Downtown parking shakes up as Burlington Town Center Garage officially closes

Burlington, Vt. - The Department of Public Works said the Burlington Town Center Garage is officially closed, which is a big change for some creatures of habit.

Adam Gordon makes a weekly drive from Lyndonville to Burlington. He said figuring out where to park can sometimes be a hassle... especially without the Town Center Garage.

"It's been a little bit more difficult," Gordon said. "There's definitely a lot of cars on the street and trying to find a space is a little harder now."

Gordon admitted he's a creature of habit who relied on the Town Center Garage to park.

"Trying to find a space now is kind of a little frustrating having to spend more time going around," Gordon said.

Director of Public Works Chapin Spencer said he's working to make parking downtown a non-issue after losing 500 spaces from that garage closing.

"It was rarely full," Spencer said. "We have taken the monthly parkers from that garage... private garage and moved them to the public system down at Lakeview and College garages. We're still having 200 to 300 spaces available on average every day in that garage even with the Town Center traffic."

Spencer said there's over 8,000 parking spaces downtown– roughly half public and half private.

Spencer's solution to help people find spaces is adding more signage. He also mentioned the interactive map at that points out open spots.

What would he tell drivers like Gordon?

"Park Burlington is a great resource," Spencer said. "I would say looking at some of the off street facilities would be good– our lots and garages."

Spencer said another way the DPW is trying to make your life easier is the Park Mobile App. You can pay for meters from a phone and add buy more time while you're out enjoying downtown.

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