Patrons of Springfield Avenue businesses no longer need to worry so much about getting parking tickets if their yoga class runs long, their hair styling takes a little extra time or if they linger over lunch or coffee.
On August 3, 2010, the Maplewood Township Committee passed an ordinance extending the allowable time for on-street parking on Springfield Avenue from one hour to two hours between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
According to Township Administrator Joseph Manning, the passed ordinance becomes effective this Thursday, August 12, upon publication in the News-Record of Maplewood and South Orange. The Town plans on letting the public know through the media as well as changes to the signage, said Manning, "We are ordering decals to change the '1 hour' to '2 hours' so patrons will be aware of the change." However, he noted that it the decals will not be delivered and affixed for a few more weeks.
As Township Committee members had discussed at previous meetings, they felt that the change in the ordinance was necessary due to the changing nature of businesses on Springfield Avenue. Hair salons have proliferated for years, but recently businesses offering classes for children's and adults (Jazzberries, Stories in Motion, Parteaz) and the new gyms and yoga studios (Shakti, East Side Fitness, Clain Pilates, The Gym) have proliferated and brought customers who require longer term parking.
Eateries such as HLS Juice Bar & Grill, ILand Breeze Cafe and East Wok could also benefit from the change.