Downtown temple gains two parking garages, concerns raised over traffic flow during project

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) – Two new parking lots will soon house approximately 600 new parking spaces for those visiting and working in the downtown Temple neighborhood and the city hopes to increase the number of visitors who can visit this thriving location.

This is all part of efforts to keep pace with the growth area and continue to make Temple a place of destination.

“We expect growth in our area, whether it’s residents or attracting more visitors,” says Kiara Nowlin, the city’s communications and public relations manager.

But some of this construction is taking place on one of the hottest streets downtown and there are concerns about the impact it will have on current parking in an already tight area.

JD McBride owns Fire Base Brewing on 1st Street and says visitors may now have to walk further, which could change their decision on where to dine. However, he says the city has public land and the march could also have a big impact.

“You don’t have to park in front of the places you’re trying to go. Explore your downtown, a lot of money and effort goes into that,” says McBride.

He adds that the number of spaces added may be a bit excessive, but that the city has communicated its every move to the businesses that will be affected. This gives businesses the flexibility to plan solutions for the time being. But the city says it wants to provide new experiences while effectively expanding the downtown temple.

“We want to make sure that whether you come to the area as a visitor to eat, shop or attend an event, we provide the best experience for our residents and visitors,” says Nowlin.

There are road closures in the area, but the city says it has worked hard to keep the streets that supply our local stores open. The 4th Street parking lot is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2023, and the 1st Street parking lot is scheduled to be completed next fall.

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