Before the Village Board settles the dispute over a proposal to raze a Shorewood home to make a customer parking lot in two weeks, it approved 22 temporary spaces in hopes of alleviating any parking woes in the area.
The new provisional parking options include:
- At least 10 spaces in the Atwater Elementary parking lot, available 4:30 to 8 p.m.;
- Six three-hour parking spaces designated for East Capitol Drive customers in the Village Hall/Library parking lot;
- Six additional spaces created by moving parking from the east to the west side of East Frederick Avenue.
An ordinance on the books requires the Atwater lot to change to a permit-only lot after 8 p.m., but officials said they plan to examine if extending that an hour or two would be beneficial.
Parking on Frederick Avenue would remain two-hour. Officials said the swapping of parking to the other side of the street could cause issues for residents backing out of their driveways.
"This idea sounds like it has been floated in the past and there was some concern then, and there still is, that now when you back out, there's not just a curb there, there's a car," Trustee Jeff Hanewall said.
Additionally, enforcing the three-hour limit on parking in the six customer parking spots in the municipal lot could be difficult, trustees said.
The idea is to test the new parking plan through the winter and spring.
"We are thinking about it right now as we want to test it through June at least," Trustee Ellen Eckman said.
A controversial rezoning petition by Garden Room owner Deb Kern to have the house at 3940 N. Frederick Ave., around the corner from her business, leveled to construct a nine-stall, environmentally friendly parking lot with permeable pavement and a rain garden, prompted the parking additions.
The village's Plan Commission voted unanimously against the request in late October.
The Village Board is slated to consider Kern's rezoning proposal on Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Center — and the meeting will spell the end of a four-month-long conflict.
Upon Kern revealing her plan in August, Frederick Avenue residents mobilized to garner support in an effort to kill the project, circulating petitions and distributing literature.
Kern said she needs the additional parking to accommodate her growing customer base, while area residents argued the conversion would result in waning property values on the block, one less home for a new Shorewood family and attract crime.