Milford to Hold Parking Workshops

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by Terry Rogers

On Tuesday, September 25, from 4 to 7 PM, the City of Milford will hold a workshop at City Hall about parking in Downtown Milford. At the meeting, residents will be provided with a questionnaire about their parking preferences and needs in Downtown Milford.

“The purpose is to solicit information from the public on what they need and want related to parking downtown,” Rob Pierce, City Planner, said. “We are looking at every section of the central business district and have already conducted an existing condition analysis. We looked at private and public lots at various times of the day on multiple days of the week.” Pierce says that the goal is to have parking areas that are less than 80 percent full and, currently, Milford only has one lot that reaches that level, the lot across from Park Place.

The parking survey is being conducted at no cost to the City. Milford was awarded a grant from Dover Kent MPO. At Tuesday’s meeting, residents can view materials related to parking in downtown Milford and hear presentations at 4:15, 5:15 and 6:15 regarding what the town is trying to accomplish with the study. A brief questionnaire will also be available in order for residents to give the City insight into what parking they would like to see, how the City could improve downtown parking and allow the town to understand what brings people to downtown Milford.

“People often complain about parking downtown,” Pierce explained. “We are hoping that the workshops will help us put everything together in one report. It could be we just need better signage, that parking is adequate downtown. We also may need to remind people that even if parking areas on the street are filled, there are many other areas to park that may mean walking a block or two. We may also look at better enforcement of short-term, 15- and 30-minute spaces, to better accommodate those who need to park.”

The parking survey found that there are 327 on-street parking spaces in the central business district with seven handicap spaces available. There are also 48 non-residential parking lots with a total of over 1,400 parking spaces. Of those lots, 38 are for private, commercial or institutional lots that provide parking for specific destinations while 13 are City-owned. Parking on the street and in lots throughout the town is free.

For more information about the workshop or to provide feedback about parking downtown, contact Rob Pierce at  302-424-8396.