Youngstown City Council discusses improving downtown parking

Youngstown City Council is discussing improving parking downtown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Economic growth in downtown Youngstown has been positive, but it has put parking at a premium.

On Tuesday night, Youngstown City Council members discussed how to better improve parking in the downtown area. They are trying to identify additional spaces that are not being used within engineering standards.

They are also looking to increase parking turnover by reducing paid parking spots to one hour, and the city may install new meters that accept credit cards.

“Most of the parking problems are in that area because most of the older buildings were built closer together without parking lots. When you get to East and West Federal and some of the outer areas, most of those buildings were built with parking. So, it wasn’t as important to address those areas,” said Youngstown Assistant Law Director Mark D’Apolito.

Council hopes to have a plan in place by the end of the year.

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