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Parking For Free? FOX Investigates

Updated: Wednesday, July 16 2014, 04:26 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- Have you seen the parking lot in Springfield where state employees in were parking for free? At least one of our viewers did, which is why we investigated thanks to the Waste Watch tip.

The City of Springfield bought the parking lot at 5th and Capitol from the state as part of a redevelopment plan for this area.

On June 3rd, when the city took over the lot they notified the state workers parking here that they would have to find new parking spots.

So right now, yes, state employees are parking in this lot for free, but city leaders say it only applies to the employees who were parking there at the time of the transition.

"It's a courtesy quite honestly, it's a courtesy from the city to allow them to park there while they find other arrangements. It's not meant to be in perpetuity, it's meant to be a short term solution to give them time to find other options," Bill McCarty, Budget Director, City of Springfield.

Employees who use the lot have to have the proper placards and if they don't they are ticketed.

After a second offense violators are towed.

The parking lot is right next to the old YWCA building, the city is hopes the area can be developed to enhance downtown.

The city is also planning to use the parking lot for festivals and downtown activities.

The city will notify state employees before that occurs, but so far no timetable on when that might happen.

If you have a waste watch tip you'd like us to investigate -- send us an e-mail to our sister station at wastewatch@wics.com.

Parking For Free? FOX Investigates

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