My Side of the Fence

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Parking lotses

parkinglotI've recieved several emails and a couple of calls about the parking situation in Old Town.  In particular folks are interested in the lot behind the Train Depot.  This lot has been available for parking for years and years but if you go up there right now you will see the sign at left.  Many if not almost all folks around assume that this lot is owned by the City.  This is not the case.  The property is privately owned and the City has been leasing this lot for public parking.

I can't say much about this as the lawyers are involved but, safe to say, our lease has expired.  We've been negotiating with the owner but have been unable to reach terms.  I can't answer many questions about the situation but I'm hopeful we will come to some arrangement in the near future.


  1. Reply to S.H.:  were you privy to the actual details?  Personally, I trust my councilman to defend us (taxpayers) from being held hostage to greed.

  2. Aside from the loss of about 8 handicapped parking spaces very convienent to the "Entertainment District" of Old Town, I see this also as a small economic impact.  We really need to get that Economic Development Department stood up and moving so these small little aspects are understood.

  3. They took all the trees
    Put 'em in a tree museum
    And they charged the people
    A dollar and a half just to see 'em

    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot
    With a pink hotel, a boutique
    And a swinging hot spot

    Late last night
    I heard the screen door slam
    And a big yellow taxi
    Took away my old man

    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got
    Till it's gone

    — from lyrics by Joni Mitchell  


  4. Speaking of parking, revenue (economics), and establishing residential only parking…take a look at what the little town of Quantico is up to:



  5. Mary Ann Jenkins

    January 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    The City should do what they can to negotiate a fair and resonable rental contract for this lot but if the owner is unreasonable then the City should just let it sit empty.  Taxpayers should not be forced to pay more than a fare rental of this lot.

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