Central neighbors share concern about parking proposal

Neighbors around Central Elementary School expressed concern about the school district’s new parking proposal at an informal meeting Thursday evening.

The proposal would see 7th Avenue from Warren to Cruse Street made a one-way with diagonal back-in parking installed on the north side of the street.

Helena Public Schools was asked to hold a meeting to gather public comment following the proposal to the city. According to Superintendent Tyler Ream, the next step following the meeting is to share the public comments with the city of Helena, which holds the decision-making power. 

“There seems to be a lot of excitement with Central coming back to this historic location,” Ream said. “As you know, parking has always been a major issue. Which leads to a lot of parking on residential streets.”

Currently, Central’s parking lot has 23 spaces, an additional 11 will be


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