Cost of parking at newly-expanded West Side Market lot still up in the air

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CLEVELAND-- The city of Cleveland is looking for a company to manage the parking lot at the West Side Market.

On Tuesday, city council announced it is accepting proposals from consultants to help hire a professional company to run parking.

Crews recently finished renovating the West Side Market lot, which included adding 130 spots. The city also decided it will be a paid lot with a certain amount of time for free parking.

Sam McNulty, who owns five businesses in Ohio City, has joined other owners in signing a petition urging that parking charges stay the same, day or night.

"We're just asking that the mayor keep the fee as low as possible so Ohio City remains accessible to everybody," McNulty said.

City officials have not decided times or hourly rates. In a news release on Tuesday, council said there is still a lot of discussion on the issue. In the meantime, parking will remain free.

"We want to make sure that there is a window of free parking for people to go to the market. If you don't have a window, they won't go to the market," said Councilman Mike Polensek.

The city of Cleveland invested $3 million on the parking lot project. A portion of parking revenue will go towards capital improvements at the market.

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