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Leesburg Eyes Permit Parking For Cornwall Street

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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:08 am

The residents of the 100 block of Cornwall Street are fed up with visitors and workers in downtown Leesburg parking in front of their houses. So they have decided to do something about it.

Those residents petitioned Town Manager John Wells to institute permit parking on their block. The Leesburg Town Council, while it can provide Wells with input, doesn’t need to take any action. The spots on the street are at least 75 percent occupied overnight, which is enough to warrant permit parking, according to Calvin Grow, the town’s transportation engineer.

The spots, which are free, are not the only ones in downtown that are up for consideration of new restrictions, which would reserve the spots for vehicles displaying special decals provided to residents. Spots along Royal Street will be on the council agenda in late February. However, those could be considered for meters because businesses on the street want to preserve short-term parking for customers.

As more businesses open downtown, free parking has become scarce and the residents of the area are working to take back the spots in front of their houses.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • nrcbtm1 posted at 5:28 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

    nrcbtm1 Posts: 35

    Will this have any negative impact on parking at the INOVA Hospital Cornwall campus or adjacent medical buildings? The latter have a fairly spacious parking lot. I'm more concerned about parking near the Cornwall Street Emergency Room.

  • mas954 posted at 2:40 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

    mas954 Posts: 352

    Ironic, Bob, that you mention Exeter. I live in an Exeter townhouse. Because Exeter was built prior to Leesburg's building boom, there is NO assigned parking - even though we pay almost $100 / month in HOA fees. Unless you have a driveway / garage, parking in Exeter townhomes is a free for all. Makes for some lively, and sometimes outright dangerous, neighborhood confrontations. Someone parked in front of my townhouse for almost 2 weeks and went away on vacation to avoid airport parking costs. His / her car could not be towed.

    So I, too, wonder why the special treatment given to the residents of Cornwall Street. Leesburg's parking problems are not nearly as bad as Old Town or DC. Or even Exeter Townhomes where parking is a freaking nightmare!!

  • Bob_Smith posted at 1:51 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

    Bob_Smith Posts: 448

    If I were a town resident in say, Exeter, I might have a problem subsidizing off-property parking for these residents. It's one thing when the "free" (misnomer, we all pay for that street via taxes) on-street parking spaces are truly "free" in that, first come - first serve. But when they become defacto (well, punishable by fine) private parking spaces for the property that on-street parking space is in front of, at NO fee....that doesn't seem right.

    The article doesn't mention, but I hope it's a given, that the resident permit (and unfortunately the inevitable ugly street signs that will announce this restriction and permanently marr the aesthetic of the 'historic' streetscape...argh...) is only in effect between the hours of say 5PM and 6AM....because it's a crying shame if that spot is empty all day long when Mr. Resident takes his car to work, and no downtown employee or customer can park there during the day.

    We'll see, this topic is always tenuous.