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Saratoga Springs scrambles for parking spaces as construction of parking garage moves forward

Mark Mulholland
Updated: November 25, 2019 06:42 PM
Created: November 25, 2019 05:18 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - It can be a challenge to find a good spot near your favorite downtown shop. And these days, it's even harder.

What used to be a public parking surface lot with 200 spaces is now a construction site.

When it's done, it'll have 600 covered spaces and connect via walkway to the City Center.

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It can't happen soon enough for Dallas Wells who works at Spa Cafe on Broadway and feels the pinch of lost spots and competing with construction workers for those that are left.

"I'm shuffling my car two and three times a day usually so we're just trying to make do with what we can and trying to make the best of it, but it's definitely an inconvenience for a lot of people," said Wells on Monday.

"We're basically asking everyone to have a little patience because the end result is going to be leaps and bounds over the 200 temporary lost spaces," said Deann Devitt, president of the Downtown Business Association.

Todd Shimkus, the president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce says he doesn't expect it to be much of a problem for the holiday shopping season for shoppers and shop employees.

"I think all they really need to do is explore. Another block or two out on some of the side streets and there's plenty of all-day parking."

Shimkus acknowledges that parking in downtown Saratoga Springs can be confusing because time limits can differ from one to the next within the same lot or garage. 

"We definitely have done our parking time limits willy-nilly over the years so absolutely there's room for improvement in terms of the way we manage them."

Shimkus says paid on-street parking should not be part of any plans going forward. However, when the 600-space City Center garage opens next year it will charge people to park their cars.


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