HARRISONBURG-- Dave's Taverna has filed chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to bankruptcy court documents. The owner told a local paper the city's current lack of downtown parking is hurting its ability to expand and grow.
This does not mean the company is going out of business. Chapter 11 allows company's to restructure and get back on their feet.
Local city leaders acknowledge parking downtown can be a problem. Spots along the streets fill up fast, and parking garages are often crowded.
The goal of an urban community is to have patrons only have to walk one to two blocks from their cars to their destination, said Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Director Eddie Bumbaugh. The city can usually still accommodate that, but it could be a challenge in the future, he said.
Harrisonburg City Councilman Richard Baugh said plans to add more parking or parking decks could pose challenges. "It's a difficult problem," he said. He cited two issues: that a parking deck is a major investment, and that city leaders aren't sure where it would go.
A class at JMU is studying what should be done about parking downtown. Students will be talking with people downtown, and holding focus groups to talk to local business leaders and the community about parking. They will release their results at the end of the semester. Bumbaugh said the city is waiting to hear from them.