Residents Discuss Duluth East High School Parking Situation

By KBJR News 1

October 25, 2011 Updated Oct 25, 2011 at 9:50 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - After Duluth East High School failed to provide enough parking spaces for students, residents say students have been leaving their cars in front of their homes.

Now, there's little or no parking for residents.

A public meeting was held Tuesday, where residents gave their ideas and opinions to try and fix the situation.

There were several options given by both residents and district leaders.

The district's property and risk manager said earlier plans for the Duluth East High School grounds had more parking.

Now, because of limited parking, students have been parking along surrounding streets.

Those living close to the school have parking permits for their spots, but just outside that area streets like 40th Avenue East and Gladstone Street East are now filled with student vehicles.

Many neighbors spoke out about what they think should be done.

"It's a lot more complicated problem than it appears on the surface, so what I think has got to happen is to take a multi-faceted approach to find the solution to this overflow parking," said Todd Fedora, a Duluth City Councilor.

One proposal is to add a few more parking spaces around the school and put in meters in a staff lot.

Another proposal is to expand the resident permit parking into affected areas.

Because both the school district and City Council are now involved, both entities will be working to find the best solution, and residents in the area said tonight that they want a long-term and safe solution.

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