Parking changes are made on request at Leslie Court, West End Court
By Neil Schulman, Long Branch —The city is making two changes to on-street parking in response to the development.
At the city council workshop on May 12, officials introduced two parking ordinances. One will open one side of Leslie Court to the parking lot, the other will add a disabled parking space on West End Court.
Police Lt. Charles Shirley and city administrator George Jackson reported that both of these changes were brought about by requests.
Shirley said parking was prohibited on Leslie Court near Pullman Avenue for years. Then the city received a request from a resident to change it. The inability to park causes problems for those who live there. New houses have been built on the road since the ban was put in place, and the restriction is causing problems now.
“Residents can’t even get their cars out for their kids to play basketball in the driveway,” Shirley said.
Jackson said residents originally applied for parking permits, which the city finds difficult and problematic. Their next proposal was to allow parking on the west side of the road only, which Long Branch considers a good idea.
The request came in a letter signed by every resident on the street.
On West End Court, the request for a disabled parking space came from chiropractor Dr James Proodian.
“With the development of Chabad, there have been changes in parking,” Jackson said. Chabad, as part of the construction of a new synagogue atop commercial buildings on Ocean Avenue, has made changes to parking lots in the area, which he owns. Proodian patients used it to park in his office, but it’s not as accessible to them anymore.
The city concluded that it could demarcate a disabled parking space on the road, so that they could easily get to its office. However, the space will not be exclusively for his office, but usable by anyone with the appropriate label for his vehicle.