Lack of parking spots leaves Sharpsburg residents seeking help
Sharpsburg leaders hope to work with local businesses to alleviate parking problems on Middle Street.
Annette Schneider said on-street parking problems have escalated, especially in the 1600 and 1700 blocks on Middle Street.
“If I go shopping and come back during the day, I have nowhere to park,” Schneider said.
Schneider said she'd like to see council consider a resident parking permit program. She said most of the problems come from employees who work nearby, taking up the parking spaces. There are no meters in that area, so people may park there for several hours.
Those employees parking on the street is not illegal, Schneider said. She asked the borough to try to find a solution.
“Let's work something so there isn't this ugliness going on in front of my house,” Schneider said.
Mayor Richard Panza said Schneider isn't alone in having an issue with parking.
“We've been getting more complaints, not just you,” Panza said.
Panza said an armored car company near that location has a lease agreement for parking in a lot in the borough. He said he has spoken with the company about making employees park in that lot.
He said the problem in that area is well known.
“I know all of council is aware of this,” Panza said.
Schneider acknowledged that parking likely will continue to be tight in the borough as the push to bring new businesses and residents into the community continues.
“This town was not built for cars,” Schneider said. “You get more people driving, it's a free-for-all to get that spot.”
Panza said Schneider should contact the police or the borough if problems persist.
“We're working on it,” Panza said. “I appreciate you coming here.”
Council President Karen Pastor said with an increasing amount of cars, the borough will need to look at parking throughout the town.
“I don't know what the answer is but we are addressing it,” Pastor said.
Tom McGee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or email@example.com.
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