We Need More Parking!!!

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

Bonnie Bender is the president of the Staunton School of Cosmetology and Hair Mates in Waynesboro. She says an increase in downtown residential living would be good for business.

"Once you have more people and more people coming and going and seeing that businesses are available right there they will use them," said Bender.

And that's where the Waynesboro Downtown Development, Inc. come in. They approached City Council about giving building owners more flexibility in the mixed commercial/ residential zoning.

"It's beneficial to the whole community for the downtown to be occupied 24 hours a day," said Kathryn Aranda executive director of W.D.D.I.

And being occupied by an increase of people 24 hours a day has some people concerned. Right now business owners complain there isn't enough parking.

Therefore, more residents mean more cars and more cars means a lack of parking spaces for paying customers.

"Our customers that do come in have had to park so far away," said Bender.

W.D.D.I. officials understand that concern and have an answer. When the streetscape plan is finished in August, paid parking will be too.

"As I understand it, the parking meters will be removed at that time," said Aranda, and parking will be limited by sign."

Bender belives having parking signs is a good start. But, she feels Waynesboro can take a page out of Staunton's book on dealing with parking.

"I believe the city should work on a parking lot were employers and employees can park and leave the other spaces free," said Bender.

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