CINCINNATI - Findlay Market's three main parking lots will become "pay to park" lots on Monday.
Included are the north lot off Findlay Street, the south lot between Race and Elm streets, and the west lot at Elder and Logan streets. Payment will be required to park in the lots 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Mondays through Fridays, the fee is 50 cents an hour, with the first hour free. Saturdays and Sundays, it's $1 an hour, with a $2 minimum.
Monthly permits can also be purchased for $45, but they will not be valid in the north and west lots on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Automated pay stations will be located in each lot, with parkers paying on arrival for the amount of time they wish to purchase. Pay stations will accept exact cash, credit and debit cards.
Parkers may also pay by phone. Pay by phone parkers will get a reminder and the option to purchase more time before parking expires.
The revenue from parking fees will be used to maintain and improve Findlay Market. Representatives said it will also improve parking lot turnover and discourage long-term parking, making more parking available for shoppers.