Houston City Council has agreed to an 18-month trial of a first-ever parking district in the Washington Avenue corridor to address congested parking at dining and entertainment venues in the area.
The Washington Parking Benefit District (PBD) is a pilot program that seeks to bring order to the congested parking situation along Washington Avenue, said City Council Member Ellen Cohen, who represents the area and advocated for its creation.
The PBD incorporates multiple parking solutions that are uniquely tailored to the Washington area, Cohen said in a press release. In the process, a dedicated revenue source is created for neighborhood projects, which can include walkable sidewalks, improved lighting, better security, and other amenities that will benefit all stakeholders in the area.
Cohen has been meeting with stakeholders in the area since January to help craft a balanced solution to the needs of the area. Business owners have opposed the idea, but surrounding neighborhoods advocated for it to keep parked cars off their streets.
“The Washington Corridor has the opportunity to become a signature entertainment and business destination in our city,” said Cohen. “PBDs have been proven to give back to the community as well as increase business, and in order to sustain the viability and vitality of this unique area, it is critical that we balance the needs of residents, business owners, and patrons.”