Growth in the Grove causing parking headaches, residents say - KMOV.com

Growth in the Grove causing parking headaches, residents say

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Parking on a residential street in the Grove. Credit: KMOV Parking on a residential street in the Grove. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

As development continues to grow in the Grove, residents say they hope more will be done to protect the already limited parking.

Toni Towers has lived in the Grove for years and she’s developed multiple ways to protect the parking spot on the street outside her home.

“We’ve bought cones a number of times,” said Towers.

She lives on Talmage which is one of seven blocks in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood that designates certain parts of the streets as resident only parking. Parking Central Development oversees the parking permits which cost just under $13 a year.

Towers says though the one sign on the street is constantly ignored by people coming to the neighborhood to shop, eat or play.

“Coming home at any time of night, lunchtime, the street is filled, evenings street is filled,” she said.

Alderman Joe Roddy, who represents the neighborhood, said parking is one of the biggest issues they deal with.

“Parking is perhaps the most expensive and complicated to deal with,” said Roddy.

But they are constantly working to appease residents, business owners and the many that come visit the area.

With several new apartments being built, additional parking will be added but Roddy says he truly hopes the neighborhood will continue to move towards a car optional lifestyle, relying more on bikes, MetroLink and ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

But Towers says she likes her car, and although she has a garage she wants to be able to park in front of her home.

The Treasurers Office is in charge of parking enforcement and a spokesperson for the office said they will look at getting additional signs.

Parking enforcement already works to enforce the signs that are up, ticketing those without parking permits.

Towers said she’d also like to see businesses post signs warning customers not park on residential streets.

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