2-hour weekend parking limit on 23rd Street moves a step closer; enforcement also to increase weekdays

Rosa Lara, president of the 23rd Street Merchants Association.

A push to establish a 2-hour parking limit along 23rd Street in Richmond during the weekends moved a step closer Thursday, and police additionally pledged to step up parking enforcement of the popular strip on weekdays.

Merchants have been pushing to set a weekend time limit for parking, saying having no limit on Saturdays and Sundays has been hurting businesses. With no weekend time limit, vehicles have been staying in spots overnight and sometimes all weekend, merchants say, which has been turning away potential patrons who can’t find parking.

Some of the lingering vehicles feature “for sale” signs and are stealing business from local used auto dealerships, said Rosa Lara, president of the 23rd Street Merchants Association.

On Thursday, members of the Public Safety Committee supported setting a time limit. The plan will have to pass through City Council. Deputy Chief Edwin Medina said his goal was to take all the steps needed to get the item on the council agenda within a month.

Meanwhile, the Richmond Police Department will begin to enforce the 2-hour limits imposed on weekdays, which Councilmember Corky Booze said hasn’t been happening enough.