Since Forever 21 opened its headquarters in Lincoln Heights more than three years ago, nearby residents have complained that employees have taken over street parking during week days. Meanwhile, in Echo Park, residents living near Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street have blamed the customers and employees of nearby restaurants and shops for gobbling up parking at night. But now some of those residents may gain the upper hand in the neighborhood parking wars with the establishment of permit parking.
The Department of Transportation has recommended creating what are called “preferential parking districts” that would require a permit to park during certain hours on specific streets. The City Council’s Transportation Committee is scheduled to take up the recommendations on Wednesday before the issue heads to the full council.
In the case of Echo Park, the parking restrictions would be most onerous in the evening, when only permit holders would be allowed to park after 8 pm on sections of Elsinore and Mohawk streets. In Lincoln Heights, the restrictions would be applied during the daytime, when parking would be limited to two hours on sections of North Broadway, Duke Street and Prince Street for motorists without permits.
Residents would have to purchase the permits and also obtain them for guests. The preferential parking districts are temporary and must be renewed annually.
Parking has remained a problem near the Forever 21 offices even after the retail chain announced it was building a large parking garage on the Mission Road property. A parking survey conducted last year by the city in Lincoln Heights found that virtually all parking spots were filled in the four blocks covered by the proposed parking district.
A city report on the Lincoln Heights parking district found “that there is a substantial adverse impact from workers from the Forever 21 factory and other businesses, who monopolize the on-street parking preventing residents from parking near their homes, creating a situation from which the residents deserve immediate relief.”
In a separate city report on the proposed Echo Park parking district, the “employees and visitors” from businesses on Sunset Boulevard were found to “monopolize the on-street parking in the residential areas.”
The new preferential parking districts have the support of Councilman Gil Cedillo, who represents Lincoln Heights, and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell of Echo Park.
Here’s a summary of the two districts and the restrictions:
Proposed Echo Park Preferential Parking District No. 191
- Elsinore Street between Alvarado Street and Mohawk Street (both sides)
- Elsinore Street between Mohawk Street and Waterloo Street (both sides)
- Mohawk Street between Sunset Boulevard and Elsinore Street (both sides)
- Mohawk Street between Elsinore Street and Reservoir Street (both sides)
“NO PARKING 8 PM to 8 AM; 2 HOUR PARKING 8 AM to 8 PM; DISTRICT NO. 191
Proposed Lincoln Heights Preferential Parking District No. 197
- Prince Street between Manitou Place and North Broadway (both sides)
- Duke Street between Mission Road and Prince Street (both sides)
- North Broadway between Mission Road and Prince Street (south side)
“2 HOUR PARKING 6 AM – 6 PM, MONDAY TO FRIDAY; DISTRICT NO. 197
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