Changes to parking in downtown Redding causes concerns

Concern rises as the city comes close to demolishing long time parking structure.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 11:16 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2019 12:46 PM

REDDING, Calif - Foot traffic in downtown Redding has increased over the last few months.

But now that the city is getting closer to demolishing a 600 space parking structure in the middle of downtown it's causing some concerns.

"It would be awful, we would have so many people that would have to walk so far and I don’t even know what people would do," Andi Hauptan said.

The city is set to convert the corner of Placer Street and California Street into a mixed-use building that will bring housing and new businesses to downtown.

However, businesses are wondering where their current customers and employees would park.

"Especially on trivia nights and when we do events throughout the week and Cedar Crest just opened up so that big brewery down there," Zachary Beaulie, Redding native, said. "I mean that could affect hundreds of people that come through here every week."

It’s not just businesses that are alarmed with the shrinking parking numbers.

People walking around told Action News Now they love seeing downtown grow but the lack of parking could cause them to stay away.

"Not overall but definitely less frequently," Beaulie said. "If there is not enough parking and we can’t find a place to park that's close enough… in a ten minute walk then we probably won’t be coming down here at all."

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