Los Angeles’ West 3rd Street is a popular destination for its many gourmet restaurants, trendy boutiques and premium shopping experiences. But there has always been a major problem for visitors: parking. Now L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz and the West 3rd Street Business Association are launching a public valet service on November 28th to eliminate parking woes.
“Customers have told us, we love your street, but we don’t love the parking situation,” said Deborah Wolsh, owner of Ethel Boutique. “So we and the Office of Councilman Koretz created this service to make it as easy as possible for our customers and neighbors.”
A study of the district identified hundreds of unused off-street parking spaces at times when West 3rd Street’s parking meters were full. The public valet will park visitors’ cars in these spaces, which will continue to be privately owned.
The program also seeks to remedy concerns among local officials that some parking operators may be creating problems for customers, businesses and neighbors.
“Unfortunately, some valets have abused the public parking meters and loading spaces. This causes congestion, hazardous conditions and frustration from customers searching for parking on nearby streets. The new service is going to make parking easier for motorists, and life better for local residents,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, 5th District.
The public valet parking will begin on November 28, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and operate only Saturday and Sundays through December 27th. The program will launch full time, seven days per week soon after the New Year.
The valet parking service charge will be $3.50 until 5:00 p.m. which is less than the charge for two hours at most area parking meters. After 5:00 p.m. the fee will be $5.00 at selected locations. These rates are roughly 30 to 50 percent less than the existing, independent valet services currently operating in the area.