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Parking Commission Looks To Solve Downtown Parking Issues

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Asaryan Davis lives Downtown Fargo, and he is fed up with parking. "There should be more parking and easier to make it assessable because this whole crap is unbelievable," he says. Many concerned citizens want something to be done, and the city parking commission has heard their complaints. They say they took the first step this morning to bring a new parking ramp to downtown.

Asaryan Davis knows firsthand the challenges of finding a parking spot in this part of Fargo it got so bad for Asaryan, who lives downtown, he sold his car.

"What's it like on a bad day? Trying to drop off your kids at a daycare that don't exist, that's what it's like," says Asaryan.

So what's the best solution? According to Fargo's parking commission, it seems to be a parking ramp. Margie Bailley is pushing for the parking ramp. "Parking ramps are always expensive, but if we can be creative, and maybe combine so private dollars with public dollars," she says.

They are only in the design process, but the parking planners for Fargo appear willing to try something new, and integrate a parking ramp with retail and homes.

"We have a lot of options available to us that may have not been available a couple years ago," says Bailly, "I think we have to be very strategic about where we decide to place these ramps, I really do, I think the need is between 2nd and fourth, i am really committed to that."

For Bailly, she's hoping to put it in the heart of downtown, maybe adding another level to the civic center ramp. While others would like to see a ramp along main avenue, whatever site is agreed to, it's still going to be years for something to be built.

But in the meantime she says, "Changing parking times is another thing, changing the whole way our parking system works, and going to automation is another thing we can do."

The solution is not simple and will remain a topic of much discussion but all agree on this. "The city is growing and that brings more citizens and more cars," says Asaryan

The idea of moving forward with a parking ramp still needs to be approved by the city commission. While a price tag will be decided later, marge bailey added that the city does have some money set aside that could go toward the project.

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