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Businesses say they want more parking downtown

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 There's a bit of an issue downtown and it's parking or the lack thereof. Some downtown businesses say parking is limited and their customers either walk a long distance or don't stop in at all. John Grindley runs CoHab, a shared workspace for entrepreneurs. "This move has been a big transition for us and it's also bringing life into this area so obviously parking is key. We need as many opportunities as we can get in parking so having parking that's dedicated to this district and not just casinos is essential to our success or we'll die on the vine. They want to come down here, park for the day, work and go home. And they want to be close, everyone wants to be as close as they can for work so parking is definitely an issue."

He's talking about the parking spots along Commerce. These spots are supposed to be limited to 2 hour parking but sometimes cars are there all day, leaving red river district customers with a bit of a walk. Jeff Everson is the city councilman for the district. He says they've been getting complaints on the issue as well. "The turnover is not happening there. People are staying there for a long time and just getting a ticket as they stay there."

City officials gathered for a meeting to discuss downtown issues Friday afternoon. Liz Swaine, the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority says they're looking into the issue. "Right now the ordinance gives some free hours during the day on Commerce street and we're going to see if that's still what it needs to be. Times change and things change, you need to go back and re-evaluate and that's basically what we're doing there."

Grindley says, he loves his new location downtown, and he hopes the parking issue is worked out soon. "For our workflow these guys need to work 8 hours a day, they don't want to keep pumping quarters in a meter, that doesn't really work for them so that's a detriment to our business."

City officials are going to gather data about parking in the area to determine exactly what the problem is and what they can do to solve it.

 

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