GOSHEN — One week after rejecting IU Health Goshen Hospital’s request for permanent parking along High Park Avenue, the Goshen Board of Public Works approved another request for temporary parking in the same area.
The modified proposal still calls for 22 parking spaces along the south side of High Park Avenue from the hospital’s main entrance west to Mayflower Drive, but on a temporary basis.
The new request stipulates that parking will only be permitted from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and the hospital has agreed to reimburse the city for the cost of the on-street parking signs.
Mayor Allan Kauffman said setting up the time limit would allow the street department time to get plows down the street in case of snow.
The city and hospital have agreed that the parking area will expire June 30, or upon the completion of a bike and pedestrian path connecting the Winona Trail to Main Street if prior to that date.
During the period that parking is available on High Park Avenue, the hospital will look into encouraging employees to park in the parking lot of the old Keim’s Nursery south of the hospital and walk to work upon the completion of the path or to carpool to and from the hospital.
Vice President of Hospital Operations Mark Podgorski said temporary parking would give the hospital a chance to look at more permanent options for addressing its parking issues.
“This will give us a little bit of time to implement our next action plan,” Podgorski said, referring to the path connecting its parking to the south with Main Street.
Joe Dervin, president of the Historic Racemere Peninsula Neighborhood Association and a vocal critic of the original proposal, said temporary parking is permissible, but warned that he and the neighborhood do not want recurring requests for temporary parking along the street.
“I think this is an acceptable situation now because we know there’s a timeframe,” Dervin said. “It’s just to get them by.”
“But I just think, if we get into the situation where we do this temporarily, most of the people I know don’t want it to happen again and again and again.”