Plan revealed to prevent parking problem at West Side Market

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CLEVELAND-- If you’ve ever been to the West Side Market, you know how busy it can get. People are everywhere and with all those people comes a bit of a problem: There aren’t enough places to park.

“We've been here on a very busy day. I believe it was during the holidays and it's crazy. You could be driving around here for a long time trying to find a parking spot, waiting for someone to leave and it's really crazy,” said Sandra Nickle.

The City of Cleveland knows it’s an issue and is now planning to fix it. They’re going to add more than 100 new parking spaces.

Right now, there are two parking lots in the back of the market. They’ll be consolidated under this new project.

“If they're going to do something like make 100 more parking spots, I think that will help a little bit, but they need to do more than that,” said Rabboni Ramesse.

He’s not the only one who feels that way; so do some of the vendors.

“That helps, but it's not enough. 100 spaces isn't enough for the market,” said Abraham Kilani of Ohio City Florist.

The project is expected to cost $3.3 million. So far, the city has been able to secure about $2.6 million of that.

In the meantime, a lot of details still need to be sorted out. The city has to finalize a design and decide whether to charge for parking, an idea they’re strongly considering.

Construction likely won’t start until fall of 2015.

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