There are approximately 200 parking spaces at City Dock, a that's a fact Mayor Josh Cohen would like to see changed.
"I don't think it's the best use of space," Cohen said. "I think it needs to be more of a pedestrian destination instead of place where people park their cars. The cars have the one of the best views of the water in Annapolis."
He's been working with the City Dock Advisory Committee since its creation in 2010 to develop a proposal that could convert the parking lot into a park or mixed use space.
The committee will hold a public hearing Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Community Services Building (former recreation center) located at 9 St. Mary's St.
Annapolis residents are invited to come and share their visions for the future of City Dock.
Cohen said another option the committee has looked at is retail shopping, but "we have to keep a fair amount of open space for the boat show."
City Dock Coffee owner Karen Johnson said she thinks a park could go either way in terms of boosting business downtown.
"Anything that is going to drive more business, I'm all for," Johnson said. "But this could scare more people away because people are going to think 'Oh God, there is no where to park.'"
Cohen said parking downtown is a key question and removing the 200 spaces would negatively impact parking on the micro level.
"When you look at downtown as a whole, you actually have a surplus of spaces" Cohen said.
Johnson said she doesn't know whether anything will come of the ideas proposed at the committee meeting Thursday.
"They have been trying to get rid of that parking lot for so many years and nothing really ever gets done," Cohen said.
She's heard rumors of a conversion since she and her husband, Grover Johnson, took ownership of City Dock Coffee in 2008.
"I would like to think it would be a good idea, but I just won't know until it happens. I honestly doubt it will; nothing really ever gets done," Johnson said. "It's disheartening, and it makes me very sad."