Troy City Council discusses downtown parking changes

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TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – Discussions will continue on downtown parking in Troy after Monday’s City Council meeting.

City councilman, Bobby Phillips, also serves as the chair for the city’s Streets and Sidewalks division, and said they are considering many options on time constraints after business leaders addressed them at the meeting.

“Whether we tighten up to make shorter time periods downtown, in say a four-block radius, and then expand time parking outward from there,” said Phillips.

They also discussed a proposed amnesty program which would allow drivers to void their parking ticket if they can prove they spent at least $25 downtown.

It also seeks to increase the fine from $20 to $25.

“Quite honestly, I’m not in favor of it at this moment of increasing fines, because I don’t want to be in a higher plane than other cities surrounding us,” said Phillips.

Phillips said there is a multi-million dollar push right now to renovate a lot of downtown buildings into lofts or condominiums, so a placard program is also discussed that would allot certain reserved spaces on North Cherry St. and Walnut St for $300 a year.

“Those buildings don’t come with parking because that was not something that was looked at 100 years ago,” said Phillips.

But Phillips is urging Troy residents and anyone who frequents downtown, to give their input on the proposals, before any final decisions can be made.

“Whether we need to do anything, nothing, or all of it,” said Phillips. “And it’s really up in the air right now.”

Phillips said there will be another committee meeting to discuss the proposed changes in the next few weeks.

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