City Officials Look To Solve Short North Parking Problems


UPDATED: Wednesday December 11, 2013 11:29 PM

The city of Columbus is working to help ease parking problems in the Short North.

City council updated neighbors on parking proposals at a meeting Wednesday night.

The lack of curb space is frustrating for customers and businesses in the Short North.

"I do think that people are less willing to come down because they can't find good parking," said Trinity Williams.

Jason and Trinity Williams just settled their small business, Big Fun, in the bustling Short North 6 months ago.

Their massive collection of vintage and one-of-a-kind toys draws people in but they hear about the struggle to get from the car to the door.

Now some help is coming.

"It's not going to solve the problem, it's just going to make it less congested until we can get some of these parking garages up," said Columbus Councilwoman Eileen Paley.

The city realized it gave out too many parking permits for available spaces.

Those permits have been reallocated so employees and residents can more easily find spots.

In addition, some parking meters have been taken out to provide more permit parking and a new garage is now open.

More relief should be coming, two more garages are expected to go up soon.

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