Old Greenwich merchants and their employees will be getting a break on parking fees. The Board of Selectmen approved the reduction for the West End parking lot on the recommendation of Parking Director Allen L. Corry. The permit charge was to $100 from $190, which Corry said was too steep for local residents and merchants.
"There were only 11 out of the 40 spaces sold this year," he said. "Many local merchants pay for parking permits for their employees."
Joe Caiati, owner of Housewarmings in Old Greenwich, said the fee cutback will make it easier for businesses to buy permits for employees. "The burden of [a parking violation] summons is so high you need a permit," he said. "We do have employees who park [in the West End lot] and we will be inspired to get them permits now that the rate is reduced."
Selectman David Theis said anything the board to cut local businesses a break would be a win-win move.
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