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Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Traffic flows better through the Bishop Arts District now that the valet cluster has moved from the corner of Bishop and Seventh, business owners say.

Jim Lake Cos., which owns many of the district’s buildings, and the City of Dallas rolled out a new parking plan for Bishop Arts recently.

There are now five valet stations: Two in the middle of the 400 block of Bishop, two on Madison and one on Eighth. Besides that, the city put four-hour time limits on many of the district’s on-street parking spaces.

Jim Lake Jr. says he’s been working for the past four years to create a parking plan with the city, the Dallas Police Department and Bishop Arts merchants. He says complaints have been few so far. They are planning to ask the city to replace the four-hour parking signs with less obtrusive ones.

They’re also considering turning a few key parking spaces into 30-minute parking only.

Lake currently is leasing a parking lot from the Nazerian family company, and he has an option on another remote lot once that lease is over. The Lake company is running a shuttle from its remote lot for valet workers, and he’d like to expand that eventually so that Bishop Arts workers could park remotely and take the shuttle. Once that gets rolling, he also is considering offering the shuttle as a tips-only service for neighbors during peak times.

Lake says he’ll continue to meet about once a month with DPD and merchants in an effort to tweak parking.

Here’s a map of the new parking plan: