Evanston’s Transportation and Parking Committee tonight is scheduled to consider authorizing a study of parking needs and restrictions in a seven block area along Central Street from Ewing to Central Park.

The request is being made by Alderman Tom Suffredin, 6th Ward, who says he wants the review to determine whether the current situation is equitable for resisidents of all the streets adjacent to Central.

Currently the 2500 block of Hurd Avenue is the only block in the area that has restrictions limiting parking to residents. Those restrictions apply from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The area, outlined in blue, that Suffredin wants included in the parking study.

Suffredin says there’ve been changes to many of the businesses on Central Street since the restrictions for Hurd Avenue were approved.

The analysis of parking usage on the streets could determine whether the restrictions are still necessary, or whether they should be extended.

Suffredin says he hopes the parking study can be completed by mid-June so they could be discussed at a ward meeting that month.

Update 11:30 a.m. 4/26/18: The committee voted Wednesday night to proceed with the parking study requested by Suffredin.

Depending on how quickly the work can be completed, Kimberly Richardson, acting director of administrative services, said, the results could be ready for presentation to a ward meeting in June or July.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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