WEST BEND - A few
blocks of parking in the downtown area could see changes
down the road.
At a Business
Improvement District Strategic Planning Committee
meeting Thursday, Mike Husar of Husar’s House of Fine
Diamonds said he plans to bring forth a proposal to
change the parking rules on Sixth Avenue in an effort to
dedicate more customer-only spaces.
stretch of Sixth Avenue from Elm to Walnut streets is
currently split between unrestricted parking, also known
as Tier 2, on the west side of the street, and on the
east is Tier 1, or customer-only, parking.
Capt. Tim Dehring with the West Bend Police Department
said commuter vehicles — or the cars owned by people who
work at businesses in the area — are not supposed to
park in these spaces zoned as customers only.
Dehring said from Walnut to Chestnut streets the parking
is unrestricted on both sides. Husar would like to see a
return to what he called the “original parking
ordinance” on the street.
Dehring said the parking rules on Sixth Avenue were
changed from strictly the Tier 1, or the customer-only
parking, to this east-west split more than a decade ago.
He said downtown businesses wanted the change.
Husar, however, said this change “drove people out of
the parking lots and buying permits, because they could
park for free — why are they going to pay? So if we can
drive people back into the lot, it generates revenue.”
There are two parking lots in the downtown area that
require permits. One is near the post office, while the
other is by Tennies Ace Hardware.
Husar added the existing ordinance exempts residents,
and wants that changed as well. “They’re in the downtown
area, they live in the downtown area, that’s part of the
business environment,” he said.
Husar mentioned the BID could purchase a license plate
scanner to help police enforce parking regulations in
the downtown area.
owner of Slesar Glass, Paul Slesar’s business is located
on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Hickory Street.
Standing near the front entrance of his business
Thursday afternoon, he said a change to both sides of
Sixth Avenue will be good for customers, providing more
parking for them.
the other hand, Slesar said, that would mean others
would have to find somewhere else to park.
recommended adding more parking to the downtown area in
general. He thought this could be achieved by purchasing
nearby residential property and turning it into a
parking lot. Otherwise, he thought the parking lot
across the street from his business could add a second
level with an access point on Seventh Avenue, which is
uphill from the lot.
Slesar acknowledged either solution comes with a price
tag, but said the area needs more parking.
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