COLUMBUS, Ga. – Anyone driving downtown can expect to see fewer parking spaces at the Muscogee County Courthouse. According to new federal rules, all federal courthouses must now be at least 50 ft. away from the fronting roadway.
As it stands now, the courthouse sits about 40 ft. away. In order to meet the requirements, the courthouse parking on 12th St. will be removed. The Columbus City Council approved the measure in a meeting Tuesday. Nearby businesses could be affected.
“Apparently that is going to kind of affect our to-go orders, but for the most part it means I have more space on the road to skate, so I am okay with that,” Black Cow employee Luzana Flores said. “But I can understand it is really frustrating for the people having to park close to the office.”
The ordinance will remove the five parallel parking spaces in front of the courthouse that were marked with 15-minute time limits.