PITTSFIELD -- Parking issues along Harding Street that prompted a citizen petition in the spring have now led to a request for no parking zones on both sides of the street.
The City Council has referred the matter to the Traffic Commission, which will next meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 28.
Ward 5 City Councilor Jonathan Lothrop filed a petition with the council on behalf of the residents, requesting "that on-street parking be prohibited on both sides of Harding Street." He added, "The residents of the street have petitioned to address the on-street parking issues without success to date."
In their petition, which was circulated in the spring, Harding Street residents said a parking snarl situation was being created by vehicles associated with Berkshire Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery at 426 South St., located on the corner of Harding and South streets.
The petition stated in part that the residents "would like to express our strong displeasure to Doctors Basil M. Michaels and George A. Csank, their staff, employees and clients of Berkshire Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery ... for failing to provide adequate employee and client parking ... resulting in increased traffic hazards and inconvenience for residents and the potential of blocking or slowing emergency vehicles to Harding Street destinations during an emergency."
A total of 53 persons listing Harding Street addresses signed the petition. A copy was submitted Tuesday along with Lothrop's petition to the council requesting the parking restrictions on behalf of residents.
Officials with the medical practice did not return a phone call from The Eagle seeking comment.
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