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Fargo city leaders hike parking rates at downtown lots, ramps

The Roberts Commons ramp is among the city-owned facilities where monthly parking rates have increased. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO – City commissioners agreed to increase monthly parking rates at downtown ramps and lots owned by the city by 5 to 10 percent at their meeting Monday, Dec. 18.

Planner Derrick LaPoint told city leaders it’s an adjustment to keep up with private parking lots.

Commissioner Tony Gehrig said the city would create strife for private businesses if it were to keep “rock bottom” rates.

Currently, rates for the 1,810 stalls the city owns at nine parking facilities range from $40 a month for the Seventh Street North lot to $115 for reserved spots at the new Roberts Commons ramp. Starting Feb. 1, the rates will increase $4 to $10 depending on the facility.

Interstate Parking, the firm managing the city’s parking facilities, reported that the city has increased rates in recent years to better align with rates charged by private lots, though the 2018 increases will be more modest than those of previous years.