Rules re­vised for us­ing city-owned park­ing lot

The Columbus Dispatch - - Dublin New Albany - — Sarah Sole ssole@thisweeknews. com @ThisWeekSarah

Some driv­ers who reg­u­larly use the city-owned lot be­hind the Philip Heit Cen­ter for Healthy New Albany at 150 W. Main St. may have to find new places to park.

Ac­cord­ing to the new rules ap­proved by the New Albany City Coun­cil this month, the 451 pub­lic park­ing spots in the lot will be avail­able for a lim­ited time and will be re­stricted to those at­tend­ing spe­cial events in the area or pa­tron­iz­ing nearby busi­nesses. Signs will be erected in De­cem­ber out­lin­ing such stip­u­la­tions as two-hour park­ing, cus­tomer park­ing only and no stu­dent park­ing.

The new rules also ex­tend up to Mel­low Mush­room, 260 Mar­ket St., city spokesman Scott McAfee said. Park­ing spots for a den­tal of­fice at 240B Mar­ket St, over to the New Albany branch of the Colum­bus Pub­lic Li­brary at 200 Mar­ket St. are pri­vately owned, he said.

Vi­o­la­tors won’t be towed, but they will be fined $35, McAfee said.

The reg­u­la­tions are the city’s way of proac­tively ad­dress­ing growth near re­tail de­vel­op­ment at Main and Mar­ket streets, City Man­ager Joe Ste­fanov said.

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