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Proposal Would Add 1,100 Downtown Parking Spaces -- Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Nashville's growth comes at a price, especially with parking.

Tourist, Peter Debarger says, " To access some of the lots it's a little on the expensive side."

He and his wife, Joyce Debarger managed but it's getting tougher for those that live and work in downtown.

Shelby Matthews works for a law firm that provides employee parking but, lack of parking still impacts business.

Matthews says, "We have clients come in all the time and everyone is parking for work and they will call in and say we are running late because we can't find parking."

The Nashville Downtown Partnership says in the core downtown area, the 20,000 parking spots aren't enough for the average 30,000 downtown employees.

Nashville Downtown Partnership President/CEO Tom Turner says, "There are more jobs there, than there are parking spaces. There's greater density. "

Turner says the Metro Development and Housing Authority is trying to build a new parking garage on 5th and Church Street. The garage would increase downtown parking by 6% with more than 1,100 more spots.

Jim Harbison, MDHA executive director says, "Available parking is critical to economic  growth and it's our intent to support the growth...obviously we have a lot of growth in Nashville. You don't really need to make a big science project out of this."

Tom turner says, " We'll generate more tax revenue because of higher occupancy, it's going to be a really good thing."

The MDHA is still in the negotiation phase of purchasing the property.

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