Downtown Decatur is growing and the city wants to stay ahead of that growth by conducting a parking study to make sure there will be plenty of spaces available.
"We're very excited about Mellow Mushroom joining us and the college that has just come down and I understand that there are 2 more phases. So, we're going to see a lot of new life downtown" says Carol Ralson.
Ralson works at Goody 2 Shoes on 2nd Avenue. She says plenty of parking is profitable for downtown businesses. "I know in the business that we have here, people will drive by and if there is not a parking spot that they can just slip into they're going to continue to go down the street."
On Monday, the Decatur City Council authorized the Mayor to spend $19,200 dollars to hire Tim Haahs Engineers and Architects in Georgia to complete a downtown parking study.
The study will take about 3 months to complete. It will allow the city to look at how to best use the 21 public parking lots now available and to see if a parking deck might be needed to keep up with future growth.
"I do think that if the study is done in a manner that were going to see fruit from that, I would be very excited about that. I think it's necessary" says Ralson.