Free parking will soon be available in some areas of Seattle’s International District during dinner hours and other parking rates will be lowered under a new plan being implemented to bring more business into the area.
“Bringing back the free evening parking is the best Chinese New Year present I could have asked for,” said Amy Zhang, owner of the Fortune Garden Restaurant told Northwest Asian Weekly. “I appreciate all of the hard work that went into this—it has been a long effort, but we made it.”
Restaurants say they’ve seen a 20-30 percent drop in business since parking rates were recently raised to $2.50 in the area. The new plan will bring free parking to the outer areas of the International District from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Motorists will pay $2 dollars during daylight hours. Those parking in the rest of the International District will pay $1.50 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and remain at $2.50 during regular hours and free from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The deal was worked out between the Chinatown–International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) and Seattle Chinatown–ID Preservation and Development Authority (SCIpda).