Parking Meter Shutoff Begins Next Week

LA MESA -- On September 9, 2014, the La Mesa City Council voted to make all metered parking spaces in the Downtown Village area free in an effort to encourage shopping in the Village while the City undertakes a comprehensive renovation of the public infrastructure along La Mesa Boulevard. The Council directed that the free parking be implemented on a trial basis, starting October 15, 2014, and extending through the end of the year. Also, that 2 hour and 4-hour parking time limits remain enforced throughout the trial period to encourage turnover of the parking spaces. In January 2015, the Council will evaluate the effectiveness of the free parking concept and decide whether or not to extend the free parking throughout the duration of the renovation period, which could last through December 2015.

The $5.8 million dollar renovation project known as the Downtown Village Streetscape Improvement Project, will progress through the Village on a block-by-block basis throughout the remainder of 2014 and 2015, sequentially replacing and upgrading sewer and electrical infrastructure, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street lighting, street trees, roadways and street furnishings. The first renovation sequence, on La Mesa Boulevard’s southern block face between Palm Avenue and 3rd Street, was completed October 3, 2014. Work will now move to side streets (Palm Ave. and Acacia Ave.) during the holiday season. Approximately 20% of the total streetscape renovation project cost is being funded with parking revenues. For more information on the Downtown Village Streetscape Improvement Project CLICK HERE. 

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Comment by La Mesa Today on October 8, 2014 at 8:16pm

Lisa,

I think the reference to the 20 percent there is intended to reflect that past parking meter revenue paid for 20 percent of the $5 million project currently underway. Funds not collected during this moratorium would not impact covering the cost of the project, according to discussion at an earlier City Council meeting.

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Comment by Lisa Moore on October 8, 2014 at 1:51pm

As generous as it is for the city to shut off the parking meters during the streetscape renovation project, I am curious where the 20% of the cost being funded with the parking revenues is coming from. 

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