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Council discusses parking lot plans

August 21, 2013

Improvements to Marietta's Parking Partners lot on Second Street will result in 22 more paid parking spaces and two additional non-paid parking slots, according to plans presented during a council......

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Aug-22-13 7:01 PM

DA, let's hope they keep it in an account for parking lot maintenance, which should have been done all along. Could easily be made part of the budget wouldn't you think?

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Aug-22-13 5:13 AM

With a better understanding, more spots in the lot is different than dedicating more public spots for private use. In general, I believe publicly owned/city owned properties should always first be focused on public use-- in fact, our taxes pay for everything owned by the city. We collectively own the lot. Private spot leasing/renting is a bit of a skewed use of public oriented property. It's not "give me the best for nothing," but give me what we collectively own instead of allocating it to a private profit use. Cities are public, not private enterprises.

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Aug-21-13 5:10 PM

Great one Tess.. Since you did the math and the potential revenue is clear, will council leave it alone so that it can fund future parking lot problems, or will they conveniently steal, (transfer) it to another account? It almost reminds me of smoke and mirror tactics that we get from our federal and state folks.

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Aug-21-13 5:04 PM

People complaining about walking a little more if they dont get to keep their parking spot. You're still in the same lot and your car will be there all day. That little bit of walking will be good for them.

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Aug-21-13 3:33 PM

Crandall, Marietta owns the Parking Partners lot. The lot provides free parking to downtown patrons for two hours. It currently has 125 spaces that the city leases to others, but that's increasing to 147. It works out to the lot producing approximately $44,000 annually, allowing the lot to pay for itself and future improvements. At least that's what I'm understanding about it.

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Aug-21-13 11:31 AM

Okay, I am confused, please no smart remarks. But who owns Parking Partners? If it's the city why do they 'lease' space from themselves or more correctly, from us? If it's a private owner, why does the city, or more correctly we; put the time and cost into improving it? Or was the lease written in the usual governmental 'one hand washes the other' type of deal?

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Aug-21-13 9:11 AM

More paid parking b/c there is obviously a demand. Kudos to those in the engineering area to create more spaces. Hopefully those additional monies will be spent maintaining the parking lot, and not some other area of government. As for where to park, pay for a good spot, walk from a free spot. Again, a demonstration of societal devolving. Give me the best for nothing.

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Aug-21-13 7:17 AM

Adding more paid spaces to cover the pay raise they gave their selves lol and pay for their nice new council chambers .

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Aug-21-13 6:45 AM

It's a bad idea to make more paid spaces. Paying the city "un-pays" the vendors. If I can't find a spot, I go elsewhere and those restaurants lose out.

I went to MC. That being said, let them manage their own problem of too many cars instead of letting it take up city spots and reduce open spots for second street, which seems to have more customers than Front these days.

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