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Rossford considers back-in parking plan for downtown

ROSSFORD, OHIO (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) -

More parking spaces may becoming to downtown Rossford as the city looks at a unique parking method.

It can sometimes be hardfor drivers to find a place to park in the downtown area, and most people agreethat more spaces would be welcomed, but not everyone is on board with the city'sidea to require driver to back into angled parking spaces.

"With the back up, I thinkit's going to cause more problems and a lot more accidents," said resident CharlieGyori.

The idea is that inaddition to making more spaces to park, backing in will mean easier re-entryonto the road. But many residents aren't sure if that's the best solution.

"You're going to pull outinto traffic, and someone's not going to be paying attention, and it's going tocause a lot of accidents," Gyori said.

Angie Hamilton owns NRGIESalon and Spa in downtown Rossford. She thinks the idea is worth a try.

"I think it'll be great,"Hamilton said. "It's going to give the boulevard a different look. If it doesn'twork, I guess we can switch, but I think anything new we can try."

Rossford Mayor NeilMacKinnon says the project would double the amount of parking spaces downtown.He says he is aware that backing into spaces may be difficult, but it doesn'thave to be permanent.

"I think now's the time totake some chances," he said. "It's just striping, so if we find out it doesn'twork or it's not what our citizens particularly care for, we can just re-stripeit."

The mayor says the city isstill researching the idea and it's not set in stone yet. Once they do figureout a plan, he says they'd like to get it started right away.

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