EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Long-term parking in Bronxville has gotten slightly more difficult after the village Board of Trustees voted to eliminate seven spaces on Pondfield Road.
The formerly unrestricted spaces are on the west side of Pondfield Road between the Reformed Church and Bolton Gardens. Once the amendment is signed into law by the New York secretary of state, those seven spaces will hold a two-hour limitation.
Residents expressed displeasure that long-term parking, which is already a heated issue in Bronxville, will become even more difficult with the new law.
“There’s already so many meters around, it’s tough to find any parking for longer than a few hours. Even when you’re shopping you have to constantly feed the meter,” Parkview Avenue resident Anne Johnston said at the latest Board of Trustees meeting. “There’s a lot of people that use those spots from the school and church”
The trustees argued that parking turnover is a good thing in downtown Bronxville, as it encourages different and new prospective patrons. They pointed out that by changing the parking restrictions, the spaces are now in line with other two-hour parking spots in the vicinity.
“The issue came to our attention due to the fact that the people in the Bolton Gardens area found that the spots in front of their homes were occupied for long periods of time,” Village Administrator Harold Porr said.
Not all residents were against the transition from unlimited to two-hour parking. Anne Rothstein, 68, a California Road resident, said that she doubted her neighbors would even notice the difference once the initial hoopla died down.
“Every time there’s even a small change like this one, everyone goes crazy for a few weeks, and then it’s back to business as usual,” the longtime resident said. “The people who would park there probably aren’t even from around here. We don’t want to live in a parking lot, after all.”
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