Resolution for downtown GR parking fails

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A move to put more pressure on the group that controls public parking in downtown Grand Rapids has failed.

On Tuesday, Grand Rapids City Commissioners rejected a motion by First Ward Commissioner Dave Shaffer asking members to outline certain goals for Mobile GR, the department in charge of mobility and parking in the city.

The resolution asks the commissioners to push Mobile GR to consider several ideas, including building new parking structures like the one being proposed next to the main branch of the public library. It also asks to explore more private parking development efforts and to report back to the city commission.

The resolution failed on a tie vote, with one dissenter, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, who said there is already a process in place through GR Mobile to address parking issues.

She said the resolution implies the city is not taking the parking issue seriously.

Downtown business owners have been at odds with Mobility GR over ways to deal with parking capacity downtown.***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the proposal was tied to parking at the downtown library, which is incorrect. We apologize for this error, which has since been removed from this story.***

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