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Six-month downtown parking experiment begins

After years of planning and study, parking meters went live on several downtown Charlottesville streets Tuesday as part of a six-month pilot by the city to manage its parking resources. “I have walked around a little and looked at utilization and I’ve certainly seen a change,” said Rick Siebert, the city’s parking manager. “There are […]

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Proposed developments bring spaces downtown but might not alleviate parking crunch

Downtown business owners Tuesday night agreed that Charlottesville’s commercial and social hub is in desperate need of more parking spaces. At a meeting of the Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville’s parking committee, members said Charlottesville officials should quickly find space to build more public parking, regardless of the result of pending litigation between the city […]

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First of many hearings held in Water Street Parking Garage lawsuits

Judge Richard E. Moore presided Wednesday over what could be the first of many Charlottesville Circuit Court hearings to resolve several legal disputes between city government and the private company that currently manages the Water Street Parking Garage. The Charlottesville Parking Center filed suit against Charlottesville in March alleging city officials have kept rates in […]

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Council supports return of parking meters in pilot program

The Charlottesville City Council agreed to proceed with a six-month test of parking meters around the Downtown Mall but also asked staff to pursue affordable parking options for downtown employees. “Make sure we exhaust all possibilities to find affordable ways for our employees to park,” said City Councilor Kathy Galvin. The Council voted 4-1 on […]

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City pushes back on parking company’s hiring of Norris

The city of Charlottesville wants the owner of the Charlottesville Parking Center to prove that a former elected official recently appointed as general manager has the qualifications to perform the job. The Charlottesville Parking Center announced late last month that former Mayor Dave Norris has been hired to replace Bob Stroh in the position. “The […]