City of Columbus seeks input on Short North parking plan

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Sandwiched between OSU Campus and downtown Columbus, restaurants, bars and shops line high streets between King and Goodale Avenues. Hotspots that have replaced the hotbed of criminal activity until a revitalization in the 1980s that brought monthly gallery hops, an annual doo dah parade and growth that doesn’t’ seem to be letting up. For those who live where everyone seems to play, short north residents like Richard Jacob say parking is the pits.

“It doesn’t make sense to me we’re putting 10 pounds in a 5 pound bag and saying it’s ok,” he said.

Jacob and a few dozen short north residents showed up for a public meeting at Goodale Park where the city of Columbus asked for input on a plan to require commercial and residential developers building in the ‘short north special parking area’, to include a standard number of parking spaces. Jacob said it’s necessary to balance supply and demand.

“Tell a developer if you’re going to put in 400 residences you need 600 parking spaces. And if the developer says he can’t afford it then it’s downscale your development,” he said.

Columbus city council member Shannon Hardin said the plan would charge developers 10-20 thousand dollars per space they fail to provide.

“I don’t think it’s letting anyone off the hook. I think it’s pulling everybody actually back to the solution,” he said.

The city will ask for input on other options in the coming months.

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