The 22 parking spaces on Lumpkin Street in front of the Henrietta Apartment Building are now controlled by building owner Barry Stiles. Since 2011, he has restricted parking there to customers of the two ground-floor businesses in the building, and charges anyone else $5 to park there at night.
The county government and Stiles have been fighting over who controls the spaces for years, with part of the land belonging to the county and part to Stiles. Now the fight can move to the Georgia Supreme Court, because Superior Court Judge Penn McWhorter has said he won't grant the county a new trial in the case, according to a story in the Athens Banner Herald.
The story says the judge denied the request in a ruling issued late last month. One of the issues in the case centers on whether Stiles father meant to give up control of the spaces to the county when he signed an agreement in 1954 or whether the then-city of Athens meant to give up its right-of way.