CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The possibility of building a garage to deal with growing parking demands in downtown Charles Town was discussed Wednesday night during a meeting of council of governments, where local governments meet informally to discuss issues.
Gary Rawlings, Charles Town's new city manager, said perhaps a revenue bond could be floated to build the garage.
Then large users like a bank or perhaps the American Public University System - which has 185 employees in town - might be interested in leasing spaces to help pay off the project, Rawlings said.
Parking availability has become an issue in town and an example of a parking crunch came with the arrival of American Public University - an online school that is operating in or getting ready to occupy 10 buildings in town.
When the school's employees began occupying large portions of the city's parking spaces, it drew some complaints from business owners and residents, officials said.