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New Bloomington parking garage soon to get art, solar panels

New Bloomington parking garage soon to get art, solar panels

The opening of the new Fourth Street parking garage last month has alleviated some space constraints and made life a bit easier for downtown employees and customers, according to business trade groups.

Downtown businesses are emerging from a pandemic-induced malaise, and not having to worry about lack of parking is providing some relief.

“Parking in general is a big part of every single day for many downtown employees and businesses and customers,” said Talisha Coppock, executive director of Downtown Bloomington Inc., a nonprofit membership organization.

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The economic recovery remains fragile, she said, and some customers still hesitate to join crowded indoor spaces, so not having to worry about parking takes away some of the stress.

Erin Predmore, president and CEO of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, agreed.

“It’s been great to have additional parking,” she said.

With the return of students and events such as this coming weekend’s Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, downtown merchants are glad that parking constraints have been lessened, Predmore said.