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More Downtown Parking Coming to Redwood City

The lot behind the downtown library will free up nearly three dozen spaces. Will this make your search for parking easier?

Try to park in the library lot directly behind the and you’ll find that many city vehicles occupy several spaces.

However, the Redwood City city council Monday night gave the go ahead to staff to open up Lot C to the public, which would raise an estimated $37,000 in meter fare.

“This is great news because it means more and more people are parking and patronizing downtown,” said the city’s engineer Peter Vorametsanti.

These 33 spaces in the downtown could ease crowding as more and more people frequent the area. They will be pay-by-space like many of the city’s parking lots.

Officials said they have tried to move as many staff spaces out of desirable parking areas, to the top of the Marshall Street garage for example. Fourteen spots in Lot C will still remain for city staff. Vorametsanti said it was important to still have spots for librarians who must walk to their cars late at night in the dark.

The city is also looking to separate the spaces on Pennsylvania Avenue, which sits southeast of the library, into metered spaces as well.  The staff report said that these spaces have confused residents because they similarly appear to be metered spaces.

The councilmembers gave their thanks to city staff for looking for ways to encourage more patrons to downtown.

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Jamie White (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 03:20 PM
YAY!!! Redwood City really needs more parking spaces, especially with so many new businesses opening in town : )
Jean Isaacs February 15, 2012 at 04:22 PM
The City of Redwood City needs to keep in mind that not only do city staff and librarians need access to a sufficient number of parking spaces reserved for them, especially given night time work as mentioned, there are also many volunteers (like Friends of the Library,Travelling Storytime, and Project Read) who also require parking near the library - many volunteers are older people/retirees who can't be walking long distances to come to help out at the library. The city needs to think beyond maximizing their income (which is of course important) but also to consider the needs of their staff and community volunteers for convenient access to parking. Jeanie Isaacs, library patron and volunteer

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