Earlier this year, the City of Valdosta announced that a 125 room Wyndham Garden Hotel would be coming to downtown.
There are hopes that the new hotel will attract more business to the downtown area, which means more people and more traffic.
Director of Valdosta Main Street Ellen Hill says, “When a downtown grows there’s more stores, more activity, there’s more people that are coming downtown.”
Although parking may not be an issue yet, it could become a future problem.
“It’s a really great problem to have; some people are just not used to walking in an urban built environment…so when more development comes in we could need more parking,” Hill adds.
Therefore, the City is trying to be proactive with a proposed parking garage, which would hold around 300 cars.
Hill mentions that they are in the beginning stages of the parking deck and want to hear first from residents.
On Tuesday, March 15, the City will hold a public comment meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Valdosta City Hall Annex.
The public is invited to attend to hear more about the proposed parking deck as well as voice their comments and concerns.
“We want to hear from them. This is their downtown and their community as well,” Hill says.
Hill mentions that they are looking at two locations for the parking garage.
The first location is the parking lot on Toombs Street. The second location is closer to the new hotel which will be built near Central Avenue and McKey Street.
The City believes that the parking deck could alleviate any future issues with parking and bring more business to downtown which could spur more development in the future.
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