Paid parking lots are coming to the Oregon District

11:31 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 What To Know

Trustee board president Katie Earnhart Joseph said research will be conduct to determine options for the residential area of the Oregon District, which is separated from the business district. This reporter is a member of the board of trustees.

O’Dowd said parking is at a premium in cities around the nation. She offered the Short North District in Columbus as an example.

The lots will be managed by ABM, which will provide security. That company operated the district’s short-lived shuttle service.

Operated by Ned Peppers owner Jim Schaefer, the parking lot behind Ned Peppers has been the site of several car break-ins and other criminal activity over the years. O'Dowd said that Schaefer has expressed that the change is in response to increased development in the area, and that his customers often cannot find parking in his lot due to customers from other businesses using it.

The Louisville-based business plans open a 250-seat bar and restaurant in the vacant Weustoff and Getz Co. building, 210 Wayne Ave., as part of the effort to extend the Oregon District.

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