To help promote area businesses and encourage local shopping this holiday season, the City of Summit Parking Services Agency is announcing a number of parking modifications and incentives in the Central Retail Business District through the start of the new year. At its November 1 meeting, Common Council approved the parking incentives that were requested by retail and business advocacy groups Summit Downtown, Inc. and the Suburban Chamber of Commerce, including: - Thursday, November 24 through Saturday, November 26 are designated as parking holidays in downtown Summit with no fees required in lots or at meters. - From December 12 to December 24, 90-minute street meters in the center of downtown will be bagged, offering complimentary parking with a 90-minute time limit strictly enforced to encourage turnover and deter long-term parking. - Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1, 2017 are designated as parking holidays in Summit with no fees required in lots or at meters. “It is a priority for the city to continue to do everything we can to support local businesses,” explains Summit Common Council President Mike McTernan. “The holiday season is an excellent time to implement parking incentives to encourage people to spend time and money in downtown Summit. These modifications by the Parking Services Agency will provide a needed boost for local merchants and enhance the experience of visiting our downtown.” Common Council also approved a resolution to establish 12 prepaid parking spaces for employees on the east end of Springfield Avenue between Glenwood Place and Hobart Road. McTernan continues: “The hope is that by designating 12 additional employee spaces, it will discourage employees from parking at metered spots in the heart of the downtown where we want to encourage turnover and availability for people who are coming to shop, dine and enjoy Summit.” For more information on parking in Summit, please contact the Parking Services Agency at email@example.com or 908-522-5100.