Anyone who’s searched for parking in downtown Greensboro during the middle of a weekday knows that it’s a hit or miss proposition. When you get lucky, and happen to have enough quarters to feed the meter for the time you need, it probably makes your day. However, too often, finding a place to park means driving around in circles before settling on a spot a long walk from where you need to go.

Well, all that’s about to get worse because, effective Monday, July 3, Guilford County government will close the parking lot of the county-owned Truist Building at 201 W. Market St. in Greensboro due to construction and renovation.

The closing of the lot will displace a lot of users. The Truist Building holds the Guilford County Register of Deeds Office as well as other functions of Guilford County government, in addition to being a Truist Bank location. The affected lot serves county and bank clients and employees as well as those using the Old Guilford County Court House next door. In addition, the lot has some permanent spots for county work vehicles.

Foot traffic at the deeds office has risen in recent years due to the very popular passport service that Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen implemented.

Until the construction and renovations at the lot are complete, Register of Deeds’ customers will be able to park at the Greene Street Parking Deck and bring their parking ticket to the deeds office for validation.

That will serve the purpose but many Southern drivers famously do not like

parking decks with their tight spots and hairpin curves.

The Greene Street Parking Deck will also be more crowded than usual because, due to the construction, many county employees are also being instructed to park in that deck.

Work has already begun on some parts of the parking areas on the ground level lot and the underground lot that serve the Truist Building and surrounding area.