We hear from within the Ada Courthouse that plans to acquire the adjacent parking garage on Myrtle Street are progressing with an eye to giving visitors an hour of free parking.
No word yet on the deal between the Commishes and the CCDC (Capital City Development Corp) which owns the structure, but it has been a sore point for years–especially since the CCDC urban renewal agency refused to allow free parking for an hour like they do in the rest of downtown.
Initial plans call for the County to own the structure and hire an operator–apparently they are already shopping for an operator through the bid process. We hear they want to keep rates to a max of $10 per day with the first hour free.
We offered a BRIEF report in January encouraging both sides to give the county control of their own parking. Looks like it will be done–or at least underway–with the new budget year Oct. 1.
Here is a link the OPENING SALVO post in March of 2009.
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