Looser parking rules for U area?

  • Updated: January 26, 2013 - 4:39 PM

A Minneapolis City Council member is proposing new parking rules for the University area that could alleviate concerns about a lack of stalls for local businesses.

New apartment buildings in the area have gobbled up commercial parking spaces, according to local businesses. That's partly because of a city rule that requires extra resident parking for developments around the university.

The citywide requirement is at least one parking space per unit, but around the university it is half a space per bedroom -- and no less than one per unit. It was originally intended to address on-street parking pressures that came with new, densely packed student housing units.

"There's an interest in changing," said Council Member Cam Gordon, who is proposing a new look at the rules. "And I think there might be some common ground."

Gordon said the change could involve lowering the stall requirement to 0.25 per bedroom, exempting larger buildings, or exempting projects near transit stops.

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