Parking Meter Pay Boxes Pop Up On Touhy
After years of free parking, a parking meter pay boxes were installed in the 2900 block of N. Touhy on October 31st according to a report by Newsradio 780.
It seems that some pay boxes have recently been removed from nearby Devon Ave. But under the new Chicago parking meter lease deal, metered spaces cannot just be removed by the alderman like in the old days–they must be moved to another location–or the city has to pay a penalty to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC.
According to WBBM radio’s report, the owner of the North Shore Bakery claims a 30% decrease in sales since the pay boxes have been installed.
And 50th Ald. Stone tells reporter Regine Schlesinger that businesses along Touhy have been lucky because they’ve had free parking up until now.
Stone, who’s 82 and after originally hinting he would retire, is planning to run or re-election in February.
Here’s Schlesinger’s full report with audio, “Parking Pay Box Pops Up To Dismay Of Businesses.”