GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The next time you visit uptown Greenville, you may have to check your wallet and your watch.
The parking deck off 4th Street will soon charge people to park. But that’s not the only pay to park area in uptown. The parking lot near Chico’s also has pay stations.
Starting November 9th, people will be required to pay 75 cents an hour for up to two hours for the parking deck in uptown Greenville.
If people go over the time limit or do not pay at all, there is a $5 fee.
There are signs inside the parking deck directing people to pay stations.
The first two levels of the deck are available to the public, and the upper levels are leased out.
Parking Enforcement Officer Corey Barrett says the city decided to start charging for parking because people were using the deck as an overnight and long-term option. He hopes the new policy will increase turnover in the downtown area.
“We want people to utilize it if they’re visiting uptown, but we don’t want people to start leaving their vehicles and going to other places,” said Corey Barrett, Parking Enforcement Officer.
The first month of pay to park is a warning period. If people do not pay or stay too long, they will not be fined.
Starting December 9th, officers will begin to enforce the fees.
Those working at the garage will use devices which read your license plate and calculate how long you stayed.