Council also passed a measure that will change parking along Virginia Street East from Laidley Street to Hale Street.
Parking on the north side of Virginia Street E., which is the left hand side of the street, will be eliminated from Laidley Street to Hale Street. Those parking spaces will now be moved to the south side of the street, which is the right hand side.
Parking will be permitted on the south side of the street from Laidley to Capitol Street. The parking from Capitol to Hale Street will be completely eliminated, Jones said.
The change will result in a net loss of three parking spaces, he said.
Jones will introduce a bill to council that would create three additional parking spaces on the south side of the street from Capitol to Hale to make up that loss sometime in the near future, he said.
"I'll probably have that bill introduced at the next council meeting," Jones said.
The change in parking was requested by the owners of the old Charleston House Hotel, which will soon be re-branded as a Four Points by Sheraton.
The owners, BBL Carlton, also own the Recovery Sports Grill on Virginia Street E. Parking will only be permitted on the south side of the street from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Assistant Mayor Rod Blackstone hopes city staff can begin making the transition by the end of this week, he said. City public works crews will have to change the no parking signs and possibly paint the curbs on the north side of the street yellow to designate them as a no parking zone.
Council also passed a measure allowing the city to apply for a $27,640 State Historic Preservation Office grant to study the possibility of creating another historic district in the East End.
The boundary for the study area is from Greenbrier Street to Morris Street and from Washington Street E. to Piedmont Road.
Council also approved a measure allowing for the city to apply for a $280,000 grant from ArtPlace to implement the public art plan.
ArtPlace is a consortium of national foundations dedicated to spurring the creation and preservation of art.
Councilwoman Susie Salisbury, a Republican from Fort Hill, said the grant would be used to pay for conservation efforts for existing pieces of public art.
The money would also be used to hire a full time staff member to manage the public art plan, she said. The funds could also be used to create temporary pieces of public art in the city, Salisbury said.
The application for the grant is due Feb. 15, and it should be awarded by the end of May, she said.