Delays, Closings and Severe Weather - View All Alerts and Updates

Bloomington Chamber Comes Out Against Parking Meters

The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce says the city needs to create a more comprehensive parking plan before it installs meters.

parking meters

Photo: Lance Fisher (flickr)

The Bloomington City Council has not passed the plan to install parking meters downtown.

The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce says it will officially oppose the City of Bloomington’s plan to install parking meters downtown.

A statement from interim Chamber President Jim Shelton says metered parking “could potentially compound parking challenges and create unintended consequences that may possibly have a negative impact on businesses and downtown as a whole.

A survey of the Chamber’s more than 800 members about adding parking meters produced about 400 results, which Shelton says were mostly negative.

“Of the business owners, employees, customers and volunteers who responded, 60 percent were in opposition to metered parking,” Shelton said in a statement. “Based on those concerns, we must oppose the City’s proposal and ask for the opportunity to continue to work with the City to create a thoughtful and comprehensive plan to shape the footprint of the downtown.”

The Chamber says the city does not have a comprehensive plan that addresses concerns involved with parking garages, privately-owned lots, downtown neighborhood and future growth.

Last week, Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan said the city could greatly benefit financially from metered parking. He says meters would also offset yearly losses from downtown parking garages.

“We’re losing, a ballpark of $400,000 annually on those garages,” he said. “You have to pay them off, you have to maintain them, you have to pay to manage them, and even with the rates we are charging there, we are not able to afford those garages.”

The parking plan is slated to be presented to the Bloomington City Council at its Wednesday meeting.

Stan Jastrzebski contributed to this report.

Bloomington Chamber of Commerce on Parking Plan by Indiana Public Media News

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Business & Economy Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook