North Village Residents Attend Open House to Discuss Future Parking
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public Works held another informational meeting Wednesday evening to address potential changes to traffic flow and parking in the north village area near downtown.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss traffic calming concepts for Saint Joseph Street and a potential residential parking permit program for the North Village area, including Park Ave., Saint Joseph Street, Saint James Street, Ash Street, and Hubbell Drive.
Residents suggested putting parking meters on Saint Joseph Street to prevent people from parking illegally and taking up residents' spots near their homes.
Many people who live in the area agreed that parking has been limited since the Brookside on College Apartments opened.
"We won't know what the eventual impact of seven hundred twenty four college students in one block will look like so we are trying to anticipate that and trying to move ahead before that happens," said North Village resident Mara Aruguete. "The neighborhood is changing a lot and it is changing very very rapidly and so a lot of these things have hit us like a ton of lead, so it is really important to have these kinds of conversations."
A follow-up meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 12 and will be open to the public.