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      Parking problems plague downtown Amarillo businesses

      N apoli's Italian Restaurant is in the heart of downtown Amarillo, but Manager Oscar Rangel said lately potential customers take a second look before they dine there, and it's because of limited parking.

      " A nyone would rather free park at a restaurant that has no limitation of time , and because they see signs around our restaurant they immediately assume that they might have a parking ticket by the time they get out of lunch ," Rangel said.

      N apoli's shares a 12 space parking lot with a neighboring business that's dedicated to customers, but most of the time it's not customers that fill the spaces.

      " S ometimes my employees have difficulty finding parking, " he said. "W e have to allow our employees to use those spots because they can't park anywhere else ."

      D owntown Amarillo Inc. unveiled its most recent study on downtown parking Monday, and according to Executive Director Melissa Dailey, sufficient amount of parking isn't the problem.

      " W ell interestingly enough we have more parking than any other land use downtown ." Dailey said. "P arking lots actually out number all other uses combined downtown."

      D ailey sa id the solution to parking problems is the management of parking spots and times . The survey divided parking into three types: on-street spaces, private surface lots and public surface lots.

      " O ne of the things we're exploring is a possibility of a centralized parking garage for Polk Street to provide parking not only for people coming downtown for entertainment, but also for people that are in office buildings," Dailey said.