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More Parking Meters Could be Added to Off-Square Streets

By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor

The Downtown Parking Advisory Commission will be recommending placing 118 new parking meters along the streets surrounding the Oxford Square.

The cost to park on those side streets will be $.75 an hour, which is less than the spaces located inside the Square that are $1.25 an hour.

Chairman Tom Sharpe said the reason for putting up the meters is not just about providing additional income to fund the downtown parking garage, which is currently under construction but to manage parking in the downtown area.

“If we are charging for parking around the Square and in the outer parking lots, and we don’t meter these spaces (along these streets), then what could happen is students will park there all day long to avoid parking on campus and paying for a permit.”

The streets that could soon have parking meters include:

  • 11th Street, between Harrison Avenue and University Avenue – 15 spaces
  • 10th Street between Van Buren Avenue and University Avenue – 24 spaces
  • Jackson Avenue East between 13th and 14th Street – 12 spaces
  • Monroe Avenue between 14th Street and North Lamar Boulevard – 19 spaces
  • Harrison Avenue between 14th Street and North Lamar Boulevard – six spaces
  • Tyler Avenue between 10th Street and 9th Street – 12 spaces
  • County building lot at 9th Street and Jackson Avenue – 30 spaces

If the Oxford Board of Aldermen approves the new parking meters, they would not be activated until after the parking garage is complete in September.


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