New Obstacles for Downtown Stroudsburg Parking Plan

Officials need to come up with a new strategy

STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Shoppers, employees and business owners say finding parking in downtown Stroudsburg can be a pain. A new grant is expected to help solve the issue, but there's still some obstacles in the way.

Lisa Diemer owns Kitchen Chemistry in downtown Stroudsburg. Sometimes she loses business because customers can't make it in.

She explains, "I often get complaints that customers say I was going to stop in, but there was no parking so I just kept going."

In 2015, the Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation applied for a $3 million dollar grant to help build another parking garage in the borough. Last month, they were awarded $500,000 dollars.

"We're happy we got it, it's just figuring out how to fill the gap," says Michelle Bisbing, Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corp.

Since $500,000 dollars isn't enough to build a new garage, they'll have to find a less expensive way to use the money.

Bisbing adds, "whether it's working with the borough of Stroudsburg on a project to address parking, or the county commissioners."

Because the grant money is earmarked for a parking structure, one option is expanding on the garage near the Monroe County Courthouse. Bisbing says, "it's very preliminary."

Officials say new development can't happen downtown without parking garages. "It's hit or miss getting a parking spot on Main Street, but if you have people that are working they can't park at a meter all day," Bisbing says.

Back at Kitchen Chemistry, Lisa thinks the grant is a step in the right direction. She smiles,"that would really, really help us out a lot."

The Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program awarded the $500,000 dollars, which must be matched dollar by dollar.


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