DeKALB – For Daniel Gazinski, the new parking rules for Greenbrier Road in DeKalb next year could ease the traffic on the street.
“It might help, because we have people who park by our house who block our driveway,” he said.
Gazinski is a Northern Illinois University student who has lived at the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house on the street for the past two years. Although the building has its own parking lot, he said it’s difficult for the fraternity residents to drive in or out.
Starting in January, drivers will not be allowed to park on the north side of Greenbrier. The south side of the street will allow parking, but it will be for residents only and require a permit. The DeKalb City Council approved the changes Oct. 14 in a 6-0 vote, according to online city records.
DeKalb police Chief Gene Lowery said the parking changes to the street have been discussed among city and police officials, DeKalb Area Rental Association representatives, Greek Row representatives and property owners.
A similar parking restriction was applied to Edgebrook and Kimberly drives and police saw a dramatic decrease in the need for police service in those areas, he said. Police are hoping for the same effect on Greenbrier. Excess parking tends to come from people visiting the community who are not residents or students who do not live in the area, he said.
“Greenbrier Road … has to date in 2013 been one of our highest demand service area,” he said. “Those services being public safety-related such as police and fire.”
The street is a mix of fraternity and apartment buildings, said Chad McNett, police community relations officer. He said the primary function of the change is to make the parking more orderly and safe for residents.
“We have a lot of people who can never find parking,” he said.
Gazinski said he notices more traffic during the school year at NIU and students will park there before heading to campus.
“I see them all the time get out their car and walk to the bus stop,” he said.
Calls to 1st Ward Alderman David Jacobson and 2nd Ward Alderman Bill Finucane were not immediately returned Tuesday.
Parking permits for residents will be issued by DeKalb police. Because of the “unpredictable nature of on-street parking,” permits cannot guarantee an open parking space for vehicles with permits, according to a news release. They will be issued on a “first come, first served basis.”
Residents who have residents-only parking permits issued by former police Chief Bill Feithen will have to obtain new ones as the old ones will be null and void next year. Permits issued by DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery will still remain valid.
Greenbrier Road isn’t the only street with parking restricted for residents. Sections of Charles Street, Clifford Drive, College Terrace, Dorken Lane, Hedge Drive, Loren Drive, Northern Court and University Drive have no parking at any time except for residents, according to online city records.
Lowery said besides increasing accessibility for public safety vehicles, parking restrictions would also reduce hazards of pedestrian traffic on Greenbrier Road.
“There is a very large amount of pedestrian traffic throughout the school year … especially for big events such as homecoming,” he said.
How to get a Greenbrier Road parking permit
• Visit the DeKalb Police Department at 700 W. Lincoln Highway
• Provide proof of residency, vehicle’s make, model, color and registration plate number
• Provide valid photo identification
• A deposit of $10 will be required upon issuance
• Permits will be valid Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014.
For information, call 815-748-8400.