Monday, April 2, 2012

Findlay Market lots to go pay

For the first time since 1999, Findlay Market's three main parking lots will be pay lots.

Starting April 23, fees will be charged at the north lot off of Findlay Street, the south lot between Race and Elm streets, and the west lot at Elder and Logan streets.

Monday through Friday, the charge will be fifty cents per hour, with the first hours free. On weekends, the charge will be $1 per hour, with a $2 minimum. Monthly permits will be available for $45.

Automated pay stations will be located in each lot, and fees must be paid upon arrival. Pay stations will accept cash, credit, and debit cards, as well as payments by phone.

Revenue from the lots will be used to maintain and improve the market.

It will also help improve turnover. More than 881,000 shopping visits were made to the market in 2011, and it's estimated that between 90 percent and 95 percent of visitors arrive by car.

The parking crunch is expected to be alleviated in 2013-2014 with the opening of the Cincinnati streetcar.

Previous reading on BC:
Cole proposes shuttle for Market parking woes (10/6/09)
Architectural Foundation releases Brewery District report (6/18/09)
Draft Brewery District charrette report available for comment (4/30/09)