On Friday and Saturday nights, 21 vehicles were towed from Montgomery Plaza in the bustling West 7th Street corridor for being illegally parked, a resumption of a policy that had been suspended in the wake of some controversial towing practices (“Wreckers Haul Away Dozens from Montgomery Plaza,” Blotch, Monday, Jan. 16; “Montgomery Plaza Parking Over the Weekend,” Blotch, Monday, Jan. 23).
Fort Worth police officer Ken Jacobs, neighborhood patrol officer for the area encompassing West 7th and the nearby Cultural District, said a spotter hired by Montgomery Plaza warned every individual who illegally parked in the plaza’s lot to either relocate his or her vehicle or face towing. Several individuals, Jacobs said, “ignored [the spotter] and parked there anyway.”
Jacobs said that spillover from Montgomery Plaza’s lot leaked into the apartment complex across the street, nearby Sovereign Bank, and several other West 7th businesses. “Some of these folks coming over here just don’t care or respect other businesses,” Jacobs said. “It’s sad, but it’s human nature for some of these folks. … They just need to learn to park legally, or their cars won’t be there.”
In a previous conversation, Dustan Goodell, president and CEO of Somerset Association Management, the Dallas company that runs Montgomery Plaza, said he is looking into validated parking –– only one of the plaza’s establishments, BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar, is open late, when business in the West 7th corridor begins picking up. A vast majority of the plaza’s other businesses close at around 6 p.m.
In the nearby entertainment-and-retail development known simply as West 7th, gates have been installed in the handful of the development’s parking facilities, possibly signifying the advent of paid parking.
Officer Jacobs also said that to increase safety in the West 7th development he’s begun discussions with the city’s public works department to install all-way stops and crosswalks and also block off curbs near stop signs by installing no-parking/-stopping/-standing signs, which will promote increased intersection visibility.