BAYSHORE BEAUTIFUL — Alagon condominium residents wanted more parking spaces available on Waverly Avenue. Homeowners along Waverly wanted fewer, if any at all.
City transportation officials spent several months surveying the street parking issues and are ready to implement their plan. They will designate six legal parking spaces on the north side of Waverly, with most near the Alagon.
"This is not Alagon parking, this is Waverly parking, just so we're clear on that," city traffic analyst William Porth told a group of Alagon and Waverly residents at a meeting last week.
But many Waverly homeowners still feel like they have already compromised too much for the 23-story condo tower at 3507 Bayshore Blvd. Since construction began almost four years ago, the now-finished 47-unit building has been blamed for everything from loud generator noise to unsightly construction debris to traffic congestion on the quaint, three-block stretch.
At last week's meeting, some insisted that there should be no parking along Waverly, for fear that the problem of service trucks and other large vehicles visiting the Alagon would continue to clog the road.
That's not reasonable, said Porth, who pointed out that the city could have allowed up to 18 parking spaces on the north side of Waverly, but opted to have six to make homeowners more comfortable.
A couple of Alagon residents who attended the meeting were satisfied with the new parking, which will primarily be used for service or delivery trucks that can't park inside the gated complex.
"I'm not going to leave with everyone happy," he said. "But I think this is a plan that's going to make most people content."
Paul Clark, who lives across the street from the Alagon's south-side exit onto Waverly, felt that the city's plans were final and there wasn't much else anyone could do to prevent trucks and other vehicles from parking in front of homes.
"The whole thing just goes to show you that (the city) is trying to mix oil and water," he said. "You can't plop a giant high-rise condo in the middle of a nice, little single-family neighborhood. The goals of each are different, and it's impossible to make everyone happy."
Emily Nipps can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3431.