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Carytown residents consider restricted residential parking

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People heading to Carytown may soon have a trickier time finding a parking spot. Some neighbors are advocating for restricted parking on residential streets, much like the Fan. They say shoppers and store employees are taking up spaces in front of their homes. Residents say they're constantly circling the blocks for a spot, just to get home.

Rick and Susan Fulton live parallel to Cary Street. The couple says they've spent up to 30 minutes searching for a space.

"The people who go to Carytown, particularly on the weekends- and even during the week- take up all our parking spaces," said Rick Fulton, who has lived in his home for five years.

The neighborhood's city council member, Parker Agelasto, says he's gotten complaints from neighbors about parking. Now, Agelasto says it's up to the community to decide if it wants to restrict parking hours or have resident-only permits, during certain time periods.

"We've got residents who are interested in it. We've got residents who are opposed to it. So, it's really their conversation," explained Agelasto, who says it's completely the community's decision. Community members would have to collectively decide if they want to institute parking restrictions. Options for restricted parking could be permit-only parking during certain hours.

"I do think that restricting parking is only going to make things worse, especially since Carytown is so busy," said Carytown visitor Emily Gilliam. Gilliam parked three blocks away from Byrd Theater, heading to watch a movie with her boyfriend.

Carytown visitors like Gilliam often park on streets lined with homes, if a spot on Cary Street isn't available.

"I did have to park in front of someone's house," continued Gilliam.

The crowding is annoying for residents like the Fulton's.

"When I come back, my space is gone. And once again, I have to hunt for 30 minutes for parking," described Fulton.

Another concern over restricted parking is whether businesses would be adversely affected. Some shop owners advocate that Carytown should be as welcoming as possible to customers, and that restricted parking wouldn't help towards a friendly shopping atmosphere.

However, not all Carytown businesses are concerned. There are two free parking garages in the neighborhood. Parking on Cary Street is allowed for up to three hours at a time.

John Moeun, who works at Fusion Nail Spa, maintains he's not worried about parking problems deterring customers.

"If they want to come out to Carytown to shop, they'll find a place to park... People just have to look a little bit," said Moeun.

The meeting to discuss implementing possible parking restrictions in Carytown will be Thursday, April 3rd at 8 p.m., at Ellwood's Community Classroom.

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