City expanding parking restrictions around NCCU

Jul. 27, 2014 @ 09:40 PM

City officials are likely to add to the existing parking restrictions in neighborhoods around N.C. Central University, to the dismay of some residents and pleasure of others.

The move will add the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Rosewood Street to the roster of streets near the campus where people can’t park for more than two hours at a time without obtaining a city parking permit.

Rosewood will become the first street east of Alston Avenue to get the restrictions. Most of the close-by neighborhood streets around campus that link up with Fayetteville Street already have them.

City Council members reviewed the proposal Thursday and are likely to approve it without further debate on Aug. 4. Officials are reacting to a petition from a group of Rosewood Street residents.

The move is necessary because N.C. Central students are using Rosewood’s curbside parking as an alternative to on-campus parking that costs $75 a month, resident Troy Poole and Assistant Transportation Director Wesley Parham said.

Central’s $75 monthly charge is “obviously quite expensive for students,” Parham said. “If it’s free one block over, that becomes an easy way to avoid those costs.”

But Rosewood Street resident Linda Brannon put together a counter-petition opposing the move, because the warning signs that come with it make neighborhoods “look a little tacky to me.”

She agreed with Poole and Parham about the cost factor in campus parking but said students should get some help, “possibly from the city.”

In answer to a question from Councilman Eugene Brown, Parham said N.C. Central has complied with the city’s parking-supply requirements as it has added new buildings.

“It’s not that the parking is not there” on campus, Parham said.

Like the city, N.C. Central and other universities in the area charge for parking mainly to defray the cost of building it.

Council members didn’t question the logic of the situation. “I think it makes a lot of sense to do this,” Councilwoman Diane Catotti said of the added restrictions.

When they go into effect, officials will start by giving violators warning tickets, to get the message out before they issue tickets that come with a $50 fine, Parham said.