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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