Residents speak up about proposed changes in downtown parking.

Residents speak up about proposed changes in downtown parking.

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and city officials spoke with residents about possible changes with downtown parking Wednesday.

The proposed changes would eliminate the free lunchtime street parking.

Many residents were concerned about where they are going to park when they come downtown.

"We've got a good thing going in Toledo right now so don't mess it up. We park along the street because minimum wage so I'm just concerned, ya know? Where are we going to park?" asked Jane Nowicki.

Mykarsha Gray agreed.

"I think the lunchtime parking is great. If you take it away, I think there will be a couple more complications and people won't be satisfied," said Gray. "So I think you should keep it and it's very convenient for those that work downtown or even live downtown or even want to come downtown for lunch."

City officials said one of the big problems is that cars stay in the free parking zones well past the allotted time. Officials also feel many people are hesitant to come downtown because they are worried about not getting a parking spot because there is no structure in place as of right now.

If there was a charge for downtown parking, city officials said the money would go straight back into improving the downtown area.

Kapszukiewicz stressed it was important to give residents a voice in the proposed changes before taking action.

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