Burlington business owners share concerns about parking through TIGER

A long-standing parking problem in downtown Burlington has been exacerbated by the city’s TIGERT grant project.

As the city of Burlington launches its Transportation Investments for Economic Revitalization grant project, entire blocks of Jefferson Street are closed to traffic, meaning stores can open but shoppers may not have a place to park.

“I’ve got the streets, I’ve got the sidewalks, what I’m missing is enough parking,” said Donna Renteria, owner of Myrtle Vera’s Hallmark. “I would like to add parking. When we’re done, we’ll lose four parking spaces next to our store.”

Spaces outside Hallmark will be lost as the city expands parallel parking along Jefferson Street. Prior to construction, there was a parallel parking lot on the south side of Jefferson Street that ran from Front to Sixth Streets. Along the same stretch of Jefferson Street, on the north side, all parking is at an angle.

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