Hudson ready to revamp downtown parking

Village Way and Park Lane would become one-way

JEFF SAUNDERS
Reporter
Hudson City Council is considering a proposal to convert Park Lane, shown, and Village Way to the north into one-way streets between First and Library streets in order to add a total of 20 parking spaces in the downtown shopping district.

HUDSON — The city has taken an important step in a plan to increase the amount of street parking within the First & Main shopping district by converting sections of Village Way and Park Lane into one-way streets.

Council conducted a brief public hearing on the matter before its regular meeting Tuesday. No member of the public spoke or submitted written comments. Later, during the regular meeting, Council gave first reading to an ordinance that would amend the city’s traffic code to add the sections of the two parallel roads between First and Library streets to a list of one-way roads in the city.

City officials say that the proposal follows requests by area merchants for more parking. Officials do not anticipate that the proposal will have any negative impacts on downtown traffic.

Tom Sheridan, assistant city manager, said during a July 14 Council workshop that the city has been conducting a survey to get feedback from the public on the matter.

“Basically, so far, the concerns have been relatively fine from what I’ve seen,” he said.

Sheridan added that the “biggest complaint” is that some respondents have said they would like to see speed bumps added to a city-owned paved area between the rear of a row of Main Street businesses and a parking deck near Village Way.

“They said they don’t really have a problem with [parking proposal], but can you look at this,” said Sheridan.

Under the plan, Village Way would be one-way westbound and Park Lane would be one-way eastbound. This would allow for narrow traffic lanes that in turn would allow nine parallel parking spaces each on the south side of Village Way and on the north side of Park Lane to be converted to 19 angled spaces for each road. Angled spaces on the other side of both roads, would remain the same for a total increase of 20 spaces — 53 to 73 spaces — for both roads.

In addition, the number of handicapped parking spaces would increase from three to four total.

Go to https://www.hudson.oh.us/1198/Downtown-Angled-Parking for more information.

Sheridan said July 14 that he would like Council to approve the ordinance soon so those sections of Village Way and Park lane can be included within the city’s road striping program. He added that the striping of the roads would be done last, after other areas such as school zones are done.

“We have a contractor who’s going to be doing the striping in the city in the month of August and we would like to get this in by early September, if possible,” he said.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.