Tuesday, the second phase of the West Side Market's parking lot improvement project will begin.
Though most of the parking spaces will remain available and accessible via Lorain and Bridge Avenues, the Lorain entrance will be reconfigured and advisories will be in place until September, noting which areas are off limits.
The project's first phase is now complete, the city of Cleveland said in a news release Tuesday, and the Hicks parking lot has been reopened to the public with entry provided off of Bridge.
As Scene has reported before
, the West Side Market parking lot project will merge the lots behind the market and thereby increase the total number of spaces to about 600 (an increase of 128 spaces). It's slated for completion by December 1, 2016.
At that time, parking at one of Cleveland's most beloved (and rabidly popular) west side destinations will no longer be free. A small fee is being considered to encourage traffic flow and increase business for the market's vendors.
In December, the most likely scenario was thought to be a certain amount of free time — 30, 60 or 90 minutes — before a parking fee was charged. Vendors felt that maintaining at least some free parking was important because as much as 30 percent of their business came form patrons on food assistance.