State College, Pa- Business owners are concerned that those who work or live downtown will take the parking spots of potential customers.
WTAJ spoke with State College Borough Council President Evan Myers to see what solutions the borough has to this issue.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for folks to come downtown, visit the business, and also enjoy the atmosphere,” Myers said.
And many who come to visit the downtown area are all for it.
“On our frequent visits, we always park in the garage and it’s very frustrating to have to pay for it, especially if we’re just making short visits… so we will really appreciate it,” said Linda Grassa from Huntingdon.
But what about those who don’t make short visits, and instead take up a space downtown for a full day?
The borough isn’t keen on this and has plans to limit the free on-street parking to three hours for each car.
They say there’s a way to enforce this.
“The borough has a license plate recognition program software that they can easily use, somebody doesn’t have to go around and write down all the license plates, so it can be done very efficiently,” Myers said.
He told WTAJ that any changes made to the holiday parking program would only be enforced next year.
The free downtown parking starts November 26, and lasts till the end of the year.