A dozen wards in Chicago will see free Sunday parking kick in early, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
As part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's compromise deal with Chicago Parking Meters LLC, which the city council approved last week, free Sunday parking for most parts of the city is set to begin July 1.
Adjustments to parking pay boxes for the free parking will be ready this Sunday, however, for parts of the following wards: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 25th.
Some aldermen have raised concerns that free Sunday parking will
tie up parking spaces, negatively impacting commercial strips. Emanuel said
concerned aldermen can opt out of free Sunday parking.
Park Chamber of Commerce has expressed concern about free parking on
53rd Street and the major shopping corridors. Their concern is parking
spots won’t turn over, and people who want to park to use their
businesses won’t be able to do so,” Ald. Will Burns (4th) told the
Chicago Sun-Times' Fran Spielman.
No aldermen have yet requested to opt out of the free Sunday parking, however.
Click through to read more about the approved parking meter deal changes.