Downtown parking open house on Oct. 24
Parking changes in the downtown core are the focus of an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Caffe Motivo’s Victoria Street location.
The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association is planning a presentation and discussion session on a number of ideas it pitched to city council earlier this summer, said KCBIA executive director Gay Pooler.
Proposed changes include new credit-card friendly pay hubs, a move to $1 an hour street parking and 30-minute express parking stalls on Victoria Street.
There are also a number of longer-term plans aimed at adding new spaces to the downtown stock.
City council has so far supported the KCBIA’s suggestions and is due to discuss them further this fall.
“We’ve been to council, they’ve done a workshop and we just want to get the information out there about where things are at and just talk about some of the things that have come out of the discussion,” Pooler said.
Though suggestions came from the KCBIA’s own parking solutions group, KTW reported in September that a number of downtown business owners and staff weren’t aware the city was considering any change to downtown parking.
Pooler said the KCBIA is now working to get more information about the plans out to businesses.
A summary of the association’s proposal is on its website (kcbia.com) and members of the parking group are speaking one-on-one with business owners to get them up to speed.
“The information is getting out there. But, communication is always a challenge when you’re trying to communicate with 800 businesses,” Pooler said.
The open house will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a formal presentation at 6 p.m.
It’s open to everyone, not only business owners.