Businesses say they’re losing money over parking issues

WTNH/Jacquie Slater

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Three business owners, one complaint. The owners of Portofino’s , P&M Orange Street Market and Diesel Lounge all saying something needs to be done about parking issues in the city.

“The parking has just been, for the last year and a half with the tickets, ridiculous,” said Martin Riggione, owner of Diesel Lounge on State Street.

Alphonse DeLucia owns Portofino’s on State STreet. He says he’s been trying to have the ticket and parking issues addressed for two years.

“It’s a great city. We have a lot of businesses, but I think by ticketing people people are not gonna want to come back to the city,” said DeLucia.

At P&M Orange Street Market we saw driver after driver park in a no standing zone as the drivers ran inside to quickly pick up lunch.

“What’s going on is certain times of the day are busier than others and people are getting ticketed and sometimes they come in and spend five or ten bucks and they’re getting ticketed fifty,” said Pino Ciccone, owner of the Market.

The owners don’t dispute the driver’s are parking illegally.

But, they say signs are confusing and there are too many no standing zones, loading zones, and bus stops. That adds up to not enough spots for customers.

Chris Candido lives in East Rock and owns a business downtown. He said he has received tickets in the past.

“This is a Tuesday night parking ticket that I received in the East Rock neighborhood where I love when I was going to visit one of the restaurants on State Street for some dinner,” said Candido.

Candido was issued a fifty dollar fine.

The City of New Haven stands behind the fines.

“Simply speaking, people are blocking crosswalks. People are blocking curb cuts. People are blocking fire hydrants and people are blocking bus stops, ” said Doug Hausladen, Director of the Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking for the New Haven.

Hausladen said most of the city’s tickets are issued downtown and in the Wooster Square area where there is metered parking. But on State and Orange Streets business owners feel they are being targeted. They are hoping to work with the city to find a solution that can solve the problem.

“I’ve done everything I can with respect to supply. There is no more parking to be available and if anyone knows of any parking that is available let me know and we’ll have a conversation about how to finance,” said Hausladen.

Hausladen said he met with business owners last year to discuss issues and in response a new lot was put in on State and Trumbull Streets. There are 77 new spaces in the lot, but the business owners we spoke to said that is blocks away from their locations and only serves one restaurant across the street.

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