City sidelines metered parking plan on Long Beach’s Retro Row for further review

In the wake of public outcry, Long Beach has delayed its plan to implement parking meters along Fourth Street’s Retro Row pending further review, officials said Friday.

The city this month had planned to place metered parking on the stretch of Fourth Street between Temple and Hermosa avenues. But the Department of Public Works said it is now in the process of re-evaluating the parking meter zone and will “update residents and businesses in the area via mailer once the re-evaluation has been completed.”

The plan, which received backlash from businesses and residents, was set to affect some 197 parking spots, in which parking would be limited to three hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with payment of $1 per hour.

The City Council passed the parking plan last year, but some residents and businesses said they were blindsided by the proposed changes and final layout.

Jennifer Hill, president of the Fourth Street business improvement district, told the Post that much of their plans were not incorporated into the final layout of the parking zone.

“We created a map of what would be ideal for the neighborhood and submitted that to the city but it wasn’t until this year that we learned our plans were ultimately not being considered,” Hill said. “We decided to reach out to Public Works to see if residents could have a parking pass that would allow them to bypass the meters; Public Works told us it was not possible.”

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Kelly Puente is a general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Her prolific reporting has taken her all over Southern California—even to the small Catalina Island town of Two Harbors. She is a Tiki mug collector and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].