Fees dropped at parking garage in Uptown Columbus

Fees dropped at parking garage in Uptown Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus City Council has voted to get rid of the fee at one Uptown parking garage, hoping to eliminate the issue of people struggling to find parking.

Many factors went into the decision, but one in particular stood out.

In January, the Columbus State College of Education and Health Professions will be moving to the corner of 12th and Broadway, bringing in an influx of students.  

"If you have been in downtown Columbus at noon and looked for a parking place in the 1000 block of Broadway you probably won't find one," said Judy Thomas, the at large City Council member.

Representatives from Uptown Columbus believe that the added presence of students would amplify the problem. 

The RiverCenter Parking Garage currently charges a $2 fee to park, a possible deterrent especially to college students. The garage houses a little more than 30 cars a week, generating around $7,500 for the city annually.

"It is really the perfect asset, it was just under-utilized," said Rebecca Zajac the Vice President of Marketing for Uptown Columbus. "So we are one block from the 1000 block and really just two or three blocks from the rest of Uptown." 

Both Thomas and Zajac agree that this is a step in the right direction to making Uptown a more desirable destination with more accessible parking, something that is echoed by CSU students like Toni Stauffer.

"It is definitely going to be at the top of my list and I think that Columbus will benefit, and students in particular will benefit from having this space to park in for free," Stauffer said. "I think it will make people more willing to come to uptown and to spend their money here because they have more parking options."

There are still some minor details that need to be ironed out, but Uptown Columbus expects that the free parking will be put into affect with in the next couple of weeks.

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