April 2019

Parking spaces

New St. Armands garage offers hundreds of parking spaces, some still concerned about payment meter

SARASOTA (WWSB) – The new St. Armands parking garage was not only packed with cars Monday morning, but also with dozens of Sarasota city leaders and residents who were there for one thing…to celebrate the new addition. to the region.

“We’re not just trying to bring the city’s idea of ​​improving parking capacity, but also into neighborhoods,” said Mark Lyons, the city’s parking manager.

The garage is located on N. Adams Circle and has over 500 parking spaces. It costs 50 cents an hour. It was opened to the public in February. City officials say it has since made it easier for visitors.

“It turned out to be really nice,” he said.

However, few feel the same. Last week, Sarasota Mayor Liz Alpert received a Facebook message that reads in part:

“Confusing parking payment and not visible enough to notice. Unmarked spaces making it difficult to know which space is being paid for.

This has been forwarded to the parking service. They say they researched and interviewed locals and came to this conclusion:

“The machine we have here today was chosen 80% of the time by the people we interviewed,” Lyons said.

Some local business owners say the garage helps boost business in certain areas of the Circle. For other purposes, they say their customers are more worried about not getting a ticket than enjoying their shopping experience.

“They won’t shop, they say they can’t come back because they don’t want a ticket,” said Just/Because owner Barbara Pugliese.

The city claims to have provided different payment alternatives, including an app. Some business owners say that not all of their customers use it.

“Not everyone wants to do that. Our demographic isn’t using the app as much as it should,” Pugliese said.

According to the parking service, they have made some changes to make it easier to pay at the meter. They say if there is a need in the future, they will continue to perfect it.

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Vail parking lots are free from April 22

Parking will be free at Vail parking structures starting Monday.
Justin Q. McCarty | Daily Special

VAIL – Free public parking reverts to the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures starting at 6 a.m. on Monday April 22. This includes free overnight parking until May 24, when a $ 25 charge will be applied to discourage vehicle storage.

The summer parking program will run until October 7 and will include free access to structures during the day for all users as well as free public access to the new red sandstone parking garage on North Frontage Road. As an additional option, overnight parking in the Red Sandstone Garage will be available free of charge for up to 72 hours throughout the summer.

Parking passes issued for the 2018-2019 season, with the exception of Rose passes, will be exempt from overnight charges. Other exemptions include employees who work nights at Vail Village or Lionshead, as well as guests from lodges with limited on-site parking. Current pink pass holders who will be working night shifts during the summer are urged to contact their employer to make arrangements with the city parking pass office to obtain a parking pass for the summer without charge.

Value card holders will be able to use their passes for free daytime access to Vail Village and Lionshead parking lots this summer. If the vehicle is parked in either structure between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., a fee of $ 25 will be billed to the card. As in previous years, Value card holders will need to bring proof of eligibility to city parking offices in November for recertification.

For more information, call 970-479-2104 before April 19 or visit

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Administrators approve 1,000 new parking spaces with new structure – The Rampage Online

The Fresno City College community will hear which company will build the new parking structure that was approved by the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees at its April 2 meeting.

The district plans to use “Design Build” in the process of choosing a contractor. There is currently a bill that uses Design Build terms to help find a good contractor.

“Community colleges are permitted to use the Design Build procurement process through an assembly invoice, but [that assembly bill] has an expiration date of December of this year,” said Christine Miktarian, vice chancellor of operations and information systems for the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees.

Three separate contracts for an architect, a mechanical-electrical plumber and a parking designer were all awarded on April 2, in preparation for the release of board documents for a parking contractor.

“The contracts that are on the agenda are for the consultants who will put together our transition documents to be released for a request for proposal to design-build contractors,” Miktarian said. “We have not yet determined how we are going to do the basis for the attribution.”

She explained that the district typically chooses the lowest bidder when using a design bid invoice, adding that “through a design and build process, you can look at the contractor’s experience and his design that he will submit to us and the price.”

The April 2 meeting was primarily to “release the basic project specifications,” Miktarian said and that there “won’t be full construction plans yet.”
However, if construction is approved, it should take off “in early 2021 and be completed in late 2021, early 2022,” Miktarian said.

Most people who attended the April board meeting, including some members from the surrounding neighborhoods, expressed a preference for building the parking structure because it would reduce a lot of stress. A few speakers questioned the wisdom of spending college funds on parking structures rather than meeting the specific needs of their departments.

The district had polled many students and faculty on what they thought was most important before determining how the funding would be spent.

The Parking Study was part of the Facilities Master Plan which identified the structure as a primary focus. It was sent to Community College districts.

Other districts were spending “$30,000 per booth,” Mitarian said. FCC expects to spend just $12,000 per booth.

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Downtown Easton needs more parking spaces, study finds. But where? – The morning call

The volume of summer visitors to downtown Easton – particularly the Crayola Experience – shows the town could use more parking. And that’s not counting the demand that further development could generate.

Those spaces will likely be in a new parking garage on North Fourth Street, city officials said Friday, after the release of a parking study from Walker Consultants of Wayne. The study suggests that the aging 569-space Pine Street parking garage could be replaced with a 720-space garage for $14.4 million.

The Pine Street Bridge provides parking for the Crayola Experience, so it cannot be taken down until a parking lot is built elsewhere. This leaves a North Fourth Street lot the city owns behind the Easton Public Market, which city officials consider another location for a garage.

Mayor Sal Panto Jr. said Councilman Sandra Vulcano plans to speak about some of the proposals the city has received for the North Fourth Street Bridge at a council committee meeting on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Walker Consultants’ parking study will be presented to City Council.

The study is also available on the city website.

It was conducted in September and looked at peak parking times during the week and on weekends.

While current parking occupancy rates don’t suggest a shortage, there are a few “hotspots” of activity where drivers may struggle to find a spot during peak hours, the study found, although she notes that parking is usually available within a two-block radius.

“I don’t think the study showed anything that we didn’t expect. Much of it is visionary and forward-thinking based on Da Vinci and other developments in the city,” Panto said.

The arrival of the Da Vinci Science City project at Third Street and Larry Holmes Drive in 2022 would require more parking spaces. But if that demand only occurs a few times a year, the city might want to build a smaller garage and prepare an “alternative management plan” for days when more space is needed, according to the study.

If the Da Vinci project does not proceed, it is likely that South Third Street – where Da Vinci is expected to be built – will be the site of another development, according to the study.

Assuming Da Vinci comes to fruition, with the replacement of the Pine Street Garage and the development of a garage on North Fourth Street, a minimum of 715 additional off-street parking spaces will be required, according to the study.

Without Da Vinci, the city would need an additional 465 spaces to meet demand, he says.

A North Fourth Street garage with up to 480 spaces could be built for $9.6 million, according to the study. But Dave Hopkins, the city’s director of public works, said the garage probably won’t be that big.

“I think it would end up being five levels,” he said.

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The city received concepts for the Fourth Street project, but no official designs. He solicited bids to build the bridge in November.

A right-to-know request submitted by The Morning Call on March 28, asking for the names of developers and the amounts of their bids for the Fourth Street project has been denied by the city because the city council has yet to vote on a proposal. .

The closed-door committee meetings to review proposals for new garages have drawn public criticism.

City officials had considered a plot on North Third Street, but its odd shape meant it was not ideal for a parking deck, and instead the parking committee recommended an apartment complex of $16 million and 70 units last month.

Hopkins said a new Pine Street garage is likely a few years away.

A Fourth Street garage would likely include metered parking on the first level for visitors to the Easton Public Market. City officials also hope the project will include a plaza that will eliminate through traffic on Church Street.

The study also identified additional parking potential in the city’s South Third Street garage, a Lehigh Drive parking lot, and a Canal Park parking lot.

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Lots to love about the new parking spots app

With the new Parking spaces application.

Developed by Web Services, the Parking Spaces application indicates the number of spaces available in the car parks of the North, South and East campuses and on the Riverside A and B lots. The free application, which is currently only available on the platform. -Apple iOS form, includes directions, hours of operation and accessibility information for each location.

Parking Spaces replaces the University’s Garage Spaces application, released in 2016 for the North and South car parks.

The availability of on-campus parking is monitored by the university’s UCard, Access and Parking Services (UCAPS) office based on data collected as vehicles enter and exit through garage and lot gates. Recent infrastructure upgrades for the East Garage and Riverside Lots have made it possible to include their door data in the app.

“Adding this information to the app allows people going to campus to plan their trip and reduce the time spent looking for parking spaces, which ultimately reduces our carbon footprint,” says Jon Victorine, Director of UCAPS and Security Technology.

The new app allows users to customize the bundles they see on their phone. As with the previous version, it also includes an audio option that “talks” about the number of spaces available.

Victorine says that the inclusion of the Riverside lots, which are widely used by suburban students, gives UCAPS a more holistic view of parking availability on the north campus.

“And the East Garage is used by a lot of our community for events, so it’s invaluable for us to have action on it,” he says.

According to Web Services Executive Director Gerry Nelson, iOS accounted for 72% of users of the previous app, which was downloaded over 1,000 times on iPhones.

Sam Diep of Web Services programmed the new app (along with the previous version), while senior web designer Ferney Lopez and front-end developer Allen Williamson were responsible for the design.

“We are very happy with what web services have developed in terms of usability and updated interface,” says Victorine, who hopes to see the Broadway / Riverview lot on the south campus added to the Parking Spaces app later. .

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Massive $133m project in Birmingham adds parking, housing and retail

An ambitious multimillion-dollar plan for Birmingham that would add hundreds of parking spaces, as well as new housing and businesses, is taking shape.

Walbridge/Woodward Bates Partners recently presented their proposed project, which Commissioner Rackeline Hoff called “one of the greatest projects to come to Birmingham”, and Mayor Patty Bordman agreed it would “impact many people in different ways.

In the proposal, the North Old Woodward parking structure would be demolished, a new one built in its place, and retail buildings added to the site, as well as mixed-use buildings on surrounding properties. Bates Street would be extended and a plaza would connect the street to Booth Park.

“In terms of meeting parking needs, this is being done while incorporating planning goals for the downtown core,” City Manager Joe Valentine said. “From the city’s perspective, (the proposal) achieves two key goals with one project: finalizing the implementation of the downtown master plan and expanding downtown parking.

The project has an estimated cost of $133 million between public and private investment. Local voters would have to approve a bond to provide a funding mechanism, but Valentine said taxpayers wouldn’t see an increase because no public money would be used.

Residents at the meeting again expressed concerns about impacts to homes and green spaces in the area.

“If it was just about parking, okay, but that’s a lot of changes,” said Cathy Frank. “Four buildings is a dramatic impact – it will destroy my property values. I look at this design and find it sad…There is wealth in parks and green spaces, and this plan cuts it.”

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The long-term vision to add parking and development to the area through an extension of Bates Street dates back over two decades, to 1996 when ‘Plan Birmingham 2016’ was adopted. Day parking demands which increased significantly around 2013 increased the pressure to implement the plan.

City officials determined through a survey of businesses and property owners that there was a shortage of about 280 parking spaces north of Maple in the city and a shortage of 427 spaces south. They prioritized the north end, which includes the 53-year-old 5-level parking structure on North Old Woodward.

In the proposed plan, the parking structure will be demolished and replaced with a 7-level structure, with three of the levels below ground and four levels above ground level. This, along with further surface parking nearby, would increase overall parking by nearly 500 spaces.

To disguise the parking structure and not make it the center of the area, Valentine said the plan calls for it to be sandwiched between other buildings and disguised as the first floor behind new commercial buildings.

Bates Street Extension

The area’s landscape would also change with plans to expand Bates Street several hundred feet between North Old Woodward and Willits, “integral for entry”, Valentine said. A place in the plan would provide a connection from Bates Street to Booth Park. These are public elements of the plan.

Birmingham is considering a proposal to demolish the parking structure at North Old Woodward and build a new one in its place, as well as extending Bates Street and adding new mixed-use buildings in a massive multi-million project dollars.

Private elements of the project include a new five-story mixed-use building that adjoins the new parking structure, a five-story mixed-use building at the corner of Bates and Willits, and a five-story primarily residential building on the west side of Bates . Street.

“This will result in more parking, there will be more connectivity between downtown and the adjacent park, more pedestrian amenities with a public plaza, more retail and more reasonably priced housing in this downtown area. central city,” Valentine said. “There would be apartments with a price of $3,000 to $4,500 per month for these rentals, which is sorely lacking.”

The City Board will have another update on negotiations with the developer at a meeting on April 15 and a week later, on April 22, staff will present a recommendation to the City Board regarding the proposed project.

“The timeline for the project is 18 to 24 months, whenever completion is approved, to dismantle the old parking structure and build a new one,” Valentine said.

Contact Susan Bromley at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @SusanBromley10.

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