Committee member Joe Davis suggested the issue should be resolved by issuing tickets to those parking illegally rather than restricting parking. He said employers can’t always provide off-street parking.
Cali told the committee J&J expanded its operation to keep all its commercial vehicles off the public street.
“They’re using all the parking spots for their own inventory,” said Kratzer. He said J&J drivers told him they’re not allowed to park their cars on J&J’s property. Kratzer said there are no sidewalks, so when parking was on both sides of the street, J&J employees had to walk up the middle of the street to get to work. “It’s an unsafe situation.”
Kratzer also said J&J employees double-park company vehicles on the street to transfer personal belongings from their own vehicles.
“Now you’ve got three vehicles in the road, with the doors open. Nobody can get past. And this goes on all day long, day in and day out.”
Business Park Lane is only 34 feet wide, two feet narrower than most city streets. Parking on both sides took up 16 of those 34 feet, making it “very tight, if not impassable” for a car and a truck going in opposite directions to pass each other, said Richard Young, the city’s public works director.
With cars parked on both sides of the street, tractor-trailers making regular deliveries could not turn into their driveways and had to be unloaded in the street, said representatives of some of the businesses.
But Cali said J&J employees drive 55-passenger buses, which have “less maneuverability than any tractor-trailer on the road,” and they never had a problem when parking was on both sides of the street. She also said tractor-trailers have been making deliveries to businesses on that street for 20 years.
J&J’s employees argue they have been parking along both sides of the street for years.
Charles Ellwood of Lehigh Valley Pre-Cast, which is next to J&J, disputed Cali’s assertion that J&J as been at that location since 1992. He said his building was built in 1995 and J&J came in after that.