November 2017

Parking spaces

LAX removes 2,110 parking spaces to make way for construction

Los Angeles International Airport officials announced this week that 2,110 parking spaces in LAX’s Economy Lot C – nearly half of the spaces – will be removed in two phases over the next four months to accommodate the work. of construction.

Lot C, corner of Sepulveda Blvd. and 96th Street, has 4,300 seats. The first phase of the closure, which began Wednesday morning, removes 1,230 spaces located primarily in the northeast part of Lot C. The northern entrance to the lot off Westchester Parkway is also closed.

Another 880 parking spaces in the northern part will be cordoned off starting Friday, December 8. Once the affected places are removed, approximately 2,200 places will be available for use in Lot C.

The spaces are being removed to allow reconfiguration of the parking lot ahead of work on the airport’s $5.5 billion landside access improvement program. Additional parking structures and a new intermodal facility are planned for the area; the facility will connect to a station on the Crenshaw-LAX light rail line currently under construction and the $3 billion automated people mover that will connect the central terminal area to the rail station and a rental car facility consolidated.

The loss of parking spaces comes just as the holiday season begins. Last year, airport officials predicted that 3.5 million travelers would pass through the airport during the 17-day holiday period. This year, more passengers are expected.

Lot C is the only car park operated by the airport outside of the central terminal area. Long-term parking rates are $12 per day.

In their announcement of the removal of Lot C spaces, airport officials urged travelers to consider other options for Lot C, including private parking providers, the FlyAway shuttle service from multiple locations in through Los Angeles and private shuttle providers.

Howard Fine, a business, education, energy and transportation journalist, can be reached at h[email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @howardafine.

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Divided council votes to subsidize parking for Dewberry Hotel

Charlottesville will sign a 40-year lease to lease 75 spaces at Water Street Parking Garage. The spaces would be reserved at a preferential rate for a future hotel planned for the shell of the unfinished Iconic hotel on the downtown shopping center.

municipal Council voted to override a 3-2 vote on Monday.

“Parking spaces are needed for the funding for this project to work,” said the city manager. Maurice jones.

Work on the Landmark Hotel came to a halt in January 2009, and Atlanta-based Dewberry Capital bought the property at auction in June 2012 for $ 6.25 million. In March of this year, the council voted 4-1 on a tax incentive plan that would grant developer John Dewberry $ 1 million in tax relief over 10 years if the hotel is open by the July 1, 2020.

In June, the Architectural Revision Commission had a preliminary outline of a new plan for the hotel, which would add a 10th floor as well as additional floors on the facade facing the Downtown shopping center. The BAR will need to approve the new design before the project can proceed.

Council was also asked to provide parking in the Water Street garage. The Landmark Hotel itself has no spaces in its structure as it is part of an area that exempts developers from having to build a parking lot.

City attorney Craig brown said previous developer Halsey Minor had entered into a lease for 70 spaces at the Water Street parking garage. This agreement expired after construction of the hotel ceased in 2009.

To comply with Virginia law, city officials issued a request for proposals for an entity to lease the space for a 40-year period. This same process was also used when the city rented space at Buford Middle School for the Boys and Girls Club and again for the Brooks Family YMCA at McIntire Park.

“There is a rent structure that lasts 40 years, the maximum that we can rent a property under state law,” Brown said. “The term of the lease will begin between April 1, 2019 and September 1, 2020.”

Deerfield Square Associates II, a limited liability company affiliated with Dewberry, was the sole respondent. Council approved a first reading and public hearing on the lease on November 6 during which two members of the public spoke. Neither of them expressed opposition to the proposal itself.

Brown said the rent for the first year would be $ 40,000 and the rent for the second year would be $ 60,000. Years three to five would be $ 80,000 and years six to ten would be $ 88,000.

“And then it just continues to escalate throughout the year 40,” Brown said. “The 36-40s would cost close to $ 156,000.”

Municipal councilor Kathy galvin asked what discount this would represent from the current rate of $ 120 per month. Neither Brown nor Jones were able to provide that number at the time of the discussion.

Under the lease, the monthly rate for each space for the first year is $ 44.44, a decrease of nearly 63% from the current rate of $ 120 per month. In addition, the spaces would be for the exclusive use of the hotel and would reduce the parking inventory available to passing customers at market rates.

“These spaces are monthly spaces in the garage which are currently what is called the monthly parking pool where the income from Charlottesville Parking Center the city of charlottesville spaces and space revenues are aggregated and divided based on our percentage of ownership, ”said Brown. “The income will not be shared and the income will be only that of the city.”

The problem is also obscured by potential legal issues.

The city and the Charlottesville Parking Center are currently in mediation for a lawsuit filed against the city by CPC in March 2016. The lawsuit alleges the city kept monthly garage prices below market value. The city went on to claim that CPC had illegally purchased space in the garage that had belonged to Wells Fargo.

CPC officials declined to comment for this story.


Jones said if the rental of the space was delayed, there would be a “domino effect” on the rest of the negotiations.

“One of the attractive things about negotiations from a city council perspective is that we wanted it to happen before a while or else the incentives would go away,” Jones said.

Mayor Mike Sign wondered why the idea of ​​discounted parking was even on the table.

“How did we get to the point where we determined, both the staff and the board, that something like negotiating reduced parking rates should be part of a hotel development? »Signatory requested.

Brown said Dewberry plans to use the spaces as valet parking.

“I guess they would need to find a comparable number of spaces in relatively close proximity to this site,” Brown said.

The signer said that if the council rejects the parking lot rental agreement, the result could be a non-luxury hotel.

“It was a luxury hotel [with] a very narrow margin for hotel funding, ”said Signer. “The other alternative is that this is only a low-rent hotel. I know it was the other alternative, be it a Ramada or a Marriott. No offense to these, but it has always been a political choice with this hotel being built as a hotel, does it end up being something that does not increase the purchasing power of the mall downtown ? “

Fenwick said he believes that if the council does not act, the city will back out of a deal.

“I don’t like that the city is put in a position where they’ve got people to believe one thing and say at the last minute that we’ve changed our mind,” Fenwick said.

The council voted 3-2 on the lease with the vice-mayor Wes bellamy and advise Kristin szakos vote no.

“I think the development will bring quite a bit of profit to its owners who are already quite wealthy,” Szakos said. “It takes a lot of money from our tax base over the years that it’s built. “

Signer said he hoped Dewberry would follow the debate closely to see community reluctance. Galvin rejected this idea.

“Sir. Dewberry won’t mind our debate tonight,” said Galvin. “At the end of the day we have to move forward with the deal and that’s all there is to it. . “

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Spinner Place sues Winooski for theft of parking spaces

The parking lot in downtown Winooski has gotten so tight it’s now before a federal judge.

A Missouri-based bank is accusing the town of Winooski of stealing parking spaces — in order to offer them as incentives to downtown developers.

UMB Bank, a backer of the 312-room Spinner Place student housing complex, sued the city in federal court on Monday, saying the city’s actions had hurt them financially because without parking, they struggled to rent accommodation to students.

A city-owned parking garage in downtown Winooski is used by a growing number of residents and businesses.  Photographed March 31, 2016.

In the complaint, the bank claimed the city sent a letter to Spinner Place’s property manager in October 2016 advising him that beginning in January 2017, the city would no longer rent out garage space to customers without contracts. long-term.

Winooski's municipal parking lot is at the center of a lawsuit brought by backers of Spinner Place, a student housing development, who claim the city illegally took spaces from downtown residents and gave them away as inducements to developers downtown.

The bank also claims that despite “repeated efforts”, the city has refused to discuss the terms of a long-term contract.

According to court documents, the bank argues that the city is obligated to provide parking spaces for the student housing development under its bylaws and the Law 250 development permit.


The change affected their ability to rent units, according to court documents.

Winooski has yet to file a response to the lawsuit in court.

“People want to live and work in Winooski,” City Manager Jessie Baker said in a statement Tuesday morning. “That’s a good problem to have.”

Baker said the city is in active talks with the bank and other Spinner Place stakeholders to come up with a creative solution to the parking issue.

“In fact, just a month ago we reached agreement on a short-term solution until December 2018 to ensure that students at Spinner Place have off-street parking while we continue conversations “, she said.

She added that the city was “disappointed” that the bank chose to sue the city, imposing a financial burden on ratepayers, instead of continuing discussions on long-term solutions.

Parking has long been a contentious issue in downtown Winooski. Last January, the Winooski Downtown Redevelopment Association, which includes Spinner Place, filed a lawsuit against a proposed hotel, claiming it would illegally subvert several downtown goals.

Parking was a key issue in the lawsuit, which stalled the hotel.

Contact Jess Aloe at 802-660-1874 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @jess_aloe.

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EPA wasted $690,000 on parking spots no one was using

Klaus Ohlenschl?ger/picture alliance / Klaus Ohlensc/Newscom

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wasted $690,000 over two years paying for an empty parking spot, according to a federal audit released this month. The same audit also found that the EPA spent $840,000 on parking fees for employees in Atlanta and Washington, DC, despite federal rules prohibiting such subsidies.

Incidentally, these rules are intended to discourage car travel in order to protect the environment.

The EPA’s Office of Inspector General found that 29% of parking spaces at DC agency headquarters were unused from January 2015 to December 2016, while 27% of parking spaces at the Atlanta regional office were empty during the same period. Each of these spaces costs taxpayers about $290 per month, according to the report.

During the two-year period examined by the audit, the EPA paid approximately $1.6 million to lease parking spaces from the General Services Administration (GSA) in the parking lot adjoining the office building. Ronald Reagan. Employees at the DC office paid approximately $850,000 in parking fees. In Atlanta, the EPA paid more than $41,000 to rent spaces in a parking lot adjoining the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, where employees parked for free.

Other EPA regional offices do not offer free or subsidized employee parking and neither do many federal agencies.

“At a time of shrinking federal resources, the EPA’s use of taxpayer dollars – more than $840,000 over a 2-year period – to fund employee parking may not be an effective use of federal resources and may divert funds from essential public health and environmental initiatives,” the auditors’ report said.

In a response to the audit, Donna Vizian, acting assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Administration and Resource Management, said the agency would review parking space usage and stop paying for empty places. Of the 73 unused spaces near the DC office, Vizian said, 53 will be returned to the GSA. The remaining 20 spaces will be used by “unfilled political nominees” and visitors.

While $1.5 million isn’t a particularly large amount of money by Washington standards, the EPA’s waste seems particularly bad because it runs counter to stated federal goals for reducing carbon dioxide. environmental impact of government employees. A 2015 executive order signed by then-President Barack Obama directed agencies to “promote sustainable work-related transportation and travel practices for federal employees” and “reward carpooling and the use of public transport, where compatible with the authority of the agency”.

Never would that be more in keeping with agency authority, one might expect, than at the EPA.

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Ann Arbor faces potential loss of hundreds of public parking spaces

ANN ARBOR, MI — While plans are underway to add 375 more public parking spaces to downtown Ann Arbor by winter 2019, hundreds more could disappear.

The Downtown Development Authority’s leases for two parking lots in First/Huron and Fifth/Huron end Nov. 30, meaning a loss of 222 spaces from the public parking system starting Dec. 1.

There is still a chance that they may function as short-term private car parks. The city is in discussions with the owner about this, but it is expected that they will eventually be redeveloped.

Additionally, there is talk of closing two city-owned public parking lots at 415 W. Washington and First/William as the city moves forward with its new Treeline urban pathways plan. These lots have long been envisioned as anchor parks along the future trail, although there may also be private development.

The transformation of these two lots could remove an additional 261 spaces from the public parking system, although when this might happen is uncertain at this time. The city is in the process of finalizing the Treeline plan and the implementation phase is next.

City Council and the Downtown Development Authority held a joint meeting Monday evening, Nov. 13, to discuss parking issues, including the planned loss of those 483 public parking spaces.

City leaders are in talks with the owner of the two lots along Huron, Ann Arbor-based developer First Martin Corp., and are considering allowing the company to temporarily operate them as a private parking lot open to the public until the properties are redeveloped. But there are zoning compliance considerations still under consideration.

The DDA has leased the First/Huron and Fifth/Huron lots from First Martin for years, using them as public parking.

DDA executive director Susan Pollay said First Martin was not offering the option of renewing leases now. She said she understood First Martin wanted to redevelop the properties, although she did not know of any specific development plans.

“Not renewing leases is a way to make redevelopment of these lots more possible,” Pollay said, praising First Martin as a developer. “They’re good developers and good community members. So if that’s what it takes to get them redeveloped, that’s a win for everyone.”

Company representatives could not be reached for comment for this story.

The Fifth and Huron lot across from City Hall has been marketed as available real estate for years while being used as a parking lot.

The lot at First and Huron runs the full length of the block from Huron to Washington and from First to Ashley. It is known as Brown Block and is a popular parking spot for downtown visitors, including patrons of Downtown Home and Garden and Main Street restaurants and shops. The lot is often full at peak times.

Pollay said the loss of the Brown Block as a public parking lot from December 1, which is Midnight Madness, the start of the downtown holiday shopping season, would be a bad time, but there are discussions between the city and First Martin on the possibility of allowing the company to operate the lot as a private parking lot at this time. Pollay noted that the use of the Brown Block as a parking lot predates zoning.

City Administrator Howard Lazarus confirmed the city is talking to First Martin about zoning compliance issues.

“And we hope to work together with them,” he said. ‘We do not intend to close these grounds while they work towards full compliance, as the availability of parking – while not a public good – serves a public benefit.

Lazarus said he believes a solution can be found administratively, but he is asking the city attorney to review the case to determine if action by city council is necessary.

“As long as there are good faith efforts to keep moving forward, it is in the public interest to keep these spaces available,” he said.

Councilman Chuck Warpehoski, D-5th Ward, expressed some concern over First Martin’s permission to operate a private parking lot downtown, noting that the city would not allow developer Dennis Dahlmann to do so on the lot Y, even in the short term.

“I think there’s a reason why our D1 zoning doesn’t list parking as an approved primary use,” he said. “So I think if it’s a transition while other things are going on, I guess I can deal with it. The board and the DDA have taken a pretty strong stance on that when we looked at Lot Y. I think we should be consistent regardless of ownership I don’t think we should be playing favorites with that.

Warpehoski said not having private parking in competition with the city’s public parking lot is another consideration.

“And I think we should be consistent with our zoning to make sure we don’t let a primary use that we don’t want take up a lot of our streetscape,” he added.

The DDA said total parking revenue from the two First Martin lots in the prior fiscal year was $536,303, net of rent and taxes. Since the DDA shares 20% with the city, the loss of these lots equates to a loss of $107,260 per year for the city at current rates.

Additionally, the two city-owned lots at 415 W. Washington and First/William generated $367,625. The loss of these would equate to a reduction of $73,525 in city revenue per year at current rates.

Assuming current parking rates, the 375 new spaces expected to be added to the Ann/Ashley Garage could generate nearly $1 million per year in new revenue, including nearly $200,000 per year in new revenue for the city. , according to the DDA. It is estimated that it will cost approximately $18 million to add the three floors.

Council member Jane Lumm, an independent from the 2nd Arrondissement, said she was concerned the public parking system could lose a network of more than 100 spaces given the level of parking demand.

She also noted that the city and DDA agreed to allow a Chicago-based developer to lease 361 public parking spaces in the Library Lane and Fourth and William garages to support a 17-story development on the library lot owned by the city on Fifth Avenue.

Lumm said she thought it would be wise to consider other parking capacity measures beyond the Ann/Ashley addition.

Other options being considered by the DDA include a four-story, 370-space vertical addition above the Liberty Square garage and a 747-space garage on the Kline lot at Ashley and William Streets with a mix of underground and parking garages. area.

Pollay said the DDA is also asking its engineers to explore the possibility of adding more than 375 spaces to Ann/Ashley

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Council member Kirk Westphal, D-2nd Ward, said he was worried about knee-jerk turning to increasing parking capacity. He suggested the city is undervaluing downtown parking and wondered if rate changes could meet parking demand.

City and DDA leaders acknowledge there is no certainty about how much parking will be needed in the future as the way people get around changes and self-driving cars come online .

Lazarus said he thinks it’s critical the city at least moves forward with adding Ann/Ashley now.

Pollay said the DDA is considering raising downtown parking rates, which could help fund the Ann/Ashley addition.

She announced potential rate changes for spring 2018, raising monthly permit costs by $10 to $35 per month, while on-street parking rates would increase by 10 cents per hour. Hourly parking rates would remain unchanged.

The DDA tentatively plans to hold a public hearing on the rate changes in January 2018, followed by board approval in February and implementation of the new rates in April.

Monday night’s meeting presentation also covered potential economic development opportunities, one being to allow private development on city-owned land at 415 W. Washington, a degraded property across from the YMCA, and to use tax raised fundraising revenue to help fund the Treeline Urban Trail.

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Parking spaces that could make you rich

According to Parkopedia Global Parking Index 2017, the most expensive cities in the United States to park are New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Seattle, and Chicago. Abroad, it’s London, Zurich, Amsterdam, Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The highest average rates are around $ 600 per month in New York and London, $ 47 per day in Sydney, and $ 33 for two hours in New York.

In addition, the value of parking spaces tends to appreciate even when the overall real estate market weakens. Experts say this is due to steadily declining supply caused, in part, by developers who have successfully pressured municipalities to remove regulations to build sufficient parking (if applicable) and city planners. which advocate limited parking to encourage the use of mass transit.

Of course, the barrier to entry into some of these markets is significant. In Hong Kong, space prices can reach as high as $ 644,000, which can make any rental income derived from it appear paltry. But if you are strategic and pay attention to population density and traffic flows, you can find affordable and income-generating parking investments on the outskirts of large markets, as well as in small towns and suburban areas, said Charles Cridland, founder of YourParking Space, which he described as the Airbnb for UK parking.

The vast majority of advertisers on his platform are individuals, including his parents, who have invested part of their board in three spaces in garages near stations in the Putney and Brixton districts of south and southwest London. . They paid a total of $ 73,000 and are getting an annual return of about 7%, thanks to their son’s app, which reserves the space and collects the rent.

Most people who sign up on YourParkingSpace rent their spots by the month, Mr Cridland said, because it’s easier, especially if there’s a key fob or entry key that needs to be handed over. But he said, “We also have mini-entrepreneurs who go to friends and neighbors and ask them, ‘Can I rent your space? per day to earn a “significant secondary income”.

SpotHero, an app that helps car owners locate spaces in the United States and Canada, primarily lists excess vacancies in hotel garages. But Larry Kiss, one of the founders of the company, said he has noticed more and more independent advertisers offering space on the site, whether it is additional space in the garage. or the driveway of their house or a space they bought. Another app listing an increasing number of one-off parking spaces, as well as storage spaces, is Spacer.

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