Parking lot gets name, fee change

Proposed parking changes around the Salmar Grand include paid parking next to the theatre and a name change for the lot across the street.

Reviewing the minutes of the Downtown Parking Commission’s  Feb. 18 meeting, Coun. Alan Harrison paid particular attention to an update related to the Hudson and Salmar parking lots.

The Hudson lot, commonly referred to as the Salmar parking lot due to its immediate proximity to the theatre, is going to become a paid parking lot.

At the same time, the parking lot across the road, currently named after the legion, will be renamed the Salmar.

City engineering and public works director Rob Niewenhuizen noted the lot beside the theatre has always been called the Hudson Lot.

“Except by the people who work in Salmon Arm,” laughed Harrison.

Niewenhuizen said the Salmar Community Association asked that, with the parking changes, the Legion Lot be renamed the Salmar Lot.

The minutes explain free two-hour parking will continue to be available at the future Salmar parking lot.

The Hudson lot will be 25 cents an hour throughout the year, with the exception of July and August when parking will be free to accommodate tourists, and during spring and Christmas to facilitate parking for matinees.

It will accommodate 18 personalized parking stalls and 19 monthly stalls. Four will be reserved for the theatre, and the remainder used for daily/hourly parking.

The parking lot behind the Salmar, which belongs to the community association, will become paid parking along with the rest of Hudson lot, with the revenues going to the city.


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