HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) Parking in Downtown Harrisonburg was the topic of discussion at Tuesday's city council meeting. A new study could change the way parking in the area works years down the road.
"We're still brand new here, however the long term and short term parking is something that we do care about for our customers," said Samer Gaber, who is the General Manager of 'The Downtown', a new restaurant that opened on South Main Street.
According to the new study, parking in Downtown Harrisonburg is mostly used for dining and bars.
"At times we were almost at capacity. If we had taken on average, throughout the course of the week, we were at 50 percent usage," said Dr. Nicholas Swartz, who assisted his students at James Madison University in completing the study.
"For the most part everybody that has been coming down to 'The Downtown' has just been enjoying the food and the drinks," said Gaber.
"My advice to the city is going to be that we need to plan ahead. Thinking about where we are today, versus where we may be five years from now," said Dr. Swartz.
The study was conducted in April.
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