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Thursday, March 3, 2016

New Downtown Fairhope Parking Lot Coming?

Fairhope, Alabama




Magnolia Ave. side


The Fairhope Single Tax Corporation wants to provide the funding to pave the city-owned area behind the library for parking: it is already being used for such, but not officially.

The city's horticulturist is worried about damaging roots of some trees if continued parking on the grass under them (seeking shade) is allowed, according to Mayor Kant.

Various uses have been proposed there over the years, including a performing arts center, and new city hall; some citizens even believe it must be kept as park lands forever because it was donated to the city by the FSTC many years ago under those terms.

Weekly summer farmer's markets have been held there in recent years.

The city council will have to approve the project.



10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, why don't you bring that up at the next library board meeting?

Anonymous said...

You know, since you didn't attend the last board meeting....It should be monthly attendance.

Anonymous said...

Why don't they try to enforce some kind of parking ordinance about people that work downtown should not park on the street, but in the lots provided?

Anonymous said...

Really?! Parking downtown is like a fight to the death! Maybe if the city hadn't have spent money on so many trees and flowers to plant in the middle of the freaking road! Oh, and add bicycle lanes that barely are used and also golf carts! Keep spending a bunch of money on stupid irrelevant things, but that's none of my business.....KEEP BEAUTIFYING Fairhope!!!!

Anonymous said...

Only Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas can squeeze into the parking deck spaces.

Anonymous said...

the students take up library parking. Poor planning , who puts a school in without a proper parking area???? Fairhope, that's who!!!!

Anonymous said...

Fairhope is a cluster. The streets were not big enough for the bike lanes . Anytime there is an event in Fairhope you can not go near downtown or carry on with everyday chores or errands. It is like too much gets crammed into such a small town with no proper planning. A lot like all of the drainage and structural issues. I guess as long as it looks good on paper who cares if it works. We have it. UUUGGGHHH!

Anonymous said...

Huh? To my knowledge the actual width of the streets has not changed at all. Nothing illegal about driving over the painted lines when necessary ... . No problemo.

Also, far better to have a thriving downtown than the alternative ....

Anonymous said...

I strongly disagree and it is a problemo, Parking spaces are smaller too another problemo! You call it a thriving downtown, I see foot traffic hardly any packages being bought but I guess a tax write off in your eyes is success

Not too fat to walk said...

The parking deck behind the Hampton Inn is always desserted when I go downtown. If you have difficulties parking your vehicle, I suggest looking into a driver's education class or buying a smaller vehicle.

I am also a huge supporter of blocking the downtown streets to vehicle traffic on the weekends. Businesses would be able to use the parking areas as extensions of their shops. Multiple cities across the US have adopted this concept in areas to increase foot traffic and a closer community setting.