In an effort to persuade West Hartford Center employees to park in a central parking garage, clearing surface lots for shoppers and diners, town councilors voted Tuesday night to eliminate the $7 all-day parking fee option at three lots — Brace Road, Farmington Avenue and the Town Hall parking lot.
By going to only one option, $1.50-an-hour, at those lots, and working with the privately owned Town Center Garage, town officials hope that employees in the Center will consider instead parking their cars at the garage, located off of South Main Street across from Memorial Road.
Kristen Gorski, the town’s economic development specialist, told The Courant that employers in the Center will have the option to buy a $30 stamper so they can mark the parking fee cards their employees get at the garage entrance. When an employee returning to a car after 8.5 hours uses a stamped card, he or she would pay $4.50 to park at the garage. An employee with a stamped card who stays in the garage over 8.5 hours would be charged $7.
Gorski said through some public outreach, town staff learned that some employees will use surface lots because they are closer.
Town Manager Matt Hart told The Courant that, ideally the fee change would be put in place by November.