We’ve been keeping you up to date on plans for the city’s “community-parking review” in The Junction — which ultimately will lead to a decision on whether changes are made in management of the parking spots managed by the city (pay stations? Residential Parking Zones on nearby streets? status quo?). We published our first report last February, when WSB went to the Municipal Tower downtown for the first media briefing on the plan; then in May, the city Transportation Department (SDOT) told us it expected to start the review in September — and in our May update, we included the West Seattle Junction Association‘s call for your comments on the parking situation. Now that it’s September, we checked with SDOT – and here’s what communications director Rick Sheridan told us about the parking review’s status, and how you’ll get to have a say:
SDOT originally planned to start its Junction community parking effort by the fall of 2008, but the project’s timeline has been pushed back a little. The work to assess and improve the Junction’s parking will still start in 2008. However, the bulk of the effort is now scheduled to occur in 2009 with implementation by the first quarter of 2010.
The neighborhood will be invited to walking tours and community meetings, which will help us gather feedback on neighborhood parking concerns. SDOT will mail out neighborhood-wide a postcard detailing the amended project schedule and highlighting opportunities for public participation (walking tours, selection of study blocks). We want to be aggressive in our outreach to maximize gathering community feedback, pinpointing specific areas of concern and developing a comprehensive Junction parking study.