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  • New parking slots are for business and public use

  • The city is building a new parking lot next the Inn at the Commons, but I wonder if it's all going to be taken up by Lithia employees? How many spaces can one company take up, and is there any guarantee there will be spaces left for the public?
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  • The city is building a new parking lot next the Inn at the Commons, but I wonder if it's all going to be taken up by Lithia employees? How many spaces can one company take up, and is there any guarantee there will be spaces left for the public?
    — Anne E., Medford
    Anne, we took your question to The One Who Knows About City Parking Rules: Lynette O'Neal, assistant to the deputy city manager. And sure enough, she had an answer for you.
    The lot you're referring to is called the Riverside North parking lot. When it's complete, it will have about 175 parking spaces, with about 75 of those set aside for permit parking and 100 available for hourly parking, O'Neal tells us.
    Diamond Parking has a wait list for the permit parking spaces at Riverside North. A business may ask to be on the wait list for a maximum of 25 permits. Anyone interested in reserving a permit in the Riverside North parking lot may call Diamond Parking at 541-774-2082.
    Once all the permit spaces are sold in a lot, the wait list is created. When an interested party's name rises to the top of the list, they may purchase a maximum of five spaces, at which time their name goes to the bottom of the list if they want more.
    So there's your answer, Anne — there will be spaces available for hourly use that are not taken up by local businesses. And no single business can take over all the permit spaces unless no one else wants them.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.
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