WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Mayor Thomas Roach presented a new off-peak resident parking permit at a White Plains Common Council work session Wednesday, saying he hoped the annual $75 parking pass would offer residents savings and an incentive to shop locally.
We have an issue with parking and were trying to offer parking enhancement for people who live in this city, Roach said. It encourages people who work in White Plains to shop and dine in White Plains. So if they want to go out to dinner, they wont have to pay for parking or worry about how long theyre going to be parking.
Roachs proposed permit would allow White Plains residents access to the Chester-Maple, Hamilton-Main, Lexington-Grove East, Lexington-Grove West, Longview-Cromwell, Trans Center, and White Plains Library garages from 6 p.m. to midnight during the work week and 8 a.m. to midnight on the weekends.
The mayor suggested offering the $75 permit in parking lots that are less popular to direct traffic away from crowded parking facilities.
The other advantage is the ability to shift demand for parking to parking structures that are currently under-utilized, said Roach.
Roachs fellow Democratic Council Persons expressed support for his proposal, with Council Person Dennis Power, saying the permit was a risk that would likely improve the citys reputation.
There is a risk that we dont know how much revenue will be replaced, but I think the benefits overall outweigh that, Power said.
The common council will likely vote on the proposed resident parking permit at its December meeting.
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