Board of Commissioners Suspend MainStrasse Parking Plan

COVINGTON, KY – On Tuesday evening, January 17, the Board of Commissioners voted to suspend the MainStrasse Parking Plan. The change was made in efforts to accommodate the growing area and to help alleviate parking issues experienced in MainStrasse.

Effective immediately, the City will suspend the enforcement of the parking rules implemented in MainStrasse as of April 1, 2016, and revert back to the parking rules established prior to March 31, 2016.

Specific changes include the removal of all residential parking in MainStrasse and Mutter Gottes, the reinstatement of two-hour street parking on Main Street between 5th and 7th Street, three hour parking in the 501 Main Lot from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless a free business or residential pass is acquired, and free parking in the lot between Pershing Avenue and 7th Street.

Bakewell Street will remain a one-way street. Valet parking in front of Lisse will not be impacted by the suspension of the parking plan.

Residents who have purchased residential parking passes will be fully reimbursed by the City.  Checks will be mailed to their homes.

The City will continue to research and develop a permanent comprehensive parking plan for the MainStrasse neighborhood with the assistance of a parking consultant to relieve the stress and confusion for businesses, residents and visitors to the MainStrasse neighborhood.

Additionally, the City is working to develop a transitional parking plan during the construction of the 501 Main project, so as to offset the loss of parking spaces in MainStrasse. The high-end, residential development includes 187 one- and two-bedroom units along with commercial space on the ground floor, and a 314-space parking garage.

The 501 Main project construction is scheduled to begin March 2017, resulting in the temporary loss of 84 parking spaces in MainStrasse neighborhood.

On Monday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, local businesses, residents and other consumers of Covington's parking system are invited to a public workshop to discuss the results of the recently conducted parking survey. 

The workshop will be facilitated by Covington's parking consultant, Carl Walker, Inc. and feedback will be incorporated into the final recommendations and report. For more information, click here.