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Lincoln Park Business Group Wants City to Plan for Parking

Baihly Warfield
Updated: May 11, 2018 05:30 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - Every year, it seems new businesses open their door in Lincoln Park.

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The Lincoln Park Business Group has called it a "resurgence." With that comes concern parking may be in a pinch. 

"I think we all want the same thing, and that's a vibrant business community, which requires turnover in our parking spots," Garner Moffat, board member on the Lincoln Park Business Group, said. 

Moffat and the rest of the LPBG Board of Directors has asked the Duluth Parking Commission to hold meetings and come up with a comprehensive parking plan for the area. 

"We're just trying to be proactive and come up with a comprehensive plan that will take care of some of our parking needs for the foreseeable future and not do the project piecemeal," Moffat said. 

However, Parking Commission President Andy Goldfine said in a Friday meeting that that hasn't been how the city typically does things. 

"When a new development comes ... at that time we look at our parking recommendations," Goldfine said. "Each time something changes, it comes up before this body, and then we act based on the specific thing that has changed. That's how we normally operate, not trying to project scenarios into the future."

Moffat said it's also frustrating that people can park free for an hour in downtown Duluth, but they have to feed the meters in Lincoln Park. 

Friday morning, the Parking Commission voted to recommend to the City Council that the meters in Lincoln Park stay in place. 

Duluth Parking Operations Specialist Mark Bauer said he doesn't have enough information to support removing the meters.

"My professional opinion and what I've heard from the community so far is that we keep the meters in place with an eye on technology improvements in the future," Bauer said.

He said there are other options that might help solve any parking problems in Lincoln Park. 

"At this time, we are feeling that off-street parking development is going to be a much more viable opportunity," Bauer explained.

Ultimately, Moffat said the LPBG just wants to be sure that everyone can weigh in because he feels Lincoln Park is on a sustainable growth trend.

"What we're really looking for is a community meeting and a partnership," Moffat said. 

Bauer told the commission he would be willing to participate in a meeting about the larger development plan for Lincoln Park, and Fourth District City Councilor Renee Van Nett said she would help put a meeting together. 

"I can respond to constituents and different people who want to discuss something about a meeting. That's my forte, so I'm totally into that," Van Nett said. 

There is no date or time set for a meeting at this point. 

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