Albany parking permit details could be finalized today
System for areas around Plaza set to begin Oct. 1
ALBANY Commuting to Albany will become a little more complicated starting Oct. 1, when a parking permit system is planned to begin for 2,750 spots near the Empire State Plaza.
The Albany Common Council is expected to approve today the list of streets that will be subject to the new parking system, which will require a $25 permit for anyone to stay in a spot for more than two hours. The time restrictions and list of spots are designed to “create a balance” between the needs of commuters and neighborhood residents, said Councilman Richard Conti.
“It’s something we have been working on for a long time,” he added.
The permit system is part of a two-year pilot program authorized by the state Legislature. The program will be under ongoing monitoring and will have an interim evaluation after six months. Conti noted that the city is unique in the amount of hoops it had to jump though to implement the system, which he said are commonly adopted throughout the rest of the state with less rigamarole.
More than two-thirds of the permit spots are in neighborhoods mostly west of the plaza and include designated streets in the Center Square, Hudson/Park, Park South and Washington Park neighborhoods. There will also be 525 parking spaces in the Mansion and Pastures neighborhoods and 155 spaces in the neighborhood known as the Ten Broeck Triangle.
Mansion neighborhood resident Jesse Horton, who has lived in the city about seven years, said the system will probably be a mixed bag. Visitors and commuters will have a tougher time parking, but residents will probably benefit.
The change shouldn’t impact Horton, though, as he has off-street parking. He added that parking is usually available in his neighborhood and that the permits will probably be more important to residents living in the Central Square neighborhood.
On the whole, though, he said, “I think it’s a good idea.”
Conti said entire streets won’t necessarily be subject to the parking system, with some designated spots remaining exempt. He added that Mayor Gerald Jennings has been supportive of this effort and he expects him to approve the final list of streets.
Once the list of spots is approved, the city will begin erecting signs alerting people to the new system and begin the process of issuing parking permits, which need to be paid for each year. Violators of the permit system will face a $45 fine.
It is possible that the implementation of the parking system could be delayed if the City Clerk needs more time to get it in place.