Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Downtown parking fees increase Monday

Wilmington City Council voted to increase hourly parking rates. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — Earlier in the year city staff completed a study of Wilmington’s parking fees compared to peer municipalities — Asheville, Charlotte, Charleston, Chapel Hill, etc. Its findings determined the City of Wilmington parking rates were significantly lower.

Upon staff suggestion — and support from the city’s Downtown Parking Advisory Committee — council voted in its 2023 fiscal-year budget to incrementally increase rates over the next three years.

READ MORE: Downtown parking increase proposed for city budget

“The majority of these increases will help get our parking fund to where it needs to be to maintain our facilities over the course of 5, 10, 15 and 30 years,” city spokesperson Jennifer Dandron told Port City Daily in March.

In 2021, parking revenue brought the city $2.4 million to cover annual operating expenditures.

As of Monday, Aug. 1., the following new rates will be implemented in downtown’s parking spaces:

On‐Street Meters:

·         $2 per hour

Market & Second St Decks:

·         First 30 minutes are free

·         Max fee is $12

·         Evening flat fee is $7

·         Unreserved monthly fee $75

·         Reserved monthly fee $125

Second St & Hannah Block Lots:

·         Max fee is $12

·         Flat weekend fee $12

·         Unreserved monthly fee $75

·         Reserved monthly fee $105 (2nd St only)

Convention Center:

·         Max fee is $15

·         Special event max fee is $15

River Place Deck:

·         Max fee is $13

·         Reserved monthly fee $150

All vehicles showing handicap plates or tags will be allowed to park for free at any on-street meter space for unlimited time. As well, parking in off-street garages and surface lots for an unlimited time is allowed when paying the posted hourly rates.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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