DDA addresses concerns over paid parking downtown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Last week we reported on possible paid parking and received quite a bit of feedback from residents on our Facebook page. We wanted to give the Downtown Development Authority the chance to respond to some of the criticism.One user posted, “there’s never been a problem parking in Alpena. All the empty store fronts and parking lots, why on earth is there an issue with parking?” DDA Executive Director Anne Gentry responded to this tweet saying, “So if you come here between 9 a.m. and noon, a lot of these lots are full already, a lot of the key spaces are full already because we have close to 800 employees downtown.”Many of the comments mentioned how the downtown area used to have paid parking, but removed meters after the mall started taking too much business.  Gentry says, “We’re at a point right now where people realize the value of our downtown again.” She added, business downtown is rising and parking will only become more of an issue. “Now that we’re seeing more businesses relocate to the downtown, we need to have a strategy to accommodate for cars that come with those.”The top comment on our post said, “Making people pay to park might not be the best for drawing to the downtown area,” which got 35 likes. Gentry says that paid parking could be necessary to make sure that there is enough parking for customers who would shop there. “We’re not just trying to get more money from people because we can. It’s because that money will go towards improving the experience for visitors, and employees that use our downtown every day.”The next DDA meeting is on September 3, at 3 p.m. at city hall. Citizens can address the board for five minutes each before the agenda starts. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Downtown Development AuthorityContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena 4-H Club helps with livestock display at the county fairNext An upcoming family 5k run to support children in need this monthlast_img read more

Real Madrid advance to Liga ACB semi-finals

first_imgReal Madrid advanced to the Liga ACB semi-finals on Sunday, after routing Herbalife Gran Canaria.The league’s most successful club with 31 titles are on track to continue their domination of Spanish bastketball’s domestic league, joining Barcelona (19 titles) in the semi-finals.Sergio Rodriguez (26 points) and Sergio Llull (22) helped power Real to a 93-86 game two win at Gran Canaria Arena, progressing from their best-of-three series 2-0.Gustavo Ayon (10 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double performance for the Spanish capital club, while Albert Oliver (18 points) top-scored for Gran Canaria.Real Madrid will play either Bilbao or Valencia in the final four, with that series set for a game three on Monday.The semi-finals and finals in the Spanish domestic basketball league are best-of-five-match series.last_img read more