Thursday, January 3, 2013
Public will be able to park one hour earlier
The new parking lot in downtown Kent will have expanded public hours in 2013. Kent City Council voted Wednesday in committee to change the hours of restriction for the 110-plus lot in the middle of the downtown redevelopment block. Council voted at the recommendation of city administrators to expand the hours of the lot, which is limited to parking for employees of AMETEK and the Davey Resource Group during the day. The lot had been by permit only from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on week days with public parking available starting at 6 p.m. and on weekends. The new hours will permit public parking in the lot starting at 5 p.m. on week days. Kent City Manager Dave Ruller said representatives for both AMETEK and Davey Tree, for whom the lot was built …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Patch's Visions for Vacancies asks for your input on empty commercial properties.
Last week we asked for your thoughts on what should become of what is currently a parking lot at the corner of West College and Franklin avenues, adjacent to the Kent Municipal Courthouse and BW3. Below you'll find a poll crafted from your suggestions. Vote for your favorite choice. Here's a little background on the property: As part of the deal to keep the new Kent courthouse downtown the city will take ownership from Portage County of the existing courthouse building and the parking lot adjacent to it at the corner of Franklin and West College avenues. One interesting element to the area's potential redevelopment is the fact Buffalo Wild Wings will vacate its existing location next to the parking lot and behind the courthouse to move …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Complaints have resulted in new parking ticket policy on East Erie, South DePeyster.
In response to complaints from business owners, the Kent Police Department is stepping up enforcement actions against downtown workers who monopolize prime customer parking spots – particularly on Erie Street. The ever-growing retail market’s need for more parking combined with a reduction in the number of available spots due to ongoing construction downtown has resulted in “parking issues,” City Manager Dave Ruller wrote in his Kent 360° blog this week. “We’ve worked hard to generate interest in our downtown and it’s working so well that now we’ve got some parking issues to handle until PARTA completes their new 350-space parking garage,” he wrote. “We’ve actually got a great comprehensive parking management plan that will be in full …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Historic district, smoker permit, veterans' memorial, downtown parking among discussion items.
Here's a preview of what's on Kent City Council's agenda for tonight's meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall:
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Time limits removed on Franklin Avenue south of College Avenue
A few changes made to parking in downtown Kent, including lifting a time limit on one of downtown's more popular streets, seem to have gone unnoticed by drivers. Motorists can park all day for free on Franklin Avenue from College Avenue south to Summit Street with a brief exception in early morning hours. The change from a two-hour limit to all-day is just one modification to downtown parking. Previous restrictions to two-hour parking on South DePeyster Street from Erie Street south to S.R. 59 and on North Water Street north of Portage Street have been extended to three-hour limits. Three-hour parking also was added to Gougler Avenue from West Main Street to Fairchild Avenue. And the city created guidelines for one-day, meeting and …