Westerville will test a new parking app to help residents and visitors find parking within the city this year.

A test of a smart-parking app will involve city lot A, behind City Hall at 21 S. State St.; lot B, at the intersection of South State Street and College Avenue behind Graeter's at 1 N. State St.; lot C, at the intersection of West Main Street and East Main Street; and lot D at the intersection of North State Street and East Home Street, according to city leaders.

City Manager David Collinsworth said the app would allow users to see which spots are available for parking in those lots.

He said buttons would be installed in the parking spaces that would notify users of the app whether or not a space is filled. He said if the test goes well, it would extend to on-street parking and other lots within Uptown Westerville.

"Our goal is to make efficient use of the existing parking spaces that we have," he said.

The city issued a request for proposal regarding the smart-parking pilot project in May of last year, according to a document posted on the city's website, westerville.org. At the time, the city sought a vendor to create a plan that would use 367 spaces in the surface lots within the pilot area at a cost not to exceed $49,500. The request stated that the parking was free and there would be no plans to institute a paid program in the near future.

For a list of parking options in Uptown Westerville, visit the city's website.

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