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Mayor Marvin's Column: Parking in Bronxville

This is the weekly column written by Bronxville Mayor Mary C. Marvin for the week of Oct. 8, 2012.

 

The following was written and submitted by Bronxville Mayor Mary C. Marvin.

Parking seems to be Bronxville’s middle name.  It is a great source of income and a great source of frustration.  We have over 1,200 metered spaces, but it is never enough. 

Many of our educational institutions have had the good fortune of increasing in size and staff.  Unfortunately, none have added additional on site parking so the crunch for spaces is greater than ever. 

It is a difficult balancing act as we try to aid our institutional neighbors while at the same time be mindful of the needs of our merchants, potential shoppers and those who need to do business at Village Hall or take advantage of our beautiful library.

Because of the needs of residents, commuters, merchants and customers there are many permutations in parking meter times, costs and eligibility of use which can serve to baffle even the veteran resident.

The following is a primer/refresher as well as a composite of the most frequently asked questions about parking in the Village.

As a baseline, parking is prohibited on all Village streets between the hours of 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. and cars are ticketed accordingly.  The rationale is not only for the obvious needs of street cleaning and snow plowing, but also to spot abandoned or suspicious cars left on Village streets.

Much of the parking in the Village requires some form of permit so be diligent in reading signs. However, note that all of the meters labeled for Resident and Merchant parking allow anyone to use the spaces in these sections after 3PM each day.  This has proven to be a very underutilized benefit.

If you own a home in the Village that does not come with parking as part of the property title and seek to sell it in the near future or conversely plan on purchasing a home perhaps on Sagamore Road, you may put your name on the waiting list and the Village will call you three times when a space becomes available.  

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If still interested even after the third call, but have either not sold your home or moved to the Village yet, your name may still remain on the list but moved to the bottom.   Overnight permits cost $230 per year and are valid once you become a resident.  This permit allows a resident to park a vehicle in a designated area between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. every day.  If you do not use your car for commuting, this is not a good solution.

If you do not have a resident parking permit, one can still park at all street meters or in the public meter sections of the Cedar Street and Kraft Avenue lots.  These meters all cost $1.00 per hour and vary in length of stay from 90 minutes to four hours, depending on the meter time designation.

If longer term parking is needed for up to ten hours, there are meters on Sagamore Road near Blue Moon Restaurant and in a designated area at the far corner of the Kraft lot close to the building that formerly housed Savannah Home Furnishings. 

The meter rate here is $0.50 per hour Monday through Friday and $1.00 per hour on Saturday.   These longer term meters take quarters only and have a pre-payment built in allowing one to arrive as early as 7 a.m.  These spaces are a great solution for all day visitors or shoppers.

Bronxville residents who need to park long term in the Village or near the train station may use the two options above or obtain a Resident Permit and park at the meters labeled Resident Parking along the railroad tracks in the Kraft lot or on the perimeter of the second lot on Kensington Road. 

These “quarters only” meters cost $0.50 per hour Monday through Friday and $1.00 per hour on Saturday.  If feeding the meter is undesirable, residents may purchase a pre-paid Commuter Buyout for an annual fee of $900. 

This permit allows parking at all of the meters mentioned above as well as the Avalon Lot on the west side.  This permit is renewable each year on Oct. 1 and is pro-rated quarterly.

In an effort to promote green initiatives and save valuable parking spaces, residents driving Vespas/motor bikes may park for free at the Avalon Lot after obtaining a valid free sticker from the Village.

If any of the above serves to confuse, do not hesitate to call Village Hall.  We have a very informed and helpful staff. The number is 914-337-6500.

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Callen October 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Re 2nd paragraph, I do believe one educational institution has increased additional parking spaces: Concordia University. I was one of the people speaking at City Hall asking for approval of the changes at Concordia Music and Art Conservatory. We now have a few more parking spaces on campus.
Josh Semendoff (Editor) October 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Callen, thanks for the info. Even though she does mention the schools, I think much of the Mayor's direction in the article is geared toward the downtown area of the village.
L Murphy October 10, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I was just in the Cedar Street lot and the sign for resident parking spaces says that it applies until 6 pm, not 3 pm.
Josh Semendoff (Editor) October 10, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Right, the Mayor says "This permit allows a resident to park a vehicle in a designated area between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. every day."
L Murphy October 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I was referring to this quote-- "Much of the parking in the Village requires some form of permit so be diligent in reading signs. However, note that all of the meters labeled for Resident and Merchant parking allow anyone to use the spaces in these sections after 3PM each day." In the Cedar Street lot across from the A&P, it's 6pm, not 3.
Josh Semendoff (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Sorry for the misunderstanding Murphy, I understand what you mean now.
Dennis Harper December 11, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I appreciate the mayor explaining parking meter subtleties. Hey, maybe nearby town mayor Bloomberg can follow Bronxville's lead.
Inga Modu-Rella April 06, 2014 at 12:14 AM
Is parking at Kraft lot free on Sundays? Is there a limit? Thanks

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