You may also remember that Flagstaff had parking meters downtown. Then, the downtown merchants figured the meters were pushing shoppers to the mall and elsewhere. So, the city cut the heads off.
Well, we have come full circle because now we are going to reinstall downtown parking meters. They will be state-of-the art kiosks that work from phone apps and take cards instead of coins. The metered streets will be on both sides of the tracks.
On the north side, the metered streets will be Beaver, Leroux, San Francisco, Aspen, Birch and Cherry. On the south side, the metered streets will be San Francisco, Beaver, Phoenix and Mike’s Pike. Some streets in the area will require a downtown employee permit.
Now, here comes the more complicated part. The non-metered areas of residences north of Cherry downtown and all the way south to NAU will have the option (block by block) to get resident permits and some resident-only parking on their block. Every water meter gets one free resident permit, regardless of the number of units on the meter.
Parking control has been requested by the downtown businesses and many residents, especially those near NAU. The funds (after expenses) will go to parking facilities – hopefully, a parking garage!
For details of the proposed plan and a map go to Flagstaff.AZ.gov and look for the parking link. FBN
By Jerry Nabours
Jerry Nabours is the mayor of Flagstaff.