The Historic Quincy Business District says downtown parking continues to be an issue, especially with more customers and more businesses. But they say, hopefully soon everyone will always be able to find a spot.
It was a night out downtown for Jared Baudino and his family. They had dinner at One Restaurant and luckily, they didn't have to walk far to get to their van. It was parked right in front of the restaurant.
"We got here at like five o'clock, other than that it probably wouldn't have been here.," he said.
He says his family comes downtown about once a week, and when he does, he says he can typically find a spot, but sometimes it takes a little time and effort.
"Usually probably in this lot right here - I don't know if I've ever seen these spots right here open - but usually there's parking in these lots right here," he says.
And come spring, construction will begin on a new free parking lot at 6th and Jersey. Historic Quincy Business District executive director Travis brown says it's an area that desperately needs more places to park.
"In this block, you've got over eighty businesses and close to two thousand employees that work in this block - right now we have less than two hundred parking stalls that are public, all day use."
Brown says many times those spots are filled so customers coming downtown to eat or shop can't park there. So now they're working on solutions. Brown, along with Quincy City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer, met with business owners tonight. They called it a good opportunity to let the downtown merchants know what's in store for the area.
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