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City Considers Limiting Parking Passes in Short North

COLUMBUS (Jen French/Kate Liebers) -- Business owners and residents blamed an excess of parking passes for traffic congestion in the Short North and Italian Village neighborhoods. 

One group said the problem started when too many guest passes were distributed to Italian Village residents. Now, customers and residents alike are having trouble finding a space.

Phia Salon owner Mike Bella said he has 35 employees but only one allotted parking space.

Fifty-five businesses in the area are affected by the passes.

Even residents, who have their own pass, have complaints.

Jamee Zucal, who lives on Fourth Street, said limited parking is problematic hosting parties as well as finishing home improvement projects.

"Contractors that want to work on our house -- I've had to reschedule two to three times because they've circled the block and there's nowhere to park," Zucal said.

Betsy Pandora, executive director of the Short North Alliance, said she wanted Columbus City Council to limit the number of parking passes.

"The issue is that the city had a clerical how it was issuing parking in one area," Pandora said.

Two more parking decks are scheduled to be built near the Short North, but are not set to open until the end of 2014.

City Council met Wednesday to discuss other possible solutions, including limiting the number of passes.

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