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Parking Law Change Could Restrict Armonk Businesses

ARMONK, N.Y. – A proposed on-street parking law change on Bedford Road in Armonk could leave some local businesses in a tough place to accommodate their customers.

“It would definitely affect our business tremendously,” said Ellen Wakeford, manager at Armonk Burgers and Shakes. “Right now we allow our customers to use those spots.”

According to North Castle Town Administrator Joan Goldberg, the Town Board is considering a local law that would eliminate on-street parking on Bedford Road from its intersection with Maple Avenue heading east toward a dead end. Goldberg said that the proposal is being considered because of safety complaints from the Byram Hills Central School District. Currently parking on both sides of Bedford is not restricted at any time. A traffic study conducted by the district along with North Castle Police showed that it is unsafe for school buses to make a turn from MacDonald Avenue coming from the nearby H.C. Crittenden Middle School when cars are parked on the road.

Schools Superintendent Bill Donohue said the district is in full support of the proposed parking law changes.

“The current situation is that when buses make the turn onto Bedford, they can’t do so without crossing the yellow line,” Donohue said. “And it’s a safety issue when the busses need to cross the line.”

Wakeford said she hopes the Town Board will consider making a compromise that will eliminate only a portion of the on-street parking, or only restrict it during certain hours. Wakeford's burger shop shares the building and parking with a pet grooming shop and a design company.

“Our peak hours when people are parked there is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., when school is still in session,” Wakeford said. “And in my experience when school gets out a lot of the time it’s parents who are parked there to pick up their children, so it would be unfair to us to eliminate the parking all together.”

A public hearing on the proposed parking changes will be held at the Town Board’s next meeting on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The hearing will be held at Town Hall on Bedford Road in Armonk.

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