Downtown Brick District parking changes begin

In the Market Street Municipal Parking Lot, free three-hour parking is now permitted in the center area of the parking lot along Market Street between 5th and 6th streets and in other unmetered areas within the Brick District.

In the Market Street Municipal Parking Lot, free three-hour parking is now permitted in the center area of the parking lot along Market Street between 5th and 6th streets and in other unmetered areas within the Brick District. Photo by Don Norfleet.

The Fulton Traffic Commission Tuesday reviewed recent changes approved by the Fulton City Council in downtown parking based on recommendations of the Brick District Committee.

The changes are designed to create more parking for downtown shoppers and to encourage business owners and employees from taking up spaces needed by shoppers.

The changes permit three hours of free parking in unmetered areas in the entire downtown Brick District, defined roughly by areas that have brick streets. The three-hour limits apply in parking zone areas and are enforced by chalking of tires. Even if a car leaves an area and returns to the same zoned area within a three-hour period, it is subject to a parking ticket.

At the same time it was decided to assign leased parking along the east side of the Market Street municipal parking lot and along the west side of the Nichols Street Parking lot. Signs have been erected informing motorists that these spaces are reserved from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The reserved spaces are leased from the city on an annual basis at a rate of $20 per month.

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