Prospect St. parking will be near impossible

Makiki is well known for its shortage of street parking, so the “prospect” of losing 40 parking spaces on Prospect St. to a road project expected to last seven months is not sitting well with area residents.

Many of those residents live in apartment buildings without parking garages. Starting next week Monday, May 12, getting a street parking spot will be nearly impossible.

“I really don’t think that there’s a chance, and I’ve already looked into moving out of my apartment,” said resident Melissa Togioka. “Any time after 5 or 6 (p.m.), when everyone comes home, there’s like no spaces at all, so already we have a challenge finding parking.”

“There’s anywhere from 30 to 40 cars in this area and they have nowhere to go,” added resident Matt Schley. He plans to park his car at a friend’s place a mile away, so he and his wife will have to either walk or bike home.

The city has hired a contractor to inspect the hillside for possible rockslide hazards. The project includes removing trees, stabilizing the slope, and installing rock fall and concrete barriers.

Residents are wondering why the contractor just can’t close off sections one at a time in the areas where they’re working or, at the very least, allow the residents to park on the street at night when there’s no work going on.

The contractor replied that it’s due to liability issues. When the work begins, rocks can loosen and fall any time of the day or night.

A city spokesperson said that part of Prospect St. has never been an authorized parking area.

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