LOGAN SQUARE — Big changes are coming to residential streets in the 35th Ward as Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is combining a number of residential parking zones.
Ramirez-Rosa is consolidating 20 residential parking zones into seven zones in an effort to make parking easier to find for neighborhood residents.
For those whose zone will change, residents will be able to replace their sticker and daily passes at no cost at the City Clerk's Office either at 121 N. LaSalle or 5430 W. Gale.
"We had this hodgepodge of 35 different zones in the 35th Ward," Ramirez-Rosa said. "You should aim to have continuous blocks in one neighborhood area with the same zone number, that kind of spreads out the available parking."
One of the areas the alderman's office targeted in particular was near the Logan Square Blue Line station, which in many cases had individual blocks represented by different permit numbers.
All of those blocks have been grouped together now under zone 100.
The alderman said his office has been getting complaints from residents who are unable to find parking on their blocks since he came into office despite having the permit.
"People were also upset that often times the block down the street had a different zone number or right around the corner had a different zone number," Ramirez-Rosa said.
The alderman's office has been working to inform residents of the changes through its email newsletter and fliers distributed in the neighborhood.
Ramirez-Rosa admits the process, which is being rolled out zone by zone, is not perfect and that his office is working with the city to make sure nobody is ticketed during the transition.
The grace period to get new permits runs through Sept. 19.
If residents do receive a ticket the alderman's office will provide documentation to contest the tickets.
The map below represents some of the new zones after the consolidation.
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