Oct 6, 2014 12:24 PM
Concord forum tackles downtown parking issues
CONCORD - City planners will host a public forum tonight to discuss the issues relating to parking downtown.
Concord's Director of Redevelopment, Downtown Services and Special Projects, Matt Walsh, says they want to hear from anyone who has an opinion on parking after a complete overhaul of downtown parking is on the horizon.
The parking fund was set up to sustain itself, Walsh says. The costs associated with parking downtown was supposed to be offset by the revenue generated from meters and parking tickets. But that is no longer happening.
Unless a change happens, the fund is projected to lose more than $300,000 by the end of 2016. Walsh attributes the increasing debt to infrastructure development such as the Capital Commons Garage and the parking meter kiosks. And it doesn't stop there.
Walsh says, "Going forward we have need for additional debt service beyond what we already have that we're paying for. For repairs to the Durgin Block Parking Garage which will need about three million dollars in repairs over the next couple of years."
Walsh encourages anyone who parks downtown and has an opinion on the parking situation to voice their opinion at the forum.
The public forum will take place from 5 to 8 pm at the Capitol Center for the Arts.