Parking, parking, parking: Town seeks more spaces

The Parking Authority is scaling back permits for all day parking, often used by downtown workers, to create more space for short-term parkers — who may be shoppers. —Jake Kara photo

Parking relief is on its way — though don’t look for it to arrive in time for this year’s holiday shopping season — as the town continues to make halting progress toward a planned new 63-car lot, while also exploring a potential land lease to increase the supply of all-day parking. The goal of both initiatives is to add a … read more

Town tweeks parking realities while waiting for more blacktop

Parking, parking, more parking — will there ever be enough? With the town’s all-day parking lot off Governor Street often full or close to it lately, First Selectman Rudy Marconi says there are plans in the works to add what could amount to another 135 or so parking spaces to the village commercial district. “As a band-aid, for a while,” … read more

In this week’s Ridgefield Press

Here’s a look at some of the headlines from this week’s Ridgefield Press: SummerFest returns to Main Street Saturday. The Chamber of Commerce’s annual extravaganza features a touch-a-truck event for kids, sidewalk sales, and plenty of live music. Parking changes have been made in the village. Make sure you know where to leave your car — and for how long … read more

Village changes: Town shortens some parking times

The newly paved parking lot between Governor Street and Bailey Avenue re-opened Wednesday, a day earlier than expected. —Press photo

The allowed parking time for 22 spaces on the eastern edge of the village commercial district was reduced from three-hour to two-hour, with signs going on Friday, July 13. Parking Authority member Jessica Wilmot said the change was made at the request of the ownership of the Donnelly shopping center, where the spaces are located. She also said it’s a … read more

Mafia blocks: Can Ridgefield finally rid itself of these pieces of concrete?

Traffic flow and ease of parking downtown could be improved by removal of the huge cement blocks — long called “mafia blocks” — that sit atop the driveway connecting the Yankee Ridge parking lot to other lots behind commercial buildings on the east side of Main Street. “That would do a tremendous amount to improve the flow,” First Selectman Rudy … read more

New parking lot plans include 63 spots

Parking for 63 cars could fit on the acre of wooded town land behind the Casey Energy depot off Bailey Avenue, with access through the current town parking lot off Governor Street, First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the selectmen last week. The cost would be about $570,000. “I think that’s probably low for 63 parking spaces,” Marconi said. “$9,047 per … read more

Looking Back: Parking garage?

Parking — and talk of a multi-level parking garage in the village — were on page one 25 years ago, in the Sept. 24, 1992 Ridgefield Press. “More than 50 merchants and residents turned out in force Tuesday night to show their support for a proposed municipal parking lot on Catoonah Street on the former Crouchley property,” the story read. … read more

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