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Parking Issues in Downtown Springfield Addressed
Parking issues in and around the Old State Capitol are being addressed. If you've ever been caught circling around downtown Springfield searching for a parking space to grab lunch or shop, there's a proposal to solve the problem.
Right now, there are 2,900 parking spaces in downtown Springfield.
Springfield Novelites and Gifts has been in business downtown for years--sometimes encountering visitors looking for a place to pull over.
"They'll ask, 'Where can I park?' or 'Where is the nearest parking garage?,'" owner William Caslin said.
Caslin doesn't know what the solution is, but feels future plans may require additonal space.
"As we grow downtown we need more parking and we need to look at the parking situation," Caslin said.
It's something that's been echoed at city council.
"Asking my consituents why they won't come downtown--it's the parking," Aldermen Frank Edwards said. "Plain and simple, it's the parking."
"The SDAT study shows that we do have ample parking down here," Steve Myers said. "It's just the effective use of the parking."
The effective use involves utilizing parking garages and designated parking lots at night for people downtown long term.
"When these apartment dwellers come home they can park in off-street space, which is safer than being on street and it will open up on-street spaces," Myers said.
Especially with a push for downtown living space.
It's been suggested that the charge for 24-hour residential parking be $25 per month, after hours parking $10 a month, or having future developers charge through rent to cover the cost.
But as of now, Tinsley Dry Goods feels space is not an issue.
"With the loss of the number of state jobs downtown, it's really freed up a lot of space," owner Ron Homann said.