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Parking problems in Overton Square continues despite $16M garage

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Sowell and Company put up signs warning people not to park in their lot, which is right across from Second Line. Sowell and Company put up signs warning people not to park in their lot, which is right across from Second Line.
The problems would be cured if people parked in the new $16 million Overton Square Parking garage paid for by taxpayers. The problems would be cured if people parked in the new $16 million Overton Square Parking garage paid for by taxpayers.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - As the resurgence of Overton Square continues to attract patrons, the new traffic in the area creates headaches for homeowners and businesses.

The problems would be cured if people parked in the new $16 million Overton Square Parking garage paid for by taxpayers.

George Collier could not even get a pizza when he ordered it, because Monroe Avenue at Cooper Street is usually filled with cars going to the Second Line restaurant. Patrons park in front of people's historic houses, many without driveways.

Sowell and Company put up signs warning people not to park in their lot, which is right across from Second Line.

"They have been filled with by restaurant patrons. It's become a problem when we had difficulty conducting real estate business," said Mike Lawhead with Sowell and Company.

The city's multimillion dollar Overton Square parking garage was supposed to solve the problem. The 450-space garage is well lit and well designed with plenty of security cameras, but it is mostly empty.

The parking garage is only a block from the restaurants, but there is construction of the Hattiloo Theater where lighting is not too good.

Nobody is upset about the success of the restaurants and Overton Square. Neighbors just want a solution to the parking.

The restaurants owner has done nothing wrong; he is caught in middle of the parking problem. A task force of businesses, residents, and the city are working on solutions like better lighting outside, possibly a crosswalk, and even better signs so people are aware of this parking garage.

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