TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s a problem that affects just about every city: downtown parking.
City council members up in Troy plan to extend their free parking initiative for another two months, while a private consultant analyzes the parking moratorium and maps out a way forward.
The independent consultant is costing the city $5,000. Troy’s Assistant Economic Developer, Tim Davis, says the city is hoping by the end of it, they’ll have a permanent solution.
“The study will tell us who’s parking downtown, where the spots are being best utilized, what spaces are open, time frames they’re being used,” Davis said.
After receiving complaints about time limits on downtown parking, officials, last November, approved free parking until January.
Tonight, city council plans to extend the parking moratorium until March 31st so this new independent study can continue.
“It gives us more time, more data to review,” Davis explained, adding that reactions to the parking moratorium have been mixed.
“We’ve heard both good and bad,” he said. “We’ve had people come up and say they really like the untimed parking and we’ve had others who say they can’t find a space because all the parking is taken, so you get both the good and the bad.”
Troy resident Carolyn Putnam said she thinks it’s a good idea.
“I love it. I think it’s great. I think it gives people opportunity to come downtown,” she said. “I would love to see them keep it.”
City officials are hoping to come to a decision about the way forward for downtown parking, by the end of next month.