Oceanside reduces free downtown beach parking

Oceanside reduces free downtown beach parking
Two free public parking lots are set to close in Oceanside’s downtown. A sign directs drivers to parking. Photo by Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Free downtown public parking will shrink June 15.

Come mid June the two temporary free parking lots on Cleveland Street that straddle Mission Avenue will be closed forever. This means 276 fewer free parking spaces this summer.

The City Council discussed lot closures in late May. During the meeting Rick Brown, city interim development services director, said the two lots on Cleveland Street would close in June, and the city would seek to open two additional lots west of the tracks.

As of June 5, Gary Kellison, city senior civil engineer, confirmed only one additional pay lot would be opened. It sits directly behind the Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort on Myers Street and Pier View Way, and adds 100 parking spaces.

The daily parking fee will be $5, the same as other downtown beach lots.

Kellison said the new temporary lot is paved and parking stripes will be added this week.

“The lot is virtually finished,” Kellison said.

The city invested $100,000 to construct the temporary lot, and expects parking fees to cover the cost by summer 2016. Additional collected fees will go to the city.

The site of the lot is leased to the city for two years. Kellison said after the lease ends the owner might develop the property.

The temporary pay lot was built in anticipation of a third lot closing in November.

The free parking lot on Cleveland Street and Pier View Way will be temporarily closed for construction at the end of the year. It holds 181 spaces.

A mixed-use project will be built on the site. It will include housing, retail, and 355 free public parking spots, bumping up the site’s number of spaces.

Free parking is also available at the multi level parking structure adjacent to the NCTD Transit Center on Cleveland Street and Seagaze Drive.

Kellison said the city is always looking for opportunities to provide additional parking.

He added parking at the Cleveland Street aboveground structure and free lot, and pay lots west of the tracks seem to be sufficient.

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