DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – On any given day dozens of people can be seen roaming the Oregon District, shopping, eating, and sightseeing which delights local businesses, but the lack of parking poses a problem.
“I’ve seen how tight parking can get down here,” said co-owner of Heart Mercantile, Kait Gilcher.
“Some people have complained that they don’t want to come down because of the high price of parking,” said Dirk Roburn Jr., an employee in the Oregon District.
The city of Dayton is now proposing to utilize the nearby Dayton Transportation Center by giving a cheaper option to motorists.
“I think it could lure some more people down here if they have somewhere reliable and affordable and actually somewhere close to park it will help,” said Gilcher.
The parking garage hosts about 1500 spots but is rarely used, possibly because of the prices.
The charge for parking currently is $2 per hour, or $6 for more than two and a half hours, which frustrates visitors and also Oregon District residents.
“When they started charging for parking more, a lot of the residential streets tend to be more filled up with people trying to find cheaper parking or free parking,” said Roburn.
The city is planning on changing that price to $1 after 7 p.m. until about 4 a.m.
“With all of the giant influx of people we’re having, which is awesome for the businesses, bars, retail and everything, I think it’s a great idea,” said Gilcher.
Roburn said it is a facility he could see himself using, and think most people would be open to the idea.
Gilcher agrees, but said even now, most people are not even aware of that option.
Dayton officials are also proposing to revamp the garage by adding lighting, some murals, and added signage to make navigating the garage easier.