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Parking at the Columbus City Services Center is still a concern for some

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

It's been about a month since Columbus opened the City Services Center off Macon Road, but some are still concerned that the parking deck isn't being heavily used.

On Wednesday News 3 observed dozens of people walking out of the center, headed towards their vehicles parked in the lots typically designated for the public library and the Public Education Building. The City Services Center sits in the middle of the two buildings.

The parking deck, which cost nearly $5.2 million dollars to build, is supposed to make it more convenient for people coming to the center to find parking. Changes have already been made to make the 366-capacity deck more convenient. Originally, city employees were given reserved spaces in the first and second levels. But in late June, after objections officials changed the layout to give more parking to private citizens. But about half the spots on the first level were empty Wednesday.

"I didn't know about the parking deck," explained Christine Clark when asked why she didn't park there.

"I parked there because when I came in I was confused by this back building so I just figured I should come in through the library," Haley King said.

Some library patrons aren't happy their spots are being taken. "To have to park further back and then have to walk when you should be able to get an up close park that could be a bit of an inconvenience," said Tikeyla Small.

But Deputy City Manager Lisa Goodwin said while they encourage people to use the deck, people can park in any of the lots because it's all public parking. Signs have been erected to help direct people to the parking deck.

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