SPOKANE, Wash. – Another round of new parking meters are going up over the next two weeks, the City of Spokane’s solution to “consistent complaints” filed by residents about business employees occupying all the street parking in certain neighborhoods.
A few weeks ago, new meters went in along Eighth and Bernard, along the perimeter of The Breslin apartment building. The Breslin manager Edward Prado said at first he was upset about the new meters because he had not been warned. But once the city decided to give his residents a year of free parking passes, he accepted the idea.
Prado said he is worried what will happen after that year is up and his residents will have to pay $25 per vehicle each month for parking that may not be guaranteed.
“You know, it’s just a big concern for everybody because if it goes away, now you’re paying for a parking spot that you just don’t know that you’re gonna get,” Prado said. “I have probably 10 tenants that say they’ll be movin’ so it’s a large concern for the owners as well as the tenants.”
Julie Happy with the City of Spokane said the city will reevaluate the parking passes once the year is up. She also said the city roughly estimates the additional meters will help generate between $30-$50,000 annually to help improve the pedestrian environment in the city.
Meters will be put up in the following neighborhoods as part of Phase 1:
• From Wall to Stevens streets on Sixth Avenue
• Howard from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue
• Fifth Avenue from Howard to Stevens streets
• Pacific, Second, and Third avenues from Bernard to Brown streets
View a map where parking meters will be installed here.