COLUMBIA — Starting Monday, the city will label streets in the North Village Arts District as permit only parking.
City Council passed The North Village Residential Parking by Permit Only, or RPPO, program as a six-month pilot. On Monday and Tuesday, signs to indicate permit areas will be placed along St. Joseph Street, St. James Street, Hubbell Drive, and Ash Street, according to a news release.
Police will begin issuing warnings through Feb. 19. Full enforcement, such as ticketing and towing, will begin on Feb. 20, Steven Sapp, spokesman for the Public Works Department, said in an email.
Eligible owners or renters in the area can apply for a free permit by bringing proof of residency — such as a lease or utility bill — to the Public Works Department. Each household is limited to two permits, which may only be used for the assigned vehicles and must be displayed properly.
The change comes as residents and business owners from the area reported having difficulty with parking in an October public forum after the opening of Brookside on College.
A total of 65 letters were sent out to each eligible residence, Sapp said.
Addresses eligible for parking permits are:
- Even number addresses on Park Avenue from 1100 through 1200
- Odd number addresses on St. James Street from 307 through 309
- All addresses on St. Joseph Street from Park Avenue to Ash Street
- Odd number addresses on East Ash Street from 1201 through 1209
- Odd numbered addresses on East Walnut Street from 1203 through 1205
- All addresses on Hubbell Street from Walnut Street to Ash Street
Parking meters will also be installed along the east side of St. Joseph Street and both sides of St. James Street, except for four spaces on the west side, near the north end of the street, Sapp said.