REDDING, Calif. - Demolition of the south parking structure took place in downtown Redding Wednesday.
Construction crews were fencing off the parking structure, tearing down the parking garage Wednesday morning. The parking structure sits between Yuba and California Street. More than 80 parking spots are now unavailable for people wanting to visit the downtown shops.
Action News Now spoke to local business owners who say the project has created a major inconvenience for them and their customers.
"It's a very big inconvenience as far as finding my own parking, but then you know what do our customers do, that's my biggest worry," says Janine Hall, owner of Janine's Jewelry in downtown.
Local business owners say they've noticed more people fighting for the limited amount of parking spaces now available.
"There's definitely been more congestion," says Jake Hornady, co-owner of Cinders Wood Fired Pizza in Redding. "Even the parking lot behind us, people are fighting for parking spots all the time. People are not coming here because it is congested and has to go elsewhere. With mainly the closure of the downtown parking structure, it's only going to get worse."
City officials say the new parking garage will be a combination of a multistory and flat structure, with hopes to have the full parking garage completed in two years.
The city is providing an electric shuttle service to transport people throughout the downtown area.