Nearly 9,000 people work downtown. A recent city parking study contends over 1,500 new parking spaces are needed to accommodate those employees. For now the solution appears to be parking decks. A nine million dollar deck is under construction on the corner of Market and Second Streets. But merchant Ben Gottschalk says it doesn't help his parking dilemma. "I would have liked to have seen a parking deck on this side of town."
The new Market Street parking deck will just be 3 blocks down from the the new city-county deck. That garage has over 600 spaces. The central parking department is reporting that on average only 150 people use the garage daily. The Parking Advisory Commission is hoping that even if the current city-county deck remains under-used it will slowly fill as the downtown area grows. They're hoping their is truth to the saying, "if you build it they will come." They hope the parkers will come sooner rather than later.