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August 27, 2013

New program repays patrons for parking

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MEADVILLE — City support

“I think that the businesses are being pro-active and working toward solutions to the ongoing issues with parking,” Meadville Mayor Christopher Soff said Monday. “I commend them for thinking different solutions to try to make it as accommodating as possible for everyone.”

Council members Nancy Mangilo-Bittner and Bob Langley, who comprise Meadville City Council’s parking subcommittee, agree. The subcommittee was formed in response to a plea from Viki Allin, co-owner of The Creative Crust, to do something about a shortage of customer parking in the downtown business district.

“I think it’s fabulous,” Mangilo-Bittner said Monday. “That’s the kind of stuff we’re looking for — for people to come up with creative ideas to help downtown merchants. I think it’s wonderful.”

“This is a great idea,” Langley said. “It’s good to see businesses working together to promote people to make purchases and come downtown. It would be wonderful to see more people working together like this.”

You can get involved

Downtown businesses interested in participating in the “This Store is a Meter Feeder” program should contact Tom Collard at 853-2942.

Meadville City Council has been receiving regular reports from its parking subcommittee and the city manager on the ongoing effort to encourage employees of downtown businesses to not occupy metered spaces that could be used by customers. The next regularly-scheduled council study session is Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. in the City Building on Diamond Park. The public is welcome to attend.

Participating stores

The following is a list of downtown Meadville stores currently participating in the “This Store is a Meter Feeder” program:

Boyko’s Graphics, Chateau Christine, Diann Frampton Art, Emperor’s Place, Healthful Harvest, Heeter’s Haven, Hovis Interiors, JCB Woodscript, Jeron Diamond Jewelers, Loeffler’s Flower Shop, Meadville Fine Arts, Nancy’s Under The Steps, Ocean’s Cafe, Off Color Gallery, Sacred Journey Vessels, Sandy’s Artworks, Tattered Corners Book Store, Techbox, Tom’s Train Terminal, Travel Experience, Yarn Vault

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at mspicer@meadvilletribune.com.

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