SCARSDALE, N.Y. – At the Scarsdale Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night, several Fox Meadow Road residents expressed concern about the consequences of the village's transitioning their block from one- to three-hour parking 18 months ago.
Residents spoke about the problems the seemingly small change has made in their neighborhood. Commuters have found ways to take advantage of the extra two hours, leaving little, if any room for homeowners to park, they said.
A petition signed by residents of 20 of the 23 homes on Fox Meadow Road was presented to the Board of Trustees, requesting the trustees consider a return to one-hour parking.
“The three-hour rule has invited such a problem in terms of commercial use that it’s a constant issue,” 18-year resident Darryl Smith said. “It has changed the character of the neighborhood and has caused congestion and safety issues.”
Smith said the three-hour parking allows people to get creative with the allotted time. Some people park at 3 p.m., take the train south and don’t have to fear a ticket because patrols stop checking for violators in the evening. One family takes it a step further, he said, as a wife swaps her Mercedes for her husband’s Jeep when his three hours are up.
“Our block has turned into a parking zone,” Smith said. “The original intent of going from one- to three-hour parking was so people who live on Fox Meadow could have more personal use if they wanted to go to lunch or have friends over. We have no personal use.”
Smith’s neighbor, Gary Kaye, said the parking issue has begun to affect the residents’ lives. He said his 85-year-old mother-in-law once had to park six houses away because of the congestion. He said he has tried contacting the police, but added that he doesn’t think it’s their job to simply patrol Fox Meadow Road.
“It’s difficult to enforce, and the police already have a lot of work to do. Last night I made a call and had to wait an hour for an officer,” he said. “It’s really changed the quality of our lives, and I believe the property values have changed. We really feel like we’re living on a commercial street, not a residential road.”