Citizens visiting the new City Service Center will get the prime parking spaces in the new parking deck, Columbus Council ruled Tuesday evening.
City employees originally were given reserved spaces in the first and part of the second levels, with private citizens using part of the second and all of the uncovered third level.
Councilor Judy Thomas voiced an objection to that plan two weeks ago at Council's June 11 meeting and asked City Manager Isaiah Hugley to have that plan changed to favor private citizens.
Hugley changed the layout to provide all first-level spaces for citizens, except for 10 spaces reserved for executive management and department heads.
Second-level parking is for private citizens except for a few employee spaces. Third-level parking will be for employees, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5p.m.
Before and after hours and on weekends all parking spaces are open to the public.
There is no charge for parking in the deck.
Thomas said she was "very pleased" with the new plan.
The deck has 366 total spaces. Of those 232 are for the public and 134 for employees. It will include 12 handicap spaces on the three levels, 19 two-hour spaces and three 15-minute spaces on the first level.
In order for Metra to be able to enforce parking restrictions in the deck and on streets around the City Service Center and the Columbus Aquatic Center next door, Council approved an ordinance creating a new parking management district.