Citizen Survey Collects Input for Proposed Parking Deck in Downtown Valdosta

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News Release: City of Valdosta
March 18, 2016

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- A survey is available online for citizens to provide their feedback through April 12 concerning a proposed new parking deck in downtown Valdosta.

Several dozen citizens attended the public forum on March 15, hosted by the City of Valdosta and Central Valdosta Development Authority, to discuss and give their input on the proposed new parking deck. The online survey is made available in an effort to involve as many citizens as possible in the decision-making process.

The Citizen Survey for the Downtown Valdosta Parking Deck is located on the City of Valdosta website and contains conceptual drawings and maps concerning the topic. A full report of citizens’ comments on the project will be given at the April 12 CVDA meeting, held in the Valdosta City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room, at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Main Street office at 229-259-3577.

By: Noelani Mathews
March 14, 2016

Valdosta, Ga. -- Parking on the streets of downtown Valdosta can be a challenge.

"It's hard for the merchants to deal with people not coming downtown because they say there's no place to park," says Owner of 109 Central, Jamie Pitts.

Another local shop says, "It needs to happen now, rather than waiting until we have no parking."

Now, the City wants to change that.

Leaders are considering where to build a downtown parking deck. One possible location is off of Toombs Street and the other off of McKey.

"When we have a hotel coming in, that's going to spur more development. We will eventually need more parking spaces in our downtown," says Ellen Hill, Main Street Director for Valdosta.

Business owners say for years they've been waiting for this.

Pitts says, "The more the merrier."

Right now, customers share just over 1,000 spots. A new parking deck would possibly add another 300.

"We're in much need for parking, so I feel like all that can do is help us," says Mikki Hudson, Owner of Jessie's Eats & Treats.

If approved, construction could last up to two years.

"The plan is to talk about the deck, show the options, and get our public comments to see what everyone thinks will be the best fit in downtown," adds Hill.

The forum will take place at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room, located at 300 N. Lee Street.

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