This morning, City Council voted to approve the creation of the Washington Parking Benefit District (PBD), a pilot program that seeks to bring order to the congested parking situation along Washington Avenue.
The PBD, championed by District C Council Member Ellen Cohen, incorporates multiple parking solutions that are uniquely tailored to the Washington area. 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.
“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.”
Council Member Cohen, whose district includes the majority of the proposed Washington Parking Benefit District, has been meeting with stakeholders in the area since her inauguration in January in pursuit of a balanced solution to the growing needs of the area.