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St. Charles adjusts downtown parking times

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles City Council has approved a measure to change select parking areas in downtown St. Charles to address the length of time vehicles are allowed to park in specific spots.

The updates are as follows:

Municipal Lot X, located by Francesca’s by the River and the Blue Goose Supermarket parking lot, currently allows timed parking for 8 hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays and has 30 spaces.

The updates modify the allowed time for parking to 3 hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays for all spaces.

Municipal Lot Y, located on the 1st street side of the Blue Goose Supermarket, currently allows timed parking for 12 hours, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays and 24 hours for Saturdays and Sundays as well as holidays and has 18 spaces.

The updates modify the allowed time for parking to 3 hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday for all spaces.

The lower level of Municipal lot Z, also known as the Susan L. Klinkhammer Parking Deck, currently allows timed parking for 2 hours, 9 a.m.to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays and has 58 spaces.

The updates affect the eight spaces closest to Illinois Street. They shall be timed for 30 or 90 minutes – according to posted signage – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

The remaining 50 spaces will be timed for 8 hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. The upper level of Municipal Lot Z will remain timed at 2 hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

“We are fortunate to have a vibrant downtown that is home to businesses of all types, from offices and retail to entertainment venues,” St. Charles City Administrator Mark Koenen said in a news release from the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. “With 1,000 free parking spaces available to all who visit our thriving downtown, these updates address the parking needs of both employees of downtown businesses and their patrons.”

The updates to parking will be implemented in the coming weeks, weather pending, the release stated. The updates to parking were made jointly between the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, the city of St. Charles and the St. Charles Police Department, according to the release.

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