Downtown parking lot expected to be finished ahead of schedule

Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 04:48 PM.

Jones said that because CSX Corp. owns the property used as the City Hall south parking lot, if the railroad ever needed to reclaim its land, the new parking lot, just over the train tracks, could provide parking for city employees and citizens.

“They (CSX) own all that property practically right up to the mayor’s door,” Jones said.

The new parking lot will also be close to the Florida A&M University Rural Diversity Healthcare Center now open in the historic Alatex Building. When the center’s pharmacy school population reaches its anticipated 120 students, more parking in the vicinity will be needed.

However, the new parking lot is not as convenient to Main Street businesses as some people would like.

“I don’t see why they put it way over there,” Crestview resident Mary Reynolds said. “We like to meet friends at Desi’s for lunch. We’re not going to walk all that way. It doesn’t help Main Street customers at all.”

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