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Parking Validation Options Expanding in West Downtown Dearborn

Planning some holiday shopping and dining? Here's a look at where to get a break on paid parking.

When heading to Dearborn for shopping, eating or services, visitors to the west downtown district will have a break when it comes to paid parking.

Following the guide of busniesses like Merchant's Fine Wine and Gentlemen First Barbershop—which already offered validation—several downtown locales have opted to offer validation to customers as well.

The Parking Commission decided at its Nov. 1 meeting that they needed to get more businesses involved in validation—especially as the holiday shopping season draws near.

"My philosophy has always been to validate," Merchant's owner John Lossia said. "Do whatever needs to be done jsut to bring customers back."

Here's a full list of businesses in west downtown Dearborn that validate parking slips from the district's paid parking lots:

  • Bistro 222
  • Cigaro Lounge
  • Double Olive
  • Gentlemen First Barbershop
  • Lulu By Design
  • Merchant's Fine Wine
  • Oakwood Muirhead Building
  • Steven Bernard Jewelers
  • Team Mental Health

To receive validation, customers need to present their parking slip at a participating business. Purchase is necessary to receive validation, and the amount of time validated varies by business.

There's currently no validation system for metered parking.

City of Dearborn November 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Thanks for sharing, Mary. You're right - the meeting was posted at City Hall, but I don't believe it could be found otherwise. I try to be at every meeting since I know parking is an important issue to residents.
M. Imsosure November 26, 2012 at 01:20 AM
The election was held years after the fact, under the threat of having to pay for the structures and the failed attendent style parking with a tax.. It was a city wide vote with east Dbn. not really giving a damn about paid parking in west Dearborn. Stop saying we voted for it.
Carol November 26, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Didn't the council implement the paid parking initially and only after citizen complaints they put it on the ballot? If my memory serves me correctly, the politicians spent some money campaigning and scaring voters to keep paid parking because the cost of the structures, etc. would then be put on the taxpayers rather then the users...
Suzanne Marie November 26, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I quit going to West Dearborn merchants many years ago when my friends and I met for lunch and one friend went over the two hour parking limit at the time, even though she had fed the meter for over three hours. My friend had to pay about $20.00 for a parking ticket. We appealed to the restaurant and mayor at the time but it was met with silence. The city administration's greediness is what killed the business there and put Dee's Hallmark out of business. You reap what you sow.
Darren November 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM
If you can find the ballot verbage from that 2006 vote, I'd like to see it. From what I remember, it passed 80% to 20% to keep the paid parking despite people's contempt for it. If I remember correctly, the ballot was worded so that that "yes" meant "no" and "no" meant yes. It was very confusing.

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