As the reconstruction of Huntsville’s Main Street draws closer in order to replace aging infrastructure, where downtown patrons will park has been a burning question for many.
On a typical summer day, downtown parking can be at a premium and things can only get worse with traffic disruptions and more parking spaces unavailable due to the streetscape project scheduled to begin next spring.
At a time when many businesses have already seen a decline in revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions, ensuring that there is ample parking close by for downtown patrons is an issue the municipality has been trying to tackle.
At its November meeting, Huntsville Council instructed staff to go ahead and enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Huntsville Legion “to utilize and promote the Legion Parking Lot as public parking from May 1st to October 30th in 2021 and 2022.”
Likewise, Councillor Bob Stone who sits on the board of the Downtown Huntsville Business Improvement Association (BIA), brought forward a recommendation in November that resulted in council instructing staff to negotiate the terms for a memorandum of understanding with Mike Peters, owner of the plaza at 6 John Street, to rent his parking lot in 2021 for public parking at a rate not to exceed $17,000.
Although the sum was set by Peters, when staff contacted him he seemed to have a change of heart. “He rescinded his offer and said he no longer wanted to lease the parking lot to the Town,” Kirstin Maxwell, director of planning, told council at their December meeting.
“At this time, I would like to withdraw the motion,” responded Stone. “And I sincerely hope that the owner of the property will reconsider and we can get back into discussions with him.”
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