City of Minot announces temporary free parking in downtown ramps

MDN File Photo One of the parking structures in downtown. City Manager Tom Barry announced Wednesday that the City of Minot has taken over management responsibility of the downtown parking structures.

Effective immediately, the City of Minot has assumed the management responsibility of the two downtown parking structures. The city is currently working to develop a transition and management plan to identify and ensure all administrative, financial, operational and management activities are addressed, city manager Tom Barry wrote in a memorandum Wednesday.

The Minot City Council voted unanimously in March to take steps to terminate the city’s agreements with Cypress Development, LLC. The city and Cypress entered into lease agreements for the Central and Renaissance parking structures in 2015. The city had been working to negotiate with Cypress for nine months before deciding to pull the plug in March.

During this management transition period, the City would like to invite all members of the community to park in the parking structures for free over the next month. If a person has an existing parking pass, the city will credit them with one month of free parking.

“If you are a former parking pass holder, we hope you’ll use the parking structures for free during the next month as we work to make usage of the structures a more convenient, user-friendly, and attractive option to our downtown visitors,” Barry wrote in the memorandum.

Over the next several months, the city says it plans to conduct a structural analysis and conditional assessment of the two structures, perform maintenance and clean-up work and evaluate and improve the security of both buildings. Both structures will also be restriped later this spring or summer, with new signage being installed as well.

If the public has any questions about parking passes, starting an account or about the billing process, give the city a call at 420-4533. If there is an automatic payment plan already in place, Barry advises to contact the Billing Office to redirect the payments to the City of Minot.

“Also, if you have any suggestions, concerns or complaints about the parking structures, I want to hear from you,” Barry wrote. To make these known, visit minotnd.org/requesttracker.aspx and select ‘Parking Structures.’

“If you are a current parking pass holder, we thank you for utilizing the parking structures as you visit or work in our wonderful downtown shopping district,” Barry wrote. “If you’re a former pass holder, our goal is that you’ll consider becoming a regular user again as we move forward in making the structures a more convenient and welcoming parking destination.”

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