Oak Park restores access to parking for seniors

Village reverses decision to create permit spots once used by Mills Park Tower residents

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Eight parking spaces that run along Pleasant Place near the Mills Park Tower affordable senior living building have been returned to the public domain.

The Oak Park Board of Trustees unanimously approved the ordinance, which appeared on the board's consent agenda at its Nov. 6 meeting.

In an effort to provide more permit parking to residents in the area, the board made the spots permit parking only in February, blocking access to seniors and their caregivers at the senior living facility.

Seniors living at Mills Park Tower, 1025 Pleasant Pl., complained that the spots were important to them because family, caregivers, doctors and others used the spaces when visiting the building.

Mills Park Tower resident Garnet Fay praised the decision.

"The parking entity and trustees are to be commended for being responsive and correcting a grave error that was committed," he said, adding that the parking spaces are needed for caregivers who visit residents daily.

Tammie Grossman, Oak Park Director of Development Customer Services, said in a telephone interview that the village worked out an agreement with the nearby West Cook YMCA, 255 S. Marion St. to absorb some of the parking spaces.

Only six of the eight spaces were sold, according to a village memo. The village charged about $250 for the permits.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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