uptown parking

Approved by the Greenville City Council, several changes will be made to Greenville parking policies following the 2022 Proposed Uptown Greenville Parking Plan, which will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2023.

Uptown parking policies will be enforced from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during which different rates will apply for different lots around the city. On-street parking will have an hour of free parking but will cost $1 an hour after that with a maximum of three hours at a time. Surface lots will have no maximum time but will cost 75 cents an hour.

Monthly permits will be available for purchase. For a reserved parking space, a monthly $70 permit can be purchased and for an unreserved space, $50 will be the cost. Employees of Uptown Greenville will be able to purchase $20 monthly permits for unlimited parking.

We, the editorial staff at The East Carolinian, believe these changes will create a sense of consistency with the parking policies in the city of Greenville, however, paying for parking is still not ideal.

There are currently 150 free parking spots and 250 paid ones, and the idea is to make all of them require some sort of payment from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The community of Greenville had an impact on the decision making process and there were meetings with businesses and public hearings to give input on certain decisions.

In order for the public to get acclimated with the new policies, warning tickets will be dispersed for a few months. The goal is to promote consistency and more parking turnover within the uptown area.

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