Revised Princeton Permit Parking Task Force recommendations single out one neighborhood and need to be revisited

Dear Editor:

We are residents of the Murray Place-Princeton Avenue neighborhood, south of Nassau Street and north of Prospect Avenue. We read the revised proposal by the Princeton Permit Parking Task Force with surprise and dismay, because the task force singled out our neighborhood and selected other neighborhoods for continued business employee street parking while eliminating such parking in other neighborhoods. Simply because we were not perceived to be the “most vocal opponents” of the original proposal does not mean we accept all of the town’s overflow parking. The following reasons explain our opposition.

As many residents have pointed out in previous letters, the 2017 Princeton Parking Study commissioned by the town recommended creating surface lot parking for business employees. Such parking would be created by working with owners of underutilized lots, brokering agreements between private lot owners and businesses with parking needs, and expanding on business permit agreements. The Study did NOT recommend issuing permits for street parking. This is for good reason, because off-street parking promotes optimal use of space and minimizes crowding the town’s streets. This also leaves enough street parking for residents, their guests, and visitors to our town.

The town has started to implement the study’s proposal by securing 240 spaces at the former Westminster Choir College. Even more surface parking spaces appear to be forthcoming, in view of a Dec. 8 article quoting Councilmember Pirone Lambros as saying, “We hope to be adding other lots soon and plan to expand our transit options to convey employees and residents to many desired destinations around town.” With the town’s effort to secure off-street surface parking spaces already in motion, we ask that this effort be exhausted and ensure that further spaces are not actually needed before opening up street parking.

Should street parking be allowed, we are deeply concerned about safety to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians alike, particularly in view of our proximity to the university’s nearby construction (current and planned). The current construction has closed nearby streets and restricted traffic flow through others, leading to increased traffic through Murray Place and Princeton Avenue. The planned construction of the university’s new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will further exacerbate this matter. There is no need to prematurely cause increased traffic hazards, particularly if enough off-street parking spaces can be secured.

Thus, we stand with our more vocal neighbors in advocating for a change to the Princeton Permit Parking Tash Force’s proposal to eliminate street parking for business employees in our neighborhood, particularly when there is already an ongoing effort to acquire off-street parking.

Leon and Kirsten Lum, Princeton Avenue
Mark Alexandridis, Princeton Avenue
Esther Rose and Adam Finkelstein, Aiken Avenue
Spencer and Abigail Reynolds, Princeton Avenue
Alan Patten and Matilda Luk, Princeton Avenue
Tony Bennett and Elizabeth Smith, Princeton Avenue
Melissa Lane and Andrew Lovett, Princeton Avenue
Jae Lee and Lauren Myers, Prospect Avenue
Clifford Zink, Aiken Avenue
Karen and Peter Aurup, Princeton Avenue
Mark and Diane Friedman, Princeton Avenue
David Kinsey and Susan Hand, Aiken Avenue
Scott Winters, Princeton Avenue
Rita Digilova and Eugene Migirov, Aiken Avenue

One Comment

  1. I think we need to have a ten year plan. Maybe the August report will help. The task force reports are not thorough, not data driven and not presented as well researched. In fact, where IS the Parking Task Force report? The Cannabis Task Force report was a mere 15 pages, which was written two days before presenting to council and it shows. Honestly, the council’s approach to policies that impact residents and our town of Princeton is embarrassing.

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