Parking at Coach Road Apartments in Upton is tough, so tough that someone felt they needed to save a parking spot with a walker…. a walker!
There are two issues with the parking at Coach Road. The first is the there isn’t a parking spot for every apartment which means the Housing Authority can only accept a limited number of tenants with cars. The second issue, the majority of residents do not have assigned parking spots.
There is really no way to add the amount of additional parking Coach Road needs. The Tenant Association is working on a plan to squeeze out a few more spots by redesigning the lines in the current lot.
Since not all residents have an assigned spot some residents have taking saving spots to the extreme and something needs to be done about the constant battle over available spaces.
Although a few residents at Coach Road do have an assigned spot, the free for all parking the majority of the residents deal with creates animosity.
Imagine, you’re legally parked in an unassigned spot at your apartment complex. You’re sitting quietly at home drinking tea only to be startled by someone pounding on your door, calling you everyone name in the book, and demanding you move your car because you’re parked in their friend’s spot. Huh? You’re in an unassigned spot where anyone can park. Now you’re no longer enjoying a cup a tea, rather you’re afraid in your own home because your neighbors were just yelling at you.
This past weekend a reader reported hearing three women at Coach Road yelling at each other over parking. They were yelling so loud they could be heard by the crosswalk near Rebecca’s.
Does this sound like a healthy environment for our seniors and disabled neighbors?
Or imagine you qualify for an assigned parking space because of a neurological disability but you’re denied because the Housing Authority saw you walk your dog and decided you didn’t look disabled despite the several doctor’s notes you submitted explaining your disability and the fact you have handicap plate/card.
According to the Housing Authority, a tenant must have a handicap plate/card or have a letter from their doctor stating they need a space near their apartment due to health issues to obtain an assigned spot. But this wasn’t the case for the former tenant I interviewed. She was denied assigned parking despite having all the documentation. Not all disabilities are visible and often those who are disabled have good days and very bad days.
The more I research the parking situation the crazier it all seems.
What can be done to make the situation better for tenants?
Assign every person who has a car at Coach Road Apartments a specific parking space. The assigned spaces wouldn’t need to be associated with any given apartment. Some residents might not be happy with their assigned space at first but at least they won’t be fighting about parking.
My two cents, give the Housing Authority a call at (508) 529-3293 and ask them to give everyone their own spot. Stop the madness.