City adds 21 hourly parking spaces to lot across from Basilica

“The 21 spaces are now open for use,” said city Transportation Director Ken Putnam. “The cost is the same $1 per hour charged at meter spaces with the difference that users can pay for a whole day if they want.”

The city originally planned to tear down the two buildings, but with the possibility of a developer coming into the space, it was decided to leave them at present.

So the city threw down some new paint and directional arrows, added one of those snazzy multi-spot meters that takes credit cards, and presto – some ease to the downtown parking crunch. For how long? “We will see,” said Putnam.

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