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Laying the Foundation: Parking Meters on the Way

The meters will be installed next week, but won't charge until after Jan. 1

“X”s mark the spots where new, multi-space parking meters will be installed in the Historic District.

On Wednesday, foundations were being poured for the meters, nine of which will be installed on Main Street and Maryland Avenue and five in county parking lots.

Fees will be $1 per hour on Main Street and 50 cents per hour in the lots; they will not start charging until after Jan. 1, 2013. The existing meters in county parking lots are still in effet and must be paid.

A meeting scheduled by Planning and Zoning Director of Special Projects Steve Lafferty and residents of the historic district to discuss residential parking options has been postponed. The meeting, initially scheduled for Monday, Oct. 30, will be rescheduled, according to Lafferty.

Another Main Street project is set to begin this week; part of a retaining wall in parking lot E, behind Ellicott Mills Brewing Co., will be torn down so that the area can be stabilized, according to Lafferty. Some parking spaces will be unavailable while crews are working on the wall.

Lafferty said there was no change in the status of the Mulligan's Hill retaining wall which collapsed last year and has not yet been repaired.

Related:

- Do You Want to See a Metered Main Street?

- Facts About the Parking in Ellicott City

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This article has been updated to clarify existing meters are still in effect.

john stephens November 02, 2012 at 03:12 PM
They are doing the "meter installation" at the same time as the Brewery's retaining wall is being addressed. Very little parking available these last few days on the west end of the district . Thats obviously poor planning ; there are no longer signs warning residents where they can park and when. Also poor planning and execution. Ken Ulman, are the sensors really worth all this ? Sure, residents, employees, and some visitors will pay for it all , but its still a nonsensical venture. Need more spaces - has anyone done a "study" on how far east on Frederick road people have been parking for the last year or two ?????
Peter Edelen November 02, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I want to Pay To Park, said no one ever.
Peter Edelen November 02, 2012 at 07:14 PM
The residents meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday November 27th, 6:30pm at new NEC building at St. Pauls Church, per an e-mail from Steve Lafferty this morning.
Dan Jenkins November 04, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Installed and still no plan for residents.
Peter Edelen November 15, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Parking app is operational as of this morning: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/ECparking.htm

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