Overland Park aims to add more parking downtown - KCTV5

Overland Park aims to add more parking downtown

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City leaders are wanting to address a scarcity of parking in downtown Overland Park.

Farmer's market, bars, restaurants and businesses give many options in the area of 80th Street and Metcalf Avenue, but finding parking is a challenge and deters some visitors.

A study provided to the council made several recommendations. The changes would include increased parking on Foster Avenue, angle parking spaces to create more spaces, widen 79th Street and signs directing residents to parking. In addition, the hope is businesses, such as bars, will help provide additional parking for neighbors with more traditional daytime hours.

Residents cheered the news, saying the dearth of parking is an issue and needs to be addressed. Business owners also welcomed the news.

"I would love to see the community grow and to do that we need more parking," said The Other Place general manager Clayton Prestwood.

Shoppers said they hope modern updates don't take away the charm of downtown.

Overland Park officials have not indicated when the changes could be implemented.

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