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Paid Parking Begins Today for DeForest Avenue Lots in Downtown Summit

Paid parking will be in effect from Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Read on to learn how much parking will cost and how to pay for it.

If you’re planning to park in one of the DeForest Avenue lots in Downtown Summit today, be prepared to pay for it.

Beginning today, fees will be required in the DeForest Avenue lots Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the City of Summit’s website. However, parking will be free after 6 p.m., on Sundays, and on Parking Holidays.

“Ambassadors and parking staff will be on hand in each lot assisting all customers with the gates, entry and exit equipment and payment transactions,” according to the city’s website.

The decision to begin downtown paid parking was met with opposition from several residents and Councilman Pat Hurley last spring. , with Hurley casting the single dissenting vote.

At the same meeting, Council approved a $750,000 bond ordinance, 6 to 1, to allow for improvements to the lots and installation of the parking equipment.

While many residents are used to 2 free hours of parking in the lots, there will still be areas where residents can park for free for a maximum of 30 minutes, according to a May 2012 Patch article.

According to the city’s website, here are the DeForest Avenue parking lot fees from Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Parking Time Up To: Price Per Hour (cumulative): 30 minutes Free 1 hour $1 2 hours $2 3 hours $3 4 hours $6 5 hours $8 6 hours $10 7 hours $12 7+ hours $20 Lost ticket $20

According to the city's website, there are three ways to pay for parking:

  1. Use cash in the form of $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills at one of the pay stations.
  2. Use a debit card or credit card. Pay stations will accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
  3. Pay by your smartphone. You can download the mobile application at www.parkmobile.com. For more information, click here.

Do you have any questions or comments? Call (908) 522-5100 or email parking@cityofsummit.org.

Robert Steelman January 17, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Max. You must be important since you speak for the “we”. I’m not a fan of group think, so I’ll speak for “me”. The so called free lots weren’t free. The Deforest lots of old generated parking tickets, many to unsuspecting visitors. That was bad. Downtown employees- imperceptible from visitors- enjoyed hundreds of hours of free parking a year. That was unfortunate. The lots were in horrible disrepair. That was embarrassing. So now you have a user paid system like street meters and other lots.That is fair. The rates are subject to examination. The downtown merchants are not the object of scorn. That would be heartless.
resident January 17, 2013 at 03:21 PM
If you violate the time frame in the old parking lots, then you should have gotten a ticket..that is fair. It was set up to prevent all the downtown employees from parking in the lots for hours at a time. What needed to be done was either enforce the parking by the town and through the merchants. Employees spoke openly in front of customers about feeding the meters, without any qualms or understanding that they were cutting their customer base.. More of the thought line of I am so important that I can not follow the rules that were set up for the good of everyone. The parking lots were fine in terms of repair..seriously I do not know why this town continues to waste money in the way it does. The tax load is horrific. If you want a user paid system fine. But as a user I can choose to go where it is easier, cheaper to park. As other people have said the boxes to pay are difficult to operate and cause lines. I am sure what is next down the pike from the council who so freely spends our money without thought is yanking the boxes because they are annoying and replacing them with different boxes. It is not heartless with regard to the boycott... the downtown merchants permitted their employees to violate the regulations, many of them the owners themselves(!) and allowed this system to go through. It is called consequences. I have not stopped nor shopped in Summit since the day this went into effect.
Robert Steelman January 17, 2013 at 03:53 PM
You and your friends are after the low hanging fruit. Why not step up and challenge the real issues. Taxes and fees are too high across the board. The Big Issues. Enormous chucks of tax exempt property without user or impact compensation. No real independent measure of effectiveness and productivity for City service providers. A community-wide, nasty habit, of killing reasonable reinvestment and redevelopment projects. And a land use approval and permitting process that is too expensive and too slow which makes minor improvements in small businesses nearly unaffordable. And of course the exaction from the county. So parking is what keeps you awake at night?
resident January 17, 2013 at 04:14 PM
You are right on many fronts..but I BELIEVE the article was about parking was it not? No need to be nasty. Civil discourse is practically non-existent in this part of the country..
Robert Steelman January 17, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Resident. Perhaps I buried the lead. The parking lots are tax exempt city owned property. It cost plenty to plow, sweep, monitor, repair and insure them. Aside from the ticket revenue which a significant part went to the Union county court system, Summit came up short.

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