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Downtown Dover Parking Study to be Released This Week

Posted: 08/21/2017 20:06:00 -04:00 Updated:

DOVER, Del.-  Findings on a study about parking in downtown Dover are set to be discussed at a public meeting this week.

The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization's council is set to focus on the study during a meeting on Thursday. Members of the public are invited to comment on the issue of parking in the downtown area.

Tom Smith with the Delaware Store, also a member of the Downtown Dover Partnership's merchant committee, said he's looked at the initial findings from the study and believes it's difficult for many people to find appropriate parking spaces.

"If the people are less confused about where to park, how to park, where it's safe to park, then that will improve our business," he said.

Stephanie Adams, a spokeswoman for the Biggs Museum of American Art, said she believes there is adequate parking in Downtown Dover but there could be some improvements with how people are made aware of where to park. 

"I have found there's a perception that there isn't a lot of parking but for those of us who have lived in big cities before, it's close. There is parking --- it's just not always as convenient as people would like," she said.

When the Biggs hosts major events, Adams said parking spaces at the Dover Public Archives and along the Green are easily accessible parking spaces. Those locations are frequently used by government employees who work at nearby offices and Legislative Hall.

Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, a representative on the MPO, said he was disappointed the study did not recommend the construction of a parking garage.

Smith said one option that's been talked about is the implementation of metered parking on Loockerman Street, a move he said has drawn some detractors but one he would like to see discussed at Thursday's meeting. The session starts at 4 p.m. in the Dover Public Library.

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