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Monthly Parking Rate at Chester Street Garage Goes Up $5

The rate increase is due to higher traffic on that side of town, City Engineer Paul O'Meara says.

If you have a monthly pass to park at the , be prepared to shell out a little bit more cash in a few months.

On Monday night, the Birmingham City Commission voted to increase the monthly fee to park at the Chester Street Parking Garage from $30 to $35 a month. The changes go into effect starting June 1.

The rate increase, City Engineer Paul O'Meara said Monday night, is due to a new demand at the garage, driven by several new office buildings on the east side of town, such as the McCann Erickson office on East Maple.

O'Meara said even though the city's Advisory Parking Committee increased the number of monthly permits sold at the Chester Street Garage in 2011 — from 865 to 940 per month — those 940 have quickly sold out and there is already a waiting list.

Rather than increase the number of monthly permits sold — and risk the structure filling up, leaving no space for temporary parking — the Advisory Parking Committee voted in October 2011 to suggest raising the fee.

Based on current demand, O'Meara said raising the rate to $35 a month will bring in average of $53,000 in increased revenue every year.

Even at $35 a month, the Chester Street Garage, which was first opened in 1989, is still one of the least expensive in the city:

Parking Structure Monthly Parking Rate $55 $45 $45 $45 $35 Parking Lot No. 6 (standard) $50 Parking Lot No. 6 (economy) $30

Note: Parking Lot No. 6 is located on North Old Woodward Avenue, across the street from and is the location of the Birmingham Farmers Market.

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