CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Panera Bread customers who have been parking illegally beside the Charleston Town Center store to grab some bagels will soon have a few legal spaces to park on Clendenin Street, thanks to Charleston City Council.
Council members approved a small 15-minute parking zone on the east side of Clendenin Street Monday evening, fixing a problem that had cropped up since Panera Bread opened its downtown store in 2011.
"We've had an issue with parking, blocking the sidewalk in front of Panera Bread," said Joe Deneault, chairman of council's Streets and Traffic Committee. "So we passed an ordinance restricting the hours they can park. In return, the mall will put up restrictions -- bollards -- to keep people from pulling up onto the sidewalk."
Parking was not previously legal along that section of Clendenin Street, but a curb opening in front of the store invited people to pull up onto the sidewalk, Deneault said.
Committee members first proposed to allow parking from the bread store to the Chop House restaurant on the other side of the mall entrance. But after working with the affected parties, they agreed to restrict the parking zone to only three spaces beside the bread shop.
Once the signs and restrictions are in place, parking will be allowed only between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.
In other business Monday, council members:
* Agreed to apply for a $20,000 grant from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. The grant money would supplement money the city reserved from a previous National Endowment for the Arts grant for the city's public art.