New development sparks parking concerns in Elmwood Village

New development in Elmwood Village sparks concern over parking options

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- If you walk down Elmwood Avenue near Breckenridge you’ll be sure to see a new apartment complex right across from Spot Coffee, Panera, and Agave.

The building is filling up quickly with renters, and will soon be accompanied by three businesses on the first floor.

Across from the new building is one of the few parking lots in the area; it’s usually full, and with new development it’s bound to get even busier.

The apartment renters have access to a private parking lot, but people visiting the businesses on the first floor will have to use public parking.

“It’s definitely a good problem to have. And we understand that parking is a concern. And that’s something we continue to monitor, we continue to work on,” said Angela Keppel of The Elmwood Village Association.

The Association has been working with the city for the past year or so to find a solution.

One idea, is expanding double-sided parking on side streets.

“Currently some of the streets you can only park on one side during the week and so this will open up additional parking off of Elmwood which should take some of the pressure off of the Elmwood strip,” Keppel explained.

It was tested on Lafayette and Forest this year, and will be applied to more than a dozen other side streets sometime in the future.

This is on top of a parking study being conducted by the city to find other solutions.

Many Elmwood Village residents opt for walking Elmwood Avenue as opposed to bringing their car.

“I mostly don’t drive it over here for the sake of parking. I think it’s gotten a little bit out of hand it’s hard to find a spot,” said Katherine Pfohl.

But she admitted, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword.

Pfohl wouldn’t want to see more parking lots or a parking garage in Elmwood Village, because she thinks it would change the character of the neighborhood.

While the roll out date for adding double-sided parking on side streets that are wide enough is still up in the air, there are 18 street in Elmwood Village that meet the criteria.

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