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Concern over public parking at Columbus City Services Center

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There's concern over the parking situation at the new Columbus City Services Center. The $32 million facility has a parking deck near the main entrance with 146 parking spots reserved for city workers and public officials. Those reserved parking spots are on the first level and the second level closest to the entrance, meaning if you're a citizen going to the services center, you have to park on the far end of the second level or on the third level.

The new services center was built for convenience. City Councillor Judy Thomas says this convenience starts in the parking deck.

"I want to make sure we are making the city service easy for our citizens, and in my mind that means parking," said Thomas.

She says with all the reserved spots, it's harder for the taxpayers who paid for the building to access the services center.

"It will make it harder for some people to do business with the city, our goal is to make it easier," said Thomas.

City Manager Isaiah Hugley says there isn't a bad parking spot in the parking deck. He also says it's an improvement compared to the parking system at the government center.

"From the parking deck to the building entrance, it is an 80 foot walk," says Hugley. "That is a significant improvement from circling around the government center 7-10 times." 

Hugley also says if the 1st floor is public access, the 2nd and 3rd floor would be restricted for employees and they would park in public spots anyway, which would defeat the whole purpose.

Hugley says he doesn't have a problem changing the parking system, but he will look at both sides of the argument and make a decision in the next 1-2 weeks.

Most of the departments in the Macon Rd facility are open. The Tax Commissioner's, Tag and Property Tax offices will open on June 25.

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