News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta commissioners are set to take on the issue of parking or the lack there of. Some say it's a good problem to have while downtown business owners are not so sure.
A new plan involving parking meters could be in the works real soon. "Downtown is growing," said Commissioner Marion Williams.
At least three business owners have left downtown and say parking is one of the reasons. "Most of the business owners, I talked to say they would rather not have meters, because no where else do you have to pay for parking. They feel this would cripple their business downtown," said Commissioner Grady Smith.
Space is needed both for employees and customers. Now one group has recommended some parking solutions, including installing parking meters.
"We're going to have to do something to control the parking downtown. We're growing and we have a lot of lofts and apartments going in," said Commissioner Marion Williams.
Commissioner Williams supports putting meters downtown while Commissioner Grady Smith objects. "On Saturdays people come down and stay all day. You can't take up the spots all day when retail businesses need that space," said Commissioner Marion Williams.
"We ought to have them park in the parking deck. Then we ought to be able to come along and find out what people are doing," said Commissioner Smith.
Details like exactly where the meters will go and if the sides streets will be affected are still in the works.