The proprietor of Reich’s Pharmacy, Harold Reich, said the two-hour parking limit in front of his and other businesses was not enough to keep spaces free, and he hoped to have a 15- or 20-minute limit imposed on a couple of parking spots.
“Having a bit of a problem with people parking all day and long periods of time,” Reich said. “It’s the biggest complaint we hear — having a place to park. Most of our customers are only here 10 to 15 minutes.”
Reich said short-term parking at his business on the 100 block of West 10th Street would benefit not only him, but also the businesses surrounding his pharmacy.
“I know it’s a problem, not only here, but some of the other businesses where people come and go,” Reich said. “I thought maybe we could solve part of the problem with leaving couple of spaces open most of the time. All you got to do is ask, and see if it’s a possibility.”
He recently went to the Tracy City Center Association to see if the organization of downtown property owners could consider limiting parking times.
But TCCA District Manager Janis Couturier said her organization was the wrong outfit to consult.
“This request is not under the scope or range of the TCCA to grant,” she wrote in an email. “The streets and sidewalks are under the control of the city of Tracy.”
Couturier promised to work with the TCCA land-use committee and other business owners to see if Reich’s request could become reality.
City officials and Couturier said Reich was not the only business owner to approach TCCA and the city with similar requests.
Associate Planner Scott Claar said there was a concern that limited parking times could deter shoppers from frequenting other establishments.
He said the director of development and engineering services, Andrew Malik, had been made aware of the situation and that he had requested time to discuss it with TCCA officials and the Tracy Police Department.
Police could not be reached for comment regarding the enforcement of existing downtown parking time limits.