Greenville City Council discusses parking improvements for Uptown

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – During Monday’s city council meeting, Greenville officials discussed ways to tackle the growing parking problems in Uptown.

Council members heard recommendations from the parking task force.

Just some of the recommended changes were standardizing parking signs, adding a security gate in the parking garage, re-striping Uptown spots, removing pay kiosks from the garage and replacing them with a pay as you leave system, and implementing a flat fee for special events.

The task force also recommended the city look at bringing in a third party group to oversee parking in the future.

Parking consultants were also recommended to look at how much meters should be, and how many new parking spaces are needed in Uptown.

Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said parking is a problem they must address now, with rapid growth expected in the area in the coming years.

He also said they made need to look at a pay to park model for all of Uptown in the coming years.

“When there’s a critical mass of retail here, we’ll have to move more towards how we’ll approach the revenue model for parking,” he said. “Right now we’re still in our infancy in this great resurgence here in the center of our city, and we’re going to make sure that’s nice and strong before we take that next step.”

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