Lot no longer freely open for public use

After nearly two decades of use for public parking, an owner of a downtown parking lot is now reminding motorists it is private property and putting restrictions on its use.

Steve Marvel, who owns about 60 percent of the parking lot in the northeast corner of First Street and Lincoln Avenue, recently reinstituted rental fees and banned large vehicles on his portion of the parking lot.

He put up a sign in April to designate the lot for cars only with no trucks, SUVs, delivery vans or heavy equipment allowed.

He also added width to each parking stall by cutting the number of stalls in each row from nine to seven.

"I would think that it would be safer that way," he said. "There will be slightly less space, but I thought people would like the extra width."

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