The agreement is part of a larger plan by the City of Springfield to better coordinate parking in the downtown. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

5 things residents need to know about Springfield’s downtown parking

Springfield City Commissioners approved an ordinance that will allow the city to enter into a one-year renewable parking management agreement as part of a larger plan to better coordinate parking in the downtown.

Here are five things Springfield residents should know: 

1.  The agreement is with Republic Parking System, LLC to provide downtown parking management services for a period of one year to not exceed $610,490. 

2. The city will be able to renew its contract with the company for six additional one-year periods.

3. Republic will manage the operation of the garage, including contracts required to keep up the maintenance of that facility. Another component is turning two public parking lots in the area into paid ones. However, City Manager Bryan Heck said they will likely put a hold on that due to a delay in paving those lots.

4. The city will not purchase and implement paid parking meters at this time, but the city could authorize them in the future.

5. Republic will also conduct a parking analysis in the downtown area, which would include input from local business owners as well as from other stakeholders.

READ MORE: Springfield commissioners OK contract with parking management company

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