Pilot program for downtown parking to begin soon in Salisbury

Spaces will be available for lease in parking lots.
There’s a new parking pattern coming to downtown Salisbury designed to make it easier for folks to find parking spots.
Published: Nov. 17, 2022 at 10:38 AM EST
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SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - There’s a new parking pattern coming to downtown Salisbury designed to make it easier for folks to find parking spots.

A new pilot program approved this week by the Salisbury City Council will allow workers in downtown businesses and residents to lease parking spots in parking lots near Main and Innes streets.

“We have a parking need in our downtown, predominately for our visitors and customers,” said Sada Troutman, Downtown Development Director for the City of Salisbury. “We wanted to offer a new option downtown that we haven’t had yet. We’re just going to be releasing specific parking spots for people to lease on an annual basis.”

These spaces would be designated lots, including the Wells Fargo lot, the city office building lot and the central city lot. There are 30 spots available through this pilot program, and it will cost $35 a month, or $420 a year.

The spots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis starting Dec. 14. The pilot program will officially launch on Jan. 1.

“I think if you had easier parking you’d have more customer base coming,” said downtown shopper Randy Ferrell. “If you can get the owners and the people who live upstairs off of the street and get more customers in, it could only help their bottom line.”

“Being on Main Street we get a lot more business on this side,” said Sammitria Pinckney with Greek Paraphernalia, Buy Mother Earth. “I’d say it’s a 50-50. I know some people would like to do that because reserving that spot you could always go to that spot, but all that walking back and forth and all that...let’s just say for us personally we do a lot of vending events, that’s just a lot on us traveling all the way back there to bring those containers back and forth and all that so we’d rather just cut the time on all that.”

Proof of downtown residency, property ownership or employment is required to lease one of the parking spaces. The permit will not be parking space-specific but will be parking lot-specific.