Parking in any downtown area can be tricky and pricey, especially if you work downtown. This is true for state employees who work in downtown locations, including the State House Annex. But with the city’s parking system in financial trouble, there is a plan that could raise the price of parking as well as citations.
A member who works downtown asked us to share that there are two forums, on Aug. 18 and Sept. 8, at which the public can give input into the plan. Parking on Main Street would increase by $1 per hour, to $1.75, while side street parking would cost $1.25. Enforcement, which now runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m, would be extended to run Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. In addition, parking citations such as an expired meter would jump from $10 to $25.
The first forum will be at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 in City Council Chambers at City Hall. You can read more about the proposed parking changes in the Concord Monitor (subscription may be required).