TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – Troy was just named one of the best hometowns by Ohio Magazine, which is what brought Corrine Stone to see the town, but what kept her exploring downtown for the full day was free parking.
“It removes the pressure of trying to hurry up and get shopping done,” said Stone. “We wanted to look at the stores and take in, have lunch before we head back home and the free parking works out perfectly.”
That seems to be a widespread sentiment as downtown businesses said they are seeing an increase in holiday shoppers browsing their storefronts.
“A lot more people spending a lot more time in the shop,” said Judy Mannix of The Three Weird Sisters, a downtown Troy business. “The last couple of weekends have been fabulous for us. The city did a great job getting the word out that the enforcement had been suspended and we had comments from people that have come in that have said how nice it is that now they don’t have to worry about moving their car every two hours.”
It is part of the city’s attempt of finding a permanent solution to parking issues, and are using the two and a half months of free parking as part of their research.
They are encouraging feedback and Tim Davis, the assistant development director for the city, said right now are getting both positive and negative reactions.
“It’s positive with the businesses, their customers can park right up front and we’ve seen the other way where customers are saying we have to park further back,” said Davis. “We don’t know if it’s employees or other people, but there is a lot more spots taken now with less turnover.”
You still will receive a citation if you park outside of lines, do not move within 72 hours or illegally park in handicap spaces among other parking issues.