After Roads, Parking Lots
Given that it has taken about six years to achieve three years' worth of progress in road repair, how long will it take to get these parking lots repaired?
Lot 6 is possibly the most heavily used, being south of the busiest downtown block. Lots 8 and 8A are behind the north side of the block and were the site of a highly successful Latino fair last summer. Lot 1, behind the vacant Strand Theater, is not used much. Lot 5 is the commuter lot across from police headquarters.
Lot 10 is between West Fourth and West Fifth streets, just off Park Avenue. Lot 7 has entrances from both Park Avenue and East Seventh Street and has 62 permit spaces with only a few permit holders. Due to vandalism, its nine parking meters are now down to five.
Lot 2 is on West Second Street, between Central and Madison, and Lot 9 is just north of it.
Lot 4 was just cleared of two abandoned buildings and now has more space, but it needs to be paved. It is just south of the main train station.
Last summer Plaintalker checked each lot and found that although most are only a few steps from the central business district, they contain mostly monthly permit spaces and relatively few metered spaces. If they were well-maintained and well-lit and had a modern parking fee system, they might be more attractive to shoppers, diners and people attending events.
The last map of parking lots was made by T&M Associates in 2002 and still includes the temporary parking lot that has now become the site of the Park-Madison office building.
Maybe new Public Works & Urban Development Director David Brown II can take a look at these lots and set something in motion for future upgrades. The parking lots appear to be an under-utilized asset for revenues, but they should still be kept up simply because they are city property like the road system.