Parking in Benson? Officials and business owners discuss meters and free lots

Parking in Benson? It could cost you if neighborhood officials decide to install parking meters on Maple Street.Benson’s business improvement district is discussing with members and district property owners about a parking benefits district, which is a defined geographic area where revenue generated from paid parking is returned to the neighborhood.”Right now we’re just in the exploratory phase, checking to see what property owners who would be willing to have free parking and benefit from having free parking,” said Joe Pittack, business improvement district board member. “We just need to make sure that that the plan is feasible, that we have enough free parking available to make the proposed parking benefits district work out,” he said.The BID requested the city propose a parking strategy as more apartments were built in the area. Pittack, who also owns Ted & Wally’s, says the neighborhood needs to plan for the next five to ten years of tourism.But just across the street, neighboring businesses Found Vintage Market, Haney Shoe Store, and Hardee Coffee Co. want to keep Benson free for customers.”When they’re down here, we want them to be able to enjoy drinks, shopping, dinner, whatever it might be,” employee Cara Wilkenson said. “But if they’re on the clock and paying for parking, then they’re gonna feel rushed.””We have another coffee shop under the same branch downtown,” Hardee Coffee Co. employee Sophie Graeve said. “I have friends that work at that one that they have to pay like, I don’t know two or three bucks each time and that’s even a little better than what we might get fronted with, like on Maple Street.”Park Omaha proposed a map in March with suggested parking lots off Maple Street for long-term parking. Haney Shoe Store was on the map, but owner Doug Sorenson said he was never approached.A member of the BID said the map was “hypothetical.””The whole problem with it is, we have mobile shoe trucks that are in our parking lot,” Sorenson said. “The trucks come in and out, once, twice a day reloading.”The study says Benson could earn $230,000 in gross revenue off the plan. But neighborhood officials say they’ll discuss with businesses about moving forward and presenting the plan to the city council.”Everybody’s parking in the neighborhood, and we’re just trying to organize it,” Pittack said.Business Improvement District public meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Benson Community Center.

Parking in Benson? It could cost you if neighborhood officials decide to install parking meters on Maple Street.

Benson’s business improvement district is discussing with members and district property owners about a parking benefits district, which is a defined geographic area where revenue generated from paid parking is returned to the neighborhood.

“Right now we’re just in the exploratory phase, checking to see what property owners who would be willing to have free parking and benefit from having free parking,” said Joe Pittack, business improvement district board member.

“We just need to make sure that that the plan is feasible, that we have enough free parking available to make the proposed parking benefits district work out,” he said.

The BID requested the city propose a parking strategy as more apartments were built in the area. Pittack, who also owns Ted & Wally’s, says the neighborhood needs to plan for the next five to ten years of tourism.

But just across the street, neighboring businesses Found Vintage Market, Haney Shoe Store, and Hardee Coffee Co. want to keep Benson free for customers.

“When they’re down here, we want them to be able to enjoy drinks, shopping, dinner, whatever it might be,” employee Cara Wilkenson said. “But if they’re on the clock and paying for parking, then they’re gonna feel rushed.”

“We have another coffee shop under the same branch downtown,” Hardee Coffee Co. employee Sophie Graeve said. “I have friends that work at that one that they have to pay like, I don’t know two or three bucks each time and that’s even a little better than what we might get fronted with, like on Maple Street.”

Park Omaha proposed a map in March with suggested parking lots off Maple Street for long-term parking. Haney Shoe Store was on the map, but owner Doug Sorenson said he was never approached.

A member of the BID said the map was “hypothetical.”

“The whole problem with it is, we have mobile shoe trucks that are in our parking lot,” Sorenson said. “The trucks come in and out, once, twice a day reloading.”

The study says Benson could earn $230,000 in gross revenue off the plan. But neighborhood officials say they’ll discuss with businesses about moving forward and presenting the plan to the city council.

“Everybody’s parking in the neighborhood, and we’re just trying to organize it,” Pittack said.

Business Improvement District public meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Benson Community Center.

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