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West 7th to offer free parking daily before 5 p.m.

Parking in the popular West 7th development off West Seventh Street is now free for everyone, even if you’re not going to a show or a restaurant.

Developers of the 13-acre West 7th reversed its parking policy at its five garages and has opened them to anyone before 5 p.m. The “good neighbor” policy can save visitors to the area as much as $20, the developer said.

“We’re excited to share that effective immediately, the West 7th parking garages will be open for free parking to anyone before 5 p.m.,” said Angela Hall, marketing director for Vestar Properties, which manages the retail and office components of West 7th. “Parking will always remain free for West 7th patrons with merchant validation, with a low cost for those choosing to enjoy the evening at the surrounding establishments.”

Under the new policy, parking will be free from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone. As long as the parking ticket is pulled before 5 p.m., there will be no charge for parking in any West 7th garage, no matter when exiting.

Guests patronizing West 7th merchants after 5 p.m. will continue to receive free parking with ticket validation.

For those going to other establishments in the area, parking after 5 p.m. will be free for the first hour, $3 for 1 to 2 hours; $6 for 2 to 3 hours; $8 for 3 to 4 hours, and, $10 maximum for four or more hours. Payment is by credit card only.

Prior to the change, parking was prohibited for people not patronizing West 7th merchants, venues and restaurants. Those cars would have been towed. Development started on West 7th in 2008.

West 7th, developed by Dallas-based Cypress Equities, is currently making $4 million in upgrades at the development, and is completing Crockett Circle, a decorative ring above the intersection of Crockett & Currie streets, as well as Crockett Square Canopy, a new central space next to Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse for special events.

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