The Egyptian Theatre's sign at 135 N. Second St. is shown in a rearview mirror in September 2017.
The Egyptian Theatre's sign at 135 N. Second St. is shown in a rearview mirror in September 2017.

DeKALB – The downtown business district is getting more 15-minute parking spots, thanks in part to 3rd Ward Alderman Tracy Smith.

Two 15-minute parking spots, in effect between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., will be added at the intersection of Locust Street and North Second Street at the request of Smith and the owner of the DeKalb Confectionery, 149 N. Second St., according to city documents.

The City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve the measures, which marks another step in what has been months of changes with parking regulations, as development continues in the Central Business District.

Smith said the requests were made to accommodate certain types of high-turnover businesses with downtown parking.

“We’ve got what we wanted downtown and that’s growth,” Smith said Monday. “People are coming downtown. I think we need to start making some changes and this is just the first, I think, of several.”

City Manager Bill Nicklas said that although recent parking changes downtown have added more three-hour spots, the need to accommodate tighter parking times also is a priority.

“One just can’t resist the smell of sweet confections at the confectionery,” Nicklas said Monday. “And we need to have more rapid turnover in that vicinity and there are a few other places downtown where we may want to make that adjustment.”

Fifth Ward Alderman Scott McAdams said the measure was a reasonable one.

“It just seems to make sense that the more customers that we can bring into downtown the better the businesses will do,” McAdams said. “This is one of those reasonable steps we can take to make things better for the business community.”

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