On the East Village Community Action Network (EVCAN) agenda for their Thursday, February 18, meeting was a new action to discuss the potential addition of public street parking. To East Village condominium dwellers, parking spaces are a hot commodity. Owners of multiple vehicles are left to find parking on the streets or rent spaces in nearby garages.
During the meeting, a location that received a lot of interest from residents is the area surrounding the proposed site for the new library. On Eleventh Avenue between J and K streets, the eastern curbside is a designated red zone, which residents feel could be used for public parking. Only one side of the one-way street is being used for metered street parking, while the other side is inexplicably marked red. (Adding to the confusion is the fact that the red zone features a “No Parking” sign on Thursdays between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.)
Residents also noted that Eleventh Avenue offers parking on both sides of the street north of J Street. Although the request to open up more parking on the streets is still in its early stages, many people at the meeting were optimistic that the City would support the idea.
“If they’re not going to build the big library anytime soon, they might as well let the area around it be utilized. The more parking, the better,” said a local resident.