Construction on a large piece of undeveloped land in downtown Ashland has taken away 70 public parking spaces.
The Ashland Planning Department has been fielding complaints about the loss of parking on the undeveloped land along Lithia Way, staff members said. The land sat vacant for years after Copeland Lumber and an office and condominium complex were cleared away to make way for new development.
"They have been letting the city use it all that time," [Ashland Associate Planner Derek] Severson said. "People came to look at it as public parking, but it was on private property."
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