WILMETTE – Reverse angle parking — when a driver is required to back into a diagonal space — was shot down by the Municipal Services Committee at a May 3 meeting, after the downtown business community voiced its opposition to the idea proposed for Central Avenue and the downtown business district.
Julie Yusim, executive director of the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce, presented the committee with a petition containing 62 signatures of business people opposing the proposal. “It is not going to be the right answer,” Yusim said.
The issue was part of the committee’s broader discussion of the Central Avenue Reconstruction Project. The village has received a $3.5 million federal grant and is currently nearing the close of Phase I of the project.
Brian Fairwood, a consultant with the engineering firm TranSystems explained that the village had two options: keep the parking the same in the downtown or consider reverse angle parking. The second option would require drivers to pull ahead of a diagonal space and then back into the space to park.