If you think finding parking space outside of your favorite store is difficult, it could get even harder. That’s because the city of San Diego is considering letting some companies use their existing parking lots for something else.
Freshly Faded Barber Shop was full of customers on Wednesday; likewise their parking lot in North Park.
“We call it ‘No Park’, not North Park,” said Freshly Faded owner Derrick Banks. “Because there is hardly any space left to park.”
To make matters worse, the city is considering abolishing a certain number of parking spaces for companies. The city’s proposal will ease the burden of new developments, which currently cost up to $ 25,000 per booth and must have at least one space per 1,000 square feet.
The city is also pushing for more pedestrian, bicycle and traffic use.
With approval, companies can provide as much parking space as their customers need, or use the space to expand their showrooms or for al fresco dining.
Café Madeline hasn’t eaten indoors in over a year and benefited from additional outdoor seating.
“If this parklet didn’t take up two spaces, we essentially couldn’t have stayed open, so it makes a difference for small businesses,” said Café Madeline owner Christine Perez.
Perez also calls the parking space proposal complicated.
“We have some people in the community who actually park their cars there overnight because they don’t have parking in the neighborhood, so it’s kind of a double-edged sword,” said Perez.
For the time being, the proposal only applies to companies in priority transit areas that are within 800 meters of an important stop.
This does not apply to public paths that fall under the city’s open-air restaurant ordinance – now extended to July 2022.
The proposal to eliminate parking spaces will be presented to the planning commission on Thursday and is expected to be presented to the city council in July.
The city council approved a similar change two years ago, repealing parking regulations for multi-family housing developments built within half a mile of a tram or bus stop.