As it stands, much of Fulton Mall (soon to be Fulton Street) is a construction zone.
For some following the project, that’s a good sign – oh the possibilities!
Others are over the wait, even with the signs of progress. The clock tower was craned to its new location last week and there are trees now and an official opening date; Oct. 21, so put that in the calendar.
The section will open officially in late August, but pictures of the meters popped up and they are not the up-to-date smart meters one might expect on a bright new, revitalized section of downtown. These are old-school meters (read, coin operated). One commenter jokingly asked if the meters are keeping with Fulton’s street’s retro themed signage.
According to the city, the meters are temporary. The plan was (and still is) to install smart meters along the full stretch of the Fulton Street project. Those meters would that can accept various forms of payment (ie, credit and debit cards). There is funding in the project set aside for the the meters, but it will be at least six months before that happens.
You’ll want to keep change handy, in the meantime.
It should be noted that parking meters are free after 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends, barring special events. There are also several parking structures in the area and many of the business on the mall will validate.