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Wright Street Parking Bridge Opens, Adding 350 Additional Parking Spaces in Downtown | Govt. and politics






The Wright Street parking lot in Auburn opened to the public on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., bringing 350 additional parking spaces to the city’s downtown core.


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The Wright Street parking lot in Auburn opened to the public on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., bringing 350 additional parking spaces to the city’s downtown core.

The new parking lot, located at 140 Wright Street, has six levels of public parking and a dedicated Baptist Student Union area on the ground floor, according to a statement from the City of Auburn.

The addition of the new Wright Street Bridge as well as the new Auburn Bank Parking Bridge now brings approximately 1,350 public parking spaces to downtown Auburn, according to a city statement.

“In addition to bringing more space to downtown Auburn, the new bridge provides an option for downtown workers and visitors who want to spend more time enjoying all that downtown has to offer. to offer, “said the city’s statement.

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The parking area is accessible to drivers from Wright Street, while pedestrian entrances are included on Wright Street and North College Street. The new parking lot also includes a green space between it and College Street with benches, sidewalk and pedestrian lighting.

Parking on the bridge will be free until August 4, after which spaces will cost $ 1 per hour up to $ 15 per 24 hours, depending on the city. Special rates can be set by the city manager at events such as home football matches, although any changes to parking fees are posted on the city’s website and on social media.

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Moose ‘reluctant’ to leave Colorado parking lot moved by wildlife officials

A moose found wandering in a Colorado parking lot was tranquilized and removed by wildlife officials this week after getting used to the area and “reluctant to go on its own.”

The bull moose, about 2 to 3 years old and weighing about 750 pounds, was moved from a parking lot at the Lionshead Village business center in Vail, Colorado on Tuesday.

Neighborhood residents had been calling Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) about the moose for about a month, and officials said the animal had been frequenting the lower level of the parking lot for about 10 days. The structure serves as a parking lot for the business center and nearby Vail Health Hospital.

The moose had licked the walls, “presumably for any icebreaking agents that are used on the decks on the upper floors of the parking structure,” wildlife officials said in a statement. CPW added that it had worked closely with the Town of Vail to remove residual salts that could have served as an attractant.

“Overall, most of these neighborhoods coincide with really optimal moose habitat, despite the fact that there are a lot of pedestrians and human activity,” said Devin Duval, wildlife officer, in a press release. “Moose aren’t entirely affected by this, they generally aren’t bothered by the activity here in Vail.”

Initially, wildlife officers did not perceive the young bull moose to be acting aggressively, but the animal was agitated by the presence of dogs.

“The tipping point for the moose relocation happened when it started spending most of the day in the area,” said CPW.

Screenshots from a video shared by Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northwest Region show the moose in the parking lot structure on July 27, 2021, in Vail Colorado. (Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife Region Northwest via Storyful)

A video shared on Twitter showed the moose was reassured before being exited from the parking lot by Vail Fire Department, Vail Police and Vail Town Public Works crews.

The animal was then released “in the privileged habitat of the moose” outside of Craig, Colorado.

“Everything went well this morning, no problem,” Duval said of the operation to tranquilize the bull, which began around 8:25 am local time. “We were definitely in this area of ​​human health and safety where there could be injury to a human or animal. This is the reason why we decided to move it.”

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New Westbury car park to help restart city center

Westbury Village town center revitalization efforts will be boosted with the opening of its new parking garage next month.

The $ 23 million three-and-a-half-storey parking structure, built by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as part of its Third Track project, is scheduled to open on Monday, August 9. It can accommodate 676 vehicles, with additional surface parking on the north side of Westbury Long Island Rail Road station adding another 107 spaces.

The village, which owns the property, leased it to the MTA for the project. Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro said although the garage primarily serves commuters, it was located at the north end of the property near Scally Place so it could be used by people frequenting businesses in the center – city at night and on weekends.

“The village has long had a goal of creating parking not only for our residents, but also for other commuters who use Westbury LIRR station,” Cavallaro said. “We were faced with capacity constraints with regard to parking around the station. The layout of the garage almost doubles the parking available at the station.

The mayor said that 376 spaces in the new garage and the 107 adjacent surface parking spaces are reserved for residents of the village, while 300 spaces in the garage will be available for non-resident commuters at a cost of $ 6 per day.

The new Westbury garage will be used to replace part of the parking lot that will be lost when the MTA redesigns its surface lot on the south side of Westbury LIRR station.

The MTA is currently reviewing responses to its request for proposals issued last year for a development to be built on the South Lot. The MTA offers a 99-year ground lease on the 1.6-acre site, where it seeks to locate a transit-focused project with “mixed-use multi-family residential and public open space with retail elements. or commercial ”, according to an MTA statement.

Westbury passed new transit-focused zoning in December 2019 that covers around 50 acres around its station and village officials expect the zoning to spawn several new redevelopment projects that could lead to up to to 1,500 new multi-family housing units.

The new zoning is one of seven projects that were largely funded by the $ 10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant Westbury received from the state in 2016. Another of the projects DRI-funded currently underway is a $ 3.5 million streetscape improvement program that will bring new LED lighting, new crosswalks, benches, parking meters and plantations.

The first project under the new zoning that is in front of the village for approval is a $ 25 million transit-focused apartment complex called Cornerstone in Westbury by Terwilliger & Bartone Properties. A public hearing on the proposal, a four-story, 72-unit rental building that would replace an industrial building at 461 Railroad Ave., is scheduled for August 19.

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Downtown Clarksville parking garage closed due to “possible structural damage”

CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – The Cumberland Plaza garage in downtown Clarksville was closed after an inspection revealed “possible structural damage,” a city spokesperson said Wednesday.

Richard Stevens, the city’s communications director, said TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc. visited the parking lot, located on Commerce Street, Monday afternoon to begin preparing a proposal for an assessment of the structure.

During this visit, Stevens said the TRC observed severe cracking of the concrete slabs at the columns above the slab and cracking at the bottom of the slab mid-span in both directions.

“Based on observations made on Monday, we believe the garage is not safe to occupy and should be evacuated immediately,” TRC said in a letter to the city’s project manager.

People who have rented the 262 parking spaces must park in the parking lots of the First Baptist Church on Franklin Street and on Hiter and Commerce streets.

Clarksville Transit System will provide a downtown shuttle service to transport commuters from First Baptist grounds to downtown destinations, such as the court complex, government offices and businesses.

The city said the above ground parking lot across Second Street from the county courthouse was still in use.

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Kansas City Hall needs fire sprinklers and parking garage repairs

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As city officials plan to repair or rebuild the crumbling underground garage at Kansas City’s nearly 100-year-old Town Hall, workers inside the building should be concerned that 21 of the 29 floors of the building do not have a sprinkler system.

Learning about the lack of fire safety in the building clearly concerns Mayor Quinton Lucas, whose office is on the top floor.

“How did we get to the point where this building doesn’t have a fire extinguisher?” Lucas asked at a recent council committee meeting where the city architect discussed the condition of the building. “I just don’t feel good having construction workers today without 21 story fire suppression. City staff “should knock on the door of the City Manager’s office to meet this critical need.” In fact, they shouldn’t need to, especially after the recent condo collapse in Surfside, Florida reminded us of how tragic it can be to ignore safety concerns.

It will cost at least $ 15 million to fix these two problems. But as painful as this expense is, it will not only be money well spent, but money necessarily spent. No one wants to look back and say yes, I guess we should have taken fire safety or structural integrity issues more seriously.

The Town Hall is the town’s house, and like any house, it hurts to spend a lot on unexpected repairs and safety issues. But you still have to do it. Deferred maintenance always costs more in the long run. And what the city certainly can’t afford is a fire in the building or the collapse of the garage under the south plaza.

City officials have known for years about the deterioration of the concrete in the garage; constant leaks and falling pieces of rock were very good indications. Barney Allis Plaza’s town center and garage were also in danger of collapsing before the town moved in March to rebuild them.

A 2018 structural engineering inspection of the town hall garage identified “widespread deterioration of concrete in the form of chloride-induced corrosion.” The guilty? All the years of winter salting seeping into the ground above the garage and rotting the concrete below.

Until a tragic building collapse in Florida last month – 98 people were killed – Kansas City officials thought they might be able to fix it at some point.

But after the Surfside fiasco – believed to have been caused by corrosion of the load-bearing concrete in a closed garage attached to the building – the problem with the town hall garage became more of a concern.

Staff proposed a resolution, which city council is expected to approve next week, that the structural integrity of city hall and various other city-owned structures should be reviewed and repairs prioritized. Likewise, leaders of other cities, including Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Jersey City, New Jersey, are taking a closer look at their structures, wondering if a crisis could loom.

Since Kansas City’s rickety garage is located under the south entrance to City Hall – where the Lincoln Statue is located – this area has been fenced off to foot traffic.

The fountains on the lawn have been drained to lighten the weight on the garage ceiling.

The city has a few options. He could spend $ 5 million to waterproof and extend the life of the garage by about 25 years. It could spend $ 17 million on work that would include replacing the main staircase leading to City Hall. Or, he could spend almost $ 40 million to rebuild the entire garage.

Even though the town hall doesn’t really need this garage, since the employees have other parking lots right across the street, doing nothing is not an option. Corrosion and spalling will not repair itself, and the public square above will not be safe.

As for the sprinklers, Lucas is right to be uncomfortable. Not having a building-wide sprinkler system would be a code violation in a younger structure. When Town Hall was built in 1937, sprinkler systems did not exist, said Deputy Chief James Dean, the town’s fire marshal. But the current situation is not certain.

As it is, Dean said something as simple as “a coffee maker left on overnight could start a fire.” A sprinkler would stop it right away. No sprinkler presents “a problem of life and safety”.

Before the pandemic, 600 people worked in this building every day.

The price for the peace of mind that the sprinklers would provide would be roughly $ 10.5 million on a budget of $ 1.5 billion. But the alternative is too irresponsible to be considered.

This story was originally published July 28, 2021 5:00 a.m.

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Troy’s Uncle Sam Parking Garage closed indefinitely

TROY – Uncle Sam’s parking garage will be closed indefinitely from Wednesday – the second time in two years the city has closed it.

The 47-year-old garage in downtown Troy was closed due to safety concerns after inspection by the city’s code enforcement and engineering departments. City spokesman John Salka said many people had called to complain about the condition of the parking lot, which is owned by The Bryce Companies, but did not immediately have details of the issues. safety of the structure.

“Obviously, security is the number one concern in the city,” said Salka. “We would not have ordered the garage to be closed if we had not found it inappropriate to be opened based on the inspection.”

The Bryce Companies, which own other downtown buildings such as the Troy Atrium, Quackenbush Building and Frear Building, declined to comment. In an email to clients obtained by The Times Union, a Bryce Companies employee wrote: “No one should be alarmed.

Bryce Companies will employ their own engineer to inspect the building and verify the city’s claims, after which it could potentially reopen.

This is the second time that the garage has been closed since early 2020.


The orderly closure comes more than a year after a technical survey of the garage found it to be structurally damaged and collapsing, recommending it be replaced within the next decade.

On a scale of 1 to 10, Structure Care of Lancaster, Pa., A company specializing in parking garages, gave the garage a rating of 3, or “fair enough.” It’s just above a mediocre rating.

“Uncle Sam’s Parking Garage is an over 40 year old parking structure approaching the end of its life cycle. We have identified several structural issues that require immediate attention and will extend the life of the vehicle. garage ten years or more, but plans should be developed to replace the structure within the next decade, ”warned its November 2019 study.

In December 2019, part of the garage was closed following a fall from a beam. The city has temporarily closed the garage following the report.

The city built the garage in 1974 and then sold it to Bryce in 2010 for $ 2.4 million. Bryce expanded the garage to three stories, adding two more stories to part of the structure. Uncle Sam’s parking garage accounts for about 18% of downtown off-street parking, according to the 2016 City Parking Study.

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Calm bull moose, moved from Vail parking lot

The young bull moose was tranquilized and released outside Craig, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

VAIL, Colorado – Wildlife officers had to carry a heavy load in the wild after a moose ended up in a parking lot in Vail.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said a young bull moose believed to be around two or three years old was discovered Tuesday morning in a garage in Lionshead Village.

Officers tranquilized the moose, moved the animal estimated to be 750 pounds to a remote area of ​​Craig, northern Colorado, and released it to suitable moose habitat on Tuesday afternoon.

CPW said officers decided to move the moose after noticing it had grown used to the area and was reluctant to go on its own.

“We were definitely in this area of ​​human health and safety where there could be injury to a human or animal,” said Wildlife Officer Devin Duval. “This is the reason why we decided to move it.”

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CPW said it started receiving calls about moose frequenting a few neighborhoods in the area about a month ago.

Officers have monitored him ever since and CPW said they noticed he frequented the lower level of parking lots for the past 10 days.

Despite working with Vail to remove residual salts that may have attracted the moose, CPW said the moose continued to stay in the area.

“This moose did not choose to spend time elsewhere, but now people can comfortably walk to work in this garage and the moose will be moved to more suitable habitat,” said Duval.

Vail Firefighters, Vail Police and Vail Public Works crews were involved in the move.

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Park Harrisburg announces rate increase for metered parking spaces

Hourly metered parking rates will drop from $ 3 to $ 4 in the Capital Building District and from $ 1.50 to $ 2 an hour in the non-CBD zone, effective August 2.

HARRISBURG, Pa .– Starting Monday, hourly rates for designated parking lots at Harrisburg Park will drop from $ 3 to $ 4 an hour in the Capital’s business district and from $ 1.50 to $ 2 an hour in the non-capital business district.

The increase was due to be implemented in mid-2020 but was suspended due to Covid-19.

Some people think this is not necessary, especially since we are only just beginning to emerge from a pandemic.

“I think that’s ridiculous. We’re paying a lot of money right now for all this parking lot to make people come and have fun,” said Miguel Andujar.

“It’s unnecessary and unwarranted. It doesn’t help any business in this area,” said Stefan Hawkins, owner of Good Brothas Good Cafe.

Park Harrisburg says the increase will provide additional revenue to cover current and future system expenses.

The increase in the meter tariff has been under discussion for several years and they say the increase is in line with the original projections from 2013.

“When I go out I have to pay four dollars just to hang out and I could just be here, you know, 30 minutes. It really doesn’t make sense, an extra dollar, an extra dollar twice a week, an extra three dollar. times a week, you know, that adds up over time, ”Hawkins said.

Park Harrisburg says when fares increased in 2014 there was also concern that people might not want to come downtown, but over time they say the fare increase was accepted.

They add that the county, city and Harrisburg DID’s 5-7 free parking program has been a helpful approach in providing parking for businesses and restaurants.

And Miguel Andujar thinks that won’t stop people from coming downtown

“No, people love the city. People love the city no matter what, even if they have to walk,” Andujar said.

It will soon cost a little more to park in downtown Harrisburg.

Park Harrisburg announced Monday that hourly metered parking rates would drop from $ 3 to $ 4 in the Capital Building District and from $ 1.50 to $ 2 an hour in the non-CBD area.

The new rates will take effect Monday, August 2, Park Harrisburg said.

Information on parking areas is available at www.parkharrisburg.com.

“This is the first meter rate increase since Park Harrisburg assumed responsibility for parking spaces and garages with specified meters from the City of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Parking Authority in 2013,” said John Gass , Managing Director of PK Harris Advisors, the asset management company for the parking system. “The new rates, reflecting a 3% increase over a 10-year period, have been under consideration for some time to provide sufficient cash flow to sustain the expense associated with the parking system. “

In 2013, Park Harrisburg purchased spaces and garages from the City of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Parking Authority. Proceeds from a $ 286 million bond issue were used for bonds and expenses that enabled the City to exit from receivership.

The reprogramming of the individual meters is expected to take place during the week of August 2 to reflect the new tariffs, Park Harrisburg said.

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New parking lot could arrive at State College, PA

Big parking changes could happen to downtown State College over the next few years.

State College’s oldest parking lot – Pugh Street Garage – could be replaced by 2026, as part of a larger borough parking project currently estimated at $ 46 million over the next five years, over the basis of a first list of priorities which still has to be approved by the borough council. No financial commitment has yet been made and the borough is essentially on the “ground floor” of these first plans.

Yet with these potential plans being publicly discussed (and this list, known as the Capital Improvement Plan, which is due to be adopted by council on August 2), the borough’s future vision for parking at the city ​​center is better targeted.

The improvement plan, which, if adopted as planned, would serve as a guide and not a list of financial commitments, includes $ 5 million set aside for the purchase of a property for parking in 2022 According to Borough spokesperson Doug Shontz, this property could then serve as a replacement site for the Pugh garage or potentially new paved land, since it is also possible that the Pugh garage will be rebuilt on its current site.

The improvement plan also provides for $ 15 million set aside for 2023 and $ 26 million in 2026. Shontz confirmed that these funds are intended to finance parking structures (i.e. a garage and potentially land. paved), in addition to possible emergencies.

“Parking is always in the conversation here whether you’re a visitor, a student or a long-term resident,” Shontz added. “And we are just trying to get out of this pandemic so that we can continue to offer parking at the level requested not only by our residents but also by visitors to the region. they go back to Happy Valley.

The improvement plan does not specifically name the garage on Pugh Street, but public council discussions have repeatedly indicated that the garage is the priority replacement. After all, it was built in 1972 – which is 13 years older than the next oldest garage on Fraser Street – and consultants told the borough as early as 2002 that the garage was nearing its end. and that it should eventually be replaced.

In a March report, Walker Consultants told council that the Pugh Street garage has about 7 to 10 years of useful life left. That same consultant recommended that the borough spend $ 591,000 on maintaining Pugh this year alone.

“We need to replace the Pugh Street parking structure,” Borough Director Tom Fountaine added at Monday’s council meeting.

The borough’s four parking garages combine for a total of 1,563 parking spaces, with the Pugh Street garage accounting for 31% of that, or 491 spaces.

The projected price of $ 46 million for the project makes it the most expensive of the 31 projects in the 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Plan. The remaining 30 projects amount to around $ 85 million, which could be partially offset by state subsidies or other means.

“First, we don’t want the parking structures to fall,” said City Councilor Theresa Lafer. “Second, we don’t want parking structures to be insufficient, which would make it impossible for the continuing and possibly even increasing number of people coming here for various vacations… clearing up.”

Lafer was quick to address residents, however, and stressed that the borough council would not commit to spending more than it can afford. The adoption of the capital improvement plan does not commit funds for these 31 projects; instead, it simply serves as a first step so that budget discussions in the years to come have a foundation from which to start.

“We don’t want to do anything that is going to cost us more than what we have to spend,” City Councilor Evan Myers said. “But we don’t know what it is yet – so it’s kind of like a placeholder.”

Each project in the capital improvement plan is prioritized. The new garage is seen as something the borough “should do” as opposed to “must do” or “could do”. Projects the borough “must do” include maintaining the parking garage, which is expected to cost $ 4.275 million through 2026, and repairing the sinkholes.

The capital improvement plan was first presented to council on May 10, before council met for three public works sessions and two public reviews. The adoption is scheduled for the council meeting at 7 p.m. on August 2.

“The idea is to make sure that we are able to do something to not overload our parking system downtown,” added Shontz.

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Columbus Crew and Clippers Fans Flood Arena District Filling Parking Spots

For the first time, the Columbus Clippers and Columbus Crew both played home games in the Arena District on the same night.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Arena District was packed with thousands of fans Wednesday night. Whether you wanted to watch baseball or football, there was something to do.

Normally a Columbus Crew and Columbus Clippers game at the same time wasn’t a problem as the Historic Crew Stadium was next to the fairgrounds.

Now that the crew is playing downtown at Lower.com Field, there are new challenges.

But the best seat in Huntington Park belonged to the smallest fan.

“I went to the Clippers at Grandma’s once,” John Tucciarone said. He and his family were eager to sit down. Her parents, Andrew and Amy, wanted to make sure they arrived early enough and didn’t miss a thing.

“We arrived about an hour early. Because it’s crazy. We knew it was going to be crazy,” Andrew said.

For the first time, Crew and Clippers fans merged on the same night, at the same time, just blocks from each other.

This created a crazy situation for parking in the Arena district.

“We actually prepaid parking before we got off because we got the Clippers alert on Twitter that it was going to be crazy. We were able to stop there and get a spot,” Amy said.

Many supporters parked further away from the two stadiums. Crew fan Nick Clingman said it was easier on his pockets.

“The return is always worse than the return. It’s definitely different to be here instead of tailgating. We march with tens of thousands of people,” Clingman said.

Thousands of steps were taken to get these great seats, but for the Tucciarones, every step was worth it.

“It’s a fun atmosphere, it’s good to see so many people outside after a year of hiding in my basement,” Andrew said.

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The only property in Boston for less than $ 200,000? Parking spaces

Zero bedrooms, zero baths, endless possibilities.


Parking meters by Tim pierce via Flickr /Creative Commons

You hit the real estate market. You don’t have much to spend. You are looking for a property in a notoriously expensive market. Well, have we got a deal for you. The best real estate deals in Boston aren’t in one specific area, but in one particular type of real estate: parking spaces.

All right, listen to me. They might be a little flat, but if you want cheap land in town, this is your best chance to be able to say “Yeah, I own a place downtown” (maybe avoid elaborating on the details). And Boston is an unfortunately car-dependent city, so you might argue that owning a parking space is even more desirable than the deed of a high-maintenance house or apartment (you’ll never have one. high electricity bill or the need for a new water heater when you have a parking space).

“Parking never loses value,” says Marcella Sliney, Sales Associate at Coldwell Banker Realty. “It’s an excellent investment.

Not to mention the fact that some parking spots cost as little as $ 60,000, you’ll find that the parking spots are actually the cheapest listings in town (it doesn’t matter if you can buy a one-bedroom condo at that. prices in places like Dallas). Whether in a garage or in the open, we have found some of the most popular parking spaces for sale for you.

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170, rue Tremont, # 37, Downtown
Price: $ 50,000

This one is for those who like a little luxury. The downtown space has valet parking so you can just leave the keys behind while you enjoy all that downtown has to offer. When you’re ready to go, simply call the valet and the car will be brought to you directly. No more worrying about being late for a show in the Theater District thanks to the T deadlines or searching for a seat again! (Now you can blame all your delays on Boston traffic instead.)

735 Harrison Avenue, South End
Price: $ 70,000

Be careful, big cars! This single garage space is described as oversized, so you won’t have any trouble maneuvering your SUV here. It also offers covered parking in the historically congested South End. Of course, to get that spot, you actually have to be a resident of the South End, a neighborhood where the median price of a home is $ 1 million, according to realtor.com. Oh and did we mention there’s a monthly fee of $ 67 as well? But the end result is still a parking spot in one of the city’s notoriously congested neighborhoods.

151, rue Tremont, unit UL405, downtown
Price: $ 69,000

Weekly cleanings! A full-time attendant! This downtown private garage has it all, including services that your current home doesn’t have. The space on the fourth upper level will give you access to stress-free parking so you can easily get to the center of the Hub. And even better are the views! Located across from the Common, you’ll also enjoy breathtaking views of the city’s best green spaces when entering and exiting the garage, providing just another touch of luxury you won’t find at home.

Zero Bolton D4, Boston South
Price: $ 65,000

Finding parking should be simple and easy with this location, which is one of ten for sale in newly paved lot near the Broadway T stop (buy the set if you really feel like investing!). The exclusive space is for everyone, whether you live in Boston or beyond, and is within walking distance of Southie’s most popular destinations, according to Sliney. You’ll be the envy of all your friends when you have a place to park while they roam the streets looking for a spot or sacrifice their lawn chairs to save space.

1313 Washington St U4A & U4B, south end
Price: $ 140,000

A two for one special that brings you once again to the quite affordable South End Market! You don’t even have to be a resident of this luxury apartment building to purchase this tandem parking space on the upper level of the Willakes Passage condominium’s air-conditioned garage, perfect for a hangout on winter days. The mini-tandem spot is near the elevator and stairs for easy access. A key fob allows you to get in and out of the garage and provides an extra layer of security if parking garages are making you anxious. And while you don’t need to own a spot in the building, you do have to pay condo fees, but luckily they only cost $ 185.26 per month!

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Council Moves Forward With Removal Of Two Covered Parking Spaces Requirement When Building ADU – Pasadena Now

The city council proceeded to the second reading of an ordinance which will remove the obligation to provide two covered parking spaces during the construction of an accessory housing (ADU) of more than 150 square feet.

The new construction of an ADU requires two covered parking spaces with a carport or a closed garage. Small additions of up to 150 square feet to single family dwellings are exempt from this requirement.

City Manager Steve Mermell initiated a zoning code change “to eliminate the requirement to provide two covered parking spaces when constructing any addition, regardless of size, to an existing single-family home,” according to a report municipal staff.

Recently enacted state laws limit the types of parking requirements that local agencies can place on ADUs, whether they are detached or converted from existing structures. The zoning code requires two covered parking spaces in a garage or carport. A special arrangement allows for additions of a maximum total of 150 square feet without requiring the requirement of covered parking for two cars.

Therefore, any addition to an existing residence, including the construction of an accessory structure such as a pool house or workshop of more than 150 square feet, results in the requirement to provide two covered spaces inside. a garage or a carport.

The code provides an exception for designated historic resources, in which an owner can request a waiver of the covered parking requirement when adding a floor area if an existing one-car garage contributes to the importance of property and / or neighborhood and is in good condition. or will be restored to good condition as part of the work to add floor space to the dwelling.

The current rules create an injustice for homeowners looking to build additions that often do not generate additional parking demand.

The ordinance removes significant financial barriers for homeowners looking to modernize and improve their properties and bring parking regulations into line with those imposed by state law for ADUs.

State law exempts ADUs from the requirement to construct covered parking and permits the use of driveways to meet off-street parking requirements.

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The concrete of the Natick mall parking lot was hanging down, pulled from the ceiling

NATICK – A Natick mall parking lot is safe after teams identified a piece of concrete that appeared to hang from a ceiling inside the garage, according to Brookfield Properties, the mall owner.

“It does not affect the structural integrity of the garage. This is in no way compromised, ”said Lindsay Kahn, spokesperson for Brookfield Properties.

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The roughly 2 x 1 foot piece of concrete never fell and was removed from the second story ceiling inside Garage C, located across from the old Sears store. It should be fixed within a week, Kahn said.

Mall security took notice of the hanging concrete on Sunday, the mall notified Natick’s fire department and building commissioner, and both sides said there was no need to evacuate the garage, according to Kahn.

Natick’s Fire Department referred the inquiries to Building Commissioner David Gusmini. Gusmini did not return calls and an email requesting comment on Monday.

“We took immediate action,” Kahn said, noting that the garage never closed after the discovery of the hanging concrete. “No one was injured and we are fixing (the concrete).”

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Garage C is over 25 years old and is inspected regularly by the Brookfield structural engineer, Kahn said.

Henry Schwan is a multimedia reporter for the Daily News. Follow Henry on Twitter @henrymetrowest. He can be reached at [email protected] or 508-626-3964.

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City Council Submits Proposal to Lease 99 Parking Spaces at Cherry Street Hotel | Local

A discussion of four proposals from the developers of the Cherry Street Hotel was an important part of Monday night’s city council meeting.

Council members cast a vote to allow the hotel to rent 99 parking spaces in the Tenth and Cherry municipal garage. These spaces would accommodate the guests of the future six-storey hotel with 140 rooms.

According to a council note, 31 spaces on level C of the car park would be marked “Hotel Only Spaces”. The 68 additional spaces of the project would remain unreserved.

Because the garage is now at full capacity, developers would have priority to rent out the 68 vacant spaces as they become available, paying the standard monthly rate, according to a board note.

Several people came forward during the public comments section of the meeting to say they feared residents would lose their permits for the garage or land at the bottom of the waiting list to receive a permit.

There were also concerns about how the loss of hourly parking spots would affect small businesses and downtown workers.

Council members and residents, however, saw the economic benefits of a third hotel in the city center.

Council members unanimously approved a design adjustment that would combine two lots for the project and waive a utility easement requirement.

In another action, the board approved:

• A proposal to build a half-street with a curb along Hitt Street to accommodate a sidewalk and a future loading area for the hotel.

• Construction of two wet pools, a boardwalk with gazebo and a series of trails as part of the MKT Wetlands Improvement Project. The construction will cost $ 120,000.

• The design and construction of a fourth generation unit at the landfill gas-fired power plant for the city’s landfill. This unit is part of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan and its estimated cost is $ 2 million. It will be financed by the funds of the electric utilities.

• A six-month delay in enforcing short-term rental regulations, such as those offered by Airbnb, Vrbo and others in the online vacation rental market. Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission have been trying to establish bylaws for years, but it has proven difficult.

• Installation of a $ 300,000 fence atop the Fifth and Walnut Parking Garage to prevent people from jumping off the roof.

• A proposal to compensate retailers 25 cents for each trash bag voucher used to cover costs associated with the new trash program. This was approved by a 6-1 vote, with fifth city councilor Matt Pitzer voting against.

The city council will meet again on August 2.

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Residents of Bed-Stuy claim the auto shop is hogging parking spots with suspicious vehicles

Bed-Stuy residents say a local auto shop is taking up all the open parking spots on their street.

Lines of cars on St. Andrew’s Place have made it difficult for residents to find a spot, and they say it’s been a nightmare for years.

Some claim a nearby auto shop moves license plates on different cars – some have no plates at all. They say they tried to vent their frustrations at the store, but there was no compromise.

Fed up and with no resolution, they started compiling data on all the cars and noticed that some had been there for months or even years. They say they also discovered that the plates do not match the VIN numbers.

Residents are concerned that older people and disabled members of the neighborhood community will have trouble finding a place near their homes.

“You should be able to park within a reasonable distance of your home, and unfortunately, because of the actions of this body shop, that’s not possible nor us,” says resident Alexa Schachter.

Aman, who identified himself as the owner of New Horizon Auto Body, told News 12 he parks his cars in a separate parking lot and is not responsible for any cars parked on nearby streets. He says he told N&B Auto Care next door that they should move the cars.

A mechanic from N&B Auto Care said the cars were legally registered and they had spoken to NYPD, who told them it was not illegal.

However, police sources who patrol the area told News 12 they had tried to get rid of the cars – many of which are in disrepair – but when the sanitation comes out they say the staff become very aggressive.

Neighbors plan to express their frustrations to local elected officials.

The city’s sanitation department said in a statement, “We have responded to several complaints about abandoned vehicles, but in each case the vehicle has been claimed by the owner, and New York Sanitation cannot not take away private property”.

He added that the area is on his radar.

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San Jose parking reduction proposal gets mixed reactions – NBC Bay Area

Parking is always a hot commodity.

But starting next week, the city of San Jose will begin publicizing a plan to potentially reduce the number of parking spaces in the city.

Since the 1930s, San José has been a city built for cars with plenty of parking spaces to accommodate them.

But now we live with concerns about the rising cost of living, traffic jams and climate change.

Justin Wang is with the Greenbelt Alliance, one of the groups helping the City of San Jose contact residents about a proposal to reduce the number of parking spaces developers currently need to incorporate into their projects. .

Wang said the current costs of building all of that parking lot are passed on to tenants or home buyers.

“We need to reframe our mindset and instead of spending millions and millions in parking lots,” he said. “How about investing in ways to help people get around that are just as efficient but are better for greenhouse gas emissions. Better for the miles people travel.

Wang said that all of these parking spaces make people buy vehicles and drive more.

So, theoretically, if you build fewer spaces, people will own fewer cars. This would ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This is a theory that not everyone agrees with.

“For example, the state of San Jose is a suburban school. People don’t really live here and don’t go to school here. They come from different cities, ”said Mike Duong, a San Jose resident. “So reducing parking, not having places to park. It won’t be easy for a lot of people.

To be clear, the proposal is not intended to reduce the parking lot currently available.

San Jose has some limitations, like a less developed transportation system, including a light rail system that hasn’t been running for over a month.

Yet there are people who are open to change.

“Once the ATV is back in service, we have a lot of options for bike sharing, local transit. We use Cal Train quite frequently, ”said Luke Reilly, a San Jose resident.

San Jose City Council could make a decision later this year.

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Homeless camps appear in downtown parking lots – Palo Alto Daily Post

Homeless settlements are common in San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco, but now people live in the city-owned parking lot at 520 Webster Ave. in downtown Palo Alto, as shown in this July 1 photo. Post a photo by Dave Price.

This story first appeared in the Daily Post on July 2. A follow-up story printed on July 9 appears below.

In this July 1 photo, campers have set up a makeshift kitchen adjacent to their sleeping area. On the ceiling beam at the back are beer bottles and a radio. A cart is at the back of the kitchen. Post photos by Dave Price.

BY DAVE PRICE
Daily Articles Editor

Two homeless camps have sprung up on the upper floors of the Webster / Cowper garage at 520 Webster Ave., just one block from University Avenue.

Such encampments are not unusual in other California cities, but they are new in downtown Palo Alto.

No one was home yesterday, but tents, electric heaters, a Weber barbecue, keypad and radio had been installed by locals.

The garage didn’t have a lot of cars yesterday, and most of them were on the first two floors. Thus, the upper floors provided plenty of space for residents to stretch out.

Follow-up article printed on July 9

Police try to help homeless people with housing and services

BY DAVE PRICE
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The city mainly dismantled an elaborate homeless encampment in the Webster / Cowper parking structure of Palo Alto, through two more tents at different levels of the garage.

How do campers get electricity to run heaters and cell phones? They plug into electrical outlets in the town garage.

Such encampments are common in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, but there aren’t many in Palo Alto. And when they appear here, they attract the attention of locals and the police.

Last Friday (July 2), the Post printed several photos of the homeless camps in the garage at 520 Webster Street, showing things like a makeshift kitchen with a Weber barbecue.

On Saturday July 3, police issued a notice allowing them to remove abandoned property within 48 hours. City public works workers helped clean up the encampment on Tuesday, July 6.

Palo Alto Deputy Police Chief Andrew Binder said yesterday (July 8) officers are trying to resolve issues with a compassionate approach that treats campers like human beings.

“It’s been a problem in Palo Alto for many years and we’re not going to fix it overnight,” Binder told the Post. “We will get involved but we will do our best to take non-punitive approaches.”

One of the tents in the Webster / Cowper garage. photo of July 1.

This means offering homeless people services ranging from mental health counseling to housing.

“One of the things that frustrates me is that not everyone wants help,” he said.

When the police encounter homeless settlements, the police come out first and talk to the campers to see what services they need. Then the police will post a notice saying that in 48 hours the city will confiscate the abandoned property.
Such a notice was posted by police at the garage on Saturday, Binder said.

When they start to dismantle a homeless settlement, city workers are faced with a question: “There is garbage and debris and then there is the staff. It is part of our job to understand what is what.

“For our homeless people who live there, that’s all they have. It’s their sense of worth, their belonging, what they have in this world, ”Binder said. “That’s why (the approach we take) must be compassionate. And I think that’s what the community is looking for.

A motorhome provides outdoor advertising for Amazon Prime in this July 1 photo.

He said the idea of ​​stopping the homeless is low on the police’s list of remedies.

“We could go out there and move everyone out of that garage and next week they could be in another garage, or they could be in one of our parks, or they could come back,” Binder said.

“It’s not something that resolves overnight.”

A step in the direction of solving these problems is a new program that will put a mental health professional on the streets, paired with an agent, to help bring psychological services to those in need and prevent them from committing crimes. crimes that will put them in jail. The mental health professional will accompany the workers when they visit places such as homeless camps. The program, called the Psychological Emergency Response Team or PERT, will be funded by Santa Clara County and Binder said he hopes it can begin this fall.

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A new pedestrian promenade could accompany the Edwardsville parking lot

EDWARDSVILLE – Now that the city has secured ownership of the right-of-way access from Main Street North as well as its original access from Hillsboro Avenue for a possible parking garage, City Council members have approved the next step in the process Tuesday.

Aldermen approved spending of $ 140,566 for a professional services agreement with Horner and Shifrin, Inc., for a study on the downtown boardwalk and parking lot. The objective of the study is to improve parking in the northeast corner of North Main and Vandalia streets. Funding will come from the city’s TIF # 2 account.

Many questions about downtown parking solutions remain unanswered:

• Where exactly would a parking garage go and how big would it be?

• How many levels of parking would be required?

• Where would employees and customers park during its construction?

• How long would it take to build and what would the construction schedule be?

• Would it cost to park in the new garage and if so, how much and who receives these revenues?

• Would there be retail or residential businesses on the ground floor to help offset the cost?

• What about green options – electric charging stations; solar panels; Wind mill; a green roof?

• Are there alternatives to building a huge parking lot and what are they?

Horner and Shifrin will explore a new opportunity to create a downtown destination in this corner, with a linear park and nearby parking structure built near existing parking lots behind buildings on the east side of North Main.

“This is an exciting development in the history of our community and our downtown core,” said Alderman SJ Morrison. “It’s not just for downtown parking, but also for what it would look like for an iconic pedestrian plaza in our community.

“Obviously, we know downtown needs parking. We have to solve this problem which has been a problem for 50 years in Edwardsville, ”he said.

He said the consultant will do a full needs assessment – talk to stakeholders, businesses and landowners to determine what the needs are, and the consultant will develop financing concepts and models.

“I saw the concept today and I really like it,” Alderman Jack Burns said. “I think with this proposal, if we can see where it’s doable, I think these developers will pay, in part, for the garage itself just by setting up [retail/residential] space. I think it’s a great concept.

The consultants will assess all aspects of the opportunity and present their findings in a position paper, which should be completed by the end of November, Public Works Director Eric Williams said on Friday.

He said it was too early in the process for renderings of the walkway or garage, a construction schedule or a final cost for the project.

“It’s very exciting and very transformative for downtown and for all of Edwardsville,” said Williams. He agreed that the parking problem has been around for decades, but it’s a good problem for a city to tackle because it means it attracts employees, customers, and visitors who want to be in that area.

In the first phase, the project engineer will design and plan a promenade or linear park that passes behind the current chain of businesses, creating a place where visitors can dine, stroll, visit and connect. This promenade would run north-south between the existing buildings and the neighboring parking lot.

Two kick-off meetings are planned. One is a city and partner forum, while the other is for the steering committee. Horner and Shifrin recommend that city officials create such a committee and assign these people to guide the project.

Next, plans call for an operator / business owner focus group meeting with subsequent follow-up meetings. Additionally, there will be monthly virtual meetings with the city to discuss project details and get status updates.

For the second phase, data will be defined and collected using maps and research – property maintenance, speed limits, traffic volumes, utility maps, stormwater mapping, soil information, assessment environment and conditions existing today.

The next phase will use the available data to assess existing conditions against the mission, vision, goals and technical analysis of the program. Then, a parking study will be carried out.

With all this information, the engineer will consider two to three options for financing and operating a new parking lot, depending on the determined parking space needs and the final scale of the garage. No more than three sitemap alternatives will be prepared, including number of parking lots, ADA access, amenities and more, based on feedback from upcoming meetings.

In addition, on Tuesday, the council unanimously approved the following points:

• A resolution authorizing the submission of an application to the Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD) for a community planning grant to help develop a master plan for bicycles and pedestrians. The grant would cover up to 40 percent of the cost of the plan, not to exceed $ 40,000

• A resolution allocating funds from the fuel tax (MFT) to take into account the city’s share of the 157 shared use trails project, ie $ 207,800. The path runs along Route 157 from Enclave Boulevard to Lewis Road

• Approval of a local public agency agreement for federal funds to assist in the construction of the shared-use trail on Route 157 between Enclave Boulevard and Lewis Road.

The next city council meeting is July 20 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 118 Hillsboro Ave.

Contact reporter Charles Bolinger at 618-659-5735

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UToledo speeds up parking lot demolition after Florida collapse

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The University of Toledo is accelerating plans to demolish its parking lots in response to the nationwide conversation within concrete structures following the tragedy of the Surfside Condominium collapse in Florida and recent inspections for annual repairs.

The east and west ramp garages were due to be demolished next year, but demolition is now taking place this summer on garages built in 1976.

On its website, the administration explains that with all car parks, damage caused by de-icing salts, snow removal, winter freezes and exposure to the sun and water affects the life of the structures.

In a statement posted on the university’s website, Jason Toth, senior associate vice president for administration, said, “Garage degradation continues at an accelerated rate compared to what we have seen in recent years. and for the safety of our community on campus, we had to go up our timeline to eliminate them.

As a precaution, the two parking structures will henceforth be replaced by land with paved surfaces. A nonprofit called SP +, from Chicago, will also take over day-to-day operations. The university is expected to spend $ 9 million demolishing the east and west garages, as well as paving, tripping, resurfacing and repairs over the next few years.

“Despite our best efforts to extend the structural integrity of garages, they have reached the end of their useful life. … we are convinced that these short-term drawbacks are necessary for the positive long-term impacts on the University, ”Toth said.

“I never really used the parking garages so it’s not too bad for me. I don’t know a lot of people who use the parking lots, but I’m sure for safety it’s a good idea, ”says Toledo student Molly Ryan.

“I mean, if they wanted to demolish it anyway and it protects everyone, then yeah, I think that’s a good idea,” says Amid Gahadrad, a junior at Toledo.

909 spaces in the east ramp and 750 spaces in the west ramp will be eliminated, but once the garages are removed there will still be over 6,700 parking spaces on the main campus and 4,400 spaces on the health sciences campus . The university says it will also factor in forecasted parking demands based on enrollment and employment trends, it expects to have excess parking spaces.

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Column: Will the reduction in parking spaces transform San Diego, other cities for the better?

The highly controversial removal of parking spaces on 30th Street in North Park to make way for cycle lanes is part of a national trend to rethink the need for vehicle parking in an effort to remake metropolitan areas for the better .

San Diego and many other cities have reduced and eliminated parking requirements that, for decades, have been mandatory for development of almost every kind. At the same time, they replaced parking spaces and vehicle lanes with more pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, open-air restaurant seating, cycle paths and, in some cases, housing.

Urban planners and other supporters of this approach have high expectations for the results: moderating climate change, facilitating lower-cost housing, improving road safety, encouraging healthier lifestyles and increasing social interaction.

Since policies to relax parking mandates are still relatively new across the country – truly in the last few years – not enough time has passed to judge their success in achieving these lofty goals. .

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Certainly, the idea that less parking will mean all of these good things to its skeptics. Just ask the business owners along 30th Street and their community customers.

“We barely survived COVID, and now that pretty much puts the nail in the coffin,” Liz Saba, owner of Presley & Co., a 30th Street jewelry store, said during a recent protest after the city painted the curbs red in advance of setting up cycle paths.

The 30th Street Protected Bikeways Mobility Project is installing bike lanes from Juniper Street to Adams Avenue. To do this, the city is getting rid of 450 curb parking spaces.

“The city has been pushing projects all over the city, trying to improve safety, and this is just a continuation of that,” Everett Hauser, program manager in the city’s transportation department, told Andrea Lopez-Villafaña of the Union-Tribune of San Diego. .

”. . . This ties in with the other major policy objective, the Climate Action Plan, which has. . . the ultimate goal of reducing our dependence on vehicle travel. (This reduces) emissions and improved bike paths are that perfect candidate, especially in a community like North Park, which is very dense and has destinations close to you.

He added that a limited number of on-street parking will still be available and an underutilized parking garage in North Park will still be available. The city plans to eventually study the economic impact of cycle paths.

Overall, San Diego has eliminated parking requirements for subdivisions within half a mile of transit lanes and reduced them elsewhere. There are no parking requirements for secondary suites, formerly known as “granny flats”, anywhere, which has caused dismay in some suburban neighborhoods.

San Diego is also considering lift parking warrants for businesses in certain regions.

This does not mean that subdivisions and businesses cannot provide parking, but that would be largely left to market forces. As elsewhere, San Diego is preparing to make parking an optional accessory, likely to cost the user directly.

Already, parking spaces are very expensive and occupy valuable real estate.

The city has estimated that parking needs add $ 40,000 to $ 90,000 to the cost of building a home, which can increase rents and mortgages.

Some city planners, like Donald Shoup at UCLA, point out that mandatory parking usually forces people to pay for it even if they aren’t using it. He adds that the so-called “free parking” – in parking lots and on city streets – simply encourages driving while depriving cities of more land use and increased tax revenues. arise.

Limiting parking and making it more expensive, for example through higher meter charges at certain times of the day, is not universally supported. Nor does the notion of limiting when and where people can drive or charging congestion charges for driving in specific areas during rush hour.

Experts say such disincentives only work if there are practical transportation alternatives. San Diego and many other cities don’t, at least not to the extent that it drastically changes the way people travel.

There is a lot of ambition for a great expansion of public transit at the municipal, state and federal levels. We won’t know how these plans unfold for years to come. Meanwhile, the age-old political battle of roads versus public transportation doesn’t seem to be going away.

What also doesn’t seem to be going away, however, is the tendency to revamp the parking strategy. Buffalo, NY, became the first city in the United States stop requiring that development projects include at least a minimum number of parking spaces, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Other cities across the country, including San Diego, have adopted similar measures.

The California legislature has grappled with parking requirements in past legislation, and more are on the way. Many policies, like the one in San Diego, do away with warrants within half a mile of transit. It doesn’t sound like much, but it can be a long walk if a bike or other alternative isn’t available or feasible.

One of the big concerns in getting people to stop using their cars has been to fill the so-called “first mile, last mile” gap that many face in getting from home to transit to their destination and back. . The same problem arises for half a mile. In San Diego, smart cars, scooters, and dockless bike rentals haven’t been the answer so far.

American car culture really exploded after WWII, with the growth of suburbs and highways. That was over half a century ago.

As government leaders and planners seek to move towards denser housing with access to nearby commercial, recreational and social spaces, the discussion tends to focus on zoning redesigns and transit solutions.

But the fate of the small parking lot can play a disproportionate role in all of this.

In 2018, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit District The board agreed to build affordable housing in its parking lots which officials said were not being used enough. It could be a sign of things to come.

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Tenants need parking spaces to charge cars

Regarding “Roadside recharging sites” (Lettres, July 7) and “Limited spaces for recharging electric vehicles” (Lettres, July 9): another serious limitation to extending the ownership of electric vehicles to San Francisco is the inability of tenants to charge their vehicles in their parking spaces in existing residential buildings, as they generally cannot be billed individually for electricity use in common areas like parking garages, which is billed to the owner. In addition to requiring parking for electric cars in new apartment buildings, as one writer carefully suggested, more San Francisco tenants would buy electric vehicles if building owners of existing apartments with parking added recharging capacity to some of the spaces – another area that city / state policy should take into account.

Pay the fair share

On “Utilities Attack Rooftop Solar Power” (Open Forum, July 3): Under the state’s rooftop solar subsidy program, Net Energy Metering, non-solar customers – including seniors, low-income Californians and renters – are paying about $ 200 more per year in their utility bills to cover generous grants given to homeowners who install solar panels. By 2030, this amount will rise to over $ 500 / year if the NEM is not reformed. Since 1995, when NEM was established, the credits solar power owners receive for reselling their excess electricity to the grid have increased while the cost of solar power has fallen by 70%. The credit is so generous that owners of solar roofs, who tend to be wealthier, pay only nominal and sometimes even zero electricity bills. They no longer pay their fair share for grid maintenance, programs for low-income customers, energy efficiency programs, etc. These costs are unfairly passed on to non-solar customers. Inflated grants mean homeowners pay off an average rooftop solar system in less than five years, but receive these generous grants for 20 years. We believe that NEM can and should be reformed. Done well, rooftop solar adoption will continue to grow, but in a way that ensures all customers continue to pay their fair share.

Hene Kelly, Legislative Director, California Alliance for Retired Americans, San Francisco

Newsom’s indecision

“The governor did his best” (Letters, July 7) suggests we step into his shoes during the COVID-19 crisis. Yes, those were tough times, and there was no set plan for how to respond. His bland indecision about business has been very damaging to the economy (I own a business). Now, what if I were in his shoes? Maybe not go to a fancy restaurant when I had told everyone to stay home.

Jim Gray, Rodeo

Bring back the baby clinics

Regarding “Time to invest in neighborhood health clinics” (Letters, July 8): The author suggests neighborhood health clinics. A radical idea? When I moved to Bernal Heights in 1961, there was a free Well-Baby clinic a few blocks out of town, in an empty storefront, staffed one morning every two weeks with a doctor and nurse. . They checked length, weight, general health and development, indicated when inoculations were due and administered them if the parent wanted, and referred issues for further medical examination if necessary. What a concept – basic preventive care where it was most likely to be useful! Today? Load all of your kids on two city buses and walk blocks to get to a “neighborhood” health center. Does San Francisco have the courage to try and revive Well-Baby clinics, and perhaps Well-Senior screening, in neighborhoods where statistics show it is needed most? (Seniors’ centers that offer testing do not advertise it to non-members). Studies repeatedly show that preventative medicine saves more money than it costs – and yes, we should try it.

Miriam Mueller, San Francisco

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City Closes Chestnut Street Condo Tower Parking Garage

The shutdown follows Crain’s July 7 report that the owners of the eight-story parking lot at the bottom of the 57-story tower had failed to repair the concrete support columns which, according to a 2018 report by a consultant in engineering, “must be carried out as soon as possible, as the conditions present an imminent danger to the users of the installation and to the structure itself.”

Consulting firm Walker Consultants wrote to garage owners in early July 2021, saying that to its knowledge the repairs “have not been carried out to date” and that it is “highly likely that the worrying conditions have worsened” .

With the catastrophic collapse of a condominium building in Surfside, Fla. Alive in their minds, residents of 111 E. Chestnut told Crain’s, “My stomach pains me” and “I can’t sleep at night.” . A resident said she had banned her family and other visitors from parking in the garage in recent years, after learning that repairs had not been made.

In response to Crain’s request for comment for the July 7 story, a spokesperson for the city’s buildings department said officials would send inspectors to the garage. On Saturday morning July 10, a spokesperson for the buildings department said in an emailed statement: “The owners have agreed to close the garage while repairs are in progress.”

The tower contains two separate owner associations, one for the residential component and one for the eight storeys of the parking garage.

On July 9, according to an email sent to the owners of condos in the tower, the lawyer for the residential association “received a call from the town’s lawyers at 5:15 p.m. indicating that the garage is being repaired. closed “to allow urgent reinforcement of the decrepit, 50-year-old concrete.

The public parking lot was closed at 5 p.m., according to the email, and individual space owners “have 48 hours to get their cars out of the garage.”

The garage owner will try to arrange temporary secure parking for the 111 E. Chestnut residents in the 900 N. Michigan Avenue parking garage, according to the email.

In 2018, Walker Consulting estimated the cost of the most urgent repairs to be around $ 500,000 and the total amount to be between $ 4 million and $ 6 million. Lawyers for the residential component of the tower this week sent residents an assurance that the Homeowners Association “will pursue all legal remedies available to it, including seeking an injunction, to bring the Garages Association to make urgently needed repairs. The costs of this company will ultimately be borne by the association of garage owners.

As of Friday, 79 people had died in the Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside, according to the Miami Herald, and 61 were still missing.

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The car park of the future

Many of the garages that SP Plus, a Chicago-based company, runs across the country are using hands-free door systems and mobile payments “to create a contactless experience,” said Jeff Eckerling, the company’s chief growth officer. . Overall, the company oversees “more than two million” parking spaces at several thousand locations, including more than 70 airports, he said.

Despite contactless technology, the stay-at-home restrictions that were imposed more than a year ago due to the coronavirus have taken their toll on the parking lot industry. An empty parking space is like a subway car without passengers, a baseball stadium without fans.

“Our whole industry has been hit very hard, from hotels to airports to event venues,” Eckerling said.

Not surprisingly, he said, New York was among the first cities where parking recovered. “If you go back four months, we were almost at pre-Covid levels,” he added. “So many workers used public transport, but it only takes a small number of trips to the office and driving to create a real win for our company.”

The history of parking in the United States is not particularly romantic. Most reports date the first public garages to the early 1930s, around the time car ownership began to grow. Car “jockeys” handled the business, and cars were often placed on platforms and routed to available spaces.

By the 1950s, a construction boom had filled town centers with garages, giving people more convenient access to shops and businesses. The mid-20th century also brought the introduction of multi-storey garages with ramps and “do-it-yourself” parking.

Some parts of the Flash vision were indeed recently in Hoboken, NJ, where the company partnered with LAZ Parking in one of its garages. High-tech cameras at both entrances are programmed to read license plates to identify cars whose drivers may have prepaid online, or have a monthly residential contract, or only want an hourly ticket. (No need to draw one from a machine; just wave at a screen and the ticket is dispensed.)

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Cash is no longer accepted in RDU parking lots as ParkRDU becomes cashless

MORRISVILLE, NC (WNCN) – Your money’s no longer good in parking lots at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Airport parking lots officially went cashless on Wednesday morning.

ParkRDU now offers contactless technology that allows travelers to pay for parking without having to come into contact with a cash register.

RDU officials say customers must reserve parking at least 24 hours in advance via the airport reservation system.

Entrances to the car park now open with a QR code and a license plate reader will automatically open the door when travelers leave, according to RDU.

Credit card scanners are now located at each entry and exit lane so customers can pay with mobile apps if they choose. Payment terminals on foot are also set up for all those who wish to pay with their smartphone or watch outside their vehicle.

Online reservation is not mandatory for parking, but it is the best way to ensure you have a place.

All major credit cards are accepted, and travelers without a card can use the “ReadySTATION” kiosks in Terminal 2, according to RDU officials.

According to RDU, the benefits of cashless are contactless payment, reduced waiting times and effortless online booking.

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Man Threats To Sexually Assault Woman In Santa Monica Parking Lot And Steals Vehicle (Police)

A couple were leaving a Santa Monica parking lot early Friday morning when a man allegedly attacked them and took off with their SUV, officials said.

Just before 1:30 a.m., the couple were about to leave a parking lot in the 1500 block of 2nd Street, when a man approached them as they were sitting in a jeep with the roof on. lowered. The man, later identified as Preston B. Rochon, 30, allegedly grabbed the woman and threatened to sexually assault her, according to a press release from the Santa Monica Police Department.

The driver attempted to intervene, but during the physical altercation Rochon jumped behind the wheel and took off, police said.

As the male victim chased his own vehicle, Rochan backed up and crushed him, leaving him with “significant” injuries, officials said.

The female victim was then treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Shortly after, officers arrested Rochon, a native of Texas, after claiming he crashed into a barricade outside the Santa Monica Pier.

“This incident is an anomaly, but this incident strikes a chord,” Santa Monica City Councilor Phil Brock told KTLA.

Rochon was convicted of attempted murder, carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a view to committing a sexual act, police said.

“According to my information, he was not housed and was on drugs at the time,” Brock said, adding that the town’s homeless population was increasing. “Of course, the situation in Santa Monica is getting worse because as LA and Venice try to improve their situation, a lot of these people are migrating to Santa Monica. “

A recently approved municipal budget provides funding for services to address the growing homeless crisis, Brock said, including a community resource unit for the Santa Monica Fire Department to address health issues and a LA County Mental Health Unit.

“But even that is not enough. We need double the resources we have. We need the county, we need the state, we need the federal government to step up, ”he added. “We need more help for the homeless in Santa Monica.

Anyone with additional information regarding the July 2 incident is urged to contact Detective Burciaga at 310-458-8932 or the department’s 24-hour line at 310-458-8427.

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