At Work on Your Behalf: Encampment Update, Green Team, Community Parking Program

May 07, 2018 5:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The following information was presented at the May 2 MPNA Meeting.

Mayor Turner responded to MPNA’s April letter requesting that the city continue to enforce the March, 2017 ordinances, which address the issues at the Wheeler encampment.  Please see the Mayor's response.

Marilyn Brown, President and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless, provided an update on their efforts at the Wheeler encampment. These efforts include on-site placement of personnel to assist eligible clients to transition into permanent supportive housing; convening an advocacy workgroup of 20+ agencies involved in The Way Home; and creating a public education campaign to provide progress updates for our neighborhood and to educate individuals and groups who think they are helping but whose charitable actions actually do more harm than good. See her complete report here.

The Green Team is a new MPNA initiative to engage the community through volunteer efforts that will make for a cleaner, neater, more beautiful neighborhood.  Led by Cynthia Tang and Jill Miller the Green Team will take on a variety of projects detailed here.  

Parking Management will host two additional meetings this month to present the Community Parking Program scheduled to begin in Museum Park later this year. 

  • May 15, 6:00 p.m., Judson Robinson Jr. Community Center, 2020 Hermann Drive, and
  • May 16, 11:00 a.m., Clayton Library Carriage House, 5300 Caroline Street.
At these meetings you will have the opportunity to see the proposed Community Parking Program for Museum Park, ask questions, and make comments.

Parking Management's  April 18 meeting presentation is available here.  In summary, current Community Parking Plan (CPP) includes:

  • Phase 1 of the CPP calls for new meters to be installed along Jackson Street, south of Binz; streets around Asia Society and its parking lot; and around the Surgical Center on La Branch.  (Please view map on above website for complete locations).
  • In Phase 2, Time Limited Parking areas will be identified based on parking patterns emerging after stallation of meters.  (Please view map to potential Time Limited Parking areas).
  • Residents will be able to purchase 3 annual parking permits at $28.50/hang tag to exempt either the meters or time-limited areas.
  •  Phase 3 will address parking issues on residential streets just east and just west of Almeda at a date not yet determined.

 Among Possible Impacts:

  • Installation of new meters may result in additional parking pressure on un-metered streets.
  • New signage will be installed throughout the neighborhood:  additional meters, ‘no parking’ signs, ‘time-limited’ signs.
  • Narrower streets without curbing may be labeled with ‘No Parking’ signs rather than the continued use of rocks to block parking.
  • If parking pressure increases over time other streets may be subject to meters or time-limited parking at a later date.
  • Increased parking pressure throughout the neighborhood may create conflicts with residential trash days.

Revenue Possibility:

The community can request an ordinance establishing a Museum Park Parking Benefit District, although there is no assurance such a district will be implemented. Such a district could eventually result in funds coming back to Museum Park.

Detailed Questions with Answers from parking Management are available for your review. 

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