Parking. That’s what is on the minds of so many restaurant and shop owners in the Village of Chagrin Falls. This has been a hot topic for decades.
Some business owners were concerned recently as the Main Street bridge replacement project neared. Work was to begin in June for the two-year rebuild of the bridge over the famous falls. Local proprietors feared traffic jams due to the construction would discourage people from traveling to the village. Officials learned last week that the bridge project has been delayed for at least a year.
But there are other concerns. Village businesses are competing for patrons who may opt to shop at Legacy Village, Beachwood Place or the new Pinecrest, all with expansive and easy parking.
Mayor Bill Tomko has been coming up with some creative ways to ease the parking crunch, such as leasing spots for employees at nearby church lots and enforcing parking limits. Those are good ideas, but is it enough?
When it comes to Blossom Time, the Chagrin Documentary Film Fest or just a beautiful summer day, Chagrin Falls needs more parking. Council must continue to look for solutions.