AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the City of Austin continues to grow, the number of free parking spots are becoming more scarce. Two popular areas in East Austin will soon be added to the list. On Thursday, Austin City Council members voted to implement paid parking in the Mueller Development as well as the area around East Sixth Street, east of Interstate 35.
The area that will see the most paid parking spots is the trendy “East Austin” corridor. The city says approximately 750 paid parking spaces will be created in the area bounded by IH-35 to the west, 11th Street to the north, Chicon Street to the east and the Colorado River to the south. This area has seen significant redevelopment in the past five years, transitioning from single-family homes to mixed-use projects.
With the input of neighborhood groups and nearby businesses, the decision was made to have paid parking from Tuesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to Midnight.
People who live in the area have complained about spillover parking from the late night crowd as well as during special events. To alleviate some of those complaints, the city might install more “No Parking 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.” signs to areas adjacent to the French Legation.
The Mueller Development would see nearly 150 paid parking spaces. The city is considering working with the owner of the parking lot at Mueller Lake Park to install paid parking, with all revenue going to Mueller park maintenance and improvements.
Revenue generated from the paid parking from both areas will be used to improve sidewalks and ongoing maintenance.