Is paid parking coming to the Downton parking structure?

city parking structureUsers would be given a 90-minute free period.
Photo by Daniel Ingram

The City of Ventura is proposing to convert the multi-story parking structure on Santa Clara St. to a paid structure, beginning in January 2016.

Automated parking arms and equipment would be installed at the entrance. All users would be given a 90-minute free period, then pay $1 an hour, 7 days a week.

The City is considering parking permits for Downtown employees and nearby residents allowing parking on the upper floors, likely at a small monthly charge.

Free parking could be provided on special event days.

Security improvements to be considered include upgraded lighting, and additional security cameras.

A Parking Ambassador would also be on-site.

The City wants to implement the change now to avoid costly litigation. An existing agreement with the Century 10 Downtown movie would allow the theater to provide free validation to any theater patron.

If approved by the City Council, the purchase of new equipment would be funded by the City’s general fund. Downtown and Parking District budgets would not be affected. The Downtown Parking Advisory Committee has opposed the change.

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