By MELINDA WILLIAMS
The town of Pulaski is hoping to facilitate downtown living, and subsequent business growth, by reserving parking spaces for some Main Street apartments.
Council recently voted to reserve eight of the 36 parking spaces in the lot at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and West Main Street for use by tenants of four new apartments.
According to Town Manager John Hawley, the apartments will be created on the upper floor of the buildings at 69 and 89 W. Main St. Reserving of the spaces will not take place until development of the apartments moves forward.
Hawley recommended the spaces be reserved to facilitate downtown living.
Hawley noted that the town has been working with a developer who recently purchased two downtown buildings. The developer plans two apartments on the upper floor and commercial use on the main floor of each building.
The purchaser hopes to develop additional buildings in the downtown area in the future, according to Hawley.
“If we have more people downtown, it will facilitate more business downtown,” Vice Mayor Joseph Goodman said. He and other council members agreed it would be beneficial to the town to reserve parking spaces for downtown dwellers.
Council unanimously approved a motion to have staff prepare the appropriate paperwork to reserve the parking spaces once development of the apartments moves forward.