Blvd. “Honestly, I’d rather ride a scooter to save time.”
If business owners don’t try to go beyond regular pickup orders, they risk losing customers.
“It’s easier if they can park in front,” says Janet Brown of Janet Brown Interiors. “If they can’t, we might have to move it two blocks across the road.”
Brown has been running her business between Moore Streets. and Broad St. four years.
It’s part of new enforcement, and she said the parking problem was less of a problem during the week.
“Not as much as anywhere else in the city, but there are city officials like under the VCU, or Van, or anywhere else, and they’ll mark the tires,” Brown said.
Over the weekend, she said it was a different story, and she had lost count of the number of times she saw a car parked in front of her store for days in a row.
“You could easily park for the weekend and park here until Monday,” Brown said.
Brown said she knows many businesses that have done everything possible to open up some extra space.
“They said they bought a lot of stuff so their employees could park there so their parking spaces wouldn’t be occupied by employees,” Brown said. “But people are parking in their car parks. They’ve parked for the Vogue sign twice, then threw it into the bushes and parked their cars there for days.”
There’s no denying Richmond is growing, but Brown asked to read signs and be nice on Saturday.
“Richmond is a great place to live, and I mean, people are coming, but they’re coming with cars,” Brown said.
This change will also occur on streets such as Belvidere to I-95 and Leigh to Franklin St.
The city said there will be a two-week grace period when warnings will be issued instead of fines.
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