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READERS' VIEWS: Train riders monopolize parking on Brown, Poplar

Posted 8/19/14

 

Editor,

This letter is intended for Middletown Borough Council.As an owner of a business in the downtown area of Middletown Borough, I would like to present to council a request for limited parking in front of Kuppy’s Diner on Brown …

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READERS' VIEWS: Train riders monopolize parking on Brown, Poplar

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Editor,

This letter is intended for Middletown Borough Council.

As an owner of a business in the downtown area of Middletown Borough, I would like to present to council a request for limited parking in front of Kuppy’s Diner on Brown Street. Over the last year, there has been a substantial significant increase in Amtrak train users parking vehicles on Brown and Poplar streets, including private lots behind M & T Bank and apartment buildings on Union Street.

For whatever reason, the parking lot is filled at the train area, and these folks will park anywhere and everywhere there is an open spot. Many vehicles have been repeatedly ticketed for violations that especially become a safety hazard with the heavy volume of traffic being rerouted due to Union Street repairs.

We have vehicles parked and left anywhere from a day to 10 days in front of the diner. This problem has continued to escalate to the point that on a daily basis Brown Street/Poplar Street is almost entirely parked by Amtrak riders due to the “free park” policy in Middletown. These people are not paying into the tax revenue locally or purchasing from downtown businesses.

This is a large economic loss to local businesses who rely on street parking for their customer base to utilize.

I request limited parking from the drive into Citizens Bank lot to the corner of Brown and Poplar streets so patrons wanting to access local downtown businesses can find street parking to do so.

I appreciate your timely consideration in this request.

Please support the downtown businesses so we can all be successful.

                                                                                                                      Carol Kupp
                                                                                                                      Middletown

(The writer is co-owner of Kuppy’s Diner in Middletown.)

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