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7/24/2014 2:39:00 PM
Clarkdale plans future business district parking
Looking to the future, Clarkdale is exploring all its options to make downtown more “business ready” for the growth officials predict is coming to the town. VVN/Vyto Starinskas
Looking to the future, Clarkdale is exploring all its options to make downtown more “business ready” for the growth officials predict is coming to the town. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Yvonne Gonzalez
Staff Reporter


CLARKDALE -- Painted curbs, striping and added spaces are part of Clarkdale's plan to make the town look "open for business" to visitors.

Parking is not always at a premium in Clarkdale, but Senior Planner Beth Escobar told town council members Tuesday that the planning commission wanted to be proactive.

"We've got some new businesses in that area and some more special events," Escobar said.

The parking discussion started in January, and led to eight suggestions for parking enhancements. Public works also provided input.

No official action was taken during Tuesday's work session, but council members said the group should go ahead with three painting and striping projects.

For $50, the town is adding striped parking on both sides of Tenth Street between Main and First South. People already park there, Escobar said, but cars could be lined up better to avoid encroaching on corners.

About $150 will remove yellow curbing and add more striping near the Post Office, on the east side of Ninth Street between Main and First South, and $50 funds painting existing yellow curb stops near the historical society white to indicate parking is allowed.

The eight suggestions do not rely on a parking study predicting unmet demand, Escobar said. Council members recommended Escobar and the commission seek out grant sources that would fund the research.

Council members did have questions about adding a no parking sign near the rolled curb on the north side of First South Street between Tenth and Ninth. The recommendation also includes working with the laundry mat property owner to develop on-site public parking.

Rolled curbs typically indicate a no-parking zone, with the exception of residential properties.

Escobar said the town hasn't received any complaints about parking in that area, but might in the future.

"People park in that area during the concerts and special events," Escobar said.

Councilman Richard Dehnert said he lives nearby, and that most businesses in the area are closed by the time people start using the rolled curb as parking.

"From the point of view of a neighbor, I don't think my neighbors and I have had a problem with using that parking," he said.

Mayor Doug Von Gausig said there's no need to eliminate parking that is not causing problems. He asked about diagonal parking, which is being considered at the end of Tenth Street and south of First North.

Escobar said while the town has enough right of way for angled spaces, there are a couple of issues. A drainage ditch would have to be relocated, and the homeowners on each corner would need to be consulted.

"The finish is not as good as the finish on the rest of Tenth Street," Escobar said. "The edges have sort of disintegrated into gravel."

A suggestion of the Public Works Department, the angled parking would add about a dozen more spaces.

"Definitely we'll have some expense on refinishing, and then we are surprising the neighbors on those two corners by adding some additional parking near their homes," she said. "We'd have to have some dialogue with them before we move forward."

Councilman Curt Bohall said he was concerned with angled parking spaces that back into a street or any of the town's thoroughfares.

Dehnert said, "There may come a day when we have to do that."

Another suggestion for the area near the historical society would create about 10 spaces on the north side of First North, but would require an easement from Clarkdale Minerals. Including repainting the curb, this project would cost the most, at $300.

Property behind the Post Office owned by Larry Green could be an option for overflow parking during special events, Escobar said, though there is only one way in and out.

The town would also have expenses associated with a possible lease, along with maintenance costs and putting down gravel.

"We just feel it's important to identify the possibility for growth," she said. "We're not sure if we need it at this point. One a day to day basis, we don't appear to have any issues, but we might in the future, as we build."

Councilman Bill Regner asked about the possible use of private land to accommodate public parking, and Escobar said there could be opportunities with the owners of property in front of the Mountain Gate subdivision.

Development will also bring opportunities to add public parking, Escobar said.

"When we adopted the arts and entertainment district, we encouraged public parking," she said. "We hope to have those discussions when people come in to develop their property."

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