March 2022

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A video shows a man wanted for scribbling a swastika in the parking lot of a gymnasium in New Dorp; Hate Crimes Task Force Investigating

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for questioning in connection with an alleged swastika that was drawn on a pillar in a parking lot in New Dorp.

The incident, which sparked a hate crime investigation, happened March 1 in an underground Retro Fitness parking lot at 2590 Hylan Blvd., according to a written statement from the NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information. .

An individual drew a swastika on a support beam inside the parking lot before fleeing the scene in a dark gray Infiniti G37 four-door sedan, according to the police statement.

An investigation is being conducted by the Hate Crimes Task Force.

Police released surveillance video showing a group of at least four people inside the parking lot. One of the individuals, a man wearing a red hoodie and pants with a distinctive print, walks away from the group and appears to be drawing a black swastika on a white and yellow pillar inside the garage. The same man is captured talking on a cellphone in video provided by police.

Police have also released a photo of an Infinity they are looking to locate in connection with the incident.

The NYPD is seeking guidance on an incident where a parking lot at 2590 Hylan Boulevard in New Dorp was vandalized with swastika graffiti in March 2022. Police released this photo of a car authorities are trying to locate in connection with the incident. (Courtesy of NYPD)

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA ( 74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging on to the CrimeStoppers website at or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

Swastika in the parking lot

The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with an alleged swastika drawn in a parking lot at 2590 Hylan Blvd. in New Dorp. (Courtesy of NYPD)

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The NYPD is seeking guidance on an incident where a parking lot at 2590 Hylan Boulevard in New Dorp was vandalized with swastika graffiti in March 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with an alleged swastika drawn in a parking lot at 2590 Hylan Blvd. in New Dorp. (Courtesy of NYPD)

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Patients frustrated with contractors taking up parking spaces at Worcestershire Royal Hospital

THE parking situation at the Royal Worcestershire Hospital has come under fire after claims construction crews were taking up spaces.

A tweet claimed that “20 contractor vans” were parked in the parking lot after a visit.

The hospital is currently working on major county A&E department expansion projects.

When completed, the work will see the relocation of the Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s A&E department and the creation of a new ’emergency village’ on the site.

Patients and visitors have been provided with free parking at the city hospital since the peak of the covid pandemic.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced the benefit would end nationwide last Friday.

However, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said it would continue to offer free parking for Worcestershire Royal patients until June 1 and would continue to offer free parking for staff until the end of June.

We have contacted Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust for comment on the parking situation.

Read more: End of free parking for Worcestershire Royal Hospital patients

Drawings have already shown a 971 square meter single storey extension to the Aconbury East side of the hospital which will house its new emergency and urgent care facilities.

A dedicated A&E service for children will also be included.

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Albany wants commuters out of residential parking spots

ALBANY – State employees, beware.

The city’s council is considering an ordinance to crack down on commuters who abuse a loophole in the city’s residential parking permit system, evicting residents.

The ordinance does not change much of the permit system itself, rather it is intended to reinforce the intent of the original legislation.

The changes will prohibit drivers who do not have a residential permit from parking in a residential area for more than two hours, even if they change parking spaces.

Tension over parking between out-of-town commuters and in-town residents is nothing new. City residents have complained about commuters flooding parking on residential streets, especially around large employers such as the state government and Albany Medical Center Hospital, for years.

The parking permit system, which was passed in 2010 and went into effect in 2013, was intended to address this problem by creating three zones around the State Capitol where residents could apply for a limited number of parking permits. Since then, the state has also built new parking lots for employees.

Council members said they have received complaints over the years from residents about out-of-town drivers abusing the system by parking in one spot for two hours and then moving their car to another location for a work break.

“The purpose of the legislation is to protect residents who live in very congested areas,” said Alfredo Balarin, city councilor for the tenth arrondissement, sponsor of the legislation.

The council’s law committee approved the order at a meeting Tuesday, 4-1.

Sixth Ward councilwoman Gabriella Romero was the only one not to vote. Romero explained that she opposes the legislation on two fronts. Her main concern was that the legislation created criminal liability for people who violated it – something she personally opposed, she said. She added that she was also concerned about students or others who might visit businesses in the Lark Street area and spend more than two hours studying or doing other work.

The parking permit system operates from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The system is divided into three zones around the State Capitol, with a total of 3,500 spaces available for residents. Zone A includes parts of the Center Square, Washington Park, Hudson/Park and Park South neighborhoods. The other two areas include parts of the Mansion, Pastures and Ten Broeck Triangle neighborhoods.

Matthew Peter, executive director of the Albany Parking Authority, said if the ordinance passes, authority employees will use license plate readers to track how long cars have been parked in an area. If the reader spots a license plate that is not in the permit system and then reads the same plate anywhere else in the same area more than two hours later, the employee can issue a ticket.

The ordinance will take effect 60 days after it is passed by the full council. Peter said the authority would give commuters a two-week grace period to adjust to the new rules, with employees leaving a note on violators’ windshields before starting to write tickets.

Part of the problem with pre-applying was due to technology, Peter said. Employees used to chalk the tires of cars that weren’t in the permit system and could issue tickets if they saw them past the two-hour mark.

“Now with license plate readers, we can apply the intent behind it,” he said. “I think that will solve at least some of the problems.”

He said commuters who are concerned about parking and don’t want to use employer-provided options have other choices, including CDTA’s incentive parking system.

*This story has been updated to clarify Councilwoman Gabriella Romero’s concerns about the legislation.

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Overnight fire engulfs apartment complex parking lot

KENT COUNTY, MI – A parking garage at an apartment complex was engulfed in flames early Thursday, March 31, with fire shutters on third floor apartments.

The fire was reported around 2:45 a.m. at the Woodfield Apartments at 60th Street SE and Eastern Avenue.

Firefighters found strong flames, driven by high winds, in a parking structure exposed to vehicles and apartments.

The parking structure of a Kent County apartment complex was destroyed by fire on Thursday March 31. (Photo courtesy of Dutton Fire Department)

Cutlerville, Dutton and Kentwood firefighters responded immediately, then requested assistance from Byron Township and Wyoming firefighters. They fought the fire for almost three hours.

Firefighters encountered “very intense fire conditions”.

They contained the fire in the garages. Firefighters sprayed nearby cars and apartments with water to prevent them from catching fire.

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The parking structure of a Kent County apartment complex was destroyed by fire on Thursday March 31. (Photo courtesy of Dutton Fire Department)

Residents were evacuated due to smoke entering the apartments. Firefighters began clearing the scene around 5:30 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation is looking for the causes of the fire. A multi-jurisdictional team must respond to the scene to investigate.

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Woman shot to death in New Hyde Park parking lot

NEW HYDE PARK, NY — A fatal shooting in a New Hyde Park parking lot is being investigated.

As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reports, gunshots rang out around 4:15 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot under a busy medical building on Marcus Avenue.

Police say a 33-year-old woman was shot multiple times. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Northwell Health released the following statement:

“In the late afternoon, a Northwell employee was fatally shot in the publicly accessible parking lot of our facility at 1999 Marcus Avenue, a collection of medical and specialty care practices. Several team members carried Rescuers were on the scene and the victim was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead.We are referring all other matters to the Nassau County Police Department who are actively investigating the incident.Northwell is providing counseling services to team members at the scene and mourn the heartbreaking loss of our colleague and team member.

Witness Susan Goldsmith said the victim worked in a lower level medical practice.

“I heard three pop pop pops, thought nothing of it, then I said, ‘That sounded like gunshots’, then all of a sudden I saw people running,” said Goldsmith. “It’s upsetting. I feel bad, you know. I don’t think anyone deserves to live in fear and go to work with people shooting at each other in the garage. It’s terrible.”

No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIP.

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What we know – NECN

The investigation into what caused the fatal collapse of part of Boston’s Government Center parking lot over the weekend continues, with new information detailing a previous emergency call to the construction site.

Part of the parking lot collapsed on Saturday, killing Peter Monsini, 51, of South Easton and sending another person to hospital.

Monsini’s family released a statement on Monday saying they were “in shock trying to come to terms with the loss of Peter.”

Here’s everything we know about the incident so far:

What happened?

Part of the Government Center garage collapsed after a concrete slab on the ninth floor collapsed. The demolition is part of the $1.5 billion Bullfinch redevelopment project, construction firm John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement. The finished project should include a parking garage surrounded by office and apartment buildings.

Boston Fire Marshal Jack Dempsey told reporters that Monsini was completing demolition work in a construction vehicle that fell over the side of the garage when the structure collapsed around 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

The vehicle fell eight or nine stories with a large amount of debris. Monsini was found under a pile of rubble and pronounced dead at the scene by authorities, Dempsey said. A second person was taken to an area hospital after the accident.

The incident was the first fatal construction accident of the year in Massachusetts.

Emergency teams were called to the same site 2 months earlier

NBC10 Boston investigators uncovered a call for help at the same construction site months before the deadly collapse. Footage of the construction area from January 14 shows a major fire rescue response.

According to scanner audio from that night, firefighters were called to a “dangerous and unstable construction site involving a crane”. First responders originally planned to stage a rescue operation on Surface Road at New Chardon Street, but later determined this would not be necessary.

According to a police report, emergency crews responded after a burst water main caused a leak at the site. The report said a fire department detail was concerned that a crane at the construction site would fall due to the water leak.

“Officers observed water coming from the construction site on New Chardon Street,” the report said.

Boston Water and Sewer responded to the leak and all streets within 300 feet of the construction site were closed to pedestrians and vehicles for safety reasons. The Boston Fire Department and Bay Crane ultimately determined the crane to be stable. The report said the site would be closed and the crane watched from the right until an engineer could inspect it. What this engineer found was not included in the report.

Federal safety records show 11 OSHA violations since 2012 for J. Derenzo Company, resulting in penalties of $87,220.

Investigation into car park collapse underway

A full-scale investigation into the collapse is currently being conducted by Boston police, the office of Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Hayden said Monday his office was not ruling out the possibility of criminal charges.

“That some degree of negligence turns into criminality, that’s what our investigation will focus on,” Hayden said.

OSHA will play the lead role in the investigation, but local, state and federal authorities will also be involved, the district attorney’s office said.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said the city would do “whatever it takes” to find out what happened.

Service has largely resumed on the MBTA’s Orange Line, but Green Line service remains suspended after the fatal partial collapse of the Government Center parking lot.

Who was Pierre Monsini?

Peter Monsini’s family said on Monday they are still trying to come to terms with his loss.

“We are in shock and trying to come to terms with the loss of Peter,” the family said in a statement. “He was a loving son, brother, father, uncle and friend. He was full of life, passionate, caring and will be deeply missed by his family and his partner, Alicia. We would like to thank the Boston Police, Fire and EMS and all responders who came to Peter’s aid. We would also like to thank the Local 4 Operations Engineers as well as our neighbors, friends and supporters near and far for the kind words we have received.

Monsini was the single father of a 17-year-old son, the family said. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Cousin Richard Monsini described Peter as his best friend and role model. He said his cousin was brought up in the demolition business because his whole family worked in the industry, making his loss even harder to reconcile.

“He was a good guy. A great guy. A hard worker and a loving father,” said Richard Monsini. “He was born with an excavator in his hand. He knew how to operate machinery. His family…our family, is in the business.”

JDC Demolition, the company for which Peter Monsini worked, said in a statement Sunday “deeply saddened” by his death.

“There are no words that adequately describe the loss of Peter Monsini, our JDC Demolition teammate. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Peter and his family,” the company said.

“I am truly saddened by his untimely passing,” said Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan, who grew up with Monsini and attended high school and played football with him.

“Peter was just a fun loving guy with a smile on his face, and so sorry to hear about this tragic loss,” Sullivan said.

“It’s a horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to the worker’s family and loved ones,” Wu said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the worker during this terrible time,” added Councilman Ed Flynn, who represents the ward. “Our prayers are with him, his family, and I know the city will support this worker and his family. These are tough times, but this city sticks together, especially during tough times.”

Governor Charlie Baker called the incident “a horrific tragedy for the gentleman who died as well as for his family and obviously for all of the colleagues involved”.

Impact on commuters

The shuttles that have been transporting Green Line commuters between Gare du Nord and the Government Center for the past few days have been interrupted with the reopening of the Orange Line.

The MBTA said on Tuesday it had tested its trains in the tunnels and determined it was safe to resume Orange Line service, but trains will continue to bypass the Haymarket stop in both directions until further notice.

Service on the Green Line remains suspended between Gare du Nord and the Government Center. Shuttle service on this section of the Green Line continued on Tuesday evening, but from Wednesday morning passengers are advised to use the Orange Line instead.

All roads in the Government Center area that had been closed following the accident have since reopened.

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House officials push for new parking lot for lawmakers – with $35 million price tag – New Hampshire Bulletin

The version of House Bill 1661 which will be before the House on Thursday is a far cry from its starting point. The academic issues originally addressed are now secondary to the inclusion of $35 million for a new parking lot for lawmakers.

It would be paid in cash, with surplus state money, bypassing the traditional process of reviewing public works and budgeting for state capital projects. The proposal calls for razing the Department of Justice building on Capitol Street and building a 600-space garage there.

The project is a big expense that costs far more than other proposed investments recently turned down by lawmakers, from $1.5 million to start providing dental benefits for adults on Medicaid $600,000 to ensure local food forms part of school meals.

But giving lawmakers a new parking lot is more than urgently needed, House officials say, because the current structure is in such disrepair that lawmakers are increasingly suffering minor injuries, including trips and stabs. falls.

“Do I want to spend $35 million on parking? No,” House Speaker Sherman Packard told members of the House Finance Committee last week. “Do we have to? Yes. This is getting critical.”

Lawmakers have tripped and injured themselves in the rusty stairwells of the legislative parking lot, which was built in 1974. (Annmarie Timmins | New Hampshire Bulletin)

There was almost no opposition to the proposal, with the exception of Rep. Dan McGuire, an Epsom Republican representing Granite State taxpayers, who told the committee the plan should have gone through the process of standard exam and should not have been developed at the last minute. . He also objected to paying for the work in cash given the low interest rates currently available.

And Department of Administrative Services Commissioner Charlie Arlinghaus, whose office has been closely involved in planning a new garage for years, said he would appreciate his office being at least part of the engineering work and budget projections.

Committee members did not commit to doing so, and lawmakers involved in the project said they circumvented the Legislative Assembly’s capital budget process because the $35 million cost would leave little money for something else.

Some important details remain unknown.

The Department of Justice has not found a new location but is considering One Granite Place, a 181-acre site off Rumford Street that once housed Lincoln Financial. Part of the $35 million would be used to raze the Justice Department office and relocate staff. The cost of renting or buying new space is not included in the $35 million or even known because the state has yet to decide whether it will rent space or seek to purchase a building.

Terry Pfaff, chief operating officer of the Legislative Assembly, told the finance committee that the plan could include claiming part of Capitol Street, possibly for a park, which he said the Concord city officials had agreed to consider.

Neither the city manager nor the mayor, who Pfaff said participated in the discussion, could not be reached on Tuesday.

The Storrs Street garage and a second garage attached to the Legislative Office building opposite the State House do not meet current parking needs. During the six-month session of the Legislative Assembly, the state claims dozens of parking spots in downtown Concord during the business day for additional space.

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The Legislative Assembly claims dozens of parking spots in downtown Concord because it does not have enough parking spaces for its 400 legislators and staff. (Annmarie Timmins | New Hampshire Bulletin)

But it was unclear on Tuesday whether the new garage would accommodate enough lawmakers and staff to free up those spots.

When the garage was built in 1974, it had a lifespan of 20 years, Pfaff told the committee. State and local authorities began researching replacement options in 1988. These efforts continued for decades, as did garage safety issues.

Lawmakers tripped, cut their hands on rusty stair railings and were locked in the stairwell, Pfaff said. Other proponents of the project noted that the short walk from the garage, through Eagle Square, to the State House can be a challenge for older lawmakers and those with mobility issues.

Nets are hung on each floor to protect vehicles from falling debris, he said. Half a dozen parking spaces were closed due to litter.

“That need has been very well established,” Pfaff told lawmakers, “and it’s almost on the verge of Storrs Street becoming a liability.”

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Terry Pfaff, the Legislative Assembly’s chief operating officer, told House members that the Legislative Assembly parking lot had become so unsafe it was becoming a liability. (Annmarie Timmins | New Hampshire Bulletin)

Just before the pandemic, the state and city were pursuing a plan to build a new garage at the Justice Department site, though that plan envisioned leaving the department there and creating additional meeting space. for the Legislative Assembly. Those efforts were sidelined as the state turned its full attention to its response to the pandemic.

Concord-based developer Steve Duprey owns part of the One Granite Place property and leases half the space to the Courts Administrative Office (with an option to buy) and the remainder to two commercial clients.

He said he had spoken with city and state officials before the pandemic and remained open to renting to the state, but was also seeing growing interest from other potential customers. When Duprey rents to a government agency or other nonprofit organization that is exempt from paying property taxes, it includes a provision that provides payment to the city to help offset that loss, he said.

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MBTA Service Update After Boston Parking Lot Collapse – NECN

While MBTA service remains impacted by a deadly garage collapse this weekend in Boston, the Orange Line is largely back in business.

Part of the Government Center garage collapsed on Saturday, killing Peter Monsini, 51, of South Easton.

The MBTA said on Tuesday it had tested its trains in the tunnels and determined it was safe to resume Orange Line service, but trains will continue to bypass the Haymarket stop in both directions until further notice.


Map of services shared Tuesday by the MBTA

Service on the Green Line remains suspended between Gare du Nord and the Government Center.

Shuttle service on this section of the Green Line continued on Tuesday evening, but from Wednesday morning passengers will instead be asked to use the Orange Line instead.

Service has largely resumed on the MBTA’s Orange Line, but Green Line service remains suspended after the fatal partial collapse of the Government Center parking lot.

The MBTA says structural engineers need to continue their work assessing tunnels that use the Green Line because most of the debris has fallen to the ground directly above.

The agency estimates that around 100 tonnes of debris fell over the subway tunnels, adding that there is no indication of damage to infrastructure.

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Former Dolphin Tower parking lot, once closed and vacated, will undergo major repairs | sarasota

More than 10 years after the Dolphin Tower condominium in downtown Sarasota closed due to structural issues that forced residents to evacuate, the tower will once again have to undergo major repairs that could affect both residents and tenants of the property.

Jim Toale, president of the 101 Condominium Association of Sarasota, confirmed that the work was needed in an email exchange with the Business Observera sister newspaper of Sarasota Observerand said what would happen to residents and retailers would be known later in the week after the project’s contractor shared details.

“The contractor decides how he will execute the plans and specifications,” writes Toale. “Obviously there will be an impact on our residents, the business unit owner and her tenants, but we don’t have that detail from the contractor yet. We should have this information by the end of the week.

While no one can dispute the importance of getting the job done, the project worries a handful of retailers in a section of the building that faces Palm Avenue and backs up to the garage.

The big fear for traders is that they will be forced to relocate – permanently or temporarily – to accommodate the works and fear that they will be able to survive the business disruption. The Observer confirmed that at least one local commercial real estate company in the city has contacted building owners looking for space for Palm Avenue tenants to move.

The building, now known as The 101 Condominium, is in downtown Sarasota at 101 S. Gulfstream Ave. Built in the early 1970s, the Dolphin Tower, as it was then known, was closed in 2010 after major structural problems were discovered on the fourth floor. Residents were forced to evacuate and the building remained closed for several years.

According to reports at the time, less than a month after its discovery, the problem was so severe that it could have led to a collapse, similar to what happened last year with the South Champlain Tower of 12 stories at Surfside.

The issue this time around is the building’s three-story parking lot, which has closed for repairs.

According to Toale, the current project “will strengthen the connections between some of the garage columns and the parking decks.”

“The solution is to support parking decks around columns in need of remedial work with temporary supports called ‘shoring,'” he wrote. Shoring, according to engineering blog The Structural World, is used to support a building to prevent it from collapsing.

“For interior columns, reinforcement consists of placing a collar around the tops of the first and second floor columns and physically attaching these collars to the column and the slab. For columns at the perimeter of the building, concrete beams armed are built on the second and third floors which are linked to the columns and the slab below.”

Toale says the problem was first discovered during a structural reinforcement project on the 15-story tower eight years ago. An engineer at the time found that the connection between some of the columns and the parking deck was not strong enough. Despite the discovery, the engineer “did not consider it urgent to correct the condition”.

The design to correct the problem was completed two years ago and a special assessment to complete the work was approved in November 2020.

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Virginia adds truck parking spots along I-95

The Virginia Department of Transportation is increasing the number of parking spaces for trucks and other large utility vehicles in the Ladysmith Safety Zone of southbound Interstate 95 in Caroline County, located at Mile 108. (With l courtesy of Google Maps)

CAROLINE COUNTY, Virginia – The Virginia Department of Transportation is increase the number of parking spaces for trucks and other large utility vehicles in the Ladysmith Safety Zone of southbound Interstate 95 in Caroline County, located at Mile 108.

According to a press release, the project will increase the number of parking spaces available for trucks and large commercial vehicles from 20 spaces to 45 parking spaces.

Construction starts in May 2021 to build the new parking spaces, which are expected to open to traffic in June 2022.

All rest area washrooms, amenities and car parking will remain open to visitors during construction.

A brief closure of the parking area for trucks and oversized vehicles is planned from April 4 to 14 and again from April 19 to 29. This brief closure will allow the project contractor to install concrete in the future truck parking area.

In addition to 20 truck parking spaces, the property offers 55 car parking spaces and 4 handicapped accessible parking spaces.

Construction barrels are installed along the shoulder of the freeway entrance and exit ramps at the rest area, and at the rear of the truck and oversized vehicle parking area. Motorists will not be able to access the shoulder in these areas during construction.

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Boston Parking Garage Collapse: – NBC Boston

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker spoke out on Monday about the deadly Boston Government Center parking lot collapse over the weekend, calling it a “horrible tragedy” and asking residents to be patient as the investigation and cleanup could take “several days”.

Peter Monsini, 51, of South Easton, was killed when part of a downtown Boston parking lot that was being demolished collapsed on Saturday. Monsini was completing demolition work in a construction vehicle that fell over the side of the garage when the structure collapsed.

The demolition is part of the $1.5 billion Bullfinch redevelopment project, construction firm John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement. The finished project is expected to include a parking garage surrounded by office and apartment buildings.

The victim of the Government Center car park collapse has been identified as construction worker Peter Monsini, who his cousin says was born with an “excavator in his hand”. “I admired him, he taught me a lot,” said Richard Monsini, cousin and friend of Peter.

“Obviously, we, like everyone else, feel very bad for the operator who lost his life and his family,” the governor said after a ceremony celebrating the opening of the new factory. New Balance manufacturing facility in Methuen. “It’s a complicated project and I’m glad no one else was hurt given the size and scale of the accident. I think it will be several days before we’re really in. a position where the MBTA goes for a chance to inspect the tunnels and surroundings.”

The construction accident had a huge impact on traffic over the weekend. The on-ramp to Interstate 93 north and south was closed near the Government Center after the collapse. There were also a number of road closures near the North End and Haymarket areas which made it difficult for drivers.

All roads reopened on Monday.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority released a statement on Sunday advising commuters that the T was suspending service in tunnels that pass under the Government Center parking lot while safety inspections were conducted.

Starting Monday, service is suspended on the Orange Line between North Station and Back Bay and on the Green Line between North Station and Government Center until further notice.

Baker said the state will do what it can to create “as many diversions and alternate approaches as possible to enter and exit this area, but this is going to be a messy cleanup and it will take us a few days to figure that out. outside.”

“There is a lot of work to be done to investigate both what happened and what will need to be done and what kind of shape this whole area is in, and that will take several days, and for the process of carrying out this investigative work we will do what we can to make sure people can get in and out of this area.”

The incident, he said, “was a horrific tragedy for the gentleman who died as well as for his family and obviously for all of the colleagues involved”.

“I think it will be important for this site to be treated lightly as people investigate what happened,” Baker added. “This is going to take several days of diversions and alternatives. I would ask people to understand and recognize that it’s important that we be careful and go slow on this.”

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A low credit score may make it difficult to get a loan for loans, regardless of whether you require it to cover an emergency or not. Bad Credit Loans is an online loan marketplace offering favorable loan approval terms to poor credit scores.

This website provides a free platform that lets you connect to personal loan lenders who can offer loans that range from $500 to $10,000. The platform also provides tools that will assist you in making the most informed borrowing choices. In particular, you can read about spending money wisely and future budget earnings when you repay loans.

All you have to do is complete the form online for your company and provide information about your earnings and location. The form you fill out is delivered to the BadCreditLoans network of lenders, who will review the information you provide and decide whether you’re qualified to receive a loan. If the lender agrees on the loan, you can check the loan terms and accept the loan offer if you take them.

When everyone has agreed that everyone agrees, the lender will transfer the funds to your checking account by direct deposit. In some cases, it is possible that the process of transfer could be as long as three days. If, however, you have an excellent credit score, you could receive the money within 24 hours.


  • There is no minimum credit score
  • Free to use
  • Flexible loan conditions


  • Additional personal details are required for the application
  • The number of loans may be cut or may be more challenging to obtain due to poor credit scores

  • Requirements: ID with valid Regular income, an account with a bank
  • Loan Type: Short-term personal loans
  • The Loan Amount: $100-$10,000 $10,000
  • Rates of interest estimates: vary according to the lender will give you fast access to payday loans online, particularly if you require it urgently. The application process is simple and connects lenders and borrowers in just a few minutes. If the loan is approved, lenders make deposits into your account on the next day. will look into your financial records, such as the history of your employment, income, and other information, to determine if you’re qualified to receive a loan. They have an excellent track record of working with borrowers with poor credit or little credit history to get their required money.

This is an excellent alternative for those with bad credit. Payday loans can aid borrowers in building toward a higher credit score when used with care.


  • Quick and efficient process
  • You will receive your money the next business day.
  • For borrowers with poor credit, there are loans available.


  • Your credit score, as well as your income, determines the amount of your loan.
  • High cost of origination

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  • Requirements: A valid ID, Regular income, an account with a bank
  • Type of Loan Small-dollar and personal loans
  • The Loan Amount: $100-$10,000 $10,000
  • Estimated interest rates vary depending on the lender

Leafy Another service will connect you to an online payday loan lender. They provide small-dollar, personal, and payday loans ideal for times of need. These payday loans are a tiny amount of money to be returned promptly, and when approved, the funds will be available in your account on the next day.

Leafy speeds up the process of lending by permitting you to access their lenders’ network using the most straightforward and no-cost online application. Answer some questions about yourself and choose the amount you’d like to borrow. It’s that easy to request an estimate from their payday loan lenders.

If you’re not eligible to receive loans from one lender, the network could provide your details to other lenders who can offer lower loan amounts up to $1500.


  • Facilitates the process of lending
  • The application process is free
  • Could provide additional assistance.


  • There aren’t loans available for those in certain states.
  • No long-term loan

  • Requirements: regular or full-time part-time job, the source for steady income
  • Minimum Credit Score 600
  • Type of Loan: Short-term personal loans
  • Amount of Loan: $1000 – $5,000
  • Estimated rates of interest: 6.76% – 35.99 percent

Upstart is the best alternative for loans with a short term for those who need to get money to spend and have a high credit score. The lenders on this platform provide unsecured personal loans available over three or five years of repayment times.

The conditions for the Upstart loan are higher than other loans for short durations. Upstart considers a variety of factors when granting short-term loans to borrowers. They could consider your education and work history, residence, and other variables based on artificial intelligence when they evaluate your eligibility.

These particular aspects make it easier to obtain the money you require, even if you’re an aspiring borrower with a low credit background. If you’re borrowing money to cover educational costs, you’re subject to the three-day waiting time. If not, your small short-term payment could occur in a single day.


  • One-day loans for emergencies applications
  • It informs you whether you’re eligible before checking for credit on your credit report.
  • Accepts applicants with little or no credit background


  • The late fee is due within ten days after the date of an installment.
  • High origination costs

Frequently Answered Questions

What is a payday advance?

Payday loans are quick loan, which typically comes with higher interest rates. You may obtain payday loans if you require just a tiny amount to cover unexpected costs. However, payday loan providers generally charge a high rate of interest for credit that is immediate, often called cash advance loans or check advance loans.

The platforms we examined in this review offer genuine and legal payday loans.

To be considered a legitimate lender, these people require an operating license to loan money to a specific state. However, it is not the case that every platform or lender is licensed to operate in every state. Therefore, you should pay close focus to the states where the venue is authorized to lend money.

Do I require a bank account to be eligible for payday loans?

If you’re getting personal loans through an online payday service, you will need an account with a bank. The platforms listed that we have listed this prerequisite.

Other requirements could include the provision that the applicant is a US national or permanent residence. The applicant must be 18 years old or older, possess an income that is regular and consistent, and a valid home address or phone number, email address, and, in certain circumstances, proof of work and benefits.

Note that meeting these requirements doesn’t automatically guarantee you an advance. They are the primary conditions required to apply for payday loans. Some lenders might even require that you have a checking account with your name on it so they can withdraw the loan automatically upon the due date.


Stress from unexpected expenses can create anxiety and stress when you do not have enough money to pay for the costs. The emergency funding provided by a payday loan might help if you can pay back the loan promptly.

A majority of the money-lending platforms mentioned in this article can provide you with a list of lenders. You can look through each one and select the one with the most favorable rates and terms best suited to your financial situation.

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Boston parking lot under construction partially collapses, killing 1 worker

Several floors of a downtown Boston parking lot that was under construction collapsed Saturday night, killing one person, officials said.

Authorities confirmed one person was killed and a second person was taken to an area hospital. The second person was not physically injured.

Several floors of the Government Center garage collapsed after a crane crashed into areas under construction, on-site crews told WCVB. Construction company John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement on Saturday that part of the garage collapsed after a concrete slab on the ninth floor collapsed.

Boston Fire Marshal Jack Dempsey told reporters Saturday night that a worker completing demolition work in a construction vehicle fell over the side of the garage when the structure collapsed, falling from a significant height.

The worker was found under a pile of rubble and pronounced dead at the scene by authorities, Dempsey said.

“This is a horrific tragedy and my heart goes out to the worker’s family and loved ones,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said.

The body was not immediately recovered because Dempsey said firefighters were waiting for the Boston Department of Inspection Services to determine the area can be safely entered.

“We’re not going to put anybody in there until it’s safe to do so,” Dempsey told reporters.

On Sunday, a union identified the worker as Peter Monsini, 51, a member of the union for 20 years.

A host of authorities, including the Suffolk County Attorney’s Office, will investigate the collapse. The district attorney’s office is located near the site of the collapse.

James Borghesani, a spokesman for the DA’s office, said “knowing that one of the workers on this project has tragically passed away weighs heavily on our hearts.”

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will play the lead role in the investigation, the Boston Globe reported.

Boston police, fire and emergency services personnel, as well as state police troopers, all responded to help with Saturday’s incident.

Police demand people to avoid the area, as several streets were closed or affected by the collapse and the intervention. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announcement the Haymarket ramp to I-93 was closed.

Material from the WBUR Newsroom and The Associated Press has been used in this report

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Boston parking lot collapse kills worker


A worker was killed when a parking lot partially collapsed in Boston on March 26, officials said.

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A Boston construction worker was killed on Saturday March 26 when a parking lot he was helping demolish partially collapsed in Massachusetts, officials told media.

The collapse was reported around 5:40 p.m. in the Government Center parking lot, Boston Fire Marshal Jack Dempsey said in a press conference taped by CBS News. First responders arrived to find a worker, who has not been publicly identified, at the bottom of the structure after a “substantial fall”. He was declared dead.

Dempsey said the collapse happened while the garage was being demolished. All other workers are counted.

A person who witnessed the collapse was taken to hospital, CNN reported, but their condition was not available.

The cause of the collapse remains under investigation. But Kelley McCormick of the Boston Police Department said at the press conference that it appears the worker was in a small crane when it fell about nine stories during the collapse.

Officials said the worker’s body will not be recovered until engineers determine the structure is stable, CNN reported.

“We’re not going to put anybody in there until it’s safe to do so,” Dempsey said, according to CNN.

The streets around the garage were closed on the evening of March 26, the Boston Globe reported.

The Boston Fire Department told McClatchy News on Sunday, March 27 that no further information about the collapse was available and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, was investigating.

OSHA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News.

John Moriarty & Associates, the company overseeing the demolition of the garage, said in a statement to The Boston Globe that its “deepest thoughts and condolences go out to the loved ones of the worker who lost his life.”

“Structural engineers will ensure the site is safe and secure before work resumes,” the company said.

The company told NBC Boston that it “remains committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all of our employees and business partners.”

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu called the incident a “horrible tragedy”, according to NBC Boston.

“My heart goes out to the worker’s family and loved ones,” Wu said, according to CNN. “The city will work to do whatever it takes to figure out what happened here.”

Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She graduated in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Boston parking garage being demolished collapses; 1 killed

Officials say part of a downtown Boston parking lot that was being demolished collapsed, killing a construction worker

BOSTON — Part of a downtown Boston parking lot that was being demolished collapsed Saturday night, killing a construction worker, officials said.

Boston Emergency Medical Services confirmed one person was killed and a second person was transported to an area hospital, WCVB-TV reported.

Part of the Government Center garage collapsed after a concrete slab on the ninth floor collapsed, construction firm John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement.

Boston Fire Marshal Jack Dempsey told reporters that a worker completing demolition work in a construction vehicle fell into the side of the garage when the structure collapsed, falling from a significant height .

The worker was found under a pile of rubble and pronounced dead at the scene by authorities, Dempsey said.

“This is a horrific tragedy and my heart goes out to the worker’s family and loved ones,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said.

The body was not immediately recovered because Dempsey said firefighters were waiting for the Boston Department of Inspection Services to determine the area can be safely entered.

“We’re not going to put anybody in there until it’s safe to do so,” Dempsey told reporters.

Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden told WCVB-TV that the deceased was a young man, but did not identify him.

“Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to the loved ones of the worker who lost his life,” John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement. “JMA remains committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all of our employees and business partners. We would like to thank the Boston Police Department and Emergency Medical Services for their quick response.

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Clearing unpaid parking fees for public car parks in Abu Dhabi, warns ITC

Abu Dhabi: Vehicle owners who have left their vehicle parked for more than a month in a public car park in Abu Dhabi must pay the unpaid fees to avoid legal action.

The emirate’s transport sector regulator, the Department of Municipalities and Transport’s Integrated Transport Center (ITC), on Wednesday issued an alert via its social media platforms to vehicle owners who had left vehicles parked in the M18 parking lot in Musaffah, or in a parking structure in Mawaqif, for more than a month.

“ITC calls on all vehicle owners to follow up with the public parking administration at the truck parking lot or the main multi-storey parking control room, to update their vehicle data. and pay any outstanding fees. Failure to do so could result in the ITC taking necessary legal action in coordination with the relevant authorities in the emirate,” the ITC statement read.

Pay unpaid fees

“ITC [also] calls on all vehicle owners who have parked their vehicles for a long period of time without registering them or paying the necessary fees to abide by the rules and regulations for managing public parking,” the regulator added.

When using Mawaqif parking facilities, vehicle owners should ensure that they do not block other vehicles. The ITC takes legal action if these regulations are not followed and considers these vehicles to be “abandoned”.

A legal action

“Failure to cooperate may lead to legal action, including the auctioning of abandoned vehicles after a notice period has expired. ITC is keen to facilitate the mobility of individuals, to protect the rights of others, to ensure the safety and security of the community and to eliminate any practice that may affect the general outlook of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi,” the ITC added.

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Greensburg officials plan to tear down parking lot used by Excela

Greensburg leaders are seeking money to demolish the J. Edward Hutchinson parking garage, which closed last year due to high maintenance and repair costs.

The city is working with local lawmakers to discuss what funding might be available to help tear down the garage “so it’s not an eyesore,” Mayor Robert Bell said. The garage is connected to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital by an enclosed walkway on Shearer Street.

The garage opened in October 1979 to alleviate parking problems at the hospital. City officials, however, decided to close the facility on Dec. 1 in concert with Excela after an engineering study revealed that the necessary maintenance would cost more than $2 million to extend its life by three to five. years.

Since this decision was made, Excela has relied on plans to deal with the loss of the 475 garage spaces.

“The impact on patients and visitors is negligible, given what has historically been very limited use of the garage for their parking needs,” spokesman Tom Chakurda said. “Excel maintains extensive free parking for outpatients and visitors at a number of locations on its Westmoreland campus.”

Those who held a garage lease can work with the city to obtain a different space near the garage.

Additionally, Greensburg officials worked to make up for a loss of revenue previously collected from garage parking fees, which was split between the city and the hospital. City officials voted to end that deal with Excela last week. Chakurda asked about the deal in Greensburg.

In total, Greensburg received $139,000 in parking revenue before the covid-19 pandemic. This money was used to buy police vehicles and fire trucks.

Money for those purchases will now come from a nearly $1.1 million loan finalized by city officials in February. The loan approval resulted in an additional tax charge of $1 million, which will cost between $20 and $25 per homeowner. The income from this tax increase, which should total $125,000, will be used to repay the loan.

Further discussions regarding the garage will take place once more details are available on demolition options.

“It’s a priority to try and bring this thing down,” Bell said.

Megan Tomasic is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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The tournament for the worst parking lot in Atlanta begins! Vote now!

Atlanta residents have submitted their nominations. And now, in the spirit of March Madness and the competitive season in parentheses, it’s time for Atlanta’s Worst Parking Garage’s first tournament to begin!

We fully recognize that parking lots are a necessary evil in a city like Atlanta, at least for now, where the infrastructure has been defined by decades of car thinking. But as we will soon see, they tend to suck the life and vibrancy out of urban places once dedicated to active human uses.

At best, parking lots are utilitarian dead zones with some sort of built-in extra purpose. At worst, they are moneymaking scars.

Then vote for your (least) favorite car park under the photos and descriptions. the the first four voters will move on to the Final Four next week.

Shortly after, the finale will crown/humble Atlanta’s worst parking lot, once and for all.

Now…jump the ball!

Bad on Baker

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Location: Baker Street in downtown, just west of Peachtree

Redemption factor: Convenient and heavily fortified liquor store.

Low point: Everything else.

Remark: For $10 a day, this structure at 31 Baker Street offers service for major buildings. Which doesn’t make the experience of being near or in it any less gruesome. This one hasn’t changed much (except the price) for at least 15 years.

block of shame

Google Maps

Location: Spring Street, stretching from 4th to 3rd Street

Redemption factor: The tall trees, when fully leafy, partially conceal the longest and saddest facade.

Low point: Exhibit A on how to annihilate the dynamism of sidewalks.

Remark: We all know the Walk of Fame. Here is the opposite: the Block of Shame. Provocative, bland and blocky, it’s like the Vladimir Putin of centralized urban land uses.

Two-stage breakup

Josh Green / Urbanizing Atlanta

Location: Marietta Street at Ted Turner Drive

Redemption factor: The cute cafe Just Around the Corner.

Low point: Smack dab in a touristy area, offering little engagement.

Remark: While it may be mini, this two-story, half-ass garage in a prime-time corner is nonetheless daunting for those hoping for some real downtown vibrancy. On the bright side, from a practical standpoint, it beats the sea of ​​surface parking that surrounds it.

Literally falling apart

Google Maps; submitted

Location: Peeking over the connector, near the south exit of Courtland Street

Redemption factor: Yes indeed.

Low point: The historic but neglected medical arts building to which the garage is attached becomes equally unsightly.

Remark: At first glance, this mess of steel pipes, bricks, and concrete may appear to be leaning and losing things, but Google images show it’s been in roughly the same condition since 2007. Like it’s a consolation. “So ugly and very conspicuous,” as one nominator put it.

Underground (Unfortunately not)

Google Maps

Location: Just north of Metro Atlanta

Redemption factor: A mix of retail businesses along the base of Decatur Street.

Low point: In the late 1950s, the second iteration of the magnificent downtown Kimball House hotel was demolished for it.

Remark: “Big and ugly at a prominent intersection,” as one proponent described it. From Peachtree it almost looks like a smaller Soviet version of Ponce City Market, without all the soul.

Front and center

Google Maps

Location: 90 Central Avenue, near the east edge of the subway

Redemption factor: The GSU’s G bridge sounds arty, if you’re drunk enough.

Low point: Obviously intended for parking only, to the point of being egregious.

Remark: We’ll let the nominator take this one: “Urine-soaked, dark and smoky, and you must descend the death spiral until you’re dazed – an accident or mugging is in your future for sure. “

Difficult relationship

Google Maps

Location: In the northern blocks of Midtown, where Spring and 18th streets meet

Redemption factor: The Atlanta-specific cityscape mural along one wall.

Low point: Upgrades have recently been made suggesting it remains in place.

Remark: A weird mix of beautiful Georgia granite and a steel car cage, this corner-hogging contraption is literally carved in stone. Described by one proposer as a “monstrosity on top of a mountain”. In effect.

Only mom loves me

Google Maps

Location: Do not leave

Redemption factor: Seriously?

Low point: Instant gag reflexes.

Remark: From an aesthetic point of view, this fucking thing is brutally, completely obnoxious. The kind of structure only a mother can love, until one day she’s just more honest with herself.

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LETTERS: Unused parking spaces; the commission’s good faith effort | Opinion

Wasted parking spaces

It was disappointing to drive by America the Beautiful Park and see the new signs that say ‘no parking Nov 1-April 30’.

There have always been over 100 free parking spaces throughout the year.

To the average citizen, this might feel like the city is banning these parking spots to force motorists to pay for paid parking downtown.

Rick Sheridan

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The Commission’s good faith effort

Once again, political scientists Tom Cronin and Bob Loevy complain that the Colorado Legislature has been manipulated to the detriment of Republicans (The Gazette, March 20). They imply that the legislative boundaries should have been drawn one way or another with political parties in mind, using their usual definition of competitiveness. This is disappointing because such misinterpretations erode voter confidence in our electoral framework.

The Independent Colorado Legislative Redistricting Commission, on which I served as an unaffiliated voter, followed the Colorado constitution and prioritized voters over politicians. The Colorado constitution prohibits the creation of legislative districts that protect any political party. Therefore, any plans to create convoluted ridings to achieve partisan parity would likely not have faced judicial scrutiny.

The commission was to understand the geopolitical makeup of the state and draw maps that reflect shared political interests such as urban, rural, industrial, agricultural, water, education, transportation, public health and many other demonstrable issues that matter to voters at local and regional levels. The state constitution also required that we preserve the integrity of counties and cities and ensure that cohesive minority groups are authentically represented.

The commission made a good faith effort to maximize the number of politically competitive ridings by using an evidence-based statistical model to measure partisan balance. Competitive constituencies, or more precisely reactive constituencies, were drawn only after satisfying higher priority redistricting criteria. To learn more about the logic behind their design, visit the commission’s website at

Carlos Perez

colorado springs

Looking for childcare

Early childhood is the most important period of life. Ninety percent of brain development occurs before age 5, and we know that early childhood experiences can have long-lasting impacts on academic and life outcomes.

Despite the importance of the early years, many children in El Paso County are deprived of valuable childcare and learning opportunities. For 22 years I ran a home daycare in Colorado Springs. Every day, on average, I receive 5 to 20 calls from parents looking for babysitting. Unfortunately, the waiting list for my center is one to two years long. I cannot serve all the children who need care.

Across El Paso County, families are looking for child care, but we don’t have enough child care spaces to meet the demand. In fact, over 50% of Coloradans live in childcare deserts. Fortunately, Colorado has made progress, with the creation of the new Department of Early Childhood. This ministry will consolidate several early childhood programs and services under one system to make it easier for children and families to access the care and services they need. Right now, state legislators can build on that foundation by voting “yes” on Bill 22-1295, which guarantees: A high-quality early childhood system for all programs and services. Join me in calling on Colorado state legislators to vote yes on Bill 22-1295 and create better beginnings for all Colorado children.

Kelly Fugate

colorado springs

Don’t shelter today’s youth

I would like to respond to Lorena Wilder’s concern about summer time and students having to get up an hour earlier.

Let me put it into perspective. I was born in Germany before World War II. When the war ended in 1945, we were refugees and internally displaced persons and found ourselves in a small village in the Land of Hesse. We were lucky because there was a middle school and a high school in another town. But we had to take two trains to get there and then walk more than a kilometer. The first train left the village at 5:45 a.m., yes, 5:45 a.m. and we had to get up at 5 a.m., summer and winter, in the cold and at night, six days a week. Yes, we had school also on Saturday.

When we got off the first train, we had to wait on the cold, dark platform for the next train, which often arrived late.

My siblings and classmates did this until I was 19. Yes, we spent 13 years in school and graduated at 19. We survived these hardships even during the years of famine that followed the war. We graduated, studied, and became successful, contributing adults, and now, in our 80s, most of us are still alive.

I don’t think young people today are less capable and need to be “protected” from getting up early because of summer time! Set your expectations of young people higher. Most will rise to the occasion and do well.

Erika’s Shadow

colorado springs

Cause of unnecessary accidents

Governor Jared Polis:

I implore you to veto HB:1028. Cyclists are members of the Highway Transportation System (HTS). As such, they are required to obey all traffic signs and laws. We have already laid them out with designated cycle paths. However, they are not required to possess a driver’s license, registration, or license plate/tag to have the privilege of operating this vehicle on the HTS.

Now HB 1028 will grant them another privilege that drivers of vehicles do not have. As a former Colorado State Driver’s License Examiner, I know this law will cause unnecessary accidents, possible injuries and fatalities.

Ernest Przybyla

colorado springs

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Suicide prevention project at Columbia parking garage to be tendered

The City of Columbia is moving to the next phase of parking lot safety improvements at Fifth and Walnut Streets after more than half a dozen suicides of the structure since it opened in 2011.

The Columbia City Council has authorized the city to solicit bids to place metal screen coverings over window spaces on the upper levels of the garage, according to plans attached to Monday’s council agenda.

Columbia Public Works is working with the city’s purchasing department to establish a bid period schedule, public works spokesman John Ogan wrote in an email.

Continued: New security barriers under construction at Columbia at the Fifth and Walnut parking garage

The approval of the offers will be done by the city.

The city plans to install protective screens over the garage window openings on Fifth and Walnut streets.  This is similar to what they might look like.

Once approved, the construction schedule will largely depend on the availability of steel and how quickly a fabricator can fulfill the order, Ogan wrote. The city is aiming for a summer start date, according to the staff letter attached to the council agenda.

“This is a custom project with 150 garage openings of varying lengths,” Ogan wrote. “Due to the varying lengths of the openings, the design could potentially use a panel-based approach.”

Continued: Upper levels of Fifth and Walnut parking garage closed ahead of security upgrades

Thus, a standard-sized panel could be created, with each opening requiring a specific number of panels, he added. Everything will depend on the length of the opening.

The estimated construction cost for this phase of the security project is $504,000, which will come from the City’s general fund.

Upper level fencing for parking garage in place

The first phase of the security project was to install fencing with an inward arch on the upper level of the nine-story garage by Central Fence LLC of Vienna. They were installed in January.

Research on security upgrades for the garage dates back to 2019.

Each floor of the garage is equipped with security cameras and funds were allocated in October 2020 for the first phase of the project.

Continued: City of Columbia receives bid to improve security at parking lot notorious for suicides

Temporary measures were taken before the construction of the fences, such as the temporary closing of the two upper levels of the garage before the construction of the fence.

The delay between research, funding approval and deal clearance was due to the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain limitation, city spokesperson Sydney Olsen said. in September.

Using safety barriers such as fences or window screens has a deterrent effect on someone at risk of suicide, said Jill Harkavy-Friedman, vice president of research for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. , in 2019.

Continued: Petition renews calls for updated safety measures at Columbia’s Fifth and Walnut garage after recent suicide

“We know people use what’s accessible,” she said at the time. “That’s the problem with something like parking garages. It’s a problem across the country. And that’s a problem with a relatively simple solution, which is gates or fences. Research shows that when you limit access to lethal means, you can save lives.

“…Barriers give time. It gives the crisis time to slow down a bit so the person can think a bit more.”

The National Suicide Hotline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 and is always open. The Missouri Department of Mental Health also offers resources through its website.

The Mid-Missouri Crisis Line is 1-800-395-2132 and the Missouri Suicide/Crisis Hotline is 314-469-6644.

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JUST IN: Fire reported in parking lot of Columbia Pike building | ARLnow

(Updated at 1:05 p.m.) Firefighters are investigating the source of the black smoke billowing from the parking lot of a Columbia Pike building.

Smoke was seen coming out of the garage entrance at the rear of the Pike 3400 building on the southwest corner of the busy intersection of Columbia Pike and S. Glebe Road. A major firefighter response was dispatched to the scene around 12:30 p.m., although the smoke has since largely subsided.

Initial reports suggest a boom was heard in the area and it appears an electrical transformer on the second level of the garage exploded and caught fire, before the flames were extinguished by a sprinkler system.

In the past, fires that destroyed electrical transformers in large buildings like this caused prolonged power outages for residents.

The westbound lanes of Columbia Pike are currently blocked by emergency activity between S. Monroe Street and S. Glebe Road.

“Look for alternate routes,” advised an alert from Arlington.

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New plan to add 250 parking spaces at Bolton College of Medical Sciences

Plans to add a further 250 parking spaces at the future Bolton College of Medical Sciences (BCMS) and wider Royal Bolton Hospital site have been submitted.

This is an increase from the net gain of 159 spaces that would have been created under the initial BCMS application.

BCMS is a modern vocational skills and training center between the University of Bolton, Bolton College, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Bolton Council, located at the Royal Bolton Hospital in Farnworth.

Planning permission was granted for BCMS in June 2019, including dedicated multi-storey parking.

The new application proposes to replace the multi-storey car park of the original designs with a surface car park, which was not viable in 2019.

As part of the new proposals, additional parking for hospital staff will be provided from the outset and at each stage of the development, including to cater for spaces that will be moved when construction work begins on BCMS, which is being built on the site. of an existing surface car park on the Royal Bolton Hospital campus.

The construction will result in the displacement of 140 parking spaces for hospital staff. But, before construction begins, the first stage of a three-phase car park improvement program will see 281 new spaces, some temporary, provided elsewhere on the site, by converting currently underused land.

During the second and third stages, 250 places will be provided throughout the hospital. Of these additional spaces, 170 will be for BCMS users and the other 80 will be reserved for additional hospital staff and visitor parking.

BCMS Project Manager, Mark O’Reilly, said: “This amendment to the plans already approved for BCMS serves to improve the design and provision of on-site hospital parking. When we originally submitted plans for BCMS in 2019, multi-storey parking was the only viable option.

‘Since then, greater clarity has emerged on the hospital’s wider regeneration plans following its recent bid for £500m funding from the government’s Hospital Improvement Scheme. This now makes the necessary amount of surface parking viable and allows us to align more closely with their larger vision for the site.

He added: “Essentially no staff parking will be lost during the construction of BCMS – which as we know is a much needed facility bringing countless benefits to the Bolton community including high quality healthcare , job opportunities and a £150million boost to the local economy. »

The updated planning application for BCMS makes no other changes to the original pre-approved plans beyond the nature of the parking supply. It is due to be presented to Bolton Council’s planning committee in June.

Subject to planning permission, completion of the BCMS is expected by July 2024.

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Lorain to Pay for Safety Study of Vacant St. Joe’s Parking Lot – Morning Journal

The city of Lorain is going to have a structural engineer examine the old parking lot of Saint-Joseph Hospital to make sure it won’t collapse.

City Council approved legislation March 21 to pay $4,500 for an engineering study of the vacant multi-level structure that was attached to the demolished St. Joseph’s Hospital that took up a huge chunk of the real estate around the corner from the 21st Street and Broadway, which is considered the gateway to downtown Lorain.

The garage address is 205 Fifth St.

Now all that’s left is the parking lot.

Demolition of the old hospital began in November 2020.

City officials said the city is waiting for additional environmental testing before removing the rest of the debris.

It is surrounded by fences, but at a recent Council meeting, General Counsel Mary Springowski alleged the building was a hazard according to an order approving a contract with Osborn Engineering to perform a structural risk assessment of the garage.

Springowski further alleged that the structure would collapse at any moment, according to the emergency ordinance passed at the March 21 Council meeting unanimously.

Springowski’s complaint triggered an order that requires the city’s building inspector to perform a full inspection of a building whenever a complaint is filed about the structure.

“The building inspector shall conduct an inspection and determine if there is an unsafe building and if the public health, safety and welfare are in immediate danger,” the order states.

Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley has openly stated that his goal would be to move City Hall from its current location on the lakefront property, 200 W. Erie Ave., to the St. Joe’s site.

The property is currently the subject of court battles, but the city hopes to eventually acquire it, officials said.

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New Hope Borough parking lot triggers resignation reaction

By Michel Guarino

New Hope council members allocated time at last week’s borough council meeting to discuss the parking garage project.
The audience might have been worried by a statement from former board vice-chairman Dan Dougherty, who resigned as vice-chairman and chair of the finance committee during the March 7 workshop. ‘arrondissement.
His resignation statement noted a “profound lack of transparency” and that “the trigger for my resignation is the ‘garage’ project which I believe is mismanaged, which I believe has already wasted an enormous amount of money. voters’ money, and I feel, which, if allowed to continue, has every indication of becoming a mess that will haunt and damage the borough’s financial well-being for decades to come.
Read aloud in the official minutes of the meeting, the statement only made residents more concerned by continuing: “In my opinion, the project lacks documented objectives, presents multiple logistical and financial problems insurmountable, and these shortcomings are masked by a lack of transparency. . Worst of all, I agree with what many voters think – that there is a deliberate approach to exclude them from any input or knowledge of the goals, costs, funding sources and financial impacts of this project.
Unfortunately for the assembled crowd, technical difficulties halted the best-laid plans of the Borough’s Parking Committee, which was planning to give a presentation on the project. Council Vice-Chair Laurie McHugh, who was elected at the start of the meeting, suggested tabling it for next month and giving a brief overview instead.

In December 2020, New Hope received a state grant of $1.75 million to help fund the garage. An ad hoc committee was formed to research and report on the project with three objectives: to find a consultant for the project, to seek additional funds and to involve the community. According to council members, the committee achieved each of these goals – they retained THA Consulting, found potential tenants in the borough and organized a public presentation in September 2021.

McHugh announced that the project is currently stalled by litigation. In March 2021, the borough issued a statement alleging that Union Square, which uses the land for overflow parking, “continues to obstruct the project”. The statement said “New Hope Borough has no choice but to pursue litigation to remove this impediment.” The case has not yet been resolved, according to McHugh. The $1.7 million grant is on hold due to litigation.

Community members present asked questions about the business plan and project costs. Council members said they couldn’t provide numbers of any kind until they know the size and scope of the project, which they won’t learn until their legal case with Union Square will not be resolved.

When asked where the money for the current project and legal fees came from, council members mentioned that they were working with a budget surplus. For reference, the board approved expenditures of $200,225 for legal services in its 2022 budget.

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Downtown Oakland parking lot could become affordable housing

A former parking lot just behind Oakland City Hall could become a fully affordable housing development if two city officials have their way.

Council members Rebecca Kaplan and Carroll Fife want the town to seek proposals from developers to demolish the town-owned Clay Street Garage, a structure closed since 2016 due to earthquake hazards, and replace it with 100% affordable housing .

On Tuesday the council’s Community and Economic Development Committee, which includes Fife, voted to go ahead with redevelopment, but they accepted a recommendation from staff to declare the site “surplus land” first.

This declaration of surplus land would trigger a state law that would require the city to prioritize low-income housing for the site. It also gives staff some leeway to consider proposals that are not 100% affordable. However, the committee’s adopted recommendation, which is yet to go to the full city council for a vote later this spring, lists the 100% affordable figure as a “goal.” In compliance with zoning rules, the ground floor would be businesses.

City staff warned that such a project could be too costly as the city would likely need to help pay for the demolition of the three-story garage, a job that could cost up to $4 million. Market-rate developers would be in a better position to cover that significant cost, staff said at Tuesday’s meeting.

The Clay Street Garage is the second property in the town that Kaplan and Fife have prioritized for redevelopment into affordable housing this year. Last month, they recommended seeking developers interested in demolishing the Oakland Police Department headquarters to build housing on the Broadway lot. This proposal was approved by the board.

Kaplan told The Oaklandside that the city must aggressively pursue affordable housing projects in order to meet targets set by regional authorities.

“We know there is an incredible shortage of affordable housing,” she said. “One of the greatest tools we have as a city to drive affordable development is the use of the land we own.”

Oakland hasn’t even built half of the low-income housing awarded to it by the Association of Bay Area Governments several years ago, and the city has just been told it has to. plan several thousand more in the years to come.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Kaplan said the garage site was a logical place to start.

“It’s on public transit, and it’s near jobs and services,” she said. “This is an opportunity to make sure this isn’t just an abandoned, negative space in our community.”

This isn’t the first time the city has considered redeveloping 1414 Clay St.

In 2018, the city commissioned a study on the development potential of a hotel or office building on the site. The City staff finally recommended an office building, in harmony with the immediate environment.

At the time, Kaplan wondered why the accommodation had not been explored.

“I was surprised that housing wasn’t even mentioned…given the scale of our housing crisis,” she told a public works committee meeting in 2018. proposal for the site never reached the full city council at the time.

City staff said the high land value and high cost of demolishing the garage may make it a less than ideal site for fully affordable development. The cost of demolition “would strain the city’s limited resources available to support affordable housing elsewhere,” Alexa Jeffress, director of Oakland’s Department of Economic Development and Workforce, wrote in a statement. recent report.

Public land at the center of the debate on development

The city council voted to seek proposals for redevelopment of police headquarters in downtown Oakland. OPD would move to East Oakland. Credit: Amir Aziz

For Kaplan, redeveloping the Clay Street Garage as affordable housing would exemplify the “principle of ‘public land for the public good,'” she said in an interview.

It’s a message that a group of board members have rallied for several years, sometimes using the phrase to take aim at what they see as a lack of urgency among staff or a prioritization of for-profit development. .

In 2018, Kaplan co-authored a resolution calling for a public lands policy, which would have outlined how Oakland makes decisions about whether to lease or sell its property. The city began, but never completed, the process of drafting such an ordinance. Meanwhile, what to do with individual city-owned parcels continued to be the subject of discussion and debate on a case-by-case basis.

Kapland and Fife’s proposal to replace the dilapidated police administration building with a mixed-use development provides for 600 homes, a third of which would be affordable, and shops. The city council voted in February to begin researching proposals and working to move police offices to East Oakland.

Weeks later, the council crushed a controversial, years-old project on city-owned land on E. 12th Street across from Lake Merritt. The council and city administration had given developers UrbanCore and EBALDC numerous extensions over the years to round up finances for approved housing towers, where 30% of units would be priced for low-income residents. The city had to sell the land to developers.

Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas, who successfully lobbied for a temporary homeless shelter at the site last year, has long joined neighborhood activists in urging the city to retain ownership of the land. and build a project with more affordable units.

Jeffress told council his team plans to come up with recommendations on what to do with 14 city-owned properties, including the garage, in June.

The recommendation “will take into account available resources, including staff capacity to manage affordable housing arrangements and financing, as well as site constraints and development feasibility, to ensure the city creates housing as efficiently as possible. affordable on his properties,” she wrote.

Kaplan told The Oaklandside that moving forward with the Clay Street project now is not only practically logical, but also symbolically smart. She mentioned the “not in my backyard” refrain used by some people who claim to embrace affordable housing but oppose projects in their neighborhood.

The city could prove it’s not a NIMBY, she said: “This particular plot is literally our backyard as a city government. It’s right out the window of my municipal office.

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City parking cost rises to $9 million

Kalispell City Council outlined plans for a new downtown parking structure in a short meeting on Monday where it was noted that the cost estimate for the project had risen to $9.2 million.

The 250-space garage would be funded by the city’s tax increment funding district. The original project cost estimate was $7 million.

City manager Doug Russell explained that the initial figure was only an estimate based on unforeseeable circumstances in an atmosphere of turbulent construction.

Russell also explained the purpose of authorizing a developer agreement with Montana Hotel Development Partners, LLC for parking at the city-owned parking lot at the corner of First Street West and First Avenue West. The agreement, which was approved by the council on Monday, spells out the financial details of the parking plans.

“It’s basically a sub-deal to the previous deal that we approved,” Russell said. “…It’s a good framework for identifying how our interactions are going to be with the developer during this process.”

The developer’s agreement describes the details related to the construction and financing of the parking lot, including repayments and guidelines for cooperation with credit institutions.

Board member Jessica Dahlman asked about the development and pre-development costs of the project. Development costs, Russell said, would come from the total cost of the project and be reimbursed either by tax increase funds generated by the Charles Hotel or by some of the parking spaces in the future garage.

Pre-development costs would also come from the existing downtown tax increment funding district, but would be reimbursed by the developer.

The board unanimously approved the developer’s agreement. Council member Sid Daoud said he was delighted to take a step forward with parking, ‘particularly as it is something that citizens have been asking for for several decades, it seems’ , did he declare.

THE COUNCIL ALSO unanimously approved an update to its floodplain policy, which had not been updated since 2015.

The new ordinance includes language clarification and updates based on annexations within the city limits that have occurred since the last update. The Floodplain Ordinance also adds a new Flood Insurance Rate Map panel to the Kalispell Town Floodplain Map, due to annexation which has occurred since 2015.

The Commission held a public hearing on March 7 regarding the proposed changes, but there was no public comment.

There were also no public comments on the floodplain ordinance on Monday, although there were two public comments unrelated to agenda items.

Diane Etter spoke out against the recent approval of Spring Creek Park, a large housing development with more than 600 units east of West Springcreek Road.

“Your lack of interest in the surrounding neighborhoods is appalling,” she told the council.

Etter also said she walked past each council member’s home to search for vacant land where her development experience could be replicated.

Sarah Lamb, who lives on Second Avenue West, also requested an additional patrol in her neighborhood after 3 a.m. because she said her vehicle had been broken into three times.

Journalist Bret Anne Serbin can be reached at 406-758-4459 or [email protected]

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Work begins on 1,000 new parking spaces in Southampton

WORK is now underway in Southampton to create 1,000 new parking spaces in areas of the city.

By spring 2023, the council is to work with its road partner, Balfour Beaty, to deliver the spaces.

It also plans to maximize the number of spaces by creating a mix of formal car parks, parking bays and converted roadsides.

READ MORE: Calls to tackle ‘unsafe’ sidewalk parking in Shirley

This follows a survey by ward councillors, cabinet members and housing services staff to identify project sites, taking into account locations where vehicles are currently parked on verges, causing ground damage.

Subject to further planning and consultation, new parking facilities will be added in:

  • bassette
  • Beovis
  • Bitterne (where projects are already underway at Lydgate Road and Farringford Road)
  • Coxford
  • Harefield
  • Millbrook
  • Redbridge
  • Shirley
  • Sholing
  • Swaythling
  • Woolston

Communities, Culture and Heritage boss Cllr Spiros Vassiliou said: “This high priority 1,000 parking space project will help us deliver on one of our key commitments to Southampton and its people.

“While we want to encourage people to use public transport as much as possible, there is still a need for adequate parking for the intended use in the city.

“I hope that by creating dedicated parking spaces, we can improve the safety of motorists and vehicles, as well as the appearance of neighborhoods and create environments in which people can be proud to live.”

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New Student and Education Housing Buildings, Two Parking Structures, and Major Demolition Ahead: A Snapshot of Cal Poly Humboldt’s Five-Year Infrastructure Plan | Lost Coast Outpost

A map of construction and demolition projects proposed by CPH. | HPC

If HSU was known as the “hills, stairs and umbrellas” campus, Cal Poly Humboldt could soon be dubbed the university of construction, parking and housing.

In August, the University released a prospectus outlining its plans to spend the state’s one-time $443 million endowment to transform the school into California’s third polytechnic and double student enrollment in seven years.

Polytechnic Transition Summary | HPC Prospectus.

While the prospectus outlined the University’s general plans to add several new buildings for universities and student accommodation by 2027, the school did not specify how it would make room for many of these new ones. projects. But in late January, around the same time HSU was renamed Cal Poly Humboldt, the school quietly released a much more detailed infrastructure plan on its website — one that includes a slew of demolition projects and elevated parking structures that would significantly change the school. onset within five years.

“The injection of one-time resources will be instrumental in upgrading the existing teaching space needed to meet the existing, growing and future demand for laboratory space to support teaching and research,” says the University prospectus, hinting that major demolition projects are coming. “The University is limited in opportunities for growth within its existing acreage.”

On-campus housing capacity growth plan. | CPH brochure

According to the Infrastructure Projects webpage, CPH’s first major construction would be the long-debated Craftsman’s Mall housing project. While the city of Arcata originally projected the building would be home to 65% students and 35% “free market” residents, Los Angeles-based licensed development firm AMCAL mysteriously withdrew its bid in 2018 after the city ​​of Arcata said the company had invested more than $1 million in the project. In 2020, the Humboldt State University Foundation purchased the 9.5-acre property for $3.95 million.

The January Infrastructure Update also estimates that the proposed project would cost $150 million, or $50 million more than the University originally stated in its prospectus. The development would include four buildings, 800 beds, study areas, a small convenience store, open common space and 350 parking spaces – all exclusively for CPH students.

The proposed housing plan for the Craftman’s Mall. | CPH infrastructure plan

The University is also actively working with the City of Arcata to develop the adjacent railroad shoreline as part of the Arcata Annie & Mary Trail Connectivity Project, linking the development to the University via the freeway overpasses at Sunset Avenue and St. Louis Road. CPH expects the housing project to be completed by December 2024.

The first infrastructure project on campus involves the construction of the new “Engineering & Technology – Learning Community Building” on the current site of Campus Events Field. Traditionally an open field for student activities, the grounds have recently housed bungalows to facilitate the University’s Library and Theater Arts seismic renovation projects. It now appears that the land will be permanently paved in order to accommodate the five-story, 90,000-square-foot engineering building and an adjacent three-story, 250-bed residence hall. These proposed buildings will include academic departments, lecture halls, laboratories, offices, student spaces, common areas, conference spaces, and other “student experience spaces.” The $135 million project is expected to be completed by August 2025.

While the loss of the event field will mean a significant reduction in grassed space near the center of campus, CPH Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Mike Fisher told the Outpost that the University consider including exterior landscaping in the new design.

A map of the proposed construction of the event ground. HPC

“What is this project [aims] to do is create an entrance for the campus and this building,” Fisher said. “It will be tiered with landscaping and concrete walkways that will take you to the heart of campus. There will be space there, landscaping, places to sit and think, places for trees, paintings and outdoor instruction areas.

A rendering of the Trinity Annex project looking west. | HPC

The first serious demolition on campus will involve the Jensen House – the current home of the university’s children’s center, located on the south end of campus. In its place, the University plans to construct a 25,000 square foot microgrid and sustainability building by January 2025. The infrastructure report indicates that the building will be used as a test facility for energy systems and will provide a “home for sustainability” on Campus. The $24 million project will also include spaces for academic departments, laboratory research, offices, conferences, students and a common area.

In January, CPH announced plans to move the Children’s Center and Child Development Lab to the renovated Trinity Annex by June 2023.

Current projected cost for CPH infrastructure projects. | CPH’s updated infrastructure plan

By August 2026, CPH plans to complete construction of its new Library Circle Student Housing, Health & Dining Building, as well as the university’s first parking structure. This structure will add approximately 500 new parking spaces to the lot located at the northwest end of campus near Granite Avenue and LK Wood Boulevard.

“The project would build approximately 200,000 [gross square feet] at the northwest corner of Library Circle and LK Wood Boulevard,” the infrastructure project reads. “The building will contain a new health center and expanded catering services with 650-bed residential complexes above.”

The Library Circle student housing, health and restoration project and parking structure. | HPC

These proposed projects are estimated at $175 million and would result in the demolition of several campus houses, including the “little apartments,” used for CPH’s ZipCar service, Brero House, which houses the Indian Tribal and Educational Staff Program of the university, Hagopian House, and Feuerwerker House, previously used by the now-emptied public radio station KHSU.

“Older homes at a public facility are problematic for many reasons, including code compliance and maintenance costs,” Fisher said. “Not to say they’re not valuable on campus.”

The final phase of the infrastructure overhaul would include the demolition of campus apartments, the current sculpture and ceramics labs, the Warren House, and the Bret Harte House – the longtime home of the Journalism Department of the Institute. university.

The Bret Harte House. | CPH Journalism Department Facebook page

Deidre Pike, associate professor of journalism at CPH, told the Outpost that many journalism alumni were heartbroken to learn that the beloved building might be destroyed.

“Bret Harte House is the kind of wonderful boutique cottage that exudes Humboldt culture,” Pike said. “So those of us who have had the privilege of living, advising, teaching, and connecting with students in this lovely, historic, unofficially designated part of campus are devastated.”

The Campus Apartments Student Housing and Parking Structure project. | HPC

Pike added that the final stage of construction includes removing more greenery and several mature redwood trees.

“It’s not just our hallowed halls on the chopping block, but some spectacular mature landscaping and several large stands of redwoods,” she said. “Warren House, Campus Apartments, the Ceramics Studios – this whole hill descends to make way for a parking lot topped with dormitories. All of that is necessary, yes. But preserving a tiny bit of our Humboldt culture would be a huge necessary morale boost. right now for faculty, students, and alumni. We don’t want to be another strip mall on Cal State Strip.

The small grove of redwoods has proven to be a hazard in the past, including in 2015 when a giant tree fell directly onto the roof of the four-story student building.

A crew works to remove the tree that fell on campus apartments in 2015. | Outpost File Photo

“When redwoods are in freestanding groves like this, they’re exposed to winds from all directions,” Fisher said. “It’s very valuable.”

However, he added that no major landscaping would be done without community input.

“Whenever we encounter geological or landscape issues on campus, we try to work around those issues as much as possible,” Fisher said. “It is simply too early to tell. There’s so much planning between now and when this project goes live. We would always pass this type of decision making through a landscaping committee and community forum. »

The $110 million campus apartments and parking structure project will include the addition of 600 to 700 beds and 650 new parking spaces. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2027. Fisher said the journalism department and the ceramics and sculpture labs will receive new homes at a later date.

CPH also has several major academic renovation projects planned in addition to the aforementioned infrastructure projects. These renovations include more space and updated labs for Alistair McCrone Hall and Science Buildings A and C. The University will also invest $21 million in marine facilities at the Eureka Research Laboratory (Offshore Wind Laboratory). This includes the Teloncher Marine Lab, the University’s “Coral Sea” marine research vessel, and the new Eureka Research Laboratory.

Proposals for academic projects. | HPC

Although these projects are expected to be completed by 2027, Fisher and CPH spokeswoman Aileen Yoo told the Outpost that all of this information is subject to change.

“Nothing is set in stone,” Yoo said. “Plans have been and continue to be fluid and progressive, and we are sharing information as we have more details.”

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Parking spaces, new signs could soon appear in Scott’s Addition

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – More parking options may soon be coming to Scott’s Addition after some residents complained about a lack of spaces.

Members of the Greater Scott’s Addition Association recently accompanied Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) crews to identify irrelevant loading areas, curbs that could be filled in and any outdated parking signs.

John Hancock, who works at Scott’s Addition, said it was getting harder to find parking spaces throughout the day.

“If I have to leave during the day and come back, it’s more of a challenge,” he said. “I can usually find something within a few blocks on foot.”

The department told 8News that crews visited certain areas of the neighborhood to get feedback from business owners on improving parking signs.

Improvements could mean replacing and removing panels or adding new ones.

Some drivers blame the business boom and new apartments for parking shortages, but Hancock said construction could be a good thing.

“One of the things that makes this neighborhood unique is the fact that we have industries, people and businesses in a small area. If we make it so industry can’t be here, it changes the whole character of the neighborhood,” he said.

The Department of Public Works said teams are planning a second visit to the neighborhood next week to review previous information compiled during the first visit and to assess any additional areas.

The department will review all notes and information from both visits and follow up with the neighborhood association.

In a written statement Tuesday, the department said, “Improvements to signage will be made after a full evaluation. The review will also help identify areas to increase parking opportunities.

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‘Southbourne needs more parking spaces, not less’

Finally, Bournemouth planners appear to have come to their senses, rejecting plans to build flats in the small car park. (Southbourne Crossroads car park)

It would appear that apartments would be out of the price range for most locals anyway, once again attracting second home buyers who only use the property part of the year.

There is no mention of parking spaces, and sooner all planners would mandate at least two parking spaces per apartment or house, then at least there would be less ‘on-road’ parking.

This should apply to all new developments.

I believe I read a while ago that underground parking was mentioned for these apartments? What madness. So close to the unstable cliffs and cracks already appearing on the opposite zigzag – then we have the road cracking and sinking.

At present we have parking on the road, and even at this time of year it is full. Where do all the other people go to park in the summer when the Bistro on the Beach was developed?

All the roads in the area are filled with cars or have the dreaded yellow lines.

If anything, Southbourne needs more parking spaces, not less.

New beach development could make Southbourne beach the new Sandbanks.

We will have all the facilities, golden sand, beautiful food facilities, restrooms, showers etc. – but with nowhere to park, people will give up and move on.

Please Bournemouth Council and planners don’t waste money on new beach development unless you provide the parking facilities to take advantage of it.

If anything, turn our small parking lot into multiple stories and cheer on vacationers and even locals at our end of the beach.


Springfield Avenue, Southbourne

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More accessible parking spaces are needed in Basingstoke – council must step in and help

Please can I ask how many residents of Church Street have parking permits? No names or addresses, just the number of permits currently held.

My request comes after I was fined for parking in a “shared” parking spot. Having spent two cold nights in Church Street, I saw no one parking there with a permit. The reason I parked where I did was to allow my wife to safely exit our rear entry wheelchair accessible vehicle, WAV.

There is no parking for this type of vehicle in Basingstoke, all places are either one behind the other (Church Street leaving no room for an access ramp) or accessible in the car parks which implies going out into the traffic stream, which I’m sure is being ignored by planners to allow more spaces for paying visitors.

I recently sent photos of our vehicle in the Red Lion car park where yellow markings are on the ground I am told for the benefit of the visitor queue at the payment point during the pandemic these will be in turn brought back online when the pandemic is considered complete, so security is once again for WAVs brought into contact.

I’m pretty sure that if I get an answer it’ll be something along the lines of “This, that and the other”, meaning nothing will be done. I have to say with all the hoo-ha at #10 to think that a Tory based council will do anything to help is beyond me, just another Tory rip-off for the disabled I guess but I live in the hope.

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Lawmakers plan to build legislative parking lot in Concord

Much of New Hampshire’s state budget surplus could be used to build a new parking lot for lawmakers. State House leaders say the current legislative parking lot, a steel girder structure above Storrs Street in downtown Concord, has been used well beyond its intended lifespan and is in bad condition. The proposal put forward Monday by House Speaker Sherman Packard would spend $35 million in surplus funds to build a new garage on the current Justice Department site and relocate the Justice Department to an existing building elsewhere in Concord . Packard said the existing parking lot has about three years left before it becomes too unsafe to use. .” The proposal received its first hearing on Monday afternoon in Concord before the House Finance Committee, as several leaders spoke in favor of the project, the idea was met with skepticism by representatives on both sides of the aisle.

Much of New Hampshire’s state budget surplus could be used to build a new parking lot for lawmakers.

State House leaders say the current legislative parking lot, a steel girder structure above Storrs Street in downtown Concord, has been used well beyond its intended lifespan and is in disrepair .

The proposal put forward Monday by House Speaker Sherman Packard would spend $35 million in budget surplus to build a new garage at the current Justice Department site and relocate the Justice Department to an existing building elsewhere in Concord .

Packard said the existing parking lot has about three years left before it becomes too unsafe to use.

“Do I want to spend $35 million on parking? No,” Packard said. “Do we have to? Yes.”

The proposal received its first hearing on Monday afternoon in Concord before the House Finance Committee, as several leaders spoke in favor of the project, the idea was met with skepticism by representatives on both sides of the aisle.

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The county plan would create parking facilities for the homeless

TACOMA, WA — A new proposal from Pierce County Council could end up setting aside parking lots for use by homeless people.

Earlier this month, the county council adopted a comprehensive plan to end homelessness, consisting of several short-term and long-term solutions to the recent rapid growth of homelessness in the county. As part of that effort, this week’s advice is seen as an ordinance that would allow businesses, organizations or other landowners in unincorporated parts of the county to create parking lots for homeless residents who live off their vehicles.

“It is by no means a panacea for tackling homelessness, but providing safe parking is identified as one of many strategies for action in our recently adopted comprehensive plan,” Council Member Ryan Mello said. at the court order hearing on Monday. “We are moving forward on so many fronts, and this is one of the simpler ones that I think we can move quickly on.”

If passed, a hosting organization such as a church or community center would be permitted to use part of its parking lot to host either:

  • 2 passenger vehicles, without stipulations.
  • 3-7 passenger vehicles, if they can provide access to restrooms, water and trash.

Facilities with 8 or more vehicles or any RV will need to apply for a Conditional Use Permit. Hosts installing facilities of any size will also need to invite adjacent neighbors to a community meeting to discuss the installation and hear neighbor concerns.

A supporter like council member Jani Hitchens says the goal of the parking proposal is to create smaller places where people can stay, even in communities that don’t have the space or need for one. full homeless shelter.

“It will provide a network of possible spaces across our entire geographic area, from both sides of the water to the mountain,” Hitchens said.

The order was heard by the county’s Community Development Committee on Monday. He is tentatively scheduled to be heard by the full board on May 16. If passed, the ordinance will take effect June 1 of this year and will remain in effect for six months unless extended or passed into Pierce County code. .

Other short-term solutions the county approved this month include creating a pilot bus pass program, more funding for case management services, and creating a new temporary shelter to help residents transition to permanent housing.

In the long term, the council said its goal is to create a state of “functional zero”, where anyone who has lost their home and is on the verge of becoming homeless can find a place in a local shelter and receive support as she tries to find permanent housing once again.

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Surprise: New parking lot for House members and a gas tax vacation for NH folks


The wonderful thing about following the New Hampshire Legislature is that there’s always another surprise lurking in the antechambers of the State House or in the nooks and crannies of the Legislative Office Building.

The latest surprise is a new parking lot for lawmakers, really only members of the House, as senators all have prime parking spots.

The $35 million would also be used to demolish the current Department of Justice building, or what elders remember as the New Hampshire Savings Bank building and the current Legislative parking lot on Storrs Street after the state comes to spend considerable sums to repair it.

Where does the money come from? The wording of the amendment reads, “The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sums out of any money in the treasury which is not otherwise appropriated. The credit will not expire.

This means that it will come from the large government revenue surplus in that fiscal year, and the last sentence means that if the project is not completed by the end of the biennium, the money will not will not revert to the general fund, as is usually the case, unless the state uses bonds to pay for a project.

The amendment does not say what will happen to the Attorney General’s office which is now in the savings bank building.

And another section of the amendment would give New Hampshire residents a three-month holiday from paying gasoline tax at 22.2 cents a gallon.

The amendment will go to a public hearing Monday at 2 p.m. before the House Finance Committee.

The irony of razing the Justice Department building is that it was also the subject of a last-minute deal when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation put the building on the market after taking over the bank, the one of the five largest in New Hampshire that failed due to the recession of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The FDIC owned a lot of real estate in New Hampshire at that time, and much of it was being sold at ridiculous prices.

The state was happy to have the building and quickly moved the Attorney General’s office into the facility from its cramped quarters in the State House Annex building.

The city of Concord was not so happy that it was removed from the tax rolls.

The purchase of the building did not follow the usual process for a Crown capital project.

And this new proposal didn’t go through the usual process either.

Under normal circumstances, the project would have been reviewed by the House Public Works and Highways Committee and the Senate Capital Budget Committee as well as the Governor’s Office.

It would have been included in the capital budget that follows the legislative process in the first year of the two-year term, just like the state’s operating budget.

But the capital budget process has been turned upside down somewhat with all the federal money continuing to flow into the state since the pandemic began with the governor’s office, or more specifically, the governor’s office for relief. emergency and recovery assuming the role of legislative committees.

CARES Act money was only distributed through the governor’s office with a legislative advisory committee that, if not ignored, was often downplayed.

There is a bit more legislative involvement now that Republicans control the Legislature, but certainly less than would be the normal process for developing capital projects.

The legislative parking garage across Main Street and behind the New Hampshire Historical Society building is not an ideal arrangement, but it does prevent legislators from monopolizing all the parking spaces around the State House.

It’s a bit remote for some of the older Legislators and can be a dangerous walk in freezing or snowy weather.

And he often appears as if he is constantly in rehabilitation with many problems including the entrance and exit ramps.

Construction of a new parking lot was considered when the state purchased the bank building which had a parking lot next to the Concord police station, but ultimately the land remained as is and was used primarily for parking Staff.

It’s no surprise to see a new parking lot closer to the State House and Legislative Office Building being considered, but it didn’t go through the usual process with the usual scrutiny.

Gasoline tax

The gas tax exemption would only apply to New Hampshire residents, so the influx of tourists during the peak summer period would not benefit from a 22.2% reduction in the cost of gasoline. cents per gallon.

While U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, who is running for re-election, has proposed a federal gas tax exemption, her potential Republican opponents this fall have not joined her, including Senate Speaker Chuck Morse, who will have a say in the state tax exemption.

The state gas tax exemption would come during the three months traditionally most important for collections.

According to the monthly revenue plan developed for the current fiscal year, the total collections for the three months would be $10.4 million for July, $10.2 million for August and $11.1 million for September.

The actual collections for those months were $11 million, $10 million, and $11.5 million, respectively. These numbers are for total gas tax sales and not just New Hampshire residents.

If state residents account for half the tax, which likely understates the numbers, that would mean a $16.25 million cut from the Highway Fund.

The amendment does not say that the governor will make up the difference from funds not otherwise appropriated.

The Road Fund has been running a “deficit” for several years, not only because of the pandemic – which has had a severe effect on collections – but also because of the growing number of alternative fuel vehicles such as those powered by electricity or propane.

For at least the last two budgets, legislatures have added general funds to the Roads Fund to allow the Department of Transportation to operate much as it did in the past.

Surplus money

What to do with surplus revenue has been a bit of a partisan issue.

Democrats like to spend it on bolstering social services that have been constrained by appropriations, training programs and some key capital projects.

Republicans, on the other hand, like to spend it as one-time expenditures rather than “increase the size of government” by creating new programs or expanding existing ones.

At the end of February, the excess revenue was $192 million, including an $11 million legal settlement.

Of that money, $100 million has been targeted for a settlement fund for those abused by youth detention center workers.

The parking garage would cost an additional $35 million and there are more proposals coming in every day.

What’s not on the agenda, however, is trying to alleviate inequality in the state’s education funding system, perhaps the biggest problem facing the state. is facing and has been for a while, but somehow it never tops the list for action.

And it’s a shame.

Garry Rayno can be reached at [email protected]

Distant Dome by veteran journalist Garry Rayno explores a broader perspective on the State House and state events for During his three-decade career, Rayno covered the NH State House for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Foster’s Daily Democrat. Over the course of his career, his coverage has spanned the spectrum of news, from local planning, school and select boards, to national issues such as electrical industry deregulation and presidential primaries. Rayno lives with his wife Carolyn in New London.

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Illegal conversion of parking spaces is rampant in Kozhikode

Despite constant warnings from local administrators, several small and large merchants in the city are believed to be involved in the illegal conversion of parking spaces for commercial activities. The directive against such acts is largely ignored by traders in the absence of strong legal action or remedial action by the authorities of the company.

Incidentally, illegal parking in the city is mainly due to encroachment on demarcated parking spaces. As a result, motorists are forced to avail paid parking services. Awnings and semi-permanent structures, common in front of many stores, mostly take up parking spaces and serve as product display areas or storage spaces.

“The biggest drawback is the remote paid parking spaces, on which customers are forced to depend in the absence of practical spaces in front of the shops. There are also instances where roadside spaces are misused due to inability of store owners to maintain parking spaces for customers,” said V. Saneesh, an accountant at a store in the city. . He pointed out that a simple inspection by the company could easily reveal such violations.

Incidentally, the majority of these stores are located within the premises of mofussil and KSRTC bus stops. There are also many shops on Mavoor and Kallayi roads, where customers are forced to use the roadside space to park. A few hotels have also used their parking spaces for outdoor dining.

In some textile stores, parking spaces have been transformed into exhibition spaces.

“One strange thing that came to my mind is the craze of shop owners to park their vehicles in the available spaces,” said Manoj Mathew, an electrician from Kottuli.

Meanwhile, company officials have argued that legal notices were served on violators during surprise inspections. They also claimed that many such spaces had been cleaned up after fining owners.

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Spring breakers close Ocean Drive, MIA advises no more parking spaces in garages

MIAMI BEACH, Florida. – Miami Beach police officers were forced to shut down Ocean Drive at some point Friday night as spring breakers swarmed South Beach. Thousands of people were ready to party and soak up the sights of South Beach.

But what hasn’t been seen, at least until now, is the chaos that spoiled the fun last year in Miami Beach.

In addition to prohibiting drinking on the beach, all floats, tents, large coolers, and loud music are prohibited from being taken onto the sand.

The crowds also have South Florida airports filled with passengers. Miami International Airport is reporting a record number of airport arrivals and announced its busiest day “ever” last Sunday. More than 150,000 people enter and leave this airport every day.

On Saturday morning, Miami International posted a travel advisory on its Twitter account saying its garages were completely full.

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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reported to an advisor that its curbside valet was full, but self-parking options were available.

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Developers Present Concept Plans for New Downtown Aiken Apartments, Parking Garage | Local News

As the parts of the Pascalis project continue to be developed, the concepts of the multi-family apartments and the closed parking garage were displayed on Thursday evening.

The plans were presented to the Aiken Design Review Board in a working session through a variety of tracks, including an elevation map, 3D rendering, and site plans.

Russell Devita, principal at FMK Architects, which is the lead architect for the apartments and parking lot, said the design team walked around downtown Aiken before designing the building.

Devita said they noticed “the rhythms of the openings, the brick work (and) the details”, among other things.

Overall, plans call for a five-story building, located at the corner of Newberry Street and Richland Avenue, with approximately 103 multi-family units. The apartments would wrap around the parking lot, so the garage could not be seen from the street.

The first floor of the building on the Newberry Street side would be reserved for retail businesses. The facade of the CC Johnson Building, which previously housed the Playoff’s Sports Bar, would remain intact and be incorporated into the new building to “preserve character and history”, according to Devita.

The building’s lobby would be located at the corner of Richland Avenue and Bee Lane. The first floor of the building on the Bee Lane side is proposed to be apartments, Devita said.

For apartments, several types are offered, which Devita pointed out: a one-bedroom living/working unit; studios; An apartment with one bedroom; two-bedroom apartments; and two-story, two-bedroom townhouses.

The townhouses would be located near the planned conference center, with third-floor apartments connecting the apartment building to the conference center, according to plans.

Some of the units are said to have balconies, an important feature noted by the designers, as balconies can be seen on many buildings in downtown Aiken.

To enter the car park, drivers could turn into Bee Lane before turning left into the new Pascalis Alley, then turning left into the car park. Alternatively, they could turn left into Pascalis Alley from Newberry Street and turn right into the car park.

Similarly, drivers could exit to the left or right of the garage.

The Design Review Board approves the demolition of the Aiken Hotel

As for the exterior, Devita said the team tried to use different types of architectural details to add variation and detail.

“We really try to vary the lines to create different levels relative to where the cornices are,” he said.

The team worked to break down the building using different materials and “having recesses in strategic places”.

“We’re trying to create a vertical (rhythm),” Devita said. “What we don’t want is this big monolithic building.”

“We took the challenge of creating a five-story building in downtown Aiken very seriously and worked very hard to divide it from a massing perspective, pay homage to the existing facade by pushing back all that facade 5 feet, and then varying the materials and linking them to the historic details of (of) Aiken and creating a really rich facade,” Devita continued.

Many board members expressed positive feelings about the design, but Lucy Knowles expressed some reservations.

Knowles said she appreciates the desire to have all the elements of the Pascalis project, but she thinks the building’s design is “far too intense for this particular area.”

“I would love to see all of these things in downtown Aiken, but I think we have too many in this space,” she explained.

This is the fourth time members of the development team have met with Aiken’s Design Review Board to present plans and get feedback.

Although the exact date is yet to be determined, there will be a public charette where all components of the Pascalis project will be exhibited, according to Tim O’Briant, Aiken’s Director of Economic Development.

Brandon Graham, vice president of development at Raines, said several of the design professionals involved in the project will be on hand to speak to attendees.

Aiken Design Board Sees Concept Plans for Project Pascalis

“The plan is to take all the feedback we get from the board, as well as the public feedback, and incorporate as much as we can, and then come back with the full plan where you can see it all, at once individually and at the same time,” Graham said. “You can see him standing alone and working together.”

As a whole, the Pascalis project is made up of eight parcels in downtown Aiken, bounded by Laurens Street, Richland Avenue and Newberry Street. Of these, seven were purchased by the Aiken Municipal Development Commission for $9.5 million in early November 2021.

The eighth parcel is 121 Newberry St. SW, the former home of a State Farm insurance office. This parcel is owned by Aiken Alley Holdings LLC; Ray Massey is listed as a registered agent on the website of South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond.

The Aiken Standard previously reported that Massey was part of a group of local investors involved in the Pascalis project.

The designers will then be in front of the Design Review Board on April 5 for a working session and a regular meeting. Plans for the conference center should be presented during the working session.

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What is the worst parking lot in Atlanta? Name your (least) favourite!

In a city like Atlanta, where public transportation options are limited, parking lots are still considered a necessary evil.

That doesn’t mean they aren’t outdated, unsightly, soulless, disengaging, off-putting, and uninspired trash of the primo urban space. Especially when they seem to be rotting.

In the spirit of March Madness and fun competitive tournaments, it’s time to determine which of Atlanta’s parking lots is the most horrible of them all. (There’s no shortage of car closets to choose from here, unfortunately, especially downtown.)

But first, dear readers, we need your help in determining the inglorious field of candidates!

Serious contender for a No. 1 seed at 31 Baker Street. Google Maps

Feel free to name any parking structure within the Atlanta city limits, or very close to the city limits, that irritates you for some reason. Think of structures that are the opposite of inviting, the antithesis of bustling storefronts and parks, built only to inhale vehicles and spit them out.

Bonus points if you include a clear photo of the parking pile or podium you hate. At the very least, please provide the (approximate) address and a description, to ensure we are on the same page.

Put the nominations in the comments below, email the advice line or contact us via Twitter or facebook.

The nominations will determine the size of the field and the structure of the tournament. Tentative plans are to start the elimination rounds early next week. Cheers!

• Best Neighborhood in Atlanta 2021, Championship: Summerhill vs. Mozley Park (Urbanize Atlanta)

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In 2021, Boston planners approved more parking spaces than homes – StreetsblogMASS

According to year-end statistics compiled by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), Boston city planners have approved dozens of construction projects in 2021 that could give the city 7,887 new homes, 6 million square feet of new commercial space and enough parking to store 8,668 more cars.

Nearly three-quarters of this new parking lot — 6,441 spaces — would be built in transit-accessible neighborhoods within a quarter-mile of an MBTA station.

During 2021, the BPDA approved 71 new development projects which include a combined total of 17.1 million square feet of real estate within the city limits.

Most of these new projects include a housing component, either in purely residential apartment buildings or in mixed projects:

BPDA 2021 project approvals for mixed-use and residential developments

“TOD” indicates “transit-oriented development” – projects located within a quarter mile of an MBTA rapid transit or commuter rail station. Source: BPDA

Purely residential projects Total in TOD % TOD
Number of projects 29 12 41%
Housing units 2,352 1,226 52%
Parking spaces 1,114 481 43%
Mixed-use projects Total in TOD % TOD
Projects 29 20 69%
Housing units 5,535 4,550 82%
Residential Square Feet 5,305,476 4,390,132 83%
Commercial sq.ft. 2,503,372 1,364,697 55%
Parking spaces 3,620 2,615 72%

Of the 29 purely residential developments the BPDA has approved in 2021, developers plan to build 2,352 new apartments and 1,114 new parking spaces – roughly one parking space for every 2 apartments.

But among the subset of 12 subdivisions that would be within a quarter-mile of an MBTA rapid transit or commuter rail station, the parking ratio was slightly lower: a total of 481 new spaces. parking space for 1,226 apartments (approximately 0.4 spaces per dwelling unit).


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The BPDA also approved 29 mixed-use projects in 2021, and collectively those projects could give Boston about 5,535 new homes, 2.6 million square feet of office, retail and other non-residential space, and 3,620 parking spaces – approximately two parking spaces for every three apartments. However, it is likely that some of these parking spaces will be reserved for the commercial tenants of these buildings.

Compared to previous years, the parking ratio per dwelling for residential and mixed-use projects has decreased.

In 2019, the agency approved 4,762 new homes as well as sufficient parking for 4,773 cars in residential and mixed-use projects – approximately one parking space for each apartment.

In 2020, this ratio fell slightly, to around 0.9 parking spaces per dwelling.


Boston planners approved more than 11,000 new parking spaces in 2020

However, BPDA non-residential project approvals in 2021 had significantly more associated parking than in previous years.

The agency has approved 10 office and laboratory projects as well as three institutional projects that collectively propose to build 3,934 new parking spaces:

BPDA 2021 Project Approvals for Commercial and Institutional Developments

“TOD” indicates projects located in transit-oriented neighbourhoods. Source: BPDA

Purely commercial projects
Total in TOD % TOD
Projects ten 8 80%
Total square footage 2,178,420 1,934,233 89%
Parking spaces 2,454 2,368 96%
Purely institutional projects
Total in TOD % TOD
Projects 3 2 67%
Total square footage 2,282,252 1,816,150 80%
Parking spaces 1,480 977 66%

In 2019, the BPDA approved 9 commercial or institutional projects with 2.4 million square feet of space and only 237 new parking spaces. And in 2020, the BPDA approved 2.3 million square feet of non-residential projects that collectively had only 200 attached parking spaces.

The increase in non-residential parking garage approvals this year can be partly explained by the types of applicants seeking BPDA approvals in 2021. While many non-residential projects in 2019 and 2020 were associated with universities, which tend to have lower parking demands, the BPDA’s program in 2021 included two large hospital expansions that insisted on spending health care dollars on large on-site parking lots.

One of the largest institutional project approvals this year was the Massachusetts General Hospital Expansion near Charles Circle. This project proposes to build a massive six-level underground parking garage for 977 cars next to traffic-congested Charles Circle in Boston’s West End (the project would also help build a proposed new subway platform for an extension of the MBTA blue line).

A handful of projects the BPDA has approved in 2021 would avoid building any on-site parking. The Boston Housing Authority final phase of the development of the HLM Old Colony districtwhich the BPDA Board approved in April, would replace 208 existing apartments and add an additional 134 affordable apartments in three new buildings with no off-street parking at the east end of the neighborhood, adjacent to Moakley Park.

And in Jamaica Plain, a short walk from the Green Street Orange Line stop, the BPDA has approved a new 5-story building (see rendering at the top of this article) that would provide housing for 38 low-income senior households. , plus a new street-level dining space for the El Embajador restaurant.

However, the owners of the adjacent Turtle Swamp Brewery sued to block this accommodation, specifically citing its lack of parking in their complaint.

Partly in response to lawsuits like that, the BPDA and the City of Boston passed two significant parking reforms late last year that could further reduce the number of parking lots that future developments can build.

End DecemberMayor Wu signed a new zoning ordinance that will eliminate minimum parking mandates for residential projects where at least 60% of new homes would be limited income for low- and middle-income households.

And in October, the BPDA passed new planning guidelines that will impose maximum parking limits for large developments, with stricter limits applying in the most walkable and transit-accessible areas of the city.

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Parking lots in the old town will be transformed into outdoor dining areas

The parking spaces will be transformed into outdoor rest/dining areas as part of the regeneration of the old town and Hull City Council’s commitment to supporting the city’s evening economy.

Hull City Council today published a Record of Decision confirming the award of a contract to Broxap Limited for the supply and installation of two ‘parklet’ systems, valued at £70,000, using the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organization (ESPO) framework for street furniture. .

Parklets provide high-quality street furniture for outdoor hospitality, replacing on-street parking spaces and leaving the path free of obstructions.

Both parklets will be installed in existing parking spaces on the south side of Silver Street. Each will include stationary tables and benches separated by high-level planters for screening. Disabled parking spaces will be moved.

Councilor Rosemary Pantelakis, the council’s portfolio holder for culture, said: ‘Alfresco dining and drinking is a key part of the vision we have for the revitalization of Whitefriargate, Silver Street and the Old Town, as well as our continued commitment to the evening economy. .

“Parklets are a great way to provide street furniture without creating an obstacle in the sidewalk, which can be a problem for pedestrians or visually impaired wheelchair users.

“It’s a really exciting time for Old Town as we continue to transform the neighborhood into a vibrant place where people can live, work and play.”

What the parklets will look like (Image: Broxap)

The parklets will be made of hardwood lumber in an alloy steel frame. They will be 12 m long and will not exceed the 2 m width of the existing bay. The modular construction of the parklets allows flexibility in size and location.

Sliding bollards have recently been installed across the Lowgate entrance to Silver Street to provide protection for the hotel trade.

ESPO is one of the largest public sector-owned professional procurement networks in the country, covering 120 executives and bespoke procurement services. The framework of street furniture products contains a large number of suppliers.

All relevant suppliers were approached to submit a bid, and Broxap Limited was the only supplier on the frame who could supply the parklet systems.

The work is partly funded by the Welcome Back Fund, which provides councils across England with a £56million share of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the safe return to high streets and help “build back better” from the pandemic.

Return funds

Hull City Council has received up to £560,812 in funding from the Welcome Back Fund, provided by England’s European Regional Development Fund under the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Program 2014-2020. The Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediary body Greater London Authority) is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund. Created by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local territories boost their economic development by investing in projects that will support innovation, businesses, job creation and the regeneration of local communities. For more information visit

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Concrete, parking steel to find a new life through recycling

The Huntsville Municipal Parking Garage A is no longer. Demolition crews with large machinery demolished the structure down to its foundations to make way for a new city hall with an attached parking lot.

Crews are demolishing the old Municipal Parking Lot A to make way for a new Huntsville City Hall. Garage materials will be recycled and reused for future applications.

Piles of broken concrete and twisted metal were loaded onto dump trucks and transported to the Solid Waste Disposal Authority (SWDA) in Huntsville. It’s not the end of the road for these materials, however. In the case of the concrete remains, the road has only just begun.

“We recycle concrete,” said Ricky Wilkinson, general services manager for the town of Huntsville. “It will be ground up and can be used as base material for temporary roads or anywhere you could use gravel.”

A recycled idea

The idea of ​​recycling building materials is unique and environmentally friendly, but not uncommon. Wilkinson said it has become more common because recycling processes have improved.

Machinery picks up remains from the municipal parking lot under blue skies.  The Madison County Courthouse is visible in the background.

With the demolished parking garage, it is easier to see other downtown buildings. Work on the site of the new Huntsville City Hall can begin when the debris from the garage clears.

“The equipment needed to break concrete is more reasonably priced, so it’s more common now,” he said.

Rebar and protective guardrails from the garage will be melted down at a recycling center in Birmingham and reused in future applications. Brandon Tucker, project manager for city hall contractor Turner Construction Company, said most of the structural steel is recycled.

“That’s how most metal producers in the United States develop their products,” he said. “Concrete rebar may have been a car part that was melted down and reused. The quality of the steel is as good or better than virgin steel because it has to meet many strength requirements.

More importantly, scrap metal doesn’t take up space in a landfill, which Tucker says is a big plus for Huntsville residents.

“This work has more recyclable content than usual because it’s a concrete structure,” he said. “When you have materials that can’t be reused, the disposal costs add up and that impacts the landfill. It’s not good for the taxpayer or the contractor.

Look forward

Wilkinson and Tucker said the demolition project moved ahead quickly, thanks to an extended period of good weather. Once the last concrete and metals have been removed, construction work on the new town hall can begin.

“Very soon we will have a building that will rise from the ground and be a lasting legacy,” Tucker said.

Construction of the new City Hall could begin to go vertical in May or June. The project is expected to be completed by 2024.

There’s a sense of excitement about the project among Turner Construction employees, Tucker said, because many employees are part of the Huntsville community. Because of this connection, they are proud of the project.

“We’re all local,” he said. “Our work is downtown, but on weekends you’ll find us downtown enjoying all the community has to offer.”

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Furious residents resort to ‘carts full of rocks to reserve parking spaces’

Drivers who are tired of looking for parking spaces near their homes have decided to leave supermarket trolleys full of stones and concrete slabs on the roads

Some of the trolleys left on the roads by drivers to save their parking space

Furious drivers, tired of struggling to find parking spaces near their homes, decided to leave concrete-weighted supermarket trolleys behind to reserve a spot for their cars.

Shocked residents on the streets of Sparkbrook, Birmingham saw the shopping carts abandoned outside houses.

Residents desperate for a parking space piled stones or concrete slabs inside the carts to make them difficult to move, with stones stuck behind their wheels.

Other space savers used by “selfish” drivers include traffic cones and bricks, according to birmingham live.

A resident, who took pictures of the carts, said of the situation: “I was driving through sparkbrook and saw a parking space with concrete blocks inside the carts.

“There was concrete behind the wheels to keep them from rolling. They reserved a decent space for a car or larger vehicle to enter.

“It’s crazy, it’s inadmissible if it’s the only space available. There are no road markings on the road.

Other road users resorted to chaining bins to the ground so they could park later


Chad Miah/BPM Media)

Other people used throw pillows, sofas and debris to save their spaces


Chad Miah/BPM Media)

“You can’t reserve a space for yourself. I’ve seen couches, cushions, cones, bins, bricks, etc. used to reserve spaces, but that takes it to another level.”

People have been using large objects to save parking spaces for several weeks because parking spaces are often difficult to find.

Last month, fellow resident Chad Miah said he was ‘astonished’ when he went to a friend’s wedding in the area and found a wheelie bin chained to the ground as he tried to find a space.

He said, “It’s pure selfishness. Parking is a big problem in Handsworth and this street in particular is a nightmare to drive on.

“We would all like to come home with a parking lot in front of our houses. But that is not the case.”

Some nearby residents vowed to move the objects from the roadway if they encountered them.

Others say they will call the local council or the police to report blockages.

A fed up resident said: ‘If I ever see any cones, wheelie bins or trolleys on the road I will remove them, or call the police and local councilors to have them removed.

“No one has the right to take possession of a stretch of road.”

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: ‘We ask people to park with consideration and respect all road users.

“Using a wheelie bin to reserve space on the freeway could be considered a freeway obstruction.”

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La Londonienne opens in Calais with 135 secure parking spaces

Calais has a new secure truck park following the opening of a new 135 space site called La Londonienne Secure Truck Park.

“Calais is a central hub for HGV traffic, and we want to provide the safest and most comfortable truck parking in the region,” said Jean Pierre Devigne, founder and CEO of RDV Transport who worked with Snap. for the launch of the new placer.

The Londoner opened on March 1 with 135 truck parking spaces, showers, toilets, laundry and kitchen facilities and new security infrastructure installed by Snap Access & Security.

“We look forward to welcoming truck drivers from across Europe, including Snap customers, and providing them with our top-notch facilities,” said Devigne.

The site has front and rear ANPR cameras to monitor vehicles entering and exiting the site. There are also internal and external CCTV cameras and three-metre fences, while the site is patrolled by five security guards with guard dogs.

RDV Transport started working with Snap in 2020, paying with Snap Account’s smart payment system at locations in the UK.

“Our drivers must use a Snap account when in the UK for security reasons, so we always advise them to find Snap locations,” Devigne explained.

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Cut to temporary free parking spaces in Castle Street car park behind Inverness Townhouse

Denise Collins is campaigning for more public car access to the council car park on Castle Street.

Signs indicating temporary free spaces have been removed from a car park in Inverness town centre.

They were introduced to the premises of Inverness Town House over the festive period and were due to last until January 2.

This meant that motorists could take advantage of a maximum free stay of 30 minutes, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the front part of the car park.

They were intended to be used for short term stays to help local businesses have a pick up/drop off space to help with delivery and collection of customers.

Contractors were spotted removing signage last month.

The fact that the free spaces have not been made permanent has been criticized by a local businesswoman.

Denise Collins, who runs the Castle Gallery, which is opposite the car park, has campaigned for the car park to be accessible to the public at all times.

It is currently for the exclusive daytime use of Highland councilors and council staff.

She said: ‘Although very little publicized, this facility was used by independent local small business customers in Castle Street and nearby areas.

“The termination of this facility shows an appalling lack of judgment on the part of council, particularly in light of the Scottish Government’s recent announcement of funds to promote the resumption of town center footfall.”

Last month, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a financial package aimed specifically at promoting the resumption of city center footfall which the Inverness Business Improvement Group (BID) is working on.

A council spokesperson said: “Council was pleased to be able to temporarily allow extended public access to Castle Street car park, Inverness.

“This was done to support downtown businesses during the holiday season. The availability of the additional parking supply was much appreciated and the council will be looking at other possibilities to extend public access to the car park again in the future.

“In the meantime, the Castle Street car park remains accessible to the public, paid and posted, after 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.”

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Covington begins mandating metered parking spaces on nights and weekends to protect small businesses

Seeking to preserve on-street parking for small businesses that need it to survive, the City of Covington will begin enforcing parking meters in the evenings and on Saturdays.

The long-awaited change brings Covington in line with surrounding towns and responds in part to complaints from business owners about spaces being monopolized by drivers who leave their cars parked throughout the weekend and into the evening.

(Photo by City of Covington)

“As downtown grows and gets busier, we want to make sure our businesses have parking available for their patrons and customers,” City Manager Ken Smith said. “These metered spotlights are designed for constant rolling. This is their goal. If a car is left in one place every late afternoon or from Friday afternoon to Monday morning, it harms surrounding businesses.

The change takes effect immediately, although there will be a grace period – i.e. “courtesy tickets” or warnings – while the public gets used to the new rules and meters are recalibrated and relabeled. The City will work with merchants near metered parking lots to find ways to educate their customers.

The new hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Previously, meters were not applied on Saturdays and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The new app was approved by the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening as part of a series of parking-related changes. These changes include:

• Increase in metered rates from $1.10 to $1.50 per hour, matching the rate in other urban areas this side of the Ohio River. Drivers will be able to continue to pay in cash at meters or via the free PassportParking® app available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

• $5 increase in monthly passes at many public parking lots and surface lots (bringing most to $55 or $60 per month).

• “Clean up” the language in the ordinances to continue to refine the authority of the Covington Motor Vehicle Parking Authority and its legal status as “owner” and manager of parking lots. (The authority was established in 2018 to operate and maintain public on- and off-street parking in Covington. Its five members are approved by the Board of Commissioners. The City contracts with ABM Parking Services for day-to-day operation. )

• Hired a first-ever Executive Director to handle the administrative duties of the parking authority and help the City take a more strategic and analytical approach to its parking issues. Kyle Snyder will split his duties between this position and his duties as the City’s infrastructure development specialist.

Other changes are possible on the road, including the return of parking meters in commercial areas like the MainStrasse Village, and better signage.

The changes were recommended by consultants who undertook a comprehensive analysis of the City’s parking, by the parking authority itself, and by City staff working in areas such as economic development and public works.

(Photo by City of Covington)

The City is in the process of updating a web page at to reflect changes and show available public parking locations in Covington.

Invest in the future

Although modest, the fee increases will allow the city to begin making more robust investments in improving its parking lot, Smith said.

“We definitely need more parking space, and we need to improve amenities, such as kiosks,” he said. “But you can’t upgrade or add facilities and options without revenue, and we’ve fallen behind.”

The perceived lack of parking is an ongoing source of complaints in Covington. As in urban areas across the country, however, some of the complaints are based on unrealistic expectations that parking should be free and always available right outside a destination. For example, people who are comfortable walking from the confines of a mall parking lot are not willing to walk the same distance from a garage or lot to a restaurant or bar.

“Street parking is a commodity, plain and simple,” Smith said. “We have plenty of parking spaces downtown, if you know where to look, but there will never be enough spaces along a busy street to accommodate three to four cars per household, the more visitors, the more customers entering and leaving stores.

The city manager called the parking changes “growing pains” as Covington’s economy continues to grow.

“If you have an abundance of parking spaces downtown, that’s a sign of a ‘dead’ city,” he said.

From the town of Covington

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Woman found shot and stabbed in Oklahoma City hospital parking lot, police search for suspect

UPDATE: Oklahoma City Police are looking for the suspect who shot and stabbed a woman who was found injured in the parking lot of INTEGRIS Baptist Hospital.

A spokesperson for INTEGRIS said the injured woman was found in the stairwell of the hospital’s 56th Street Northwest Highway garage.

The victim was transferred to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center for treatment. His condition is unknown.

Oklahoma City police officials said it appears the woman was shot and stabbed in a domestic incident.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 40s, driving a white Monte Carlo.

The hospital garage is closed.

No other details were provided.

Original story

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Officers from the Oklahoma City Police Department were called Friday afternoon to INTEGRIS Baptist Hospital regarding a gunshot victim.

A police department official told KFOR that the victim was shot multiple times.

Oklahoma City police at INTEGRIS Baptist Hospital after being notified of a victim who was shot multiple times.

A spokeswoman for INTEGRIS told KFOR that the victim was found with gunshot wounds in the hospital parking lot.

It is currently unknown where the victim was shot or if he was going to the hospital for medical treatment, according to the spokesperson.

No other details were provided.

It is an evolving situation. More information will be provided when available.

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Plans to move forward to demolish Civic Center parking lot

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – Work to demolish the Civic Center parking garage in Springfield could begin as early as this spring and we’ve learned that a designer has been hired to begin mapping the project.

Springfield’s downtown garage has seen better days. Built in 1971, garage officials said it had reached the end of its useful life and it would be a better investment to build a new garage than to do more repairs. They said the 50-year-old garage would need things like drainage upgrades and waterproofing.

“I love my city, let’s make it better, let’s continue,” said Julio Rivera.

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which also owns the MassMutual Center, purchased the garage in 2020. MCCA’s Tara Coughlan told Western Mass News that they had just hired a designer to work on the construction of the new garage.

“They are doing exploratory work, assessing what is under the structure, examining the drop zone for construction activities. We are having many discussions with the city about potential street closures and impacts on our neighbors to make sure everything goes well when we go into full construction,” Coughlan

It is not yet known when these street closures will take place, but they hope that ultimately the garage will be more modern.

“Wider lanes, slightly larger pitches to accommodate the larger vehicles we all drive today. Other typical equipment that you would see in a garage like electric vehicle charging stations, electric gates when you go out like automated systems and looking at other opportunities like an air tire filling station, that kind of thing…just to improve the customer experience,” Coughlan added.

The project is estimated between 30 and 40 million dollars. They hope to have it finished by fall 2023.

Officials said they hoped to include a new skybridge to connect the new garage to the MassMutual center and improve the overall experience of passing from the garage to the MassMutual center.

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Commissioners approve emergency repairs to underground car park | Local News

After engineers found deteriorated structural beams in the parking lot beneath the Westmoreland County Courthouse in January, the need for urgent repairs became apparent.

Commissioners have approved what is expected to be a six-month emergency project that could cost $7 million to repair the parking structure, which would not be in imminent danger of collapse.

During the project, the courthouse will open a previously closed entrance on Main Street to the rotunda section of the building. In addition, two other doors on either side of Pennsylvania Avenue will remain open to employees and visitors.

Carl Walker Construction Inc. was hired to carry out the repairs. The company would have to dig about 35 feet to access the parking structure through Courtyard Square, where new support beams will be installed and other repairs will be made to restore the two-level garage, officials said.

Damage was initially identified in 2019 when sections of concrete above the upper parking level fell to the ground. Repairs cost $70,000, and structural monitoring of the garage continued. Monitoring has revealed that rust, spalling and other signs of deterioration have since appeared, but no urgency for collapse.

Work was to start on Wednesday.

Courtyard Square is often used as a gathering place for protests and demonstrations, in addition to recreation. As part of the project, the courtyard will be reconfigured, but final designs have not been confirmed.

The garage will remain closed during construction. On Tuesday, the commissioners also agreed to lease 182 parking spaces in Greensburg for displaced employees and officials. It will cost $10,500 a month to lease 148 parking spaces in four Greensburg-owned lots and another 34 spaces in a private lot on Otterman Street.

Parking options for jurors and other visitors have yet to be announced.

The county will use part of the $105 million it received in coronavirus relief funds to pay for garage repairs.

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Oneida County lawmakers agree to hospital parking bond

UTICA – A bond resolution for a downtown hospital parking garage was approved at a meeting of the Oneida County Legislative Council on Wednesday.

The 30-year bond clears the way for construction of the parking garage at a maximum estimated cost of $50,900,000 and authorizes the issuance of $30,900,000 bonds.

The price includes parking, a helipad, site improvements, and other related expenses for the structure that will rest near the Wynn Hospital currently under construction (which is located in the Lafayette, Columbia, and State Street area) of the System of Mohawk Valley Health.

Additional funding for the structure — which is expected to start in mid-May and end in October 2023 — will also be funded by $10,000,000 in grants and $10,000,000 guaranteed by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, according to documents.

Bids for the project are expected to open in mid-April, county lawmakers said.

• The county legislature also passed an agreement between Oneida County Emergency Services and the New York State Department of Homeland Security.

The move would approve a $781,082 grant agreement between the county’s Department of Emergency Services and the state’s Division of Homeland Security.

Project work involves continued expansion of the county’s public safety radio system.

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Parking garage under Westmoreland County Courthouse closed for significant structural issues – CBS Pittsburgh

GREENSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – The garage below the Westmoreland County Courthouse is showing signs of significant structural issues and is closed as of Wednesday morning.

A recent technical investigation prompted county commissioners to take emergency action to excavate the underground structure and repair it immediately, a job that will cost $7 million.

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“It’s time to tackle deterioration. They couldn’t tell us if it would collapse and if it would collapse, when it would collapse,” Westmoreland County Public Works Director Greg McCloskey said.

The recent study showed that years of humidity and salt have compromised the stability of the parking lot.

Westmoreland County said it would make up for the loss of parking spaces by leasing some 170 spaces from the city of Greensburg in its parking facilities.

“There’s no better time to work on this,” Commissioner Sean Kertes said.

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It’s going to be a major project that’s literally in the middle of Greensburg.

“It’s going to be a major inconvenience, but we hope to get there in six months,” Commissioner Gina Cerilli Thrasher said.

Greensburg Newsstand’s Al Lydic said the parking lot project was fine with him as long as desperate drivers looking for parking don’t decide to commandeer what he paid for.

“I depend on these two spots that I rent out for clients. If I have to fight people who want to park there and run to the courthouse, that’s going to be a problem,” he said.

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Emergency repairs begin Wednesday.

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Parking garage replacement will impact Westmoreland County Courthouse

A $7 million project will have a major impact on downtown Greensburg starting Wednesday. Watch the full report in the video player above. Westmoreland County Commissioners on Tuesday approved emergency funding to replace parking under the Westmoreland County Courthouse Yard. The project comes after commissioners said engineers had discovered structural flaws in the structure. The issues with the garage started in 2019. The courtyard outside the courthouse and the main entrance to the courthouse will be closed. An alternate entrance along Main Street will open to the public wishing to enter the courthouse. Commissioners said more than 170 people parked in the county parking lot, mostly county employees and elected officials. The county has secured leases in nearby parking lots for people using the garage, which could limit parking for people traveling to downtown Greensburg. Commissioners said they are still working on potential solutions to these issues, particularly on days when residents are called to the courthouse for jury selection. County commissioners said funding for the project came from the US bailout. The goal is to complete the project by next winter.

A $7 million project will have a major impact on downtown Greensburg starting Wednesday.

Watch the full report in the video player above.

Westmoreland County Commissioners on Tuesday approved emergency funding to replace parking under the Westmoreland County Courthouse Yard.

The project comes after commissioners said engineers had discovered structural flaws in the structure. The problems with the garage started in 2019.

The outer courtyard of the courthouse and the main entrance to the courthouse will be closed. Another entrance along Main Street will be open to the public wishing to enter the courthouse.

Commissioners said more than 170 people were parked in the county parking lot, mostly county employees and elected officials. The county has secured leases in nearby parking lots for people using the garage, which could limit parking for people traveling to downtown Greensburg. Commissioners said they are still working on potential solutions to these issues, particularly on days when residents are called to the courthouse for jury selection.

County commissioners said funding for the project came from the US bailout. The goal is to complete the project by next winter.

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The West New York Planning Board reviews plans for a parking garage on the 57th Street lot

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A rendering of what the parking lot will look like when completed.

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The architect incorporated embroidery designs into the brick facade as a tribute to WNY’s history.

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Another view of the 57th Street parking lot.

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The parking garage could have three or four stories depending on how contractors place bids to build the project.


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A rendering of what the parking lot will look like when completed.

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The architect incorporated embroidery designs into the brick facade as a tribute to WNY’s history.

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Another view of the 57th Street parking lot.

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The parking garage could have three or four stories depending on how contractors place bids to build the project.

The West New York Planning Board reviewed city plans to build a parking lot on the site of the surface parking lot on 57th Street. The garage is one of the few the city plans to build on its current municipal lands to alleviate parking issues, including at 51st Street and 54th Street.

Michael Nelson, project architect, presented the preliminary plans for the parking garage to council. The presentation was a courtesy review and discussion, and no action was taken other than a draft letter confirming to the Western New York Board of Commissioners that the Planning Board had reviewed the project.

The existing car park is approximately 94 parking spaces. The planned new garage will contain approximately 197 parking spaces.

“Planned structure parking is 197 parking spaces with potentially spaces beyond pending the supply environment and if we are able to award an alternative supply to the project,” Nelson said.

North of the parking lot is 58and Street, to the west is Bergenline Avenue, to the south is 57and Street, and to the east are buildings. The entrance would be at 57and Street. Under the ramp to the first floor is storage space for the city, according to Nelson. The three-storey car park has several stairs and an elevator.

Three or four floors depending on the offers

While the current render and plans call for three stories, West New York is also exploring the possibility of a four-story parking lot. The city asked the architects of the project to study an alternative offer for an additional floor.

“There is this option, if the numbers are competitive enough, to have another floor,” Nelson said. “This has been incorporated into the tender documents.”

The architect incorporated embroidery designs into the brick facade as a tribute to WNY’s history.

However, the number of floors selected for the parking garage will depend on the nature of the bids received for the project. According to Nelson, the structure can be built to have additional floors in the future, but the road layout would prevent this.

“The difficulty of adding floors to parking lots is the very tight logistics,” Nelson said. “This site in particular is very constrained due to the tight fabric of the street… We could design the structure to support future seams, but the reality is that it is not possible to get a crane from the order of magnitude required to lift the additional loads 120 foot pieces on the building.

Integrate the history of the textile industry

According to Nelson, the city’s history was considered when designing the parking lot’s facade.

“When we started working on the project, one of our first efforts was to review the site in the context of the neighborhood, as well as the building’s relevance to the city. We were inspired by the city’s rich textile industry and history. This began to blend in with some of the neighborhood’s residential vernacular, brick structures and brick patterns.

Another view of the 57th Street parking lot.

The brick design is intended to highlight Western New York’s history as a former center of the textile industry. The brick patterns aim to mimic this and the surrounding neighborhood.

“The precast concrete structure with brick veneer, brick patterns, tones and colors was derived from early studies spent in the neighborhood and research into the city’s history,” Nelson said.

Pedestrian walkways approximately 13 feet wide will run around the perimeter of the building.

Council promotes parking plans

President Clara Brito Herrera praised the project, but was in favor of the larger car park option.

“Nice project,” said Herrera. “It’s definitely going to improve the neighborhood and it’s very much needed… One of the things I love the most about the design is the safety with the glass as you walk through the building and the walkways from street to street. other. It’s easy to get to and it’s a great project.

Vice President Jorge Gomez echoed Herrera that the rendering of the parking lot was “beautiful” and that he was also in favor of the larger option.

“If there’s a way to add more parking to it, like another level, that would be even better,” Gomez said. “But it looks great and it’s excited for the city.”

The parking garage could have three or four stories depending on how contractors place bids to build the project.

Commissioner Marguerite Guzman expressed his enthusiasm for the project.

“I really like the embroidery pattern,” Guzman said. “I know this is going to be very well received by the community as one of the issues we are facing is parking. And that’s one of our promises and we keep it.

Commissioner Andrea Bounsiar noted: “It’s aesthetically pleasing, very necessary, and I like the features of glass for safety.”

Commissioner Jonathon Castaneda called him a “gbig project” and Commissioner Ignacio Amaro added that it was “very beautiful”.

Project timeline

According to Nelson, in terms of chronology, tThe aim is to present bids for the project to the council of commissioners on April 20. He added that the structure and aesthetics of the building are the drivers of the program.

“Once the project has been tendered, the contractor will mobilize shortly thereafter,” Nelson said. “Hopefully in June the schedule would start with early tenders with the contractor eventually awarding the project to whoever is needed to fabricate the precast concrete components in the works.”

Nelson said the city is “save the calendar so that the site does not remain inactive for a period of time.”

He added that he expects completion by mid-November 2023. This garage, along with the others, aims to add hundreds of parking spaces in Western New York.

For updates on this story and others, visit and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at [email protected]

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UPDATE: Men charged with fatal confrontation in parking garage appear in court

Police say 23-year-old Juan Linares has been arrested and charged with murder

UPDATE (3/11/22) – New information about a fatal shooting and severe beating that occurred in a Lexington parking lot last week. According to the Lexington Herald Leader, three suspects appeared in court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

As we reported, Juan Linares has been arrested and charged with the murder of Michael Yocum, who was allegedly shot dead early Saturday morning in a parking lot. Humberto Saucedo-Salgado and Oziel Saucedo-Salgado have both been charged with assault.

According to the Herald Leader, Humberto and Oziel are brothers. The report states that Anthony True was also badly beaten in this incident and is still recovering in hospital.

According to the newspaper, the brothers told a detective that the situation in the parking lot escalated when Linares said something to True and Yocum, who were in True’s car at the time. It’s unclear exactly what was said, but the detective says Yocum joined shortly after.

Although surveillance video did not fully capture the assault and shooting, it clearly identified everyone involved leading to the arrests.

The case now heads to a grand jury. Linares is currently being held on a $750,000 bond. The brothers posted $10,000 bond and were released from jail hours after their arrest.

UPDATE (07/03/22) – The man killed in a weekend shooting in downtown Lexington has been identified.

According to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office, Michael Lee Yocum of Lexington was killed in a shooting that occurred early Saturday morning inside the West Short Street parking lot.

The 36-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the coroner’s office.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man is dead and 3 men are in custody following a shooting in downtown Lexington on Saturday morning.

Lexington Police say officers responded to the 300 block of West Short Street in the Victorian Square parking lot for a call of gunshots fired around 3 a.m. Saturday.

When officers arrived they found two men with gunshot wounds… one who police say was in his 30s.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene… the other man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The name of the deceased victim has not yet been released.

According to the police, 3 people have been charged with murder and assault.

According to the police, Juan Linares, 23, was arrested and charged with murder.

Humberto Saucedo-Salgado, 25, was charged with assault.

And Oziel Saucedo-Salgado, 28, was also charged with assault.

All 3 are currently being held at the Fayette County Detention Center.

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Owner of downtown Springfield parking lot talks about next steps

Lagos has owned the garage since 1993 and cited aging infrastructure and expensive maintenance as a major factor in the decision to demolish the structure and turn it into a parking lot as well as add green space as part of the project.

The concrete parking lot was built in the 1960s and housed over 300 parking spaces. In terms of maintenance, Lagos said it has been expensive over the years, with millions of dollars spent on pothole repairs alone.

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This work is the result of salt from car tires in the garage, which corrodes the rebar inside the building and causes the concrete to “splinter” over time.

Following the demolition process, the idea is to create a parking lot that will be used by both Bushnell Building employees as well as those who frequent the Bushnell Event Center.

Lagos said he is still considering the costs of demolishing the parking lot as well as creating the new parking lot.

He said the parking lot will have a single entrance and exit on North Limestone Street and noted that it will be more accessible for employees and guests of the Bushnell building as well as the events center.

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Green space among the parking options at Ty-Sign

USE of small amounts of green space is one of many options being considered to address the parking shortage at Ty-Sign.

This follows a long campaign by residents to end what they say is a dangerous and chaotic parking situation along two of Ty-Sign’s busiest roads – Elm Drive and Manor Way.

A petition started by resident Kyla King has gained considerable momentum in recent weeks – which has put pressure on Caerphilly County Borough Council to find a solution to the problem.

Caerphilly Council has since confirmed that it will allocate £400,000 of Welsh Government funding towards improving the parking situation at Ty-Sign.

“We are looking at different options – garages, pavement designs and the possibility of turning small green spaces into parking areas,” said Cllr Philippa Leonard, who represents the Risca East district. Argus.

“We will soon be having a site meeting with council officials to discuss the options – and we will try to do the best we can with the funding we have been given.”

The Ty-Sign housing estate was built in the 1960s to house families of workers from the Llanwern Steelworks in Newport and green space on the estate is scarce.


One of the main complaints of many residents is that the estate’s sidewalks are too wide, making parking difficult.

Kyla King – who started the online petition after receiving two parking fines – said: “From what I can see there are a lot more cars on the streets than there are spaces available and there are ‘there is no alternative parking,’ Ms King said.

“There are spaces at the top of Elm Drive outside the shops, but you can’t park there for more than an hour or you’ll get a ticket.”

Many have complained that the sidewalks along Manor Way and Elm Drive are too wide, preventing them from using them for parking. (Google Maps)

Ms. King feels the current parking situation is unfair to herself and other residents commuting to work.

“I work long hours and when I come home from work at night around 10 p.m., I find it difficult to find a parking space even on the sidewalk,” she added.

“Something needs to be done about this now as it is spiraling out of control, and I imagine everyone on the street feels the same way I do. I can’t afford to keep paying parking fines for parking in front of my home.

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Green spaces could be used as parking spaces in Ty-Sign

REDUCING the amount of green space is one of many options being considered to address the parking shortage at Ty-Sign.

This follows a long campaign by residents to end what they say is a dangerous and chaotic parking situation along two of Ty-Sign’s busiest roads – Elm Drive and Manor Way.

A petition started by resident Kyla King has gained considerable momentum in recent weeks – putting pressure on local councilors and Caerphilly County Borough Council to find a solution to the problem.

Caerphilly Council has since confirmed it will allocate £400,000 of Welsh Government funding to improve the parking situation at Ty-Sign – which could lead to less green space in the area.

Ty-Sign’s green space could be used to solve some of the parking problems in the area. (Google Maps)

“We are looking at different options – garages, pavement designs and the possibility of turning small green spaces into parking areas,” said Cllr Philippa Leonard, who represents the Risca East district. Argus.

“We will soon be having a site meeting with council officials to discuss the options – and we will try to do the best we can with the funding we have been given.”

The Ty-Sign housing estate was built in the 1960s to house working families from the Llanwern Steelworks in Newport and green space on the estate is scarce.


One of the main complaints of many residents is that the estate’s sidewalks are too wide, making parking difficult.

Kyla King – who started the online petition after receiving two parking fines – said: “From what I can see there are a lot more cars on the streets than there are spaces available and there are ‘there is no alternative parking,’ Ms King said.

“There are spaces at the top of Elm Drive outside the shops, but you can’t park there for more than an hour or you’ll get a ticket.”

South Wales Argus: Many have complained that the pavements along Manor Way and Elm Drive are too wide making it difficult for them to use them for parking.  (Google Maps)Many have complained that the sidewalks along Manor Way and Elm Drive are too wide, preventing them from using them for parking. (Google Maps)

Ms. King feels the current parking situation is unfair to herself and other residents commuting to work.

“I work long hours and when I come home from work in the evening around 10 p.m., I find it difficult to find a parking space even on the sidewalk,” she added.

“Something needs to be done about this now as it is spiraling out of control, and I imagine everyone on the street feels the same way I do. I can’t afford to keep paying parking fines for parking in front of my home.

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City plans $54,000 study for downtown parking lot renovations

Columbia City Council is considering a vote this month to fund $54,580 to provide design and construction services to its downtown parking lot.

The parking garage, located at the corner of North Main Street and West 6th Street, was first built in 1989 and began to show signs of deterioration, prompting a study to undertake preliminary work for its repairs.

The contract, which would be awarded to Morrison Engineering, would assess the current condition of the garage, study costs and provide recommendations for extending its life.

Proposed repairs could include things like replacing the building’s brick veneer, water drainage system, electric light fixtures, and waterproofing the Columbia Police Department’s party wall.

City officials also questioned the feasibility of expanding the garage.

Mayor Chaz Molder, along with City Engineer Glen Harper, added that the study should provide enough guidance to not only know how to maintain the structure as it stands today, but also indicators as to whether any additions could be done in the future, like rooftop parking.

But these decisions should be made after the initial study and construction are complete.

“The first must be done,” Harper said. “The second is an option to consider later, and they don’t overlap. So if we’re going to do the second, we have to do the first, whatever. The first will tell us if we can add to the structure, and you can all make that decision.”

The downtown Columbia parking garage was first installed in 1989 and began to show deterioration of the brick and water drainage systems.  The city is currently discussing a possible renovation.

Some council members, such as Vice Mayor Christa Martin and Ward 3 Councilor Tony Greene, questioned whether spending the money would be justified or if some of the work could be done in-house with city staff. . Molder later questioned the same.

“If that parking lot only has a lifespan of five to seven years left, we may not want to invest,” Molder said. “I understand he won’t tell us whether or not we can add a parking deck, but will he at least give us enough information that the expense we’re talking about is at least justified?”

Jonathan Morrison of Morrison Engineering replied that he “hopes so”.

“I have a specialized concrete engineer that I will bring into my team so that I can assess, visually, what is there without having to do extensive calculations,” he said.

No vote was taken Thursday to pass the $54,580 study, but will appear as part of council’s consent agenda at its regular meeting, which will be held at City Hall from 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.

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Birmingham locals are renting out their driveways and parking spaces to make money

The Happy Brummies are ready after renting their driveways and parking spots all over town. Last year nearly £700,000 was generated from commercial deals in Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield.

Ten areas were revealed as the best performers for generating funds. Edgbaston owners made £279,176, while Perry Barr brought in £119,912 and Ladywood owners brought in £86,176 in 2021.

Lots of money has been made by members of The program allows people to advertise their parking spot for a fee and gives people the ability to reserve a spot to park at a specific location.

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Birmingham is the fifth most successful region in the country for the lucrative scheme in 2021. A whopping £26m has been made by landlords across the country – with £11.5m made in London alone.

£26million was made by owners renting their driveways across the country in 2021

Chrysa Gotsopoulou, 33, rented her closed parking space on the ground floor of her building for two years. This was before she bought a car and used the space herself at Cutlass Court in Granville Street, just off Broad Street.

“The whole time I rented it there was not a single day when the parking space was available,” she told BirminghamLive. “I used to do it long term on a monthly basis. But most people needed a lot more time than that.

“If it became available it was booked within an hour. In my case people needed it to work with many business people working in the Brindleyplace area.

“They mainly used it on weekdays to be close to work. Some of them also used it on weekends so they could park here or shop in Birmingham city centre. Still it’s a great place.

“It’s a great idea for a bit of extra cash. There’s also CCTV so it’s very secure.”

A 56-year-old man has been renting his garage in Kings Heath for four years. The small structure was bought in the 1960s, so it remained inactive because it could not accommodate his car.

“I have a flat with a garage in Kings Heath,” he said. “People don’t want to leave their vehicle knowing it’s not secure. It’s not a big garage, but suitable for a small car or motorbike.

“I couldn’t install my car, so it was dormant. It was successful for a few years.

“People with a small car going on vacation used it for two or three months. One guy had a motorcycle that kept getting stolen, so he used my garage to keep it safe. Others used it for storage.

“It’s not used all the time. Some have used it for a year, others for months. I was very happy with your parking spot and never had a problem.”

For more information about the program and to list your driveway or empty space, visit

Rental income from car parks in the area generated in 2021:

Edgbaston – £279,176

Perry Barr – £119,912

Ladywood – £86,176

Yardley – £55,826

Selly Oak – £32,017

Sutton Coldfield – £28,724

Green Hall – £21,840

Northfield – £17,831

Erdington – £16,926

Hodge Hill – £10,925

Total: £669,353

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Parking garage, Frosty Morn, other projects on hold as city council says no to $27 million budget item

CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – Several city projects, including a new parking garage and repairs to the existing Cumberland Plaza garage, as well as renovations to the Frosty Morn Building and the Burt Cobb Recreation Center, have been put on hold after City Council members voted Thursday night to refuse nearly $27 million in funding.

The money for the projects was part of a larger budget amendment ordinance that was originally part of the meeting’s consent agenda. He was fired by Ambar Marquis of Ward 5, who argued that it would be irresponsible to provide $25 million to the Downtown Parking Commission without a plan for how they will pay it back.

Marquis’ amendment, which was later amended by DaJaun Little to re-include funding for the Cumberland Plaza Garage, failed 6-6, causing it to fail for lack of a majority.

Wanda Allen, Trisha Butler, DaJuan Little, Wallace Redd, Ambar Marquis and Vondell Richmond voted no. Brian Zacharias, Wanda Smith, Travis Holleman, Stacey Streetman and Mayor Joe Pitts voted yes. All council members were present, with the Ward 11 seat vacant.

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A major sticking point for opponents of the budget amendment was the statute of the Parking Commission. Several board members expressed concerns about the commission’s ability to repay the funding and expressed interest in seeing a plan before approving the $25 million.

Marquis said the commission needs to review its parking fee structure, which it says is in critical need of overhaul, and stop “kicking the street.”

Butler questioned the idea of ​​providing a corporate fund with such a large sum and suggested the city consider returning to a city-run parking authority.

“We need parking”

“We need parking,” Holleman said at the meeting. “It’s been talked about for years and years. … If you want downtown to continue to thrive, then this is a necessary step.

Allen asked why, with budget season fast approaching, funding for the parking garage project might not be part of the new budget.

“We need that parking lot downtown and we need to get it done quickly with MPEC (F&M Bank Arena) coming in,” Allen told council members. “Why don’t we wait and do everything at once when we set the budget?”

Chief Financial Officer Laurie Matta told Allen that the longer the project is delayed, the more expensive it will be due to the rising cost of construction.

Other pending projects

Other projects included in the budget amendment included the Frosty Morn construction project, renovations to the Burt-Cobb Community Center, and restoration work at the Smith-Trahern Mansion.

The future of these capital projects is uncertain at this time, although it is likely that a new budget amendment will soon be presented to City Council.

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Clarksville council says ‘no’ to funding parking lot and other projects

Another marathon five-hour meeting of the Clarksville City Council on Thursday led to, among other things, the council saying “no” to spending on a new downtown parking lot, improvements to the Frosty Morn property and repairs to the center of Burt-Cobb recreation.

With a 6-6 vote – which, as a rule, is a failed order since there is no majority – all of these projects are currently shelved. The amendment would have added the necessary funding of $27 million to the city’s fiscal year 2022 operating and capital budget.

The main concern of several council members on Thursday was the $25 million allegedly paid to the city’s Parking Commission.

Of this total, $20 million was reportedly spent to begin construction of a new parking lot near Franklin Street. The remaining $5 million would have been set aside to address an engineer’s recommendations to repair the existing Cumberland Plaza parking garage, which had previously been closed for public safety reasons but has since reopened after the city ​​has made short-term repairs.

Councilwoman Ambar Marquis, shown here the night she was chosen to fill Jason Knight's unexpired term in Ward 5, led the movement this week to at least delay city funding for a new downtown parking lot. town of Clarksville.

At the time of the vote on the budget amendment at second and final reading, Councilor Ambar Marquis told council that he should suspend the $25 million loan to the Parking Commission, at least until the Commission determines how it will reimburse the city.

Marquis said to do otherwise would be “irresponsible” on the council’s part and that the Parking Commission has known for years that it needs to change its fee structure to generate more revenue.

It was “a kick in the box on the road,” Marquis said.

Council members who disagreed with Marquis, at least for his stalling tactics, included Stacey Streetman, Karen Reynolds, Pro Tem Mayor Wanda Smith, who currently sits on the parking commission, and Travis Holleman, who cited a “huge need, now” for downtown parking, adding that the current economic inflation will only increase the cost of building the garage in the near future.

Montgomery County and its project partners are about a year away from the opening of the F&M Bank Arena, and not having a new parking lot coordinated with that opening will be problematic for downtown and its business owners, a added Reynolds.

Review:Clarksville Parking Commission reviews revenue and parking garage options

Despite the reopening of the Cumberland Plaza Garage, Mayor Joe Pitts’ administration argues Thursday’s failed ordinance will allow for continued deterioration of the garage and ultimately shorten its lifespan. He called Thursday’s vote “disappointing”.

Those who voted against the funding were council members Wanda Allen, Trisha Butler, DaJuan Little, Wallace Redd and Vondell Richmond, as well as Marquis.

The “yes” votes came from Pitts, Streetman, Reynolds, Holleman, Smith and Brian Zacharias.

Normally, there would be 13 votes cast, but Ward 11’s seat on the council is currently vacant following the recent departure of Ashlee Evans.

Butler said continuing concerns about the Parking Commission’s troubling finances — it’s currently a corporate fund outside of the city’s budget — add to his view that the city needs to bring the budget back. of the Commission under the control of the municipal council.

“There has to be some oversight of that ($25 million),” Butler said.

City Chief Financial Officer Laurie Matta reiterated that the current problem is the parking fund’s insufficient rate structure for fees and fines.

According to general accounting rules, the parking garage must be an asset of the parking fund, Matta said.

“When we issue debt for parking, it will fall under the parking fund and will stay on their (Parking Commission) books until they can repay the city,” she explained, adding that , no matter what, the city will not raise taxes to pay for parking, although there has been recent speculation about it.

Other projects denied funding after Thursday’s vote include $2.3 million to begin renovating the former Frosty Morn building in the Red River District.

The Frosty Morn project was seen as an important jumping off point to revitalize an area of ​​town near Austin Peay State University that has been in decline for years by creating jobs, small business start-up opportunities businesses and spaces for community use.

Another $135,000 that had been earmarked for repairs to the historic Smith-Trahern Mansion in downtown Clarksville also fell victim to the ‘no’ vote as well as completing building repairs at the Burt-Cobb Recreation Center for children and families, at a cost of $50,000.

The future is now uncertain for these and other projects that were part of the $27 million amendment. At least for now they are on hold.

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Tenants plan to take their apartment complex to court over broken garage doors

DENVER — Tenants in the Denver metro area are expressing concern about garage door repair delays at their apartment complex, saying it has led to an increase in vandalized or stolen cars.

The problem first surfaced in February when several residents of City Gate Apartments told Denver7 that their parking lot had been open for several months, which had contributed to the theft and break-in of several cars.

After this story spread, more tenants from other apartment complexes addressed the same issue.

“Broken doors are definitely a problem,” said Jacob Limpus, whose car was broken into at the Lugano apartments in Cherry Creek.

According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, at least 10 cars have been reported stolen from this property since March 2021.

“Every time I walk into the garage, I pray my car is still there,” Limpus said. “I pressed the lock button just to hear it to be sure.”

The 2020 Lawrence apartment complex in downtown Denver had a giant gash in its garage door for months. Zip ties are used to keep it attached.

Two of the doors to The Marq at Ridgegate apartments in Lonetree have been broken and wide open for over a month.

According to each apartment complex, supply chain issues have delayed the process of repairing gates or installing a new gate system.

In the meantime, some concerned tenants are exploring their legal options, wondering if they can hold the apartment responsible for their stolen or damaged cars. According to Deborah Wilson, an attorney who represents multiple landlords, that’s unlikely.

“There’s something in a lease that says, ‘We are not responsible for your content,'” Wilson said. “When the apartments could be held accountable would be if they promised it was a secure building…or they promised all the cameras were working or the apartments promised the doors always worked, which the owners they do not do.”

Attorney Jacob Eppler says tenants can still have a valid case in court, despite what the lease says.

“Under the implicit guarantee of habitability [law], it can be invoked by a tenant if the lease, his apartment, substantially lacks a particular characteristic in this respect. If it’s really a safety issue or a hazard issue, a tenant could definitely argue that because of that broken door there’s a significant amount of crime…they can argue a argument in this area of ​​the law,” Eppler said. “At the same time, if it was a lessor who was talking about it, it would be important for them to think about how they could limit their liability in these areas.”

Under the Implied Habitability Mandate Act, a homeowner has a reasonable amount of time to try to fix an underlying problem, which in this case is a broken door.

“However, if they don’t substantially resolve it within five business days, that would give the tenant the option to end their lease without penalty,” Eppler said.

Eppler and Wilson point out that supply chain issues complicate matters. If an apartment sees their gate is broken and orders the parts to fix it within a reasonable time frame but is faced with a seller who doesn’t have the part to send, what else can they do to mitigate potential issues with safety that arise?

Property managers at City Gate Apartments have told tenants they have increased security patrols as they wait for the gate pieces to arrive, although residents say they have not noticed the security.

“The owner certainly has an argument saying, ‘We’re doing the best we can’. The question is, is the best you can do good enough and is it really the best you can do?” Eppler said.

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Cities are forcing businesses to overstock parking spaces. A lawsuit says it’s unconstitutional.

Zoning laws have recently received a lot of (well-deserved) bad press for driving up housing costs, driving out residents, and generally prohibiting people from putting their properties to their best use. Even in the precious few municipalities that don’t have a comprehensive zoning code, city officials still have plenty of tools to make life difficult for budding entrepreneurs.

This includes unzoned Pasadena, Texas. The city will not allow local business owner Azael Sepulveda to open a body shop on his own property unless he adds 23 more parking spaces. Sepulveda says a lot of parking spaces won’t fit on his property, and even if it did, the cost of creating it would be ruinous.

“I put everything on the line to develop my business and support my family,” he said. noted. “I have operated with a handful of parking spaces for years and had no problems. Now the city is preventing me from achieving my dream and is threatening to put me out of business.”

In December, Sepulveda sued Pasadena in Harris County District Court. His complaint argues that the city’s parking regulations violate the Texas Constitution’s guarantees of economic freedom and equal protection.

Earlier this week, a Harris County judge granted Sepulveda a temporary injunction against the city, allowing it to open at its new location while the trial unfolds. It’s a good sign for the trial and a welcome break for his business, says Tori Clark, an attorney at the Institute for Justice, the public interest law firm representing Sepulveda.

“It gives him a reprieve from paying both the mortgage on his property and the lease on the property he currently operates,” Clark said. Raison. “It is true that this is only a temporary injunction. There is a risk that our client will open his new shop and eventually have to close.”

Sepulveda opened its first body shop, Oz Mechanics, in 2013 in a rented storefront in Pasadena. In July 2021, he invested all his savings in buying his own garage.

The previous owner also had a body shop that had operated smoothly through the city for decades, leading Sepulveda to assume he would have no problem moving his own business there.

But when he applied for the permit he needed to open his business, the city told him that Pasadena’s recently updated parking ordinance required body shops to contain 5.5 spaces for every 1,000 feet. of ground surface. This meant that his company would have to have 28 spaces in total, which is 23 more than it currently has.

According to his complaint, Sepulveda customers rarely occupy more than two parking spaces per day, which the existing five spaces on his property could easily accommodate. Adding the extra 23 spaces would cost $40,000 that he doesn’t have, and they wouldn’t even fit on the property.

This economic burden that these parking requirements placed on Sepulveda’s business and the physical impossibility of complying with them should have been enough to earn it a gap with the city. Indeed, planning staff encouraged him to apply, which he dutifully did in October 2021.

That’s when things started to get weird.

City staff initially did not confirm that he had received his application. When Sepulveda attempted to file a $400 filing fee, the city refused to accept it. This initial silence precipitated a month of back and forth between Sepulveda’s lawyers and the city; the first continually asking what the status of the request was, and the second refusing to say why it was not being considered.

Left with no other option, Sepulveda sued Pasadena in December. The lawsuit comes at a time when parking requirements are under intense scrutiny.

libertarian leaning experts argue that these regulations force developers and business owners to create more parking spaces than a free market would provide. Regulatory compliance progressive don’t like them for supposedly encouraging people to drive more and use public transport less.

Either way, the result of parking minimums is overconsumption of land and higher development costs overall. Some projects, be it a new apartment complex or a new restaurant, are rendered completely unprofitable.

Due to these adverse effects, cities begin reduce or even completely repeal their minimum parking regulations. The results are lower rents and more commercially viable Properties.

Clark notes that neighboring Houston manages to do just fine while requiring half the number of parking spaces for auto repair shops. The fact that other cities survive with much lower parking minimums makes Pasadena’s regulations not only unnecessary but also unconstitutional, she says.

“The city cannot point to any evidence why auto repair shops in general, and Mr. Sepulveda’s shop in particular, need as many parking spaces as they need,” he said. she.

This lack of evidence, combined with the burden placed on Sepulveda’s activities, constitutes a violation of the Texas Constitution’s guarantees of economic freedom and private property rights, its lawsuit argues. The complaint also alleges that the city’s requirement that its business have more parking spaces than hotels or gymnasiums violates Texas’ guarantee of equal protection under the law.

Clark says a trial date is set for early June. The case presents an opportunity to protect his client and other Pasadena business owners from regulations that impose significant costs with no real benefit.

“The city has no good reason to make these demands” on Sepulveda, she said. “Complying with these demands is physically impossible, and it prevents him from opening his shop and ensuring that his family is taken care of.”

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Four-story parking garage provided behind Parkview

A new 200-space, four-story car park may soon appear behind the Parkview on Poplar Avenue in Midtown.

The seniors’ apartment complex on the west side of Overton Park currently has only 66 on-site parking spaces, although code requires about 205 for the 137-unit building.

The concept plans were to be presented Thursday at a meeting of the Evergreen Historic District Association’s board of directors.

Renderings show the 44-foot-tall garage would sit on the west side of the building, at the corner of Poplar and Buena Vista Place. Drivers entered the garage through an alley leading to Poplar.

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A floor plan of the proposed 200-space parking garage at Parkview shows the garage located at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Buena Vista Square.

The design plans show that the garage would be covered with an exterior screen to make it more aesthetic. Landscaping, including tall trees, is also provided to somewhat shield the structure from view.

Because the Evergreen Historic District is listed as a National Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, new construction must go through the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

The district encompasses 53 square miles in Midtown. It is roughly bordered by North Parkway to the north, East Parkway to the east, Poplar to the south, and Watkins Street to the west.

Built in 1923, the Parkway is currently about 50% occupied, according to the presentation.

Corinne S Kennedy covers economic development and healthcare for The Commercial Appeal. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]

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On-street parking spaces available for car sharing

March 3, 2022

Winnipeggers traveling by car-sharing may notice new vehicle locations, as car-sharing companies can now request access to on-street parking spaces.

Car sharing allows multiple customers to access a fleet of shared vehicles according to their needs, creating a convenient alternative to owning a personal vehicle.

“Carsharing offers a viable alternative to owning a personal vehicle and reduces the demand for on-street parking,” said Ron Maxwell, facilities and operations manager at the Winnipeg Parking Authority.

In addition to reducing the demand for parking spaces, car sharing can also help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

“Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan aims to shift Winnipeggers away from personal vehicle travel, which currently accounts for more than 80 per cent of weekday travel in the city,” said Lindsay Mierau, City Sustainability Manager.

We tested on-street parking access for car sharing as part of a two-year pilot project, which is now an ongoing program. The initial spaces are for Peg City Car Co-op customers and can be found at:

In the future, any car-sharing organization can apply for a permit to have a designated space on the street. To access a vehicle in a given space, customers must contact the car-sharing company indicated on the car park signage.

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Love’s adds hundreds of truck parking spaces with new locations

The new Love’s in Newport, Tennessee is introduced. (Courtesy of Love’s)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Love’s Travel Stops now serves customers in Newport, Tennessee, and Ripley, New York, with two travel stops opening Thursday.

The Newport store, located on Interstate 40 (1129 Smokey Mountain Lane), adds 60 jobs and 70 truck parking spaces to Cocke County.

The Ripley’s store, located off Interstate 90 (6201 Shortman Road), adds 85 jobs and 94 truck parking spaces to Chautauqua County.

“We are excited to open our 19th and 4th locations in Tennessee and New York, respectively,” said Greg Love, co-CEO of Love’s. “Love’s provides clean, safe places for customers to stop while on the road and team members will get them back on their way to their destination quickly and safely.”

The amenities by location are as follows:

Newport, TN

  • Over 13,000 square feet.
  • Chester’s Chicken, Godfather’s Pizza and Petro’s Chili. (Opening March 7)
  • 70 truck parking spaces.
  • 84 parking spaces.
  • Five RV parking spaces.
  • Eight diesel bays.
  • Seven showers.
  • Laundry room.
  • Cat scale.
  • Speedco. (Opening March 28)
  • Gourmet coffee beans.
  • Branded snacks.
  • Fresh cooking concept.
  • Mobile to Go Zone with the latest GPS, headsets and smartphone accessories.
  • Dog park.

Ripley, New York

  • Over 13,000 square feet.
  • Hardee’s. (Opening March 7)
  • 94 truck parking spaces.
  • 49 parking spaces.
  • Eight diesel bays.
  • Eight showers.
  • Laundry room.
  • Cat scale.
  • Speedco. (Opening April 11)
  • Gourmet coffee beans.
  • Branded snacks.
  • Fresh cooking concept.
  • Mobile to Go Zone with the latest GPS, headsets and smartphone accessories.
  • Dog park.

In honor of the grand openings, Love’s will donate $2,000 to the Ripley Central School District and the Grassy Forks Volunteer Fire Department in Newport.

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App Connects Car Renters to Parking Spots – Rental Software

The Sunny2go mobile app, which now includes parking data from Parkopedia, is provided to customers 14 days prior to vehicle rental via a unique link to act as a “personal concierge service” with various trip planning features.

Photo courtesy of Parkopedia.

Connected vehicle service provider Parkopedia has partnered with European car rental specialist Sunny Cars to provide parking information to its drivers via the “Sunny2go” web application, it said in a statement. Parkopedia helps drivers find parking and will now provide Sunny Cars customers with parking information for streets and parking lots in 89 countries, according to the release.

Parkopedia collects information about parking locations, including position, number of spaces, prices, opening hours, electric vehicle charging stations and height restrictions. Parkopedia’s Dynamic Data, which will be added to the app later this year, uses a combination of real-time data and predictive algorithms to determine parking space availability at any time. This gives drivers “local knowledge” of parking while on the move, providing information on occupancy, as well as the likelihood of finding parking at a destination.

Sunny Cars works with global fleets with around 8,000 locations in 120 countries.

“Our parking information will be an integral part of Sunny Cars’ extensive ‘complete carefree package’,” said Hans Puvogel, COO of Parkopedia. “Travellers using Sunny Cars services are typically the most demanding of local knowledge and assistance with services such as parking while on the move, so we are delighted to be able to help ensure a positive customer experience. As our parking services continue to expand, we are confident that our industry-leading, accurate and comprehensive parking data will support even more drivers around the world and we actively welcome further company integrations. mobility and related industries.

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Valparaiso Creates Redevelopment Authority to Help Complete Downtown Parking Lot | News from Valparaiso

VALPARAISO – Valparaiso moved closer to creating the “Lincoln Highway Garage” after the city council approved the creation of a redevelopment authority on Monday night.

The multi-level parking unit is planned for the 300 block of Lincolnway, opposite the proposed 121-unit Linc apartment complex. Although the size of the proposed garage is not yet known, the city is currently conducting a parking study to analyze downtown parking needs. The Redevelopment Authority would own the garage and the Redevelopment Commission would lease it. Hageman, the developer of Linc, will pay for the upkeep and upkeep of the locations specially reserved for Linc tenants.

Valparaiso City Attorney Patrick Lyp said if the Linc and parking lot are approved, the city will complete the garage around the same time the first of the Linc’s three buildings are completed, likely in October 2023.

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Lyp said the Redevelopment Authority “for all intents and purposes is a holding entity to ultimately allow the Redevelopment Commission to own tangible assets.”

“The purpose of asking council to establish the Redevelopment Authority is to enable funding for the construction of the car park that has been announced as part of the Linc project,” Lyp said. “It is a tool that is used quite frequently by other communities in the context of financing physical structures.”

The Redevelopment Authority will consist of three appointed members, one of whom will be a member of the City Council. Councilman Robert Cotton, D-2, raised concerns that the Redevelopment Authority would hijack oversight from city council.

Cotton read a list of authorities the Redevelopment Authority would have, including the ability to condemn, lease, purchase or inspect property “considered useful in connection with local public improvements”. The Democratic Committee of Valparaiso released a statement expressing concerns about the Redevelopment Authority’s ability to exercise eminent domain.

Lyp said he could not find a single example in Indiana where a redevelopment authority exercised eminent domain. The powers of the Redevelopment Authority are limited because it has only two sources of revenue: dollars appropriated by the city council and, as would be the case if the Linc project is completed, the receipt of rental payments “for essentially paying the debt to the obligation,” Lyp mentioned.

“Consider the worst case scenario: your redevelopment authority goes rogue, they decide they want to encroach on people’s property, they decide they just want to doom left and right like there’s no tomorrow,” Lyp said. “They don’t have a penny to their name. They can’t do anything.”

Cotton also asked why the Valparaiso Economic Development Corp. could not be used as a holding entity for the parking garage, as was done when the Garmong shell building was constructed in 2016. The arrangement was temporary as the ultimate plan was still to sell the Garmong. building.

Lyp explained that because the VEDC is a nonprofit organization focused on economic development, “it wouldn’t make sense” for the organization to be the holding entity for a municipal parking lot the city plans to build. have for decades.

The council will be able to dissolve the Redevelopment Authority at any time and all actions taken by the authority will be public, Lyp said.

The council approved the ordinance establishing the Redevelopment Authority by a vote of 6 to 1. Cotton was the only “no” vote.

“They have no money and the city council is there. Someone will be there to represent us, which is to say the mayor is in charge, it will be his appointment,” said Casey Schmidt, R -3. “So I think there are many layers to protect us, I don’t see why we shouldn’t step forward and take a step that helps us achieve our goal.”

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🌱 Two dead in bed fire + lawmakers oppose parking spaces

Hello, brooklyn! I’m your host, Patrick Murray here with three new stories to start your day.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Partly cloudy with highs of 49 and lows of 40.

Here are the top stories in Brooklyn today:

  1. A young mother and her toddler died of injuries sustained in an apartment fire early Tuesday morning. 9:49 a.m. March 1, FDNY firefighters responded to a fire at 6 Agate Court, and were greeted by heavy smoke and fire issuing from the brownstone. Three victims were pulled from the fire, including the 22-year-old mother and her 1-year-old son. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. (NAMI)
  2. Park Slope Council Member Shahana Hanif doubled down on her demand, along with other Brooklyn lawmakers, that developers stop building parking lots in new buildings. The letter sent to the planning agency, endorsed by Hanif and nine other local leaders, cited climate change and the need for more affordable housing as key concerns. These lawmakers argue that the city would be able to build more affordable housing, reduce carbon emissions and create additional commercial space if it reduced the minimum parking requirements. (Room)
  3. Sydney and Michael Hursa, owners of Synful Eats, announced the expansion of their delivery service to Brooklyn and Queens. Their sophisticated candy delivery service has been hugely popular in Manhattan and the Hamptons and will now be available to residents of Brooklyn. Synful Eats supports Every mother matters, an organization dedicated to the safety of mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. by donating 1% of its total profits. (NAMI)

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SEA Airport Parking Garage Rates To Rise April 1 – KIRO 7 News Seattle

Parking rates at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) parking lot are set to increase April 1, the airport announced Tuesday.

General and Terminal Direct hourly rates will increase by $1, with daily rates increasing by $2 for General Parking and $3 for Terminal Direct. Weekly rates for general parking will increase by $20, while Passport monthly rates will increase by $50.

The rate increase is intended to help fund projects that improve the customer experience, such as the garage’s new automated parking guidance system, which is already installed on the first two floors of the eight-story garage.

The $21.8 million system is one of the largest in the country with more than 12,000 booths. It features LED lighting and smart camera sensors to indicate space availability and help customers find electric vehicle and ADA-accessible parking spaces.

The sensors also feature camera-based license recognition technology to help customers locate their vehicles and improve parking policy enforcement.

Installation of the parking guidance system will continue throughout this year and is expected to be completed in early 2023.

The fare increase will also support other projects at the airport, such as the new international arrivals facility, the expansion of the C Concourse building, the SEA Gateway project and the South Satellite refurbishment programme.

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