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After months of construction, crews have opened a new downtown Wilson parking lot near the Imagination Station Science & History Museum.
The lot between Barnes and Nash streets with an entrance on Douglas Street has 40 spaces. The city of Wilson and Sargent Properties co-own the parking lot with 10 of the spots reserved for tenants during business hours, but open to the public after-hours and on the weekend.
“It adds a tremendous amount of value for the tenants and the community,” said developer Mary Sargent. “It is a win-win.”
Crews worked to grade the land, install drainage and a stone base before paving the lot and adding curb and gutter, sidewalks and lighting. Sargent Properties spent about $21,000 for the land and the city spent $190,000 on construction.
According to a 2015 parking study, the downtown area has more than 3,100 spaces, including 1,944 privately owned spaces, 499 reserved city-owned spots and 657 spaces set aside for visitors. Since the study, city staff has made an effort to reconfigure some parking to maximize space and accommodate more cars. The newest public lot also wasn’t considered in the study.
Visit tinyurl.com/y6xhc7te to learn more about parking in historic downtown Wilson, including a map of other public lots.