OTR brewer says parking permits, meters hurting business

Parking problems in OTR

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Over-the-Rhine brewery owners says parking permits and meters are hurting their business.

Owners of Taft’s Ale House say the permits are also hurting their employees, adding they have to park farther away just to find a cheaper spot -- or spot in general -- when coming in for work.

One employee tells FOX19 she was mugged this week en route to her car and all the money she made that night was stolen.

“We don’t always have someone to walk us to our car so I mean, it just puts us at a higher risk,” said Toria Nagel, a server at Taft’s.

Parking in OTR is rarely free, and it can be tough to find a spot. City Council eliminated 500 spaces of free parking for OTR residents this past month.

The cost to park is also hurting Nagel’s paycheck. THe city has upped rates at parking meters for two years in a row.

Brewer Colin Ryan says he walks six blocks to get back to his car.

“If i were to do metered parking it would roughly come to $60 a week,” he said.

The city released a statement to FOX19 that reads, in part: “The City of Cincinnati implemented the Special Parking Permit Program in January 2019 at the request of the Over-the-Rhine community and City Council. The program aims to balance the competing demands for limited space as best as reasonably possible.”

Taft managing partners David Williams and Dave Kassling took the issue this week to City Hall. Their proposal was to tweak the original parking plan. They say they’re not trying to box out OTR residents, adding they understand they also have needs.

“Guests can’t show up if there’s no parking,” said Kassling.

OTR resident parking permits cost $60 a year, or $25 for low income residents.

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