The Troy city council has approved a new parking plan for the downtown area, bringing back time limits for some spaces.
It’s almost the end of the road for the free, unlimited parking program in downtown Troy, but city leaders are not going back to what they had before, which included a two-hour time limit for many spaces and paid parking in some lots, according to city officials.
After the free parking program ends on March 31, spaces around the traffic circle will have time limits of 30 minutes or two hours, according to Tim Davis, assistant development director for Troy. On Market and Main streets, most spaces will be four-hour parking, he added.
The city parking lots downtown and most spaces on side streets will remain free and unlimited, Davis said.
Some downtown business owners told 2 NEWS they like the new plan.
“Two hours can be a little tight sometimes as well,” said John Hendry, owner of Trojan City Music, of the former time limits. “So opening those to four will kind of ease the worry of shoppers.”
But others told 2 NEWS they’re against the new plan. Jonathan Wright, who lives downtown and runs a salon, said he is concerned about going back to two-hour spaces outside his business.
“There’s a lot of things that I’m doing in my shop that take three and a half, four hours,” said Wright, a shop manager for Ruby’s Beauty Salon. “If I’m doing hair extensions, a brand-new install will take up to five hours.”
City leaders did their best to come up with a plan that many businesses and neighbors could get behind, Davis said.
While many businesses were supportive of the free, unlimited parking across downtown, others argued there wasn’t enough parking available in front of their shops.
“We need turnover downtown, and we think we have plenty of spaces for those who don’t want to be hindered by the time, maybe just park a block out,” Davis said.
Some people in the area who spoke with 2 NEWS said while they would prefer keeping the parking as it is now, they’re fine with the plan the city has come up with.
“I do think it’s a good compromise, but I wish they would keep the free parking all the time,” said Tricia Skinner, who works at Sweeney Todd Salon.
Crews will install signs over the next few weeks to help drivers understand which spaces will have certain time limits, Davis said.
For a map of the new timed parking zones, click here.