Larchmont Village residents shopping or living the Palmer Avenue and Post Road business districts were startled and confused last week by the sudden appearance of “muni-style” meters in the parking lots on Wendt Avenue, Gilder Street and Addison Street. At least some passersby feared the end of free daytime parking was nigh.
But no, the meters – one per lot – were installed only to facilitate the purchase of overnight parking permits for those lots and are not in effect at any other times, according to a release from Larchmont Village Hall on Monday, March 8.
Street parking is not allowed in most parts of Larchmont Village between 2 am and 6 am. Anyone needing a temporary permit for overnight parking in the otherwise free lots has been able to buy one for $4 from the Village clerk during business hours. The Larchmont Police Department has been issuing the permits after hours.
Now, the overnight permits – good for twelve hours – will also be available from the meters.
“These are just for people who need a last minute permit for a guest or themselves and couldn’t get to Village Hall,” explained the clerk’s office.
The “new” meters are actually old ones that until recently have been in service at the train station. That generation of machines was replaced recently. They had became too difficult and expensive to maintain for the heavier use they receive in the commuter lots. They are expected to be able to handle the relatively light duty of issuing overnight permits.
One machine is sufficient for an entire lot. The user inserts four dollars and receives a permit good for twelve hours of parking. The permit is displayed on the driver’s side of the dashboard. More parking information is available on the official Village of Larchmont website. )
The machines – which were installed and then covered temporarily in plastic bags – generated negative comments last week on the street and online at lyndalarch.com, largely from those who mistakenly thought Larchmont was imposing new parking fees. But at least one resident was also unhappy with the meters’ aesthetics and questioned why they could not have been placed inside the lot and out of sight of nearby homes.