HARTFORD — In an effort to
promote downtown business development, the Common Council has
unanimously approved an ordinance change that will grant permits to
the owners of two downtown buildings to allow the tenants and the
owners of the businesses leasing the buildings to park in a
city-owned downtown parking lot for nine hours a day, instead of the
current four. The longer hours would be on Mondays through
Danny Dulak, who along with wife Wendy owns two properties at 10 S.
Main St. and 19 E. Sumner St. through Second Chance Ventures, sought
the permits and the ordinance change because the time limit on
downtown parking was making it difficult to lease the properties
because the business owners and employees would have to leave work
after four hours each day to move their vehicles.
“That’s difficult for businesses and their workers,” Dulak said. “I
had one possible lease fall through because of that. This change
will allow more flexibility and help small business owners.”
City Engineer Jason Schall said such a change is already available
to another downtown business owner.
“The ordinance does already allow the city to grant parking permits
for this purpose for the owner of 23 S. Main St.,” Schall said. “The
existing ordinance provides 20 parking spaces for this purpose in
the parking lot south of 20/22 S. Main St. near the Pour House.”
Schall said while the ordinance does allow for extended parking in
the lot with a permit, there do not appear to be any vehicles with
permit parking in the lot. The amended ordinance would also reduce
the number of designated stalls to 14.
“There are no signs in the parking lot designating the 20 parking
spaces referenced in the ordinance for permit parking,” Schall said.
“There are 14 stalls along the south edge of the parking lot that
could be designated for this purpose. This would be the most logical
and the easiest to accommodate the proper signs.”
Schall also brought up a concern that he felt does not need to be
addressed now, but only in the future if it becomes a problem.
“There is another section of this ordinance that designates these
stalls to be used for winter overnight parking on odd days from 9
p.m.-9 a.m.,” Schall said. “This creates a conflict between the
sections of the ordinance between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. during the
winter months. It’s unclear if this will be an issue. If it becomes
an issue, the ordinances can be reviewed again at a later date.”