HUNTSVILLE - The annual general meeting for the Downtown Huntsville Business Improvement Area will be held tonight, Feb. 15, in Partners’ Hall at the Algonquin Theatre.
One of the topics sure to be discussed is the paid-parking issue for downtown. Last week at a special corporate services meeting a large number of concerned business owners filled council chambers.
Their message to the committee was to reconsider the decision of having extra parking meters added to the downtown shopping area. The merchants and business owners spoke passionately about the type of negative message that would be sent to visitors and tourists while shopping in our town. They believe by working together with council and town staff there is a better solution to deal with the parking concerns.
Ken Cole of the Great Vine spoke for the group and openly admitted that staff and employees parking downtown add to the congestion during the summer months. He also stated that individual businesses will be responsible during those busy months to ensure staff park a little further away when possible. It was also noted that the meters presently located on Main Street are repeatedly overlooked by visitors due to their proximity to the buildings and not the road. The BIA board has had many good suggestions on ways of dealing with the overlooked meters.
The annual general meeting is an open meeting, anyone is invited to attend, however, one must be either a registered business owner or property owner in order to cast a vote. There will be cocktails and appetizers at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting commencing at 6 p.m. If you would like to attend and find out more about the very vibrant and exciting downtown Huntsville BIA, please contact me at 705-789-1400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.