Council denies DDA’s request for designated pick up parking spots

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – Officials here have decided that designating pickup parking spots in front of local businesses won’t work.

City Council members on Monday denied a request by the Downtown Development Authority to designate spots at a business’s request, citing legal, enforcement and logistical challenges that make the concept impractical and unfeasible.

DDA members on Oct. 13 discussed owners parking in front of their businesses and occupying parking spots better utilized by a steady stream of customers. That led to a discussion regarding the feasibility of letting businesses apply – at their discretion – for a designated short-term pickup parking space.

Later that month the council asked city attorneys, Wayne County officials, Police Chief Daniel Grant and his department’s Traffic Enforcement and Investigations Bureau to review the proposal.

City Attorney William Look pointed out the difficulty of designating a parking space on a public roadway for a private business. He said that if a block had 12 parking spacing and eight businesses, and each requested a pickup parking space, only four spots would remain for unrestricted public use.

Look reiterated that trying to enforce the conditions inherent with pickup-only designated parking spaces is challenging. Traffic Sgt. Jamie Pouliot and Grant concurred that enforcing such parking would be problematic.

“During normal business hours when no major events are planned in our downtown area,” Grant said, “patrons visiting our businesses are usually able to locate a parking space within a block of the business they are seeking by using the roadway parking or one of our city parking lots.”

Councilman Lawrence Stec agreed, saying, “I see that as an enforcement headache for our Police Department, and it brings to light some pretty good points there regarding the amount of spaces.”

He then recommended denying the authority’s request for the spaces.