The City of Midland is strengthening enforcement of downtown parking laws in order to make more customer parking available for local businesses.
Midland Police Department’s Traffic unit recently hired a Parking Enforcement Officer who will focus solely on downtown parking laws. The funding for the position was provided by the Downtown Midland Management District, which promotes and develops downtown through funds that are raised by downtown property owners. Many of these businesses have expressed a desire to see more enforcement downtown that will ensure turnover in downtown parking spots and make more customer parking available.
Warnings will be administered during a grace period as an educational tool for drivers before enforcement by tickets takes effect.
The City of Midland has taken steps to improve downtown parking by partnering with developers in the building of parking facilities to secure the inclusion of public spaces. Free parking for the public is available in the basement and first level of the Wall Street Lofts garage located at 108 E. Texas Ave., as well as the future site of the Midland Chamber of Commerce located at 300 and 310 W. Illinois Ave., which is currently a paved lot. More public parking is expected to be acquired downtown and will be announced in the future as it becomes available.
Media Contact: Downtown Development Coordinator Cristina Odenborg at 432-685-7263