Parking updates: Separating downtown business owners by those who have own parking and those relying on street parking. Your letters to city commissioners. Jay Shell’s parking survey draws 850-plus responses.

Parking updates: Separating downtown business owners by those who have own parking and those relying on street parking. Your letters to city commissioners. Jay Shell’s parking survey draws 850-plus responses.

TODAY’S PARKING DEBATE

We received a few phone calls and emails on Monday that were private  and we’ll respect that privacy. We all have a different definition of “secret parking meeting” we guess so we’ll leave it at that.

Today’s question relates to The Druck Report from Monday and that is the business/property owners who are surveying colleagues in advance of the June 10 expected second reading of Commissioner Craig McDaniel’s three free hours parking on downtown streets and 8 a.m./6 p.m. enforcement. At issue: Differing opinions among downtown property owners and businesses. Here’s the stalemate:

If you own or operate a business that has its own parking lots and parking spots (i.e., River Dog, downtown lofts, etc.), how do you relate to the majority of business owners who have to rely on street parking for sales, diners, etc.? Those businesses don’t have adjoining reserved parking.

We wonder how this will play out this week and during the June 10 City Commission meeting. The two types of owners/business operators are not the same.


JAY SHELL’S PARKING SURVEY

Downtown business owner and DDA member Jay Shell posted a survey on Facebook on Monday, asking folks for their thoughts on three options listed above. This is based on the survey circulating among downtown businesses as well. The above results were as of 8 p.m. Monday. We wonder about the city’s response to the top option as parking deck fees are much more lucrative vs. annual parking fine revenue.


YOUR LETTERS TO CITY COMMISSIONERS

CC’d from Greg V. Grant:

“I am a registered voter and live off Division street. I’m totally against this limited parking on Broad. I moved here from Cedartown and I watched downtown die due to decisions such as this. Downtown Rome is a great place to go and relax but if you have to always be aware of your watch, how can you enjoy yourself? I’d rather go to a mall and enjoy “no time limit” parking. So I encourage you to consider the shoppers (a.k.a. voters) when voting on this matter. I trust you will do the right thing. Thank you.”

CC’d from Lynn Ray:

“I am in favor of supporting Craig McDaniel’s motion to offer three hours of free downtown parking as well as rolling back enforcement hours to 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

“Two-hour daily parking is not enough time to enjoy a nice meal and a walk down Broad Street. It does not allow for one to be downtown for breakfast in the morning and then return for dinner or any other event.

“I participated in a walking tour of one block of downtown this past Saturday and had to watch the time to be sure I was back from the tour and lunch within the two-hour period. There were plenty of vacant spaces on Saturday morning. I would hate to see all the efforts toward making our downtown a destination be in vain because of a parking issue.

“Please make sure you attend and vote accordingly.”

 

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