Downtown DeKalb parking meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday at library

March 18, 2019

DeKALB – Have strong feelings about the current parking situation downtown, or the potential of restrictions being loosened? The DeKalb Police Department hopes to get your input when it hosts a meeting Tuesday evening at the DeKalb Public Library.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Zimmerman Meeting Room at the library, 309 Oak St.

City Manager Bill Nicklas has said that the city wants input on a proposal to provide more overnight parking for people who live downtown, along with more flexible parking restrictions – particularly with construction on Plaza DeKalb across the street and down the road from Cornerstone DeKalb.

Plaza DeKalb, at 203, 209, 223 and 229 E. Lincoln Highway, like Cornerstone, will be a four-story building with apartments on the upper three levels, and it will feature a street-level Mediterranean specialty grocer.

Officials could designate 40 parking spaces for downtown residents in two lots, including the Ellwood Parking lot, off Second Street just north of Locust Street. Another proposal is to expand daytime parking limits to three hours from two between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Separate parking surveys for downtown residents and business owners and other community members are available online at www.cityofdekalb.com/FormCenter for those who are unable to attend the meeting.

Deputy Police Chief John Petragallo said athough the police department is hosting the meeting, other city representatives also will be on hand to address ordinance or zoning questions should they arise.