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Nightmare on Elm Street


Parking issues irking local businesses



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Business owners on Elm Street have been finding more and more trouble with finding parking spaces with and without the snow. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
January 30, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Even without the constant threat of snow, businesses on Elm Street are having a tough time figuring out where to park.

"I get it. The police are trying to do their jobs and they are nice about it," said Zoe's Restaurant owner George Karamanakis last week about receiving tickets while parking on the street near his restaurant. "I've gotten tickets, my parents have and my drivers have too. Police have tried to come into the store and warn us about it. We just don't know where we can park. It's not just us. It's all the stores on this block. The bank is nice and they let us park there occasionally, but we are taking up their spots. Just tell me what I can do so I can do it. I'm not trying to break any rules. I just want to know what the rules are. I'm just looking to follow the rules."

Karamanakis has gotten tickets for parking in front of his restaurant, which technically is at 289 Main St., but is at the corner of Elm and Main. Parking on the street is limited to a 30 minutes, but admits to not being able to move the car so frequently.

When he began parking in the back of the store in the Edwards Block Parking Lot, he received yet another parking ticket, as that parking lot has a two-hour time limit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. It has parking set aside for the residents of the apartments, so space in the lot is limited.

Some of the other stores on the street, such as Town Cab, the Good Library Pastor and the Fotios Karayiannis Tailor Shop, have found equally as many problems as Karamanakis.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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