Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Business leaders pushing for Fifth Avenue parking garage


The answer to whether a new parking garage will come to a Fifth Avenue neighborhood in Naples is expected to be resolved next week, but until then, it’s a full court press from supporters to get the word out.

The 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District has been pushing hard for the city to create a parking garage at the corner of Fourth Avenue South and Fourth Street. The organization represents business and property owners in the area, and complains that the lack of parking down toward the west end of Fifth Avenue is hurting businesses.

“In order for 5th Avenue South to remain the world-renowned destination that it is today, we have to provide access to safe, nearby parking for those that want to visit. This is a vote that is not only 20 years in the making, but has the ability to change the way people access the Avenue for years to come,” Jim Smith, the president of the BID said Thursday.

A petition was created on change.org to support the new garage, which had over 1,500 signatures Thursday.

“A new, well-designed, aesthetically-pleasing garage would not only add critical parking spots, it will also act as a physical buffer between the commercial street and the residential neighborhood,” the petition, created by the BID, says.

The structure is supposed to go before the Community Redevelopment Agency for a recommendation on Tuesday, with an ultimate vote on Wednesday in front of the council.

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