The Parking Conversation Continues
Update from March 9 GR Parking Commission Meeting
We hear you. Last month’s parking open forum garnered a standing room only crowd and encouraged lively discussion regarding the parking concerns in downtown Grand Rapids. On the morning of March 9, Josh Lunger, Director of Government Affairs with the Grand Rapids Chamber, went in front of the Grand Rapids Parking Commission to continue the conversation.
While event and visitor parking remains readily accessible, the continued growth has created new pressures on the availability of monthly parking permits downtown. This is a good problem to have. It signifies that more people are visiting, working, and living downtown. But we also know that parking and mobility should not be a barrier to business growth.
Lunger urged the Parking Commission to recognize the urgency on the parking problem. The commission noted the addition of a 293 space surface lot on Ionia Ave. between McConnell St. and Logan St. across from the Downtown Market and 500 other mixed use parking solutions that may become available in the coming months. These spaces may help to alleviate some of the current parking pain.
Lunger reminded the Parking Commission to keep the Chamber as a resource and include us in the conversation. The Chamber can drive education, engagement, and communication surrounding the parking conversation with our members and business owners in Grand Rapids. We will continue to explore the conversation with business owners and give them voice at future meetings.
Parking is one of the top issues our members face
Updates from February 8th Parking Open Forum
The continued growth and vibrancy of Grand Rapids is creating increased parking pressures in the urban core, particularly for employee parking. At a standing-room-only parking meeting, members were able to engage with city staff and the Chamber about downtown parking, including the impact it has on business growth opportunities.
“I’m glad that we’re having this conversation [about parking], because it means we have a vibrant and growing downtown and city,” said Josh Lunger, Director of Government Affairs with the Grand Rapids Chamber.
The Chamber is your advocate, and we look forward to working with you and other stakeholders, including City of Grand Rapids and DGRI, to advance solutions.
Josh Lunger also joined Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan’s Big Show on Tuesday morning. In preparation for the parking meeting, he talked about parking in Grand Rapids and what it means for downtown businesses and Chamber members.