Parking changes proposed in La Crosse

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- In some neighborhoods, finding a place to park on the street can be problematic.

“Neighborhoods feel like their city streets have basically become commuter parking lots,” said La Crosse City Councilwoman Sara Sullivan.

La Crosse City Councilwoman Sara Sullivan, who chairs the Neighborhood Revitalization Commission, said citywide changes to parking are being proposed.

Overnight parking would be eliminated from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. without a residential parking permit.

There would also be year round alternate side parking from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

In addition, you would only be able to park on city streets for two hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

But Sullivan said the Downtown Business Parking District would be exempt from the proposal.

“I like that. We have some places near our house where there are lots of people parking in the streets regularly,” said Richard Morehouse.

Two parking permits per household would be issued for free, but they could only be used on the block you live on.

A third would be offered for $50 dollars a year, but no more than three per household would be given.

So some said the move would unfairly target college students who commute.

“I think that could create a big hardship for a lot of the college students and the college housing in the area,” said Megan Grussendorf.

“It's not directed at students at all. It’s designed to help neighbors not to be against students. They are part of the problem however,” said Sullivan.

There will be a public hearing to discuss the proposal on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in UW-L’s Cartwright Center.

There will be two other hearings about the proposal.

Those are Tuesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center, and Thursday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Southside Neighborhood Center.

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