Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – In historic St. Andrews, a parking study is under final review after a public feedback session last week.
Panama City consultants say the neighborhood is set to expand and parking is a growing concern.
“I’m glad we have a parking problem because if you have a parking problem there are things going on in St. Andrews,” Panama City Commissioner Mike Nichols said. “Our consultants told us that in 2035 we would need 1,500 additional parking spaces.”
Nichols said the estimate was part of a comprehensive study into the parking situation in St. Andrews, which garnered 267 responses to the neighborhood survey.
According to the study, people want to see more public parking available in St. Andrews; Nichols said the city is working to resolve this issue.
“First step, we will review our prescriptions,” he explained. “The second step is to go ahead with the parking lots that we have or the properties that we have and put parking spaces in those places.”
He said they would examine the paving of the city owned land at 12th and 13th streets; in the future, if more space is required, a parking garage will be considered on a lot adjacent to 12th Street and Chestnut Avenue. He said paid public parking was also being considered.
“The money raised is helping to expand this parking lot, this public parking lot, so that businesses can grow without having to park,” said Nichols.
The study is being finalized with comments from a public information session on April 15. In the meantime, he said they would seek to make the city’s parking ordinances more flexible and proceed with the paving of city-owned land.
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