Too Much "Free" Parking
Finding a spot in downtown Gainesville can require luck...or some cash.
However, according to a recent study, there may be too many "free spaces"
City leaders are taking a harder look at the results of a $25,000 downtown parking study, commissioned by the Community Redevelopment Agency or CRA.
According to the study, downtown employees are taking up the area's free spots, and not utilizing the parking garage.
"We have a number of blocks that have all free parking spaces," said commissioner Jeanna Mastrodicasa, "we might change that, we might make them some paid by the hour, we might put free parking spaces other places, we might make sure we're not using as many spaces with the governmental cars and ask them to park different places."
City commissioners and the Public Works Committee will discuss parking alternatives in the coming months.
The study also recommends extending the time of enforcement on those two hour spots, until 8PM Monday through Friday.
They're currently enforced from 7 AM to 6 PM.
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