Friday, March 23, 2018

City parking official set to meet with the PRBA - but not the PRNC - next week

   POINT RICHMOND - A city staff member involved with efforts to improve parking in the Point Richmond business district will not attend Wednesday's Point Richmond Neighborhood Council meeting as originally planned.
     But Denée Evans of Richmond Transportation Services will attend the Point Richmond Business Association Thursday at noon at the Hotel Mac, 50 Washington Ave.
     Outgoing PRNC President David Schoenthal said Evans' city supervisor wanted to attend in Evans' place but is unable make the Wednesday evening meeting at the Community Center.
Denée Evans
     Evans has attended numerous PRNC and PRBA meetings in the last year as the city and residents have grappled with parking issues.
    She and other city staff members worked up a proposal for one-way streets and diagonal parking. But that concept was eventually scrapped when it was determined the net effect was 20 fewer parking spaces in the downtown triangle area.
     Evans has been the city's main contact for a proposed paid parking pilot program announced last fall. (LINK - PAID PARKING PILOT).
     She is expected to provide PRBA members with an update about downtown parking issues as well the installation - and removal - of parking kiosks two weeks ago.
     The kiosks were installed on Park Place - the street designated by the city as the test area - causing confusion among motorists and residents as to whether paid parking was suddenly in effect.
     Residents also questioned who had ordered the sudden appearance of the machines.
     The PRBA meeting is open to the public, but PRBA president Daniel Butt asks that people RSVP for the luncheon meeting because seating is limited.