Parking is a pervasive problem in downtown Tuscaloosa, and last year the Tuscaloosa City Council approved a plan for a new parking deck across the street from Temerson Square.
But now the plan looks like it won’t be getting off the ground, because the developer said they just can’t make the numbers work.
The city of Tuscaloosa agreed to pay $1.5 million for the proposed four story, 253-space parking deck planned for Fourth Street between Greensboro Avenue and 23rd Avenue behind the Trustmark Bank Building. They worked for months with the private developer, making sure the deck would meet residents’ standards.
“We were certainly in hopes of having (a parking deck) close to the Fourth and 23rd area, but from what I heard today our partnership with this private developer is no longer so,” said District 5 City Councilman Kip Tyner. “I think we have to go back to the drawing board.”
There’s already one free parking deck downtown, but city officials say people aren’t using it because they don’t know it’s there.