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Proposal to Expand Midtown Reno Parking

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The City of Reno is proposing to change a portion of Center Street to allow more parking.

Traffic could be reduced to one lane on Center between South Virginia and Taylor Streets.

And tonight, there's a meeting for people to give their input at city hall.

The City says the closing a lane would give people parking there a safer space to get in and out of their vehicle.

“In order to allow parking on both sides of Center Street, we'd have to eliminate one travel lane on Center Street because of restraints in the roadway width,” says Kurt Dietrich, City of Reno Associate Civil Engineer.
The City says they took out parking in that same area earlier this year because of how small of a space there was to park with the two travel lanes.

But recently Midtown business owners talked to officials about finding a solution to better accommodate their customers.

If it's approved, parking would stretch from Junkee Clothing Exchange to Brasserie Saint James.

But as of right now everything is still in the preliminary stages, and there's no set time frame for any construction if it gets through city council.

“If the community shows an interest in creating parking there, we'd have to make a parking lane. We'd like to study that a little further and look at some counts and see if that's viable. If it is, we'd like to move forward with a larger public meeting as a whole.”

The meeting is expected to go until about 7 p.m. tonight, inside Reno City Hall located at 1 East First Street inside the 7th floor caucus room.  

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