Charlottesville Could Soon See Major Parking Changes

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There are going to be big changes for people looking to park in downtown Charlottesville, and one of them could erase dozens of available spots on West Main Street and turn them into newly expanded bike lanes.

That's good for some and bad for others.

“It might be nice not to get hit by a car,” said biker Aaron Snow.

Stephen Gibbs, owner of C'ville-ian Brewing Company, isn't too worried about the city moving forward with a study of cutting dozens of parking spaces to make way for bikers. In fact, he's excited. The bigger sidewalks are giving the restaurant a chance to expand.

“It's going to give the opportunity for some seating up front of the business and I think that's perfect for enjoying a nice, cold beer,” Gibbs said.

But a few blocks over at Shenanigans, concerns began with fewer parking spaces but now the owner says she is worried about safety.

“We're more concerned about safety issues now because the bike lanes will run on the same level as the pedestrian sidewalks so it worries me a little bit,” said owner Kay Rady.

The changes aren't just along West Main Street. Two major parking places downtown are about to come under new ownership. The Water Street Garage and the Water Street Lot will soon be owned by Mark Brown, who owns the Main Street Arena.

That deal is still not totally finalized, but should be within the next week.

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