A committee working to improve downtown parking will meet Thursday to consider requiring visitors to pay to park in the Jackson Street garage.
The parking implementation committee will discuss a recommendation from REI Real Estate Services, which manages the garage, to allow the first hour of parking to be free, with the rate increasing $1 every two hours and topping out at $5 for nine to 24 hours of parking.
The move would stop the shuffle of cars in the garage and would give downtown visitors the option to pay to park in one spot without moving their cars, said Gary Thompson, REI company vice president.
The company currently offers free public parking for up to three hours and paid reserved parking in the Jackson Street facility, which is across from the Columbus Post Office.
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