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Business Owner Expresses Concern over Lack of Parking in Edgefield
web posted July 7, 2011
One of the prime ingredients of commerce is transportation. Trains and
trucks to move raw materials to manufacturers. The same modes to move
goods to distributors and retailers. Automobiles to transport consumers
to retailers and the most important ingredient is a place to park the
consumers vehicle. When parking is non existent or limited to consumer
will look elsewhere to spend their money.
Edgefield has a two edged sword. We have consumers who want to shop our
merchants and dine in our restaurants, with many times no place to park
their vehicles. We also have the problem of business owners and their
employees parking in front of theirs and other businesses. Some
businesses are fortunate to have parking in the rear of their buildings
or have parking lots designated for their own use.
Turning our backs and hoping the problem will correct itself is not a
There are many areas just off Main Street and the square that could be
used for additional parking. Perhaps the owners of these would be
willing to lease or sell these areas. With signs identifying their
locations, they could greatly increase consumer participation in
Edgefield businesses. Perhaps, there could be a gated location for
business owners and employees only, thus freeing up many spaces on Main
Street and the square.
We need to look to the time when the buildings on the south side of the
square are rehabilitated and ready for occupancy. Without expanding the
footprint of our downtown as of this writing there are thirteen spaces,
that are either rentable or would be after repairs. With all of these
spaces rented, Edgefield would be the envy of every small town in South
Edgefield needs more quality businesses for the convenience of our
citizens and to attract visitors. To accomplish this we need more
parking for vehicles of all types.
The time to act is now, let's begin.
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