NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Parking space is a common issue for many downtowns. Nacogdoches is no exception.
Space is needed for employers and their employees, customers, and most recently, residents.
There are times of the day anyone can easily pull into any of the 100 on-street parking spots on the red brick streets of Nacogdoches.
Then there are times the space comes at a premium, which is one reason why most employers instruct employees to park in available lots.
"We utilize the bank parking lot behind us," said Dolli Geyerman, a restaurant owner.
Commercial Bank of Texas makes no issue of the borrowed space, but their employees need a place to park too.
"We actually have more employees than we have parking spaces," said Rusty Wallace, the CEO of Commercial Bank.
Then there is the growing number of downtown residents. When State Representative Travis Clardy isn't in Austin the attorney walks from the courthouse to his business located directly under his Main Street loft. That's his wife's car behind him, parked curbside on Main Street.
"There is some public parking not too far away," Clardy said. "There's a small parking space we lease space from for our private vehicles and then we try to use judiciously the space in front."
Most all downtown tenants know the two- hour parking during weekday business hours is not enforced by local police. City officials are encouraging residents and current businesses to utilize off-street parking, so the parking limit signs can be removed.
"Giving people an opportunity to justify it and remedy it before it becomes an issue," Geyerman said.
"I'm not in favor of promoting parking tickets or anything like that," Wallace said.
After three special sessions in Austin, this state rep. is ready to negotiate.
"We'll figure out a way to work together and make this thing work," Clardy said.
The rep knows finding a solution to downtown Nacogdoches' parking can't be near as difficult as the three special sessions he just endured.
The City of Nacogdoches Main Street Program will be hosting a "town hall" style meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17th at 9 a.m. The meeting will take place in the Nacogdoches City Commission Chambers.
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