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A salve for the winter parking ban

You still won’t be able to park on the street, but finding a place toput your car overnight in downtown Halifax may get easier starting thisweekend.

You still won’t be able to park on the street, but finding a place to put your car overnight in downtown Halifax may get easier starting this weekend.

The Waterfront Development Corporation said Thursday it will charge a flat rate of $6 to park anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. in its four pay-and-display lots on Lower Water Street. The rate would normally be $3 per hour.

“We’re going to see how it works out, and hopefully other property owners will come on board,” said Halifax Downtown Coun. Dawn Sloane, who came up with the idea in partnership with the WDCL and Brian Doherty, owner of the Old Triangle pub on Prince Street. “It’s too bad it didn’t start earlier, but we’re glad it’s here nonetheless.”

Parking on city streets between 1 and 7 a.m. is currently illegal in HRM in accordance with the municipality’s winter parking ban. Sloane has opposed the ban from the beginning, saying it makes no sense to enforce it when there is no snow on the ground.

The discounted parking in the WDCL lots will remain in effect until March 12.