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Published April 23, 2010, 04:33 PM

EGF City Officials Improving Downtown Parking

City officials are making some changes to use the parking space that's already there more efficiently.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

On a busy night parking spots can be hard to come by in downtown East Grand Forks. But city officials are making some changes to use the parking space that's already there more efficiently. Just by moving some dumpsters and re-striping they were able to add about 38 spots to the area. They say creating more spots in this way was also cost-effective, since the only expense was paying for the re-striping. They say there are more than 800 parking spots available, but with 150 to 200 employees working in the area, it can be difficult for customers to find a place to leave their cars.

"We were just trying to improve what we had and if we can get five to ten percent additional parking spaces that are convenient for downtown customer parking, that was our objective," said EDHA Executive Director James Richter.

City officials are hoping to add at least another ten spots in the next month or so.

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