City Council supports study into new multi-level downtown parking structure
Differing opinions emerge on the future of Downtown Redlands parking
REDLANDS, Calif. – With new development on the horizon in Downtown Redlands, the city is grappling with how to improve parking on State Street and the surrounding Downtown core.
Over the past seven years, the city has conducted two parking studies: one completed by city staff in 2017 to coincide with the 2035 General Plan, and another in 2023 when the city hired Irvine-based Walker Consultants. The city has also gathered feedback from various stakeholders, including the Traffic and Parking Commission (TPC) and local businesses represented by the Redlands Chamber of Commerce.
While there is agreement that Downtown Redlands' parking infrastructure needs accessibility and safety improvements, there are differing priorities and recommendations for solutions.
At a special meeting on Jan. 31, the City Council directed city staff to explore new strategies based on recommendations from the 2023 Downtown Redlands Parking Study, TPC, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Read more about the proposed solutions and next steps being considered by the City Council.
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