CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A proposed plan to ease parking woes in a local neighborhood could be a big boost to area business.
Parking is a real challenge for customers and residents along Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood.
"The first one in, gets the best spot. I mean...I don't know how to say...it's tough, it's tricky," said Edmond Bullock, chef at Zada Janes Corner Cafe.
Mint Hill resident Rusty King agrees.
"It can be pretty slammed. I mean, we've been here a few times where had to park kind of way up in the neighborhood here," he says.
However, a grant from the city may change all of that. A new non-profit will convert the old Midwood Middle School into an international community center. The city will pitch in about $99,000 to help fund the new parking lot.
About ten additional spaces will be available to the public anytime. An additional 80 spots will be open after business hours.
Some say it's a win-win for both businesses and customers in this busy corridor. Many merchants say more parking spots mean more patrons.
The plan is already approved by Charlotte officials. The CMS Board will need to approve it in October. If the plan passes, the new parking could be in by the end of the year.