Parking spaces

Parking spaces, new signs could soon appear in Scott’s Addition

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – More parking options may soon be coming to Scott’s Addition after some residents complained about a lack of spaces.

Members of the Greater Scott’s Addition Association recently accompanied Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) crews to identify irrelevant loading areas, curbs that could be filled in and any outdated parking signs.

John Hancock, who works at Scott’s Addition, said it was getting harder to find parking spaces throughout the day.

“If I have to leave during the day and come back, it’s more of a challenge,” he said. “I can usually find something within a few blocks on foot.”

The department told 8News that crews visited certain areas of the neighborhood to get feedback from business owners on improving parking signs.

Improvements could mean replacing and removing panels or adding new ones.

Some drivers blame the business boom and new apartments for parking shortages, but Hancock said construction could be a good thing.

“One of the things that makes this neighborhood unique is the fact that we have industries, people and businesses in a small area. If we make it so industry can’t be here, it changes the whole character of the neighborhood,” he said.

The Department of Public Works said teams are planning a second visit to the neighborhood next week to review previous information compiled during the first visit and to assess any additional areas.

The department will review all notes and information from both visits and follow up with the neighborhood association.

In a written statement Tuesday, the department said, “Improvements to signage will be made after a full evaluation. The review will also help identify areas to increase parking opportunities.

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins