Parking Gets Easier In Berwyn A Deal Freed Up Septa Train-station Spots For People Visiting The Downtown Area At Night.

Posted: May 25, 1995

BERWYN — A deal signed yesterday between SEPTA and the Berwyn Devon Business and Professional Association will make parking in Berwyn a lot easier this year.

The agreement gives patrons of businesses in the area between Woodside Avenue and Knox Avenue free after-hours parking in the Berwyn train station parking lot.

"We're trying to alleviate the problems of doing business in Berwyn and Devon," said Matthew DiDomenico Sr., president-elect of the business association. "Now we have use of the entire Berwyn train station lot."

The move is the first success in the association's four-month-old effort to revitalize the business district, he said.

The $50-a-month lease agreement will make about 45 spaces at the train station available for public use by patrons of local businesses from 6:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, and all day on weekends, said SEPTA spokeswoman Terry Sawishin.

Currently, only permit parking and daily-fee parking is available at the location, she said.

In the past, merchants have dealt with limited parking by threatening to tow patrons of neighboring businesses.

"They posted signs warning non-customers that they would be towed if they parked and didn't shop," said DiDomenico. "What we've been able to do is provide a more user-friendly Berwyn."

Benefactors of the additional spaces will primarily be the patrons of the antique stores and other businesses around the stretch of Lancaster Avenue near the train station.

"Parking has always been a problem to the businesses here," said Berwyn postmaster Sue Cromwell. "There's limited parking out front."

Others, though, feel the additional parking space will be nice, but not necessary.

"It doesn't help me too much," said Willetta Maiale, owner of Paoli Fabric. "I'm not open at night, and on the weekends, the post office closes at 11:30 a.m."

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