SUMMIT, N.J., March 25, 2020 – As part of a continuing effort to support local businesses in Summit that remain open, Common Council authorized the City of Summit Parking Services Agency to temporarily waive the need for a parking permit and daily parking fees at street meters and in all municipal parking lots and garages in the downtown Central Retail Business District from March 24 to April 28.
While fees for parking are not required, time limits and illegal parking will be strictly enforced to allow for the turnover of parking spaces. This includes enforcement at all 15-minute, 30-minute, 90-minute and two-hour street metered spaces, in the Bank Street Lot and on the ground-level of the Tier Garage. These spaces are for customers only. Employees working in the downtown are asked to continue to park in the designated employee lots and garages.
The Parking Services Agency has also designated parking spaces for curbside pickup in downtown for items ordered by customers from businesses either online or by telephone. These designated parking spaces are indicated by signs reading, “Curbside Pickup Only” and are reserved for patrons of businesses offering takeout service. If a vehicle is parked in a curbside pickup space for more than 15 minutes, it may be issued a parking violation.
“During the time of declared national and state emergency, it is important for the governing body to do everything we can to help sustain our local businesses,” explains Summit Mayor Nora Radest. “I hope free parking will be an incentive for people to access our downtown businesses, and the designated curbside pickup spots will encourage people to order takeout and shop in our downtown at a safe social distance.”
Summit Downtown Inc. has published a list of businesses and restaurants that are offering takeout and delivery, as well as options to purchase online or by telephone.