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New downtown Raleigh parking deck to open

Posted August 19, 2008

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— The new Blount Street Parking Deck downtown will open Wednesday, officials said.

The deck is at 314 Blount St., between Martin and Davie streets, and has entrances on Blount Street and on Wilmington Street.

Public parking will be available in 704 of the deck's 1,232 spaces. Of the public spaces, 472 are allocated for monthly parking and the remaining 232 spaces are for hourly and daily parking.

The deck will be open for pay parking from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Attendants will be on duty until 10 p.m. on weekdays, but there will be no charge for time spent in the deck after 7 p.m. during the week or all day on Saturdays and Sundays, except during special events.

The deck will support the nearby 33-story RBC Plaza mixed-use tower, which includes the new headquarters for RBC Bank, and current and future development in the downtown area.


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  • dpknc84 Aug 20, 2008

    It costs money to park in a downtown area during work hours. It's the same with any major city when you try to park in a good area downtown. It's free every evening and all weekend long so I still don't see what the problem is. If you really have to park somewhere during work hours there are cheap meters and decks are usually around $1/hour. Even less for part time (15min/so parking), sometimes free. The Alexander Deck people are usually fairly nice if you tell them you just ran to pick up something at the coffee shop for example. If it's under 15 I don't get charged usually.

    Downtown is a commercial district so of course it's for commerce. Again, it costs money to build parking decks so you have to pay for parking. There is no room in a downtown area for sprawl parking like in most strip shopping centers like Cameron Village. You can't park right next to the front door. Downtowns don't work like that.

    Now do you actually have a comment about the article?

  • turdferguson Aug 19, 2008

    This is not somewhere I would want to park. Kind of a rough area.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 19, 2008

    Having said that do either of you actually have a comment about the article?

  • whatelseisnew Aug 19, 2008

    SubwayScoundrel - apparently you read something that I did not state. There is no talking trash in my statement. You sadly seem to have trouble with a simple FACT.

    dpknc84 - I quit going downtown because I got tired of being ripped off for parking. Yes it costs money, I understand that you apparently do not understand that the point of putting enterprises down there is to generate commerce. Charging for parking is a rip off. Unfortunately too many people value their money too little, so consequently you get ripped off. Enjoy it.

  • dpknc84 Aug 19, 2008

    And "whatelseisnew" still hasn't figured out that it costs money to build a parking deck. The deck is free nights and weekends so I don't see why you are complaining other than to complain.

  • SubwayScoundrel Aug 19, 2008

    Whatelse is new......I was downtown last weekend and it looked like they have many, many,many people downtown. Not sure where you get your comment. Not to mention this parking lot will support two 40-story towers and two 28 story buildings in the next 10 years. A lot of private investment that will continue to bring epeople downtown.

    Amazing, the people who talk trash about Raleigh downtown never go there.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 19, 2008

    They still have not figured out that free parking will draw more people.