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Parking ramp and paid parking among options being explored to solve parking shortage in Williamsville

Posted at 6:01 PM, Jan 15, 2020

One after another, you'll find businesses along Main Street in Williamsville laying claim to parking spots.

They're practically at a premium for shoppers in the area.

"Parking is an issue. It's a crowded area," said Carrie Adamczyk of Kenmore.

Adamczyk knows first hand. She gets her hair done at a salon along the stretch of roadway, and she will purposefully schedule her hair appointments on Saturday mornings.

"I want to make sure I have a parking spot," she said.

Keaton DePriest is the community development director for the village. He said the village is aware of the problem. In fact, he said parking has been a problem for some time. But, the increase in business along the stretch of roadway in recent years has only made the problem worse.

"We're not just sitting back thinking the enhancements we've done are done. We want to do more."

The village plans to hire an outside firm to conduct a parking study. The goal of the study is to examine all parking solutions. That includes the possibility of a parking ramp, and implementing paid parking.

"We want any idea that they have to come back to us so we can look at everything and design ways to better navigate and park in the village."

DePriest said the village still needs to put out a request for proposal (RFP) before it hires a firm to conduct the study. It's also too soon to say how long it would take to complete.