WINNIPEG – Drivers heading to Osborne Village may soon have more parking spots to choose from.
The city is looking at freeing up some parking spots in Osborne Village.
The review, which was supposed to be ready for a Standing Policy Committee meeting Tuesday, is aiming to free up street parking by getting rid of some loading zones or changing the times.
City Councillor Jenny Gerbasi tells 680 CJOB parking has always been an issue in dense neighbourhoods but until the report is finished, we’ll just have to deal with it for now.
“A lot of people do go there and they manage,” says Gerbasi. “It is an issue, obviously. It’s an issue in any dense neighbourhood. If you go to other cities and you go to the best neighbourhoods in those cities, it’s the same issue that we’re all facing. We’re looking at seeing whatever we can do to improve that situation.”
Gerbasi says adding too much parking would ruin the vibe that makes the Village great.
Multiple businesses in the area depend on loading zones to move inventory in and out of their storefronts. But the dearth of parking in Osborne Village has driven away customers who don’t live within walking distance, according to Scott Redfern, a manager at The Cornerstone Bar and Restaurant.
“If you’re not within walking distance, you might not want to come down to Osborne in general, because you wouldn’t be able to find parking,” Redfern said.