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Christopher Rosacker
Staff Writer

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More parking spaces proposed for downtown Nevada City

Nevada City's oft-complained about parking shortage in its downtown historical district could see some alleviation, depending on a decision by the town's council Wednesday that could add nearly 30 parking spaces behind the National Hotel, with a potential for more spots later on.

At its evening meeting, the Nevada City Council is scheduled to consider a resolution allocating parking meter funds toward expanding the Spring Street public parking lot behind the historic hotel.

The initial expansion of the Spring Street lot is estimated to cost as much as $300,000, which includes a retaining wall capable of supporting a potential future addition of a second story to the parking lot, according to City Manager David Brennan.

In the last year, the Nevada City Police Department has undertaken a number of endeavors that have led to a 213 percent increase in the number of parking meter citations compared to the year prior, according to department figures. Some of those endeavors have included the assignment of a downtown beat officer to patrol the historic district's streets on foot, as well as a paid summer community service officer who has been doling out parking tickets.

Since 2008, the city has accumulated $118,750 in parking fees, Brennan noted in his report to the council.

Council's task at its meeting Wednesday is to consider whether to allocate meter funds to the parking lot expansion. Specifically, the proposal before the council is whether to allocate 10 percent of the annual parking revenue, approximately $9,000, away from the city's general fund and toward the parking lot project, Brennan said.

A dedicated revenue stream for the project could enable city staff to seek bond or lease/purchase financing that could expedite the construction date, Brennan said.

The public portion of the Nevada City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, located at 317 Broad St.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.