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La Grange nears increased enforcement of downtown parking spaces

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 4:58 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:17 p.m. CDT

LA GRANGE – Extended enforcement of prime parking spots in downtown La Grange will go into effect June 28 as the village hopes to free up spaces for customers visiting the Central Business District.

La Grange Village Manager Robert Pilipsizyn recently sent a letter to downtown business owners stating that La Grange Police will begin enforcing spots in the district's busiest area on Friday and Saturday evenings. Previously, enforcement stopped around 4 p.m., as Suburban Life reported in a story about the village's downtown parking crunch last week.

The letter says that despite the village encouraging business owners to utilize parking spaces outside the district's busiest areas, some owners and employees are parking in spaces directly outside businesses, stealing prime spots from the customers they seek. Employees of downtown businesses can purchase Central Business District decals for $20/month that allow them to park in designated lots. 

After 10 p.m., employees will be allowed to move their vehicles closer to their workplace so they don't have to walk to remote lots late at night, the letter says. 

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