ALAMO HEIGHTS — Parking woes in neighborhoods where business and school traffic spills over may be a thing of the past if a pilot program launched by City Council proves successful.
Leaders recently approved an initiative in which Cambridge Shopping Center has turned 39 parking spaces in public rights of way into private spaces along Circle Street and Fenimore Avenue.
At issue is creating enough parking spaces for shopping-center employees and patrons so spots intended for neighbors on adjacent residential streets won’t be taken.
“In the long run, alleviating parking is an issue,” said Mayor Bobby Rosenthal.
Some neighbors, however, have decried turning spaces in public rights of way into private parking spots, saying the area shouldn’t be cluttered with parking signs.
Neighbors have also expressed concerns about adequate parking when newer retail spaces open at a nearby Broadway-Austin Highway development, officials said.
Along Broadway, neighborhoods long have had trouble with parking overflow issues, such as the case with Alamo Heights High School students who pull up on nearby residential streets, residents said.
On Dec. 1, the council will review the results of the program.
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