Online Petition Protests ‘Outrageous’ 67% Rate Hike at Essex Street Municipal Garage

Posted on: June 18th, 2019 at 5:04 am by

First they came for street parking; now its the garages.

Essex Crossing gobbled up roughly 500 parking spaces around the neighborhood, and many locals allege the fly-by-night rate hike at the Essex Street Municipal garage further prices out area longtimers.

As previously reported, the city quietly raised all rates the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Monthly members will see a 67-percent gouge come July 1 ($300 to $500); hourly rates will also jump 77-percent ($4.50 to $8.00). On a month’s notice without the benefit of any public hearings or solicitation of input. Nor were local pols made aware of this change.

An online petition is now making the rounds to apply more pressure on the city to reverse the increase.

“This outrageous increase of 67% is clearly meant to price out longtime residents and even the elderly, to accommodate the new money forced upon our community,” the petitioner argues.

First we had tons of our street parking taken away to accommodate the Essex Crossing construction, and construction working bringing their personal cars to work grabbing more of our parking, parking at fire hydrants without getting ticketed, even parking on the sidewalks. Once the buildings were completed we saw doormen putting “doorman” signs in their windsheild and not getting ticketed either. The DOT is favoring new money and slapping long time residents in the face with a massive 67% increase in the municipal lot.

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