Parking in some New London neighborhoods near Electric Boat is at a premium, and now it’s going to get tougher thanks to new regulations.
When Electric Boat bought the former Pfizer property, people thought there would be plenty of parking.
However, with nearly 3,000 people employees, there isn’t enough parking on site, so employees have been parking in nearby neighborhoods, taking up spots that residents would use.
Now, city residents, like Lee Smith, will have to register to get a parking permit and violators will be tagged.
Smith was one of the first city residents to visit the Parking Authority office to register for a parking permit.
He lives on Ann Street where he said he and others have used orange cones to block Electric Boat employees from parking in front of their homes.
“It's a nightmare. You can't round the corner from Ann to Shaw Street (and) they park around the corner half out onto Shaw Street,” Smith said.
There are cars with Electric Boat stickers everywhere within walking distance of the facility at Fort Trumbull.
“Electric Boat is not doing their share,” said Fred Palmer, who lives on Shaw Street. “They obviously need more parking.”
Electric Boat provides bus shuttles for employees to park in Groton, or garages in downtown New London.
To try to alleviate the parking congestion, New London updated a nearly 60-year-old parking ordinance to provide sufficient on-street parking to residents, but they’ll have to register for a permit.
The city also established a $25 fine for violators who illegally park in two zones near Electric Boat’s facility.
"This will allow for growth. It will allow for opportunity for a more managed parking system,” said New London’s Interim Chief Administrative Officer Steven Fields.
There is no charge to register. The parking registration is just starting to roll out, and in the next few weeks, residents will be able to do it online.
For an application or more information, click here.
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