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Parking Study Discussed at Joint City Council, Redevelopment Commission Meeting

Members of the Columbus City Council and the Columbus Redevelopment Commission heard the final presentation of the Downtown Columbus Parking Study during a joint meeting Monday night at City Hall. / Photo: Barry Wright
Members of the Columbus City Council and the Columbus Redevelopment Commission heard the final presentation of the Downtown Columbus Parking Study during a joint meeting Monday night at City Hall. / Photo: Barry Wright

A joint meeting of the Columbus City Council and the Columbus Redevelopment Commission was held Monday night at City Hall to hear the final presentation of the Downtown Columbus Parking Study.

Heather Pope is the city's redevelopment director. She says complaints about downtown parking is what led to the study being developed. Pope adds that the study shows the city has more supply than it does demand for parking.

She says the core area for parking is basically Second Street to Fifth or Seventh Street along Washington Street and then Fourth and Fifth streets between Jackson and Franklin streets. She says once you step off those core areas, there's parking available.

Some of the items in the study to improve parking, put together by consultant Nelson Nygaard of Boston, suggest paying for parking, changes in how parking is utilized in the city garages, creating a parking commission, provide convenient parking for customers coming downtown, long term parking for employers and signage as to how to find your way downtown.

Pope noted that the survey cost the city around $84,000 and took three or four months for the consultants to complete.

"The consultants have done their best," Pope said. "They've held over a dozen stakeholder interviews. We held an open house at The Commons. We had one during the lunch hour and one in the evening hour to try to get people in there, The Commons, which is centrally located downtown. We had a survey online for about two months. And we had over a thousand responses to that survey."

No action was taken on the study as Monday night's meeting was just for discussion. Pope says it's unknown at this time as to when a decision about what to do about downtown parking will be made.

Pope hopes to have the study up on the city's website for viewing and feedback sometime Tuesday.

 

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 05, 2013 9:36:05 AM


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