No end in sight for Fruit Belt parking crunch

May 11, 2016

Fruit Belt residents and unions representing workers at the adjacent Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus still can't come to an agreement on solving the parking problem.

Due to the growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, on-street parking is at a premium in the Fruit Belt.
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The Fruit Belt has few driveways so residents park on the street and a lot of those spaces are taken by Medical Campus workers.

Common Council President Darius Pridgen says residents aren't enthused by the proposal calling for 24-hour two-side parking.
"Because the neighbors are having fairly strong resistance against that during the day. They feel like in the night is already enough and then to have to deal with that in the day, especially in the summertime when children are outside. Many of them play in the street," Pridgen said. 

"Whether right or wrong, it's part of neighborhood and it's part of the culture of the Fruit Belt neighborhood and they don't want to give that culture up and I'm going to support them in that."

In the next month, the two-sides have to reach an agreement, if they can, and if they do the Council has to send a Home Rule message to Albany seeking the parking deal, get it through committees and then through the two-houses, all by the middle of June when the Legislature is slated to go home. Pridgen says it won't be easy.