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NYC parking spots now go for $600,000

Major US cities can tip the price of New York’s automated parking spaces that are currently being sold alongside its multimillion-dollar condos and co-ops: price tags of $300,000 to $600,000.

Futuristic parking lots, equipped with robotic lifts, can cost $1 million to install and install more cars than a standard garage, because they have no horizontal ramps or traffic lanes, CNBC Reports.

Scarce high-tech amenities can cost a lot per space, as parking, already very expensive in New York City, is likely to only get worse as the city installs more bike lanes and imposes additional tolls.

One of these garages is at 121 East 22n/a Street, a condominium near Gramercy Park. Lori Alf bought one of the spaces in the garage for $300,000, to go along with the $9.15million five-bedroom apartment she gave her kids, who are now spending more time in Manhattan .

All Alf and his kids have to do to park the family’s Porsche Cayenne is go to the kiosk in the garage and wave a small radio frequency identification card. Then they press a button on the kiosk and the elevator in the kiosk takes the car below ground level to the garage, where no humans are allowed.

Before parking the car, cameras scan it to make sure its doors and trunk are closed and there are no stray objects or humans in the kiosk.

Picking up the car is the same process in reverse. Parking and summoning the car only takes 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

One perk that Alf particularly likes is that when she’s ready to leave, the kiosk turns her car to face the street.

“Who doesn’t live for a robot that points you in the right direction in New York?” Alf said.

CNBC found another automated garage at 520 West 28e Street, where parking spaces start at $450,000. Another, at 220 Central Park South, had parking spaces listed for $750,000. Corcoran Realty says its luxury apartment listings with garages cost at least $595,000 per space.

Affluent buyers not only appreciate the convenience of robotic parking garages, but also the fact that they are completely private, safe and sanitary, the latter of which has been a concern for buyers since the eruption of the coronavirus pandemic.

The astronomical asking prices for parking spaces in New York City made the $300,000 cost seem practical to Alf.

As his broker at Douglas Elliman, Senada Adzem, said, “As crazy as it sounds, $300,000 for a residential parking space is considered a fair price in New York.”

What about charging electric vehicles? It will only cost you $50,000 more.

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NYC parking spots now go for $600,000

Major US cities can tip the price of automated parking garages in New York currently being sold with its multimillion-dollar condos and co-ops: price tags of $300,000 to $600,000.

Futuristic parking lots, equipped with robotic lifts, can cost $1 million to install and install more cars than a standard garage, because they have no horizontal ramps or traffic lanes, CNBC Reports.

Scarce, high-tech amenities can cost every space expensive, as parking, already very expensive in New York City, is likely only to get worse as the city installs more bike lanes and imposes additional tolls.

One of these garages is at 121 East 22n/a Street, a condominium near Gramercy Park. Lori Alf bought one of the spaces in the garage for $300,000, to go along with the $9.15million five-bedroom apartment she gave her kids, who are now spending more time in Manhattan .

All Alf and his kids have to do to park the family’s Porsche Cayenne is go to the kiosk in the garage and wave a small radio frequency identification card. Then they press a button on the kiosk and the elevator in the kiosk takes the car below ground level to the garage, where no humans are allowed.

Before parking the car, cameras scan it to make sure its doors and trunk are closed and there are no stray objects or humans in the kiosk.

Picking up the car is the same process in reverse. Parking and summoning the car only takes 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

One perk that Alf particularly likes is that when she’s ready to leave, the kiosk turns her car to face the street.

“Who doesn’t live for a robot that points you in the right direction in New York?” Alf said.

CNBC found another automated garage at 520 West 28e Street, where parking spaces start at $450,000. Another, at 220 Central Park South, had parking spaces listed for $750,000. Corcoran Realty says its luxury garage apartment listings cost at least $595,000 per space.

Affluent buyers not only appreciate the convenience of robotic parking garages, but also the fact that they are completely private, safe and sanitary, the latter of which has been a concern for buyers since the eruption of the coronavirus pandemic.

The astronomical asking prices for parking spaces in New York City made the $300,000 cost seem practical to Alf.

As his broker at Douglas Elliman, Senada Adzem, said, “As crazy as it sounds, $300,000 for a residential parking space is considered a fair price in New York.”

What about charging electric vehicles? It will only cost you $50,000 more.

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Biddeford car park has yet to meet expectations

The city says this is mainly due to slower-than-expected development caused by the pandemic and the economy.

BIDDEFORD, Maine – In July of last year, a new parking lot opened in downtown Biddeford.

Proponents of the garage argued at the time that the structure was necessary if the city was to continue to grow. But, more than a year later, the Pearl Street Parking Garage is not living up to expectations.

“Garage revenue is down about $16,000 to $28,000 a month,” said Brian Phinney, Biddeford’s chief operating officer.

Biddeford made a deal with Amber Infrastructure, which owns the garage, to pay him a minimum annual income, according to Phinney.

Phinney added that the city expected developments to occur soon after the parking lot was built that would bring people to the area and the garage. However, these developments are still under construction.

“The problem that everyone had for the last two years was obviously COVID and now the economy,” Phinney explained. “That puts things a bit behind schedule.”

For this reason, Biddeford City Council is considering creating a special assessment area to compensate for the loss of revenue. This could require owners near the garage to pay an additional tax.

“A special assessment area is potentially a tool that council could have,” said Biddeford Councilor Martin Grohman. “That doesn’t mean we would use it.”

Since the nearby Lincoln Hotel opened, Grohman said demand for the garage has increased over the past 8 weeks.

“The corner is already being turned here in a very big way,” Grohman added.

Biddeford City Council is expected to seek public comment on the Special Assessment Area at its next Policy Committee meeting on Wednesday December 14.

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Biddeford car park has yet to meet expectations

The city says this is mainly due to slower-than-expected development caused by the pandemic and the economy.

BIDDEFORD, Maine – In July of last year, a new parking lot opened in downtown Biddeford.

Proponents of the garage argued at the time that the structure was necessary if the city was to continue to grow. But, more than a year later, the Pearl Street Parking Garage is not living up to expectations.

“Garage revenue is down about $16,000 to $28,000 a month,” said Brian Phinney, Biddeford’s chief operating officer.

Biddeford made a deal with Amber Infrastructure, which owns the garage, to pay him a minimum annual income, according to Phinney.

Phinney added that the city expected developments to occur soon after the parking lot was built that would bring people to the area and the garage. However, these developments are still under construction.

“The problem that everyone had for the last two years was obviously COVID and now the economy,” Phinney explained. “That puts things a bit behind schedule.”

For this reason, Biddeford City Council is considering creating a special assessment area to compensate for the loss of revenue. This could force owners located near the garage to pay an additional tax.

“A special assessment area is potentially a tool that council could have,” said Biddeford Councilor Martin Grohman. “That doesn’t mean we would use it.”

Since the nearby Lincoln Hotel opened, Grohman said demand for the garage has increased over the past 8 weeks.

“The corner is already being turned here in a very big way,” Grohman added.

Biddeford City Council is expected to seek public comment on the Special Assessment Area at its next Policy Committee meeting on Wednesday December 14.

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Drivers are urged to rent unused parking spaces to potentially earn £2,500

With the rising cost of living, motorists are looking for ways to earn extra money and research with the car insurance company Comparethemarket revealed that renting an unused parking space can be a great way to do this. Experts added that it was possible to earn over £2,500 a year.

The study also shared the top cities where drivers can get the most out of renting their parking spots. Almost one in two Britons (47%) are considering taking up additional employment and looking for additional sources of income.

And, some Britons are turning to renting out their parking spaces, experts say. A parking space can add an average of £14,275 to a property’s value, according to the study.

More importantly, however, by analyzing the average cost of renting a private parking space in 30 of the most populous UK cities, Comparethemarket found that Britons could earn just over £2,500 a year.

Drivers could earn an average of £209 a month just by renting out their private parking space to other drivers. Unsurprisingly, London is where motorists could earn the most from renting private parking spaces, with an annual earning potential of just over £7,000.

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Although significantly less profitable than London, Glasgow and Cardiff rank second and third among the best cities for earning extra income. At the opposite end of the scale, those in Stoke-on-Trent could earn an average of £91 a month renting out their space – the lowest of any city surveyed.

Leicester and Derby followed in second and third cheapest places, with an average monthly parking price of £99 and £100 per month. However, drivers considering renting their lanes have been advised to follow certain steps to stay safe and ensure the money is in their bank account. These are:

Create a contract

Make it clear that you are not responsible for damage to someone else’s vehicle on your property.

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The news comes after experts warned cashless parking scams are on the rise and are targeting the younger generation. These days, drivers can struggle to find a parking machine that accepts cash.

Most of them take cards or require road users to scan QR codes to pay online. As a result, scammers have resorted to replacing QR codes with fake ones in order to steal personal information and money.

By placing their own QR codes on parking kiosks, fraudsters are often able to trick drivers into giving them their card details or making a fake payment. According to reports, several websites across the UK have already been flagged.

Katherine Hart of Trading Standards said the scam was “very much on the rise”. Ms Hart added: ‘It’s another way to harvest data or phish personal information and steal our money. This type of scam often targets the younger generation who are more likely to use their smartphones to make payments. »

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Woodland City Council passes emergency ordinance banning truck and trailer parking facilities – Daily Democrat

The Woodland City Council passed an emergency ordinance prohibiting the processing and approval of all truck and trailer repair and overhaul services at city parking facilities. Industrial Zone.

“The city has seen a significant increase in uses that provide for the parking, long-term storage, repair and overhaul of large trucks and trailers in multiple areas,” the city staff report noted. “The city has several ongoing code enforcement cases involving illegal truck storage facilities in Zone I/LIF that have occupied sites in a manner that does not comply with current zoning code requirements. »

Council voted 4-1 to pass the emergency ordinance and directed staff to prepare necessary zoning amendments to address parking, storage and truck and trailer repair uses in the Industrial District. Fernandez was the only no.

The proposed order would take effect immediately and remain in effect for 45 days, unless extended once by 10.5 months and a second time by one year by council following a public hearing. notified.

The report noted that within the industrial zone, “parking, storage, repair and overhaul are permitted as permitted uses when not adjacent to residential areas”, with these uses generally requiring greater amounts of land without planning for site improvements, employing local workers or providing income at the point of sale.

“Uses with large numbers of trucks degrade the city’s road network but did not require investment in funding for future improvements,” the report adds. “These sites tend to be minimally improved due to low operating cost and the removal of valuable land from potential development desired as part of the overall city plan.”

City Manager Ken Hiatt explained at Tuesday’s council meeting that this issue has come to the city’s attention over the past year as it has seen an increase in inquiries from potential landlords or lessors. of vacant properties, mainly in the industrial area.

According to Hiatt, many of these landlords or lessors erected a fence around their land so that they could lease the property for truck, vehicle or product storage.

“A lot of our nearby towns in particular that have these types of uses don’t specifically allow that use on a property without a primary type of warehouse distribution operator as well,” he pointed out.

Hiatt also warned that the city has a limited number of lots for building space available with currently zero vacancies.

“Really, what we’re saying now is take a break before you have unanticipated results,” Hiatt added. “It just gives us a chance to really analyze the problem in more detail and come back to the board with a set of options or recommendations.”

Mayor Pro Tempore Victoria Fernandez asked city staff to clarify the need for a moratorium noting that it could impact an industry that provides transportation for agriculture and many items within the community.

“My father was a truck driver and I realize the value of the work he did and provided to the community,” Fernandez explained. “So when I hear there’s a problem, I don’t know where the problem is.”

Cindy Norris, senior city planner, explained that the moratorium does not apply to new or existing warehouses, logistics centers, manufacturing or other businesses that have associated truck and trailer storage.

“That really applies to situations where there would be open land where someone might have storage or parking for trucks or trailers primarily,” Norris assured.

Norris added that when someone takes a parcel of land that only needs minimal improvements, “it takes that parcel of land out of the potential for future development.”

Additionally, the report states that these facilities are often located in areas with higher tax rates but which generate little or no property tax while presenting a negative image to existing and potentially desirable businesses, “thereby harming to the overall development potential of the community”.

“Recently, the city has received interest in a larger truck parking lot (over 500 trucks) on property along the eastern edge of the city,” the report points out. “The magnitude of the number of trucks on offer would create a significant impact on the city.”

The report argues that this type of facility occupies large amounts of land that is often located in areas with higher basic tax rates.

“These uses typically have very few jobs and generate no sales tax,” the report adds. “As a result, staff is of the view that such uses do not further the City’s goals of achieving aesthetic and fiscal health or fostering economic growth in the community.”

City staff recommended that council consider a moratorium in the form of an emergency ordinance prohibiting parking facilities – including truck and trailer parking – park-and-ride lots; Shortage of recreational vehicles, boats, automobiles, trucks and trailers; and repair and overhaul facilities to locate within the City’s Industrial District until staff are able to amend the zoning ordinance to limit or prohibit such uses.

“City council may pass an emergency ordinance, which would take effect immediately and remain in effect for 45 days unless extended within those 45 days,” the report said. “The intent of such an emergency ordinance would be that it remain in effect only until City Council passes an ordinance to regulate truck parking facilities in the City of Woodland to prevent a additional supersaturation and to avoid the impacts associated with such uses.”

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Tips for clearing snow and de-icing parking structures

With the onset of winter, managers must strive to minimize damage to structures. November 18, 2022



Winter is just around the corner. In many parts of the country, that means dealing with snow and ice conditions from December through March. Facility managers should already have plans in place to manage the roads and sidewalks of their institutional and commercial facilities. But in case they’re still working on their programs, Western Specialty Contractors offers managers tips for minimizing damage to parking structures during the winter months.

Chemical de-icers and snowplows are commonly used in the winter to remove dangerous ice and snow from patios and parking structures. While de-icers melt snow and ice, some can actually corrode the concrete and reinforcing steel of the parking structure, and some snow removal techniques can actually do more damage than good.

When clearing snow from parking structures, managers should consider the following actions:

  • Clearly mark expansion joints in a manner that will be visible to the equipment operator when the deck is covered in snow.
  • Establish a snow removal pattern so that the plow blade approaches expansion joints, control joints, and tee-to-tee joints at an angle no greater than 75 degrees.
  • Equip plow blades and bucket loaders with rubber shoes or guards that prevent direct contact with the deck surface.
  • Do not pile snow on the deck surface. Snow piles can exceed the rated load capacity and cause cracks in the surface of the concrete deck.

Defrosting and Salting Tips

The use of chemical de-icers to control ice and snow buildup is common. However, these chemicals can have a negative effect on concrete and reinforcing steel and should be used sparingly. There are several types of de-icers on the market that can be used, however, only those approved by the American Concrete Institute are recommended.

  • Sodium chloride – (road salt, table salt) This is the most commonly used salt de-icer. It has little effect on concrete, but promotes corrosion of reinforcing steel and other metals. The use of this type of defroster is not recommended.
  • Calcium chloride – It is a major ingredient in most commercial de-icers. It has little effect on concrete, but promotes corrosion of reinforcing steel and other metals. The use of this type of defroster is not recommended.
  • Ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulphate – Use of this de-icer will cause severe concrete deterioration due to its direct chemical attack on the reinforcing steel. The use of this type of defroster is not recommended.
  • Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) – The effects of this de-icer are similar to those of salt, but it takes longer to melt the ice. It has no adverse effect on concrete or steel reinforcement. If a defroster is required, a CMA is recommended.

It is important to minimize the amount of de-icing chemical applied during the first two years of concrete installation. Meanwhile, the concrete has increased permeability which can allow de-icing chemicals to migrate into the concrete more quickly. As concrete ages and hardens, it will become less permeable and chemicals will not penetrate as easily.

De-icing chemicals in general are not recommended. The safest way to remove ice and snow is to use a snowplow. Sand can also be used to increase tire traction on the deck, but be sure to protect the drainage system when washing the deck after use.

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Buchanan Street parking garage repairs nearing completion

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) Repairs to the Buchanan Street parking garage in downtown Lafayette are nearing completion, but more money is needed.

On Tuesday, the Lafayette City Council voted to donate the $3.4 million needed to complete the job.

Parking near the parish courthouse had become a challenge when the Buchanan Street parking garage closed four years ago.

Supervising engineer with the Lafayette Consolidated Government Department of Public Works, Frederick Trahan says the garage is ready to open and is structurally sound.

Trahan, however, says the elevators are not functional.

He says a new elevator will be installed and the stairwells will be redesigned.

“They will be open on the main road in Buchanan. Both safety and aesthetically better visually,” explained Trahan,

Two years ago, Mayor-President Josh Guillory filed an emergency declaration to make sure the job got done.

An assessment of the garage revealed that the metal fasteners securing the garage’s concrete panels had deteriorated.

“The entire building will be rewired with LED wiring. More lighting for safety reasons and to paint the entire interior structure,” Trahan said.

Trahan says old planters and the streetscape will be upgraded for better access, sidewalks will be wider, and driveway improvements will be made to increase compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“It’s going to be hard to remember what it looked like. We have real ideas. The lighting is really going to be an advantage,” he said.

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Downtown Ottawa parking garage fire

A woman was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire Tuesday morning in a downtown Ottawa parking lot.

Firefighters responded to a call for a fire at a garage on Queen Street between Kent and Lyon streets just before 8:30 a.m. Fire crews were seen battling the ceiling fire near the garage entrance.

Ottawa firefighters received multiple 911 calls reporting smoke and flames coming from the exterior roof of an underground parking garage exit.

“Firefighters launched a rapid attack to extinguish the blaze and put water on the fire within minutes of arriving on the scene,” the Ottawa Fire Department said in a statement.

“At 8:19 a.m. a ‘second alarm’ was raised to send additional fire crews to the scene to help ventilate the large amount of smoke that migrated through the building.”

OC Transpo closed the Lyon LRT station for just over two hours due to the fire, with the station reopening at 11 a.m.

Due to high levels of carbon monoxide from the fire, firefighters spent three hours ventilating the structure.

“Thanks to the rapid response, combined with the rapid attack, the fire was extinguished in the area of ​​origin before it could spread through the structure,” the Ottawa fire said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Paramedics said the woman was treated for smoke inhalation and taken to hospital in stable condition.

Ottawa Fire at the scene of a working fire on Queen ST between Kent ST. & Lyon ST N. Fire in the ceiling area above the car park entrance. #ottnews #Ottawa pic.twitter.com/Bd9GLosHYD

— Scott Stilborn (@OFSFirePhoto)
November 15, 2022

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Queen Street: Fire in a parking garage in downtown Ottawa

A woman was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire Tuesday morning in a downtown Ottawa parking lot.

Firefighters responded to a call for a fire at a garage on Queen Street between Kent and Lyon streets just before 8:30 a.m. Fire crews were seen battling the ceiling fire near the garage entrance.

Ottawa firefighters received multiple 911 calls reporting smoke and flames coming from the exterior roof of an underground parking garage exit.

“Firefighters launched a rapid attack to extinguish the fire and put water on the fire within minutes of arriving on the scene,” the Ottawa Fire Department said in a statement.

“At 8:19 a.m. a ‘second alarm’ was raised to send additional fire crews to the scene to help ventilate the large amount of smoke that migrated through the building.”

OC Transpo closed the Lyon LRT station for just over two hours due to the fire, and the station reopened at 11 a.m. OC Transpo says there was no damage to Lyon station as a result of the fire.

Due to high levels of carbon monoxide from the fire, firefighters spent three hours ventilating the structure.

“Thanks to the rapid response, combined with the rapid attack, the fire was extinguished in the area of ​​origin before it could spread through the structure,” the Ottawa fire said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Paramedics said the woman was treated for smoke inhalation and taken to hospital in stable condition.

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Fargo approves downtown parking lot as part of NP Avenue project – InForum

FARGO — A new construction project in downtown Fargo, which includes the new Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater Home, 145 apartments, the redevelopment of the Herbst Building and the City of Fargo parking lot, is one step closer to its objective.

The Fargo City Commission on Monday, November 14, unanimously approved a development agreement for the construction of a parking garage, which is part of the city’s project.

The garage will have 450 to 490 parking spaces and will meet downtown parking needs for the next 15 to 20 years, said Jim Gilmour, director of strategic planning and research.

The commission’s vote pushes the entire project, all located at 602-636 NP Ave., Fargo, closer to its projected 2025 completion.

Mayor Tim Mahoney said the garage is a benefit to the public having parking options when downtown.

The development agreement to build and operate the parking lot is between the City of Fargo and Great Plains NP Holdings, LLC, which was formed by the Kilbourne Group.

Erik Johnson, assistant city attorney, said the project will provide the community with more downtown parking, generate revenue and help bring community theater downtown.

Presentation and map of the project.

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Some commissioners on Monday, however, balked at approving the deal, citing Fargo’s ownership of the parking lot, putting the city at financial risk.

“The shortfall comes to us (the city),” Johnson added.

Funding will begin with a $4 million cash investment from the city, taken from the city’s parking fund. The remaining $16 million will be funded through annual credit obligations, according to Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors. The group was hired by Fargo to evaluate financing options.

Fargo will provide $450,000 for the design of the project and up to an additional $20 million for the parking structure itself.

The bonds will be issued and payment will begin in 2023. The final maturity of the bonds will be in 2045.

Google map image of the project site.
Google Maps image of the project site in 2022.

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Money from the project ultimately won’t cover debt on bonds between 2023 and 2030, councilors said, adding the city would need to find $3.5 million to cover the funding shortfall in those years. .

Terri Gayhart, chief financial officer, said the project’s initial shortfall can be covered by the city with funds made available after the 2020 refinancing of four big city bonds.

Regular bond payments are now much lower than they were, Gayhart said, and the city can use that difference to fund the parking lot’s financial shortfall.

Commissioner John Strand pointed out that the funds, if not used to cover the shortfall, could instead be put into savings.

Various parking fees and fines could also meet the $16 million bond. Revenue from parking tickets generally goes into the general fund, councilors said.

Additionally, the city plans to create a new TIF zone and transfer costs associated with city planning department staff from the parking fund to the general fund, according to the funding plan.

Chart that shows funding from 2023 to 2026.
Funding from 2023 to 2026.

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Work will now begin on the renewal plan and financing plan after Monday’s approval.

Commissioner Denise Kolpack called the project a great addition to the downtown community. “It’s an incredibly… innovative approach and solution for community theater,” she said.

Global Development will soon apply for the Renaissance area and Kilbourne Group will apply for funding for the Renaissance area and the TIF.

Commissioner Arlette Preston asked how the outcome of the project might be affected if Cass County did not participate in TIF funds. Cass County recently elected not to participate in Fargo’s TIF funding.

“If the county or the school district were to pull out, it could jeopardize the tax exemption that Kilbourne relies on,” Gilmour said, adding that it will be a hurdle to clear when Kilbourne secures TIF funding from the town.

Strand, meanwhile, raised concerns about how the project took shape, and why other developers weren’t able to compete for the deal or land in question. He called the land a “public good” and expressed hope that the city would provide more opportunities for competition in the future on partnership projects.

Gilmour said it was not the city’s official decision to choose developer Kilbourne for the project. Partner Global Development chose Kilbourne and the town accepted that decision, Gilmour said.

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Butler County parking garage automation still stalled

Nov. 14—Butler County’s parking garage automation project stalled again as county officials say the vendor grapples with nationwide labor shortages and Other problems.

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During the 2015 budget hearings, Commissioner Cindy Carpenter dubbed the five-story structure on the corner of Court Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard their “Stone Age” garage, but it still took several years so that the wheels turn on the automation. .

The 600-space garage currently operates as a cash-only, pay-at-the-door operation. Proposals over the years to automate the garage, make it more user-friendly, and generate income from community events several years ago ranged from $100,000 to $400,000.

Cost was a factor at first, but now remnants of the pandemic have slowed progress on the project, according to County Administrator Judi Boyko. She told commissioners at a recent garage budget hearing “what we’re going through in terms of a shrinking workforce and the challenge of finding people who can do our operations that all of our suppliers know from the same way”.

“We have a lot of back-end programming to make sure all the systems talk to each other and we experienced a very slow process,” she said. “We are all very eager to implement automation.”

Originally, the automation project was supposed to be finished at the end of March, then it was pushed back to the summer and now the estimate is at the end of the year.

“The county is going to make sure that when this is launched and reformatted as an automation, it will be transparent to the end user and the operational side of things will be fully functional,” Boyko said. “The second thing is that the supplier had significant demands on their workforce and communication was sometimes delayed.”

Commissioners approved $200,000 in January to fully automate the garage which will be open 24/7 and allow drivers to use cash or credit to pay. The project means that more income can be generated by users who use the garage in the evenings and at weekends.

Commissioners Don Dixon and TC Rogers told the Journal-News that while the delay is frustrating, they understand business is not business as usual these days.

“As a builder, I know there are issues with the supply chain, which we haven’t had before,” Rogers said. “So it’s part of the way of life as it is right now.”

When complete, the entrance and exits will look the same, except there will no longer be a garage attendant manning the stall on Court Street.

There will be a pay station that accepts cash or credit in the first floor garage lobby and another inside the GSC near the breezeway that connects the two buildings on the second floor.

There are a number of different parking arrangements at the garage. People can pay $40 a month for a reserved spot, jurors, law enforcement and county jurisdiction firefighters and others park for free, then daily parkers who pay a maximum of $6.50 . There will be an online payment option for monthly parking.

In recent months, drivers have probably noticed that the barriers have been lifted, allowing people to park for free, as garage attendants have ceased to know the automation was coming. Boyko told the Journal-News they estimate they’ve lost around $100 a day in lost parking fees when the pay booth is unstaffed.

The last employee, chief garage attendant Kevin Johnston, quit Oct. 21, so Mark Gadd, the former facilities manager who is now the special projects coordinator, filled in when he could. He told the commissioners that this situation was not ideal and that they had to find a new attendant.

“Staffing right now is a bit difficult,” Gadd said. “We’ve lost three people, pretty much all of the garage staff and I’m the only one trained to operate the equipment so I’m filling in until we can automate or hire someone.”

Even when the garage is fully automated, the county still needs someone to troubleshoot. So they posted the Garage Attendant position with a salary range of $15.94 to $19.08.

“This position will continue to monitor the garage, monitor operations when automation is in place, and try to work more on the customer side,” Boyko said. “There is still troubleshooting with kiosks and payment terminals and helping people find their way around.”

Carpenter is not happy.

“I’m very frustrated,” she said, adding that they had to fill the attendant position because putting Gadd in the payment booth “isn’t a good use of his expertise.”

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Council to Discuss Jefferson City Downtown Parking Study

Repair work on a pair of auto garages in downtown Jefferson City will be discussed at length Monday.

City Council holds a business meeting at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the future of the Madison and Jefferson Street garages. The council received a 200+ page study prepared by Structural Engineering Assessments examining the structural conditions of the garages, rehabilitation needs and costs.

City officials recommend the council use Monday to determine something important about the Madison Street garage: whether to repair it or replace it completely. A complete overhaul could cost up to $42 million.

In an email to council members, Director of Public Works Matt Morasch said he believed Monday’s main discussion should provide information to staff on pursuing a full repair or replacement. . Morasch said staff members recommended the city open a 30-day public comment period after the meeting to allow for public input.

The garage, located at 200 Madison St., was built in 1961 and costs 50 cents an hour for 2 hours, and $1 thereafter, or $6 a day. It holds 615 parking spaces and is a mixed-use garage with daily and monthly rates available to the public, as well as state employees and other businesses who rent space on a monthly basis.

It stands on five levels, the last level having been built in 1990. The garage has been in need of repairs for some time. City staff informed the public works committee in 2021 that they needed nearly $1 million in repairs.

Last December, the city council paid more than $291,000 to hire structural engineering associates to assess the conditions of the Madison Street garage.

The report revealed several issues in the garage, including structural issues, life safety code issues, equipment and power issues, and issues with parking and revenue control systems.

The current price for repairs according to the study is much higher than the million dollars disclosed in 2021. It could be in the range of $12 million to totally repair the garage, $8 million would go to construction costs and $4 million would go to contingencies. , engineering and other costs.

It is estimated that approximately $12 million will cover a full structural repair and replacement of mechanical, plumbing and parking control systems.

In an email, city staff presented a summary of the study’s findings, which also offered the option of a total replacement.

The garage replacement was estimated at $39–42 million, depending on the design of a new model. The costs are relative and depend on the number of parking spaces, floors and different ramp configurations.

Morasch said in the email that staff recommends the city repair the Madison Street garage rather than replace it. The report says the repairs will slow deterioration, but the city should expect deterioration to continue and repairs or maintenance to be required on the concrete slabs every five to 10 years.

According to the study, repairs to the Jefferson Street garage would cost approximately $415,000. The work, if approved by council, would include sealing joints/cracks, membrane covering upper deck, brickwork repair, steel painting and handrail replacement, rail replacement of cable and the replacement of lighting and plumbing.

The city’s parking department is self-contained, Morasch noted, and is currently saving about $5 million. The ministry is in the process of proposing new parking rates to help offset ongoing expenses.

Morasch suggested that after the council determines how to proceed, city staff work with Structural Engineering Associates to come up with a project plan for Madison Street and how to pay for it.

The town hall meeting can be watched in person in the council chambers or viewed online via a link on the town’s website.

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Construction of Mississauga Hospital’s new parking garage is an important first step


By Declan Finucane

Published on November 11, 2022 at 4:26 p.m.

The photo taken earlier this year shows the cleared area where the old Mississauga Hospital garage/parking lot once stood.

Construction on Mississauga’s new state-of-the-art hospital isn’t expected to begin until 2025, but construction of an associated eight-story parking garage is already underway.

And hospital officials who gave two local MPs a tour of the Hurontario St./The Queensway site yesterday (November 10) said the construction of the car park is an important first step in transforming the parcel of land that houses the hospital since 1958.

Work on the parking structure is “an important step in preparing for the construction of Peter Gilgan Mississauga Hospital,” Trillium Health Partners (THP) officials wrote in a post on THP’s Twitter page.

THP, the healthcare network that operates hospitals in Mississauga and Credit Valley in addition to Queensway Health Center on the Mississauga-Etobicoke border, hosted Mississauga-Lakeshore MLA Rudy Cuzzetto and Brampton South MLA Prab Sarkaria on Thursday to a site visit.

THP officials thanked MPs for their support of the massive project, which will later see a new Mississauga hospital on the site that will be nearly three times the size of the current healthcare facility.

This will make it the largest hospital in Ontario and one of the largest in all of Canada.

While construction of the state-of-the-art 24-story hospital is not expected to begin until 2025, work to demolish the existing parking lot and build the new eight-story structure began in April.

The new car park, which will be built at the south end of the site on land currently used for surface parking, will accommodate 1,462 vehicles, depending on the development demand of the project.

The Ontario government unveiled preliminary plans for the huge new hospital last December

The new facility will be called the Peter Gilgan Mississauga Hospital after the local developer/philanthropist donated $105 million to the effort earlier this year. It will have approximately 2.8 million square feet of space and 23 state-of-the-art operating rooms, up from the 14 older operating rooms currently in use.

In addition, the emergency department will be one of the largest in Ontario and some 350 new beds will be added to bring the total to over 950. Over 80% of the beds will be in private rooms.

Once the new hospital is completed, the existing structure will be demolished.

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Rendering of the new Mississauga hospital as it will appear for years to come when completed.

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Apartments will rise above the 1920s parking lot at 1676 Sycamore in Hollywood

Just south of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a nearly 100-year-old parking lot is set to become the base for a new multi-family residential development.

View looking northeast from Sycamore AvenueMika Design Group

Yesterday, Steve Hakim of Hakim Holdings submitted an application to the Los Angeles City Planning Department seeking approvals for a project that would involve the adaptive reuse of the three-story parking garage at 1670 N. Sycamore Avenue, as well as the new five-storey construction of the new apartments above. The resulting development would feature a total of 55 apartments while retaining 60 parking spaces within the existing structure.

Fees sought for the proposed development include incentives for transit-oriented communities to allow for greater density than permitted by zoning rules, as well as reductions in required setbacks and open space on the site. In exchange, six of the new apartments are to be reserved for rental as affordable housing for people on very low incomes for a period of 55 years.

Mika Design Group and Robert James Taylor Architects highlight the architecture team for the project, which would gray out the stucco on its upper floors in an attempt to match the look of the stone garage below. The eight-story complex would also include furnished rooftop and fourth-floor terraces, as well as indoor spaces on the ground floor.


View looking southeast from Sycamore AvenueMika Design Group

The proposed development, in addition to nearby Walk of Fame attractions, is also one block west of a parking lot on Hawthorn Avenue where Los Angeles planning officials recently approved a project that would create 137 apartments and businesses behind the El Capitan Theatre.

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Virginia Avenue Parking Garage to Close Dec. 24 for Repairs | Central Missouri News

COLOMBIA – The Virginia Avenue Parking Structure (VAPS) on the MU campus will temporarily close starting Dec. 24 for repairs.

The Columbia Missourian reported in September that MU was working with three different engineering companies to determine what repairs would be needed.

Repairs to the 20-year-old garage are expected to cost up to $16 million. The project includes the reinforcement of 93 column foundations at the garage, which is expected to require demolition and excavation of structures on the ground floor, according to previous reports from the Missourian.






The Virginia Avenue parking structure was built on the site of a former parking lot and is the sixth garage to be built on campus. The construction added nearly 1,000 new parking spaces.




MU said closing the garage before the spring semester would result in the least disruption to work and study.

“VAPS is safe but will need to be closed to accommodate future work,” MU said in an email Friday.

While the structure is closed, staff and faculty will be temporarily relocated to other on-campus parking structures, depending on where they work relative to Hitt Street. Those working west of Hitt Street will park in the Conley Avenue garage, and those working east of Hitt Street will park in the University Avenue garage.

Students who obtain a permit will move to Parking Structure No. 7 (PS7); approximately 400 faculty and staff with PS7 tags have been reassigned to the Tiger Avenue parking structure.

Vehicles that are not moved by January 4 will be towed to another location on campus.

Work on the VAPS is expected to be completed by fall 2023.

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Kent County Family Court and car park could boost Dover town center

The planned Kent County Family Court building could solve problems for people who use the court on weekdays, but also for people who shop and attend events in downtown Dover on evenings and weekends. ends.

That’s because a 378-space parking garage is included in the plan — a garage open to the public after court hours that could help fill parking gaps downtown.

Here is the basic information about the new structures:

  • Location: South Governor’s Avenue and Water Street, two blocks west of the Kent County Courthouse. The existing courthouse at 400 Court Street and River Road is approximately five blocks east of the county courthouse.
  • Cut: 106,711 square feet, compared to the current 35,000 square feet
  • Cost: $117.7 million
  • Construction schedule: The inauguration ceremony took place on September 22. The buildings on the property have been demolished. Construction is expected to begin this winter and be completed by the end of 2025.

The reasons for a new building

The current family court was built in 1989. Since then, the court’s workload has doubled while security concerns have increased. Current issues include elevators shared by staff and inmates, small courtrooms, and limited space for security checkpoints and waiting rooms.

From right, Family Court Chief Justice Michael K. Newell, State Senator Kyle Evans Gay, Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz Jr., Governor John Carney, State Representative Sean Lynn and other elected officials on September 22, 2022.

“Family court cases are emotional and there are security issues in many cases, particularly in domestic violence cases, although tensions are high in other cases as well,” the court said. Delaware Family Court Chief Judge Michael Newell. “They may feel unsafe because of their closeness to the other party.”

The new installation will have:

  • More courtrooms, eight from the current six.
  • Larger courtrooms, 1,400 to 1,800 square feet compared to an average of 600 square feet in the existing courthouse.
  • Lobby before security check.
  • Larger security check area.
  • Larger waiting area allowing more space between participants and more privacy for discussions.

No plans have yet been announced for the existing Family Court building after the new facility opens.

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How it can help Dover City Center

The Mayor of Dover, Robin Christiansen, has campaigned for years for parking in Dover city centre.

“To some people it’s a four-letter word,” he said, “but it doesn’t look like a parking lot. It blends in with the downtown architecture.”

This site opposite Tire King, on the corner of South Governors Avenue and West Water Street, is where the new Kent County Family Court building and car park will be constructed in Dover.

Neighboring businesses could benefit from additional customers traveling to and from the courthouse. Then, after court hours, patrons and people attending downtown events will have an additional 378 parking spaces.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Christiansen said. “I’m really excited they’re building this. It should generate a lot of activity downtown.”

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Planned for an area comprised mostly of vacant buildings and dilapidated homes, the new courthouse and parking lot could be downtown’s “southern anchor,” Christiansen said, listing the other anchors as follows. :

  • North Dover, the former campus of Wesley College, now Delaware State University, referred to as “DSU Downtown”.
  • East Dover, the state office complex including the legislative hall.
  • West Dover, the new post office.

Diane Laird, executive director of the Downtown Dover Partnership, said the new courthouse and parking lot “will fit perfectly” with the parking plan the partnership completed last year with input from residents, property owners businesses and city leaders.

“This will be increasingly important as we anticipate growth in the downtown district, including more residential units, and restaurants and retail stores opening later in the evening and on weekends,” Laird said.

Journalist Ben Mace covers real estate, housing and development news. Contact him at [email protected]

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Developer envisions rooftop parking lot and restaurant in downtown Shelton

A developer who received approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission several years ago to build apartments on the corner of Coram Avenue and Center Street is seeking to alter plans for the removal of residential units. The new proposal includes retail and restaurant spaces and five-level parking.

The developers’ request to alter the already existing planned development district for the property, listed as 62-66 Center St. and 325 Coram Ave., is on the committee’s agenda on Wednesday, when the panel is expected to hold a public hearing.

Many residents, business owners and commission members have expressed concern about the lack of downtown parking. Some have even suggested that a parking garage could be the solution.

The property is a 0.48 acre site that includes the building that once housed Jeff’s Appliance and a home.

The plan calls for 2,800 square feet of retail space with 18 parking spaces, then five levels of parking, which, depending on demand, will be for public use with restricted spaces for downtown tenants and businesses. , which would rent spaces.

In total, there would be 162 parking spaces in the structure, which would include a rooftop restaurant/cafeteria with a 6,237 square foot indoor restaurant and 4,338 square feet of rooftop dining space.

The original PDD received approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission in 2019 and called for the replacement of the existing structures with a five-storey building with 42 apartments, a ground floor restaurant with covered terrace and parking two-storey interior for 44 vehicles. .

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San Antonio airport to add 1,000 parking spaces as holiday approaches

SAN ANTONIO – Vacationers departing from San Antonio International will have additional parking spaces and gates available.

Two new surface lots will add 1,000 seats – an increase of around 10% – and the airport is on track to open three new gates in December and January.

Additionally, people will be able to pre-pay for valet parking. Airport manager Jesus Saenz said this will help officials get a good idea of ​​how many people they can expect during the holidays.

“We have to change and adapt to the number of users we have in parking lots today,” Saenz said.

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By the end of September, the airport’s two car parks had closed at least 50 times this year because they had reached capacity. And Saenz said the short-term garage has continued to face closures every week since then. The airport could privatize its car park down the road, but for now adding more space will have to suffice.

The closing of garages outside peak periods indicates growth, Saenz said.

“When you look at the overall geographic radius of airport users, it expands,” he said.

Airport visitors may also notice a change when going through security. Saenz said the Terminal B security checkpoint added a line last week. Saenz said it takes an average of less than 10 minutes to get through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.

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The additional 1,000 surface spaces would bring the airport to nearly 11,000, Saenz said. The new ones will only be used if the rest fills up. People parking on the surface lots will take shuttle buses to get to the terminals.

Construction of a new gate at Terminal B for United Airlines is underway at San Antonio International Airport on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.

San Antonio Express-News/Staff photographer Kin Man Hui

The overflow spaces span two vacant surface lots that Saenz said the airport already owns but has not used for customer parking. One of them housed a hangar demolished two years ago.

Surface parking at the airport costs customers $8 per day. The short-term garage is $27 per day and the long-term lot is $16 per day. Valet parking has a daily price of $33.

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The airport is also on track to increase its total of 24 gates to 27 in the coming months. Terminal B will add two and Terminal A will add one.

Gate B9 will open on December 9, A16 will arrive on December 22, and B1a will arrive on January 11.

American Airlines will use Gate B9 and will no longer be shared between Terminals A and B. B1a will serve United Airlines. Gate A16 will be a common use gate.

The three new gates, Saenz said, are expected to increase the airport’s overall boardings by 1.3 million passengers.

Saenz said additional gates are coming just in time to Return of Spirit Airlines to the airport on November 17. The airline will use Terminal A.

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And more gates are on the way in the coming years as the airport continues its efforts to open Terminal C by 2028. This could bring the total number of gates to 37.

In December, the airport will ask the city council to consider a $32 million contract with Freese and Nichols to manage the project and construction. The contract is just one of many that will be part of the $1.2 billion terminal project. In Junethe board approved a $3.8 million contract for Terminal C planning services with Dallas-based Corgan Associates.

The construction of Terminal C is one of the first stages of the development of the airport 20-year $2.5 billion master plan to redo the airport.


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Umbrellas keep the LBCC parking garage cool

The Long Beach City College (LBCC) campus, founded in 1927 in Long Beach, California, is undergoing modernization and renovations, including a new four-level parking structure with more than 500 parking spaces. Designers focused on materials that would perform the functional role of sun protection for the garage while maintaining aesthetic appeal.

SAF supplied 529 aluminum fins for the renovated Long Beach City College parking lots.

Working with McCarthy Building Companies, SAF supplied 529 aluminum fins for the exterior of the parking lot, using 3003 1/8-inch aluminum sheet to fabricate fins around extruded tubing. The fins, which range from 12 inches to 20 inches in width extending outward from the building, are designed to provide shade for the garage as well as diminish the intensity of the headlights during the evening hours. For the project, 24,000 square feet of fins were finished in a three-coat XL Kynar® White Ice Metallic color finish and an additional 900 square feet of 1701 brackets were finished in three-coat XL Kynar® Stieglitz Silver.

Structural brackets (3/8 inch wall angle and fabricated from 6061-T6 aluminum) were installed with countersunk slots and through holes to allow all brackets to be installed before the fins. It also allowed the installation team to adapt to field conditions on the fly if necessary.

“Our goal was to provide a high performance product that met the aesthetic requirements of the job while minimizing the time spent on site for the installation team,” explains Luke Lynam, Senior Project Manager at SAF. “We pre-drilled holes in the 2x4s and the 1/8 inch aluminum fins because we didn’t want to deal with 2x4s in the field. We pre-engineered everything in our SAF West factory to facilitate on-site labor and streamline the construction schedule.

The architectural fins needed to be fabricated up to 20 feet in height, which required the ingenuity of the SAF West fabrication team. In fact, SAF created custom 20ft bending jigs to ensure consistency and increase throughput during the manufacturing process.

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A new way to buy parking spaces in residential buildings in Hungary

Significant changes have been introduced in Hungary from May 2, 2022 regarding parking spaces in parking garages.1 Unlike the old regime where a property registered as a “parking garage” included several parking spaces and was co-owned by several co-owners, it is now possible to separately register each parking space in a car park as a separate parking property. The co-owners’ legal right of first refusal will no longer apply to separate parking lots. In the context of sale and purchase transactions where the parking space is located in a co-ownership car park, the notification to the co-owners as beneficiaries of the legal right of pre-emption is also now possible by a simple announcement instead of send separate letters to each individual co-owner. This has already been used sometimes in practice but always with great uncertainty. These changes should facilitate and speed up the process of selling parking spaces.

Problems with previous legislation

To better understand the legal context, three aspects must be considered. From a planning point of view, in case of new residential developments, at least one parking space had to be provided for each apartment (and local municipalities can still prescribe the provision of one space, at most). Since building parking spaces has never been a profitable business, the developers never really intended to build more parking spaces than needed. While the availability of parking spaces in a residential building is limited, people prefer to buy an apartment with a parking space. From the point of view of the cadastre, a separate parking space could not be registered in the cadastre as real estate itself, but only the floor of the parking garage in which it was located; thus all parking spaces on the same level of a garage constituted a single property. This level of parking was the common property of those who owned a parking space in the parking lot. Last but not least, from the owner’s point of view, this made it difficult to sell the parking spaces because each co-owner on the parking level had a legal right of first refusal (ROFR) if one of the other co-owners decided to sell their participation in the parking lot.

One of the common problems in recent years has been the sale of parking spaces in condominium parking lots located in condominiums. As the sale of a parking space generally takes place with the seller’s apartment in the co-ownership, the ROFR legal notification has considerably slowed down the operation of the joint sale of the parking space and the apartment.

To expedite the process, for many joint owners, it has become a market practice to notify each beneficiary of the ROFR by means of a written notice posted on the bulletin board of the joint ownership, without direct notification to each joint owner by mail. recommended. This led to divergent practices in the land registers, as in some cases an attestation from the common representative of the co-ownership of posting such a notice was accepted, while in other cases it was not. .

Possibility of warning by an announcement

Previously, if a co-owner decided to sell his participation (parking space) at the level of the parking lot of the co-ownership, the request for registration of the purchaser’s title on the participation had to be accompanied by the co-owner’s declaration of renunciation. owners as beneficiaries of the ROFR. Or failing that, by the acknowledgment of receipt/delivery receipt proving that the beneficiaries of the ROFR have been informed and have not exercised their ROFR within the time limit. In exceptional cases, it was possible for the seller to substitute the proof when delivering the ROFR notice with a joint declaration of the contracting parties indicating that the place of residence or other circumstances of the beneficiary would make the notification extremely difficult or would cause undue delay. However, this provision has not been consistently interpreted in case law. Sometimes it has been upheld by the courts, but there have been cases where it has been decided that if no separate postal notification had been given to the recipient of the ROFR (referring to “extreme hardship” above), and the ROFR recipient became aware of the sale from any source within three years, they could challenge the sale and exercise the ROFR. This decision has created some uncertainty as to the application of contracts entered into within the dispute period and the application of the parties’ declaration in lieu of ROFR notice.

The new rules specify the practice from May 2, 2022, for covered parking lots in condominiums. If the property to which the ROFR applies is registered in a condominium as separate immovable property and its use is shown on the cadastral sheet as “parking garage”, it is acceptable to submit, instead of a acknowledgment of receipt or a delivery receipt (as indicated above), a statement from the common representative or the chairman of the co-ownership management committee. The declaration must mention that the offer to purchase has been posted on the bulletin board of the co-ownership. The new rules make life easier in several ways. First, the new possibility shortens the process of notifying ROFR beneficiaries, because sellers don’t have to spend months digging up co-owners’ addresses and trying to send notices by registered mail. Second, there is no need to send a separate letter to each individual co-owner, so the seller can reduce their own administrative and financial burden related to the notification requirement.

Introduction of a “parking space” as a separate property

Since May 2, 2022, the law defines “the parking space” as a separate property, that is to say as “an area intended for the reception of a vehicle within the confines of a building intended for the storage of vehicles, one side of which is connected to an access road leading to the parking spaces, and the other three sides of which are delimited by a permanent physical marking on the ground of the premises or by a wall. In addition, the area must also meet the dimensional requirements set by law to be classified as a parking space.

The new legislation helps owners of condominiums developing or developing in the future. It will be possible to register the parking spaces as separate properties in the cadastre during the constitution of the co-ownership, without creating any co-ownership in the parking garage.

In the case of existing and condominium parking lots, it is possible for owners to create real estate (parking spaces) separate from each parking space located in the condominium parking lot if the parking spaces meet the legal requirements. However, to do this, all owners must accept and sign an amendment to the founding deed of the co-ownership. Getting all owners to sign such an amendment can be a difficult task.

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Huge out of character car park for historic main street


If you’re wondering what the hell is up with an eight-story parking structure in the middle of historic downtown Kalispell, you’re not alone. I too have issues with this mammoth project approved by Kalispell City Council at its October 4th meeting.

This project was presented to redevelop the original four storey parking garage previously approved by Council. At that time, it was really a parking lot located on the Eagles property, owned by the city, at the corner of 1st Street West and 1st Avenue West. The structure was to be built by the same developers who were building the Charles Hotel on the city-owned parking lot at 3rd Street and Main Street. With 242 parking spaces and some retail space on the ground floor, the main purpose of the garage was to provide much-needed parking for the city, as well as the parking required for the new Charles Hotel. The hotel was to be owned by the developers, but the four-story garage was to be owned and operated by the city.

These projects have been approved by City Council and enthusiastically supported by the Kalispell community. Of the two parking lots in question, the 3rd and Main Street lot has approximately 60 spaces, while the Eagles lot has 50, so a total of 110 parking spaces currently exist across both lots.

A 242-seat structure, was a 132-seat increase in the four-story design. But, the developer still needed 90 of those spaces for the Charles Hotel’s valet parking services, leaving an additional 42 spaces, for the city, in the four-story garage.

Then the developers came back to the table with a “better plan”. The new plan increased the “parking garage” from four to eight floors, with four additional floors above the parking floors, housing 78 market-priced luxury apartments. People then started wondering how many more parking spots Kalispell was really going to end up with?

With only 42 spaces available and 78 additional apartments added, it is obvious that we are returning to an increasingly pronounced parking shortage. The 42 places available are far from sufficient to accommodate the luxury apartments added, each requiring at least one place, and possibly more. It is no longer a parking garage project but an apartment development, with far fewer parking spaces in Kalispell town center for shopkeepers, office workers, restaurant owners and tourists than we currently have with the two car parks. What was once a much-needed parking garage is now a large luxury apartment complex in the heart of historic downtown Kalispell, offering fewer parking spaces than before.

To make matters worse, the developers persuaded our city council to use the funding from the tax increases to reimburse them, over time, for the full cost of the parking/apartment structure. In addition, they will be reimbursed for the initial land cost for the hotel and parking/apartment structure, courtesy of the City of Kalispell and its ratepayers. What a great deal for the developers, at the expense of Kalispell taxpayers.

Our city government supports these projects 100% for the simple reason that the parking lots around the city do not generate any tax revenue for the city coffers. Now, however, the tax generated from these projects will be used to repay developers over the next 20 years, until they are fully reimbursed for the $9 million structure and land they will own.

In the meantime, our quality of life in downtown Kalispell will be severely degraded.

So beware of Kalispell, you get a massive eight story development in the heart of downtown Kalispell, completely out of character with our historic neighborhood, and ultimately paid for by taxpayers. And beware, other city-owned land is being considered for similar misguided developments.

If you’re not happy with that, raise your voice. Attend council meetings and call your councillor. The character of our downtown and our city for future generations depends on it.

—John Hinchey, Kalispell

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Additional alarm fire tears through Illinois Medical District parking lot; dozens of cars destroyed

CHICAGO (CBS) –An additional alarm fire engulfed a parking garage in the Illinois Medical District in the city’s Near West neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.

The fire started in a truss-roofed parking garage for Place Garibaldi on the Park townhouse complex at 711 S. Ashland Ave., between Flournoy and Polk streets. One car caught fire and the fire spread to nearly 30 other cars.

The garage roof collapsed onto the vehicles, potentially setting other cars on fire.

A 2-11 alarm has been raised for additional equipment and manpower. Just under 100 firefighters were mobilized to fight the blaze.

The stage is just steps from the campus of Rush University Medical Center. A report from the Citizen app said staff could smell smoke from a hospital building.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center is also nearby. St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church is located just south on Ashland Avenue.

The fire was also visible from the Eisenhower Expressway just to the north.

Neither the townhouses in Garibaldi Park nor any other nearby buildings were damaged or threatened.

Firefighter video showed dark orange flames shooting from the single-story brick building as plumes of smoke rose.

The alarm was raised and the fire was brought under control by 4:37 p.m. As night fell, many cars lay in burnt-out ruins.

Under the ashes in a fine rain, the horn of a burnt-out vehicle sounded in the night. Indeed, the losses were enormous for the inhabitants of Place Garibaldi.

“My wife saw from the kitchen that there was smoke,” says Nadim Mahmud.

It soon became apparent that all the cars in the garage were damaged.


Dozens of cars destroyed in Illinois Medical District garage fire

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Some residents of the Garibaldi Park complex told CBS 2’s Jermont Terry that about 40 cars are parked in the garage every day. As it was the middle of the day when the fire broke out, they estimated that around 20 cars were probably in the garage at the time.

As firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control, many people watched in horror as their vehicles burned.

“You don’t expect to see your house, or anything of yours, in flames,” said Garibaldi Square resident Piper Hawkins-Green.

Hawkins-Green was at home when the fire broke out.

“I heard shouting and loud voices,” she said.

The noise she heard was tires and car engines exploding. By the time she got out, firefighters were already on the scene.

“Fortunately, all units were spared,” Hawkins-Green said.

The fire department brought the blaze under control, preventing it from spreading to any of the 42 townhouses surrounding the garage.

“I really appreciate the effort,” said Jitin Srivastava, “because if they weren’t there in time, the fire would have reached our houses – and we would probably have evacuated, or we would have been in danger.”

While it took just under 100 firefighters several hours to douse the flames, residents were unhappy to see their cars reduced to charred shells.

“It’s very sad for me,” Srivastava said. “I lost my car.”

But they’re grateful no one was inside the garage when the roof collapsed – and more importantly, when the first car caught fire.

“It’s devastating to see, but when you think about it, it’s just a car and not lives, it’s okay,” added Hawkins-Green. “But it’s very traumatic to see all this.”

No injuries were reported and everyone was grateful that no one was inside the garage when the first car caught fire or when the roof collapsed.

Many car owners were on the phone with their insurance companies on Tuesday evening to start making claims after their cars were destroyed.

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What’s up with y’all going back to parking lots?

Shutterstock images.

First of all-

“You guys? I think we all need a home meeting”

Second, I put the above tweet out into the universe this morning after waiting in a parking lot behind two different people to return to their parking spots. Personally, I have no problem with people doing this, I was just curious about the thinking that goes into habit development.

Has it always seemed like a lot of work up front to save some time in the background? Basically a net zero. A wash. Right?

Turns out I was very wrong.

Some of the answers informed me of shit I had no idea.

For instance-

Is it true? Makes sense I guess.

I had no idea.

The newspaper – Backing into a parking spot gives you better control and makes it easier to maneuver out of the space. If you think parking in reverse is difficult, trying to get your car out of a tight spot when you’ve parked in front is much harder.

These days, with most new cars equipped with rear view cameras and parking assistance systems, it’s easier than ever to reverse park.

By the way, I’m talking about inversion in spaces perpendicular to the wall or perimeter. I am clearly not talking about parallel parking which should only be attempted in reverse.

So here are the reasons why reverse parking is the only option:

  1. It’s safer. When you back into a space, you enter a designated space with no vehicular or pedestrian traffic. By parking in reverse, you avoid blindly backing into oncoming traffic or the path of pedestrians. You can see your surroundings more clearly.
  2. In an emergency, it’s much faster to get in your vehicle and get out straight away. It could also be considered a security measure.
  3. Backing up close to a wall can deter thieves from breaking into your trunk because there won’t be enough space for them to work.
  4. Driving into a parking space is a false economy in terms of overall maneuvering time and safety. You’ll spend just as much time (if not more) trying to safely get out of space in traffic, so it only makes sense that you’d do it safely in empty space.
  5. If something were to happen to your engine – say, you leave your headlights on and the battery dies – you’ll have easy access to the hood if you’re in reverse.
  6. It’s more fuel efficient. According to a study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, reported by Aviva UK, reversing out of a parking space with a cold engine consumes 20 to 25 times more fuel in the first few seconds than a warm engine. Doing this several times a week adds up in terms of fuel costs, not to mention engine wear.

Holy shit. Thanks Bob Max.

Have I been doing this all wrong this whole time or are people like that just badass?

True story.

Also you can never forget the repo man.

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Over a dozen vehicles destroyed in Near West Side parking lot fire

CHICAGO — Firefighters are investigating what started a two-alarm parking garage fire on Chicago’s Near West Side.

According to the Chicago Fire, the a fire broke out in a parking lot of a multi-residential complex in the 700 block of S. Ashland near Rush University Medical Center.

The fire destroyed more than a dozen vehicles. Firefighters said the blaze likely started as a single-vehicle fire, with flames quickly spreading to the roofs of nearby cars.

“Our guys launched an aggressive attack to put out the fire, but it went into the roof of the parking lot, so we had to get our guys out and raise the alarm,” Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Donald Walker said.

The parking lot roof collapsed as a result of the fire. Although the parking structure is not attached to neighboring residential units, residents feared the fire would spread to their homes.

Witness Piper Hawkins-Green said she heard an explosion, prompting her to come out of her home.

“I thought the car was recovered and thought it was strange to hear the banging, coupled with the cries of the firefighter,” she said. “When I opened the door, I saw the truck and the flames spitting out.”

Resident Malvika Shree told WGN News she bought a car about three months ago.

“Now it’s all gone,” Shree said.

The fire also destroyed Jitin Srivastava’s vehicle, but he said he was grateful no one was injured.

“The car is gone, but we are safe,” Srivastava said. “The family is safe.”

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How to Comply with NYC Local Law 126 Parking Garage Inspection Rules

Beginning January 1, 2022, New York City requires garage owners to hire a specially designated professional engineer to perform an assessment and file a report at least once every six years. Here are tips and best practices on how to comply with NYC Local Law 126 parking garage inspection rules. (Download a PDF version of this guide from Hoffmann Architects + Engineers.)

Why does New York City require parking lot inspections?

In 2018, New York State enacted a rule requiring periodic condition assessments, performed by a professional engineer, of all parking structures statewide – except in New York City. Exempt from state code, NYC has developed its own rules to keep garages and their outbuildings safe and well maintained. With the passage of Local Law 126 of 2021 and RCNY §103-13, NYC has codified the requirements of this ambitious safety initiative.

Who should perform the parking inspection?

A Qualified Parking Structures Inspector (QPSI) must assess the garage and file the report. A licensed engineer with at least three years of parking structure experience, a QPSI earns New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) parking structure unit certification.

What is required?

Any motor vehicle parking/storage space, other than an unfenced outdoor lot, 1 or 2 car garage, service station or showroom, must be appraised by a QPSI certified.

  1. Document review. The QPSI reviews previous reports, structural designs, repair drawings, violations, and other records.
  2. Condition assessment. The QPSI designs an assessment program specific to the parking structure, based on construction type, age, exposure and other characteristics, as well as maintenance and repair history. The physical examination may include sounding, load testing, noninvasive scanning, and/or core extraction, in addition to visual inspection. When evaluating structural components, waterproofing, fireproofing, and wear surfaces, the QPSI may need to order additional inspections, probes, or tests to identify probable causes of observed defects.
  3. Immediate response to hazardous conditions. Upon identifying an unsafe condition, the QPSI promptly notifies the owner and the DOB and advises on appropriate protective measures.
  4. Documentation of deficiencies. Photos, sketches or other means are used to identify the location and extent of defects.
  5. Annual observation checklist. When assessing condition, the QPSI creates a checklist with items to inspect on an annual basis, tailored to that specific garage.
  6. The final inspection. In a comprehensive tour of each parking level, the QPSI verifies that the reported results reflect actual conditions.
  7. Filing of report. Following a prescribed format, the QPSI prepares a compliance report with findings and recommendations, classifying the garage as safe, unsafe, or “safe with repairs and/or technical oversight” (SREM). The report is filed with the DOB.

What should be included in the report?

According to the code, the report must contain:

  • A summary of conclusions and recommendations.
  • Classification as safe, SREM or dangerous.
  • Building address, block and lot number, building identification number (BIN), landmark status and owner contact details.
  • Description of the building, including size, dimensions, use, age, type of construction, materials and structural systems.
  • Description of any distress, repair or modification.
  • Procedures used to assess conditions.
  • Extent and location of physical examinations, contractor contact information, location diagram and date of assessment.
  • Description, classification and mapping of each significant condition, classifying each as safe, SREM or unsafe.
  • Recommendations for the protection of the public (Hazardous conditions).
  • Photographs of SREM and hazardous conditions, associated with location drawings, as well as photos of each parking elevation and level.
  • Assessment of guardrails and railings for positive securing.
  • Analysis of the causes of observed SREM and unsafe conditions.
  • Up-to-date maintenance work and maintenance plan.
  • An annual observation checklist.
  • SREM parking structure monitoring program project.
  • Recommendations for repairs or maintenance.
  • Time frame within which repairs must be completed.
  • Work permit possibly required.
  • Seal and signature of the supervising QPSI.

Reports describing the same condition at the same location as the SREM cannot be filed for two consecutive filing cycles. If a previous SREM condition remains uncorrected, the QPSI should classify the parking structure as unsafe.

What happens if there is a dangerous condition?

As soon as the QPSI reports an unsafe condition, the owner must take action to protect public safety. This may include cordoning off hazardous areas, erecting sheds and sidewalk fencing, installing safety nets, and starting repair and reinforcement work.

Unsafe conditions must be corrected within 90 days, unless the IQPS determines that it is not possible to do so and indicates a different time frame in the report. Any deviation from this deadline requires supporting documents justifying the change.

Within two weeks of completing the repairs, the QPSI must inspect the garage and file an amended report. The protective measures must remain in place until the report is accepted or the IQPS certifies that the conditions have been corrected and requests the withdrawal.

What about SREM terms?

All conditions described in the report as SREM must be corrected within the time frame recommended by QPSI. Requests for additional time must be accompanied by supporting documents from the IQPS justifying the new time limit.

Within three years of the initial filing, a QPSI must undertake another condition assessment and file an amended report, indicating the extent of ongoing monitoring, the status of conditions identified in the initial report as SREM, and the classification of any new conditions. Prior to the next rating cycle, all SREM conditions must be repaired, as they must be flagged as unsafe if not corrected.

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When should reports be completed and filed?

Owners are required to file a report at least once every six years, within the staggered filing windows of the diagram. Reports must be filed within 60 days of the condition assessment.

If the garage is located in a building subject to the Facade Safety Inspection Program (FISP), the owner may choose to change the parking structure rating window to align with the FISP rating window . To do this, the owner must notify the date of birth at least 180 days before the end of the subcycle of the assigned parking structure.

Owners of new garages must maintain a QPSI to file a report six years after the first certificate of occupancy or, if this falls outside the applicable filing window, within the window of the next cycle.

In addition to required repairs, what should owners do between deposit cycles?

Each year, car parks must be subject to an “annual observation”, based on the checklist prepared by QPSI in the inspection report. The person performing the annual observation is responsible for informing the owner and the DOB of any potentially unsafe condition. Completed annual compliance checklists should be kept on file and made available to the DOB upon request.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Late filing carries a heavy penalty of $1,000 per month. Not filing at all earns an extra $5,000 per year, in addition to the late payment penalty of $1,000 per month. Unsafe conditions not corrected within 90 days result in a penalty of $1,000 per month until the condition is corrected and an amended report is filed (unless an extension has been granted). If an owner lets an SREM condition languish and become unsafe in the next cycle, they will face a $2,000 penalty, plus risk further penalties if the condition continues unresolved.

Waivers may be requested where a change in ownership, state of emergency, bankruptcy or demolition prevents compliance.

What is the main takeaway?

If you own a parking structure west or south of Central Park in Manhattan, you need to take immediate action. Garage owners in these districts only have until December 2023 to retain one of the few professional engineers currently certified by the NYC Department of Buildings as a QPSI, then to schedule the inspection and allow time for the QPSI to file a compliance report.

Garage owners in Upper Manhattan and Brooklyn don’t have much time to waste either, with those districts’ filing period opening in 2024. For all the parking lot owners in the city, it doesn’t hurt plan ahead, as the demand for limited QPSI resources and looming deadlines will likely lead to a last-minute scramble to meet inspection and filing requirements.

Resources
NYC Building Parking Structures Resource Page
Local Law 126 of 2021 – see section 323, p. 229-232
RCNY §103-13: Periodic Inspection of Parking Structures

Hoffmann Architects + Engineers was among the first to have a certified QPSI. We are one of the few currently licensed to perform parking garage inspections under NYC Local Law 126. Contact us at (212) 789-9915 or hoffarch.com/contact-us.

The material provided is for informational purposes. Before acting, consult a design professional.

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BUSD should not build a parking lot on Milvia

If you are a Berkeley taxpayer, have a child in the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), or are simply someone who cares about climate change, you should oppose BUSD’s plans to spend $27.5 million. of measurement G to build a parking lot with tennis courts on top, directly across from Berkeley High School (BHS). The measure, passed in 2020, is a $380 million school construction bond.

We support our teachers and the needs of the BHS tennis team, which has not had a home court for 20 years. But, for at least three reasons, it is a serious mistake to pursue this project.

First, there is already an abundance of empty parking spots in downtown Berkeley. And most of the spots belong to the city. In 2018, the city built a 720-space garage on Center Street using borrowed money. Since its opening (even before the pandemic), the Center Street garage has been 40% empty on weekdays. That’s more than 280 free places. Two other private garages close to BHS have 610 and 262 places, of which 250 and 80 are also free. Because Center Street revenues are lower than expected, the city is paying general fund bondholders $3.8 million last year and another $10 million by 2024. In other words, taxpayers have already paid twice for many downtown parking spaces. We don’t need to pay to build more.

Second, we need to stop encouraging car driving and pouring money into an unsustainable transportation system. As climate change ravages our planet, we must take bold action. BUSD already recognizes that “transportation is the number one source of climate emissions in the City of Berkeley” and its sustainability plan aims to cut single-family car trips in half by 2025. BUSD’s important staff must do part of that plan, especially in Berkeley. the richest district in terms of public transport, cycling and walking. Some staff have to drive, but by offering free parking we subsidize driving and sabotage our own climate goals. Instead of building parking lots, BUSD should develop a comprehensive transportation demand management (TDM) program, just like other major employers in Berkeley. CT scans encourage people not to drive. For BUSD, this could mean providing a travel allowance and charging market prices for parking. TDM programs typically reduce parking demand by around 25%.

Finally, improving classrooms and helping students thrive should be a focus of Measure G funds. The proposed site is directly opposite BHS and is a unique opportunity to preserve space for our students. We should not waste this precious resource on permanent car storage when we have other current and future needs that would better serve our students. In 50 years, passenger cars may be a thing of the past. But we will always have children who deserve a world-class education.

Implementing a robust TDM program, opening the court for tennis, and not building that garage is a $25 million gift to our students that preserves our options in the future (assuming tennis courts would cost around $2.5 million). BUSD should instead negotiate with the city and private garages to buy or lease replacement parking for 610 vacant places nearby. It is important to note that these negotiations should not be conducted by the BUSD facilities department. You don’t let the fox guard the chicken coop.

If you agree with any or all of these points, please contact the school board and let them know that you are also against the construction of a garage and that you prefer to use the G measure to improve our rooms class and our support spaces. Our achievement gap is still wide. We should dedicate measure G to its closing, not to the storage of cars. We’re smart at Berkeley. We can understand both equity, environment and economy.


Liza Lutzker is a BUSD parent, public health researcher at UC Berkeley, Safe Routes to School Parent Champion, and member of the Walk Bike Berkley Coordinating Committee. Ken Berland is a parent of BUSD, a software development manager at Amazon Music, and a member of the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee for Measure G. Damian Park is a parent of BUSD, a professor of economics at Santa Clara University and president of Citizens’ Bond Oversight. Measurement Committee G. Douglas Legg is a BUSD parent and Deputy City Administrator for the City of San Francisco, overseeing capital planning, assets, and infrastructure. Cielo Rios is a parent of BUSD, Chicana, Vice President of Equity at Emerson PTA, and an advocate for children in our community.

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West New York plans fourth parking lot in town

West New York is moving forward with plans for a fourth parking lot in town.

A direct mail was sent out by the city in September touting the parking spaces that would be created by the garages. The city had previously submitted plans for parking garages at the existing 51st Street, 54th Street and 57th Street parking lots.

The 51st Street Parking Garage will be eight stories high with 495 parking spaces at 51st through 52nd Streets between Bergenline Avenue and Kennedy Avenue. The structure is expected to be fully completed by December 2022 and to open shortly thereafter in January 2023.

The 57th Street Parking Garage will be three stories high and provide 270 parking spaces on the lot located between 57th and 58th Streets behind the former Modell’s off Bergenline Avenue. The city plans to open this garage after the 51st Street Garage opens to the public in January 2023.

The 54th Street parking garage is still in the design phase, but will provide 235 surface parking spaces at the corner of Park Avenue and 54th Street. The city also announced that a new three-story parking garage on the surface lot between 66th Street at 67th Street and Park Avenue is in the design phase and will provide 270 parking spaces.

In total, the municipality will add 1,000 parking spaces, according to Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez. This includes not only garages, but also other parking projects in the city.

“Parking has been a challenge for many years in Western New York and my administration is committed to dramatically increasing the number of parking spaces available by maximizing our existing spaces in creative ways, partnering with private entities and by investing heavily in new parking infrastructure. “Rodriguez said in the post.

“I’m thrilled to report that when complete, our parking plan will have created over a thousand new parking spaces for residents and visitors to Western New York!”

West New York also touted the corner parking lot the city has completed and plans to implement. In December 2021, it completed the transition to corner parking on Broadway from 50th to 52nd Street.

The city continues to explore where it can convert the existing parking lot into corner parking. West New York already has designs for Park Avenue from 62nd Street to 66th Street, Park Avenue from 52nd Street to 54th Street, Dewey Avenue from 62nd Street to 63rd Street, 60th Street from Broadway to Hudson Avenue and Hudson Avenue from 50th Street to 59th Street.

The move comes as Western New York was already implementing corner parking in town. He also followed calls for steeper parking at the August Board of Commissioners meeting by resident Frank Miqueli.

Miqueli is behind a petition calling for steeper parking in town, also including Anthony Valdes, Anthony DeFino, Doeinne Auriemma and Vipul Parekh. Auriemma and Parekh recently ran unsuccessfully for the school board, and Parekh frequently criticizes the current administration at board of commissioner meetings.

Western New York officials did not respond to Hudson Reporter requests for comments on the subject.

For updates on this story and others, visit www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at [email protected]

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DC Srinagar reviews measures for adequate parking lots and traffic decongestion

Srinagar, December 31: To ensure adequate parking facilities in highly congested areas of Srinagar city, Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad on Friday chaired a joint meeting of all stakeholders at the meeting hall of the office complex of Srinagar. DC here.

During the meeting, a discussion took place on the issue of providing adequate parking space for traders in Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Poloview, Batmaloo, Hari Sing High Street, Goni Khan, Shaheed Gunj and other adjacent areas to overcome traffic congestion. in the city.

The meeting also discussed the measure undertaken to streamline and improve the traffic system, in addition to the measures taken to reduce the nuisances of improper parking and road encroachments in the city.

On occasion, the Deputy Commissioner stressed the need to coordinate the efforts of the district administration, traffic police, SMC, SDA and all stakeholders including traders and customers. , strictly following traffic rules in letter and spirit for the greater good of the public.

DC has also focused on making optimal use of existing parking and simultaneously identifying and developing new parking spaces to accommodate merchant and customer vehicles. He also asked to reserve adequate parking spaces for traders at a reasonable monthly fee.

While interacting with the representatives of various trades, the DC asked them to cooperate with the Administration to ensure smooth regulation of traffic in the city especially on congested and dense traffic lanes to overcome traffic jams.

The DC also asked them to motivate other traders and the general public to use paid parking lots to overcome traffic jams.

Regarding the merchants’ request to provide parking to merchants at preferential rates, the Deputy Commissioner requested the concerned authorities of SDA to consider the merchants’ demand as a matter of priority and review the parking fees for merchants because they must use daily.

The Deputy Commissioner also requested the SDA authorities to submit the land allocation requisitions for new parking sites in the city so that enough parking space is made available to accommodate more vehicles.

The Deputy Chairman of Srinagar Development Authority also addressed the occasion and briefed the Chairman on the current parking capacity available in Srinagar.

Vice President, SDA, Bashir Ahmad, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr. Syed Hanief Balkhi, SP Traffic, Zaffar Ahmad, Director of Planning, SDA Secretary, Tehsildar South and other concerned persons were present at the meeting.

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Oldest Brewery in Rochester Adds 20 Parking Spaces – Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER – Kinney Creek has always had a challenge with customer parking in its nearly 10 years in business.

Now parking options for people wanting to sample Med City Seltzer on tap are much easier as the brewery has purchased the land that once housed Zorba’s Greek restaurant, adding 20 more parking spaces for people.

“We have a big parking lot out back, but it’s behind our building and not everyone always sees it or knows about it,” said Lindsay Hendrickson, marketing specialist for Kinney Creek. “We have tried to add a lot of additional signage, so people know where to park and we are also seeing an increase in the number of customers in general. So it was time to finally have more parking spaces and something a little more accessible for all our customers.

Increased business over the past few years has led Kinney Creek to several additions to the brewery, such as the addition of patio seating in front of the main entrance to accommodate COVID-19 distancing during closures.

While parking for Kinney Creek business has always been available behind the building, many beer lovers have had to park on the streets of the residential area off Seventh Avenue. Now, with new parking spaces available, that won’t be a problem for Kinney Creek customers.

To help people get to know the new parking lot better, Hendrickson will repurpose the old Zobra sign into the Kinney Creek logo.

“I’m going to continue with the same kind of stuff that we already have, like some of the signs that we have outside are kind of this maroon red, trying to get the two logos there. I will also try to make sure our seltzers are showcased there as well,” she said. “Because a lot of our signage was done when we were just selling beer and this will be the first big permanent sign that we’re going to have our Med City Seltzers there.

People wishing to stop at Kinney Creek for a beer or seltzer can park in the parking lot of the old Zobra at any time.

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Vox Pop – The lack of proper parking spaces in the city irritates the inhabitants

Vox Pop – The lack of proper parking spaces in the city irritates the inhabitants

People visiting Srinagar’s Lal Chowk Mall and adjoining areas face a shortage of parking spaces. In the absence of sufficient parking spaces, people park their vehicles on the side of the road and thus risk fines from the traffic police. Kas on the rise

Posted by on Friday June 25th, 2021

People visiting Srinagar’s Lal Chowk Mall and adjoining areas face a shortage of parking spaces. In the absence of sufficient parking spaces, people park their vehicles on the side of the road and thus risk fines from the traffic police. Rising Kashmir spoke with locals to gauge their opinion on the issue and what steps need to be taken to ease the parking situation in the city.

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Burhan Hussani, Rainawari

Scarcity of parking spaces in the summer capital Srinagar is a concern and people are suffering a lot due to non-availability of parking areas. Due to the non-availability of parking spaces, traffic is interrupted and this creates traffic jams. People also park their vehicles irresponsibly on the side of the road, and the result is that we see traffic jams and traffic jams. Undoubtedly, there are places where Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has mechanical parking spaces but such plots should be built everywhere to reduce traffic congestion. Authorities should provide parking places everywhere so that people do not face parking problems in the future and valuable time can also be saved.

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Nisar Hussian, Harwan

The city of Srinagar is experiencing a major problem of parking space with traders as well as the general public parking their vehicles at the roadside leading to frequent traffic jams. The completion of the pending parking lots will bring a lot of relief. This will help reduce traffic jams and random parking on the side of the road. Due to the lack of parking spaces in the city of Srinagar, vehicle owners park on the footpath that borders the roads. Pedestrians must then resort to walking on the edges of the road, which hinders the flow of traffic. This overflow of pedestrians in the streets causes traffic jams.

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Ateeb Bhat, Batmaloo

Lack of proper parking facilities has been a serious problem in Srinagar. This resulted in a huge traffic mess around the city. People, therefore, park their vehicles on the roads and thus magnify the problem. In the absence of proper management and poor parking, the commercial areas of Srinagar experience massive traffic during office hours. The Srinagar Municipal Corporation has started developing some parking lots in the Srinagar area which are not enough to meet the traffic rush in the city. The authorities claim that they are going to make Srinagar a smart city, but these problems are fundamental and must be solved at the earliest.

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Shafat Malik, Peerbagh

Car parking is a major problem in the city of Srinagar. People also suffer from the lack of parking spaces in various areas. There is an imbalance between parking supply and demand, which is considered to be the root cause of metropolitan parking problems. This imbalance is partly due to ineffective land use planning and miscalculations of space requirements in the early stages of planning. Lack of parking spaces, high parking prices and traffic jams caused by visitors looking for a parking space are just a few examples of everyday parking problems. Those who come to shop park their vehicles in front of the stores and obstruct others. Common sense should prevail and people should not park their vehicles on the side of the road.

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Women experience a glitch in the matrix when leaving the parking lot

Have you ever experienced something you couldn’t explain? I mean something that defies the rules of reality. The kind of thing that makes you question everything around you? I had a moment like this leaving work in the apartment building parking lot.

It was like a bug in matrix. I was blown away by what I saw and seriously just wanted to collapse into a fetal position. It made me numb and blew my mind.

Before telling you what happened, I want to make sure that we both agree on what a bug in the matrix means.

What is a bug in matrix sense?

A phrase first coined in the 1999 film The Matrix – which posed the idea that humanity lives in a giant computer simulation – over the years a ‘problem in the Matrix’ has become shorthand for an example unusual occurrence that cannot logically be explained.

I can honestly say that is exactly what happened to me. Here is my story.

A woman experiences a real glitch in the womb as she leaves a parking lot.

When I’m at work, I have to park at the very top of the parking lot on the sixth floor. As I was leaving work the other day, I passed a vehicle with its headlights on. The vehicle was a large white GMC Yukon Denali SUV.

I was afraid he wouldn’t see me and would start pulling back, so I slowed down and looked at the vehicle to see if the driver knew I was there. What I saw were two men in the SUV. The passenger had dark hair and a light-colored button-up shirt and the driver had light hair in a similar light-colored shirt. The driver had one leg in the SUV and one leg out of the SUV with the door open. I couldn’t tell if he was getting in or out of the vehicle.

As I slowly walked past, they both looked at me with no expression on their faces, no movement.

I kept circling around the levels of the parking lot until I approached the second floor. When I got around the corner, I saw the exact same vehicle with the exact same two men, doing the exact same things, wearing the exact same shirts.

There was no way they had passed me. There is no other way out or down in the parking lot. It was the same SUV, facing out, lights on, some passengers, same exact reaction, same parking space on a different floor. It was the exact same scene or vision I had on the second floor that I had on the fifth floor two minutes earlier.

Filled with confusion and disbelief, I slowed down to get a good look because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

I couldn’t understand. I could not understand. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced or seen in my entire life, and I’ve seen some crazy stuff.

I saw things that I thought were ghostly apparitions. I heard inexplicable noises and saw things that looked like dead relatives waving at me. I even think I have seen a UFO before. I feel things and feel other people’s emotions and pain all the time. Like I said, I’ve been through some very crazy and inexplicable things.

All this is nothing compared to what I experienced in this parking lot.

To think that there might be some kind of glitch in the matrix of my own reality or your reality was too hard for me to comprehend. I try not to obsess over it. I try not to be obsessed with trying to figure it out and giving up. But, my need to try to find an answer to everything keeps me from accepting it as something strange.

Maybe in time I will, but for now I still carry this weird feeling.

The thought of another reality or an altered state is the subject of a documentary released last year.

Looked.

Have you ever experienced something like this? Have you encountered a problem in the matrix? Please let me know I am not alone. LOL

If so, let me know. Email me HERE.

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Distribute parking spaces, LDA tells builders

The Chief Town Planner of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) informed the Lahore High Court on Friday that all new buildings and plazas being constructed in the provincial capital have been given strict orders to specify the areas of parking as part of the new master plan.

The Chief Town Planner revealed that “59 buildings have been parked on the roads, of which 19 buildings have obtained stay orders from local courts for their illegal acts”. He made the revelation before Judge Shahid Karim of the LHC hearing petitions asking for direction from government authorities to take action to overcome the smog problem in the province.

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“LDA took a long time to push the city [Lahore] at this stage of destruction and now it would take time for it to get better, “said Judge Karim, inviting the authorities concerned to provide details on the buildings whose parking facilities have been made on the roads. Judge Karim also remarked that “the situation can only be improved with the improvement of public transport”. The CTP, however, told the court that in the master plan policy documents, builders were instructed to provide enough space for parking.

He said student data from 59 schools that caused traffic problems in the city was also sought. “It is an injustice to the city of Lahore that the plazas have not provided parking areas for people visiting them,” the CTP said, regretting the worsening traffic jam situation and traffic problems. parking. Advocate Syed Muazzam Ali Shah, the petitioner’s lawyer, argued that laws regarding parking lots with public and private buildings already exist, but unfortunately public and private buildings and squares do not provide specific areas for parking. parking.

The lawyer said parking on the roads not only causes traffic problems in the city, but also pollutes the air. He also argued that using the licensed building for “other purposes” also caused environmental problems. During the proceedings, Judge Karim also expressed serious concerns about the failure of the authorities concerned to implement the orders given to prevent farmers from setting fire to crop residues.

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The judge summoned deputy commissioners from four districts in Punjab, including Gujranwala, Kasur, Okara and Hafizabad, where he was told that leftover crops were being burned in the fields. The judge observed that the school education department should step in and conduct an awareness campaign among the children. He also observed that students should be trained through internship programs to deal with environmental issues.

The court also noted that the heat wave was another threat to the security of their cities and expressed serious concerns about the combustion residues in four districts of Punjab, including Gujranwala, Kasur, Okara and Hafizabad. The court also requested an implementation report from the relevant authorities and postponed the rehearing to September 18.

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Residents welcome new parking spaces

A further £750,000 will be invested over the next two years to improve car parking in borough housing estates.

Plans are currently set to create over 260 additional parking spaces by the end of the project in locations such as Malinslee, Dawley Bank, Brookside and Dawley & Aqueduct, among others.

The team has already delivered over 170 places, with 85 more to come by the end of this year and additional sites are also being assessed by engineers.

The majority of the new spaces were assigned on the recommendation of ward members at the request of residents, in an effort to ease parking restrictions.

Councilor Lee Carter, Cabinet Member for Neighborhood Services, Regeneration and Main Street, said: ‘A number of estates were designed at a time when most households only had one car. This is no longer the case today and feedback from residents indicates that it is a welcome measure to alleviate parking issues.

“While we can never fix the problem on every area, we are doing what we can to invest and balance the need to make things better for residents while preserving green spaces.”

The investment comes as more than £16million is being invested across the borough in projects that will make the borough cleaner, greener, safer and more enjoyable. This is on top of the £50million already allocated to neighborhood and law enforcement services.

The Pride in Our Community program will provide infrastructure improvements including roads, trails, parking, sustainable transportation, street furniture, drains and structures.

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How to Comply with NYC Local Law 126 Parking Garage Inspection Rules | Hoffmann Architects

Beginning January 1, 2022, New York City requires garage owners to hire a specially designated professional engineer to perform an assessment and file a report at least once every six years.

Why does the City require parking inspections?

In 2018, New York State enacted a rule requiring periodic condition assessments, performed by a professional engineer, of all parking structures statewide – except in New York City. Exempt from state code, NYC has developed its own rules to keep garages and their outbuildings safe and well maintained. With the passage of Local Law 126 of 2021 and RCNY §103-13, NYC has codified the requirements of this ambitious safety initiative.

Who should carry out the inspection?

A Qualified Parking Structures Inspector (QPSI) must assess the garage and file the report. A licensed engineer with at least three years of parking structure experience, a QPSI earns New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) parking structure unit certification.

What is required?

Any motor vehicle parking/storage space, other than an unfenced outdoor lot, 1 or 2 car garage, service station or showroom, must be appraised by a QPSI certified.

  1. Document review. The QPSI reviews previous reports, structural designs, repair drawings, violations, and other records.
  2. Condition assessment. The QPSI designs an assessment program specific to the parking structure, based on construction type, age, exposure and other characteristics, as well as maintenance and repair history. The physical examination may include sounding, load testing, noninvasive scanning, and/or core extraction, in addition to visual inspection. When evaluating structural components, waterproofing, fireproofing, and wear surfaces, the QPSI may need to order additional inspections, probes, or tests to identify probable causes of observed defects.
  3. Immediate response to hazardous conditions. Upon identifying an unsafe condition, the QPSI promptly notifies the owner and the DOB and advises on appropriate protective measures.
  4. Documentation of deficiencies. Photos, sketches or other means are used to identify the location and extent of defects.
  5. Annual observation checklist. When assessing condition, the QPSI creates a checklist with items to inspect on an annual basis, tailored to that specific garage.
  6. The final inspection. In a comprehensive tour of each parking level, the QPSI verifies that the reported results reflect actual conditions.
  7. Filing of report. According to a prescribed format, the QPSI prepares a compliance report with conclusions and recommendations, classifying the garage as safe, dangerous, Where “Safe with repairs and/or technical monitoring” (SREM). The report is filed with the DOB.

What should be included in the report?

According to the code, the report must contain:

  • A summary of conclusions and recommendations.
  • Classification as safe, SREM or dangerous.
  • building address, Block and lot number, building identification number (BIN), landmark status and owner contact details.
  • Description of the building, including size, dimensions, use, age, type of construction, materials and structural systems.
  • Description of any distress, repair or modification.
  • Procedures used in the evaluation of the conditions.
  • Extent and location of physical examinations, contact details of the contractor, a diagram of the location and the date of the assessment.
  • Description, classification and mapping of each significant condition, classifying each as Safe, SREM, or Not Secure.
  • Recommendations for the protection of the public (Hazardous conditions).
  • Photographs SREM and hazardous conditions, combined with location drawings, as well as photos of each elevation and parking level.
  • Evaluation of guardrails and railings for positive security.
  • Causes analysis observed SREM and hazardous conditions.
  • maintenance work up-to-date and a maintenance plan.
  • An annual observation checklist.
  • Proposed Monitoring Program for SREM parking lots.
  • Recommendations for repairs or maintenance.
  • Time range by which repairs are to be made.
  • Working license this may be necessary.
  • Seal and signature of the supervising QPSI.

Reports describing the same condition at the same location as the SREM cannot be filed for two consecutive filing cycles. If a previous SREM condition remains uncorrected, the QPSI should classify the parking structure as unsafe.

What happens if there is a dangerous condition?

As soon as the QPSI reports an unsafe condition, the owner must take action to protect public safety. This may include cordoning off hazardous areas, erecting sheds and sidewalk fencing, installing safety nets, and starting repair and reinforcement work.

Unsafe conditions must be corrected within 90 days, unless the IQPS determines that it is not possible to do so and indicates a different time frame in the report. Any deviation from this deadline requires supporting documents justifying the change.

Within two weeks of completing the repairs, the QPSI must inspect the garage and file an amended report. The protective measures must remain in place until the report is accepted or the IQPS certifies that the conditions have been corrected and requests the withdrawal.

What about SREM terms?

All conditions described in the report as SREM must be corrected within the time frame recommended by QPSI. Requests for additional time must be accompanied by supporting documents from the IQPS justifying the new time limit.

Within three years of the initial filing, a QPSI must undertake another condition assessment and file an amended report, indicating the extent of ongoing monitoring, the status of conditions identified in the initial report as SREM, and the classification of any new conditions. Prior to the next rating cycle, all SREM conditions must be repaired, as they must be flagged as unsafe if not corrected.

When should reports be completed and filed?

Owners are required to file a report at least once every six years, in the staggered classification windows of the diagram. Reports must be filed within 60 days of the condition assessment.

If the garage is located in a building subject to the Facade Safety Inspection Program (FISP), the owner may choose to change the parking structure rating window to align with the FISP rating window . To do this, the owner must notify the date of birth at least 180 days before the end of the subcycle of the assigned parking structure.

Owners of new garages must maintain a QPSI to file a report six years after the first certificate of occupancy or, if this falls outside the applicable filing window, within the window of the next cycle.
NYC Parking Garage Map Key - Crop
Map of New York City with community districts color-coded to indicate parking structure inspection times.

In addition to required repairs, what should owners do between deposit cycles?

Each year, car parks must be subject to an “annual observation”, based on the checklist prepared by QPSI in the inspection report. The person performing the annual observation is responsible for informing the owner and the DOB of any potentially unsafe condition. Completed annual compliance checklists should be kept on file and made available to the DOB upon request.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Late filing carries a heavy penalty of $1,000 per month. Not filing at all earns an extra $5,000 per year, in addition to the late payment penalty of $1,000 per month. Unsafe conditions not corrected within 90 days result in a penalty of $1,000 per month until the condition is corrected and an amended report is filed (unless an extension has been granted). If an owner lets an SREM condition languish and become unsafe in the next cycle, they will face a $2,000 penalty, plus risk further penalties if the condition continues unresolved.

Waivers may be requested where a change in ownership, state of emergency, bankruptcy or demolition prevents compliance.

What is the main takeaway?

If you own a parking structure west or south of Central Park in Manhattan, you need to take immediate action. Garage owners in these districts only have until December 2023 to retain one of the few professional engineers currently certified by the NYC Department of Buildings as a QPSI, then to schedule the inspection and allow time for the QPSI to submit a compliance report.

Garage owners in Upper Manhattan and Brooklyn don’t have much time to waste either, with those districts’ filing period opening in 2024. For all the parking lot owners in the city, it doesn’t hurt plan ahead, as the demand for limited QPSI resources and looming deadlines will likely lead to a last-minute scramble to meet inspection and filing requirements.

Resources

NYC Building Parking Structures Resource Page

Local Law 126 of 2021 – see section 323, p. 229-232

RCNY §103-13: Periodic Inspection of Parking Structures

Hoffmann Architects + Engineers was among the first to have a certified QPSI. We are one of the few currently licensed to perform parking garage inspections under NYC Local Law 126.

Contact us at (212) 789-9915 or hoffarch.com/contact-us.

The material provided is for informational purposes. Before acting, consult a design professional.

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How to Comply with NYC Local Law 126 Parking Garage Inspection Rules | Hoffmann Architects + Engineers

Beginning January 1, 2022, New York City requires garage owners to hire a specially designated professional engineer to perform an assessment and file a report at least once every six years.

Why does the City require parking inspections?

In 2018, New York State enacted a rule requiring periodic condition assessments, performed by a professional engineer, of all parking structures statewide – except in New York City. Exempt from state code, NYC has developed its own rules to keep garages and their outbuildings safe and well maintained. With the passage of Local Law 126 of 2021 and RCNY §103-13, NYC has codified the requirements of this ambitious safety initiative.

Who should perform the inspection?

A Qualified Parking Structures Inspector (QPSI) must assess the garage and file the report. A licensed engineer with at least three years of parking structure experience, a QPSI earns New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) parking structure unit certification.

What is required?

Any motor vehicle parking/storage space, other than an unfenced outdoor lot, 1 or 2 car garage, service station or showroom, must be appraised by a QPSI certified.

  1. Document review. The QPSI reviews previous reports, structural designs, repair drawings, violations, and other records.
  2. Condition assessment. The QPSI designs an assessment program specific to the parking structure, based on construction type, age, exposure and other characteristics, as well as maintenance and repair history. The physical examination may include sounding, load testing, noninvasive scanning, and/or core extraction, in addition to visual inspection. When evaluating structural components, waterproofing, fireproofing, and wear surfaces, the QPSI may need to order additional inspections, probes, or tests to identify probable causes of observed defects.
  3. Immediate response to hazardous conditions. Upon identifying an unsafe condition, the QPSI promptly notifies the owner and the DOB and advises on appropriate protective measures.
  4. Documentation of deficiencies. Photos, sketches or other means are used to identify the location and extent of defects.
  5. Annual observation checklist. When assessing condition, the QPSI creates a checklist with items to inspect on an annual basis, tailored to that specific garage.
  6. The final inspection. In a comprehensive tour of each parking level, the QPSI verifies that the reported results reflect actual conditions.
  7. Filing of report. According to a prescribed format, the QPSI prepares a compliance report with conclusions and recommendations, classifying the garage as safe, dangerous, Where “Safe with repairs and/or technical monitoring” (SREM). The report is filed with the DOB.

What should be included in the report?

According to the code, the report must contain:

  • A summary of conclusions and recommendations.
  • Classification as safe, SREM or dangerous.
  • building address, Block and lot number, building identification number (BIN), landmark status and owner contact details.
  • Description of the building, including size, dimensions, use, age, type of construction, materials and structural systems.
  • Description of any distress, repair or modification.
  • Procedures used in the evaluation of the conditions.
  • Extent and location of physical examinations, contact details of the contractor, a diagram of the location and the date of the assessment.
  • Description, classification and mapping of each significant condition, classifying each as Safe, SREM, or Not Secure.
  • Recommendations for the protection of the public (Hazardous conditions).
  • Photographs SREM and hazardous conditions, combined with location drawings, as well as photos of each elevation and parking level.
  • Evaluation of guardrails and railings for positive security.
  • Causes analysis observed SREM and hazardous conditions.
  • maintenance work up-to-date and a maintenance plan.
  • An annual observation checklist.
  • Proposed Monitoring Program for SREM parking lots.
  • Recommendations for repairs or maintenance.
  • Time range by which repairs are to be made.
  • Working license this may be necessary.
  • Seal and signature of the supervising QPSI.

Reports describing the same condition at the same location as the SREM cannot be filed for two consecutive filing cycles. If a previous SREM condition remains uncorrected, the QPSI should classify the parking structure as unsafe.

What happens if there is a dangerous condition?

As soon as the QPSI reports an unsafe condition, the owner must take action to protect public safety. This may include cordoning off hazardous areas, erecting sheds and sidewalk fencing, installing safety nets, and starting repair and reinforcement work.

Unsafe conditions must be corrected within 90 days, unless the IQPS determines that it is not possible to do so and indicates a different time frame in the report. Any deviation from this deadline requires supporting documents justifying the change.

Within two weeks of completing the repairs, the QPSI must inspect the garage and file an amended report. The protective measures must remain in place until the report is accepted or the IQPS certifies that the conditions have been corrected and requests the removal.

What about SREM terms?

All conditions described in the report as SREM must be corrected within the time frame recommended by QPSI. Requests for additional time must be accompanied by supporting documents from the IQPS justifying the new time limit.

Within three years of the initial filing, a QPSI must undertake another condition assessment and file an amended report, indicating the extent of ongoing monitoring, the status of conditions identified in the initial report as SREM, and the classification of any new conditions. Prior to the next rating cycle, all SREM conditions must be repaired, as they must be flagged as unsafe if not corrected.

When should reports be completed and filed?

Owners are required to file a report at least once every six years, in the staggered classification windows of the scheme. Reports must be filed within 60 days of the condition assessment.

If the garage is located in a building subject to the Facade Safety Inspection Program (FISP), the owner may choose to change the parking structure rating window to align with the FISP rating window . To do this, the owner must notify the date of birth at least 180 days before the end of the subcycle of the assigned parking structure.

Owners of new garages must maintain a QPSI to file a report six years after the first certificate of occupancy or, if this falls outside the applicable filing window, within the window of the next cycle.
NYC Parking Garage Map Key - Crop
Map of New York City with community districts color-coded to indicate parking structure inspection times.

In addition to required repairs, what should owners do between deposit cycles?

Each year, car parks must be subject to an “annual observation”, based on the checklist prepared by QPSI in the inspection report. The person performing the annual observation is responsible for informing the owner and the DOB of any potentially unsafe condition. Completed annual compliance checklists should be kept on file and made available to the DOB upon request.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Late filing carries a heavy penalty of $1,000 per month. Not filing at all earns an extra $5,000 per year, in addition to the late payment penalty of $1,000 per month. Unsafe conditions not corrected within 90 days result in a penalty of $1,000 per month until the condition is corrected and an amended report is filed (unless an extension has been granted). If an owner lets an SREM condition languish and become unsafe in the next cycle, they will face a $2,000 penalty, plus risk further penalties if the condition continues unresolved.

Waivers may be requested where a change in ownership, state of emergency, bankruptcy or demolition prevents compliance.

What is the main takeaway?

If you own a parking structure west or south of Central Park in Manhattan, you need to take immediate action. Garage owners in these districts only have until December 2023 to retain one of the few professional engineers currently certified by the NYC Department of Buildings as a QPSI, then to schedule the inspection and allow time for the QPSI to submit a compliance report.

Garage owners in Upper Manhattan and Brooklyn don’t have much time to waste either, with those districts’ filing period opening in 2024. For all the parking lot owners in the city, it doesn’t hurt plan ahead, as the demand for limited QPSI resources and looming deadlines will likely lead to a last-minute scramble to meet inspection and filing requirements.

Resources

NYC Building Parking Structures Resource Page

Local Law 126 of 2021 – see section 323, p. 229-232

RCNY §103-13: Periodic Inspection of Parking Structures

Hoffmann Architects + Engineers was among the first to have a certified QPSI. We are one of the few currently licensed to perform parking garage inspections under NYC Local Law 126.

Contact us at (212) 789-9915 or hoffarch.com/contact-us.

The material provided is for informational purposes. Before acting, consult a design professional.

Download a PDF of this newsletter here.

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Foxwoods Casino parking garage sees fire, several burning cars

Posted on: October 11, 2022, 08:54h.

Last update on: October 11, 2022, 08:54h.

Several vehicles in the Foxwoods Resort Casino parking lot in Connecticut caught fire late Tuesday afternoon. There do not appear to have been any injuries. But vehicles were probably damaged by the flames.

Firefighters extinguish a car fire in the Foxwoods Resorts Casino parking lot
Firefighters extinguish a vehicle fire in the Foxwoods Resort Casino parking lot in Connecticut. No injuries were reported. (Image: Sierra Jerz via WJAR)

It is not known what caused the fire. Staff from a local fire marshal’s office were investigating its origin on Tuesday evening.

It appears less than half a dozen cars or SUVs caught fire, based on initial reports. The fire apparently took place on the second level of the Fox Tower garage, according to local media.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in about 40 to 45 minutes, Mashantucket Pequot Fire Department Chief Floyd Chaney said. The daya local newspaper.

Several garage floors temporarily closed

Several levels of the garage were closed until the fire was brought under control. Foxwoods officials wanted to keep visitors and employees away from areas where there was a risk of danger.

Several local fire departments responded to the garage fire as part of a mutual aid agreement.

Firefighters arrived on the fire around 4 p.m. At 5:29 p.m., firefighters from one of the response services, the Ledyard Fire Company, left the casino complex.

Initial reports do not say if the parking lot was damaged by the flames. The fire did not spread to other casino structures.

Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. It is located in Ledyard, Conn. The casino is approximately 47 miles southeast of Hartford, Conn.

Previous casino fires

Casinos in other states have also recently experienced fires. For example, in May, a fire broke out in a computer room at the Bay Mills Resort & Casino in Michigan. This led to the tribal gaming property being closed for several days.

The fire caused smoke coming from the ceiling. Major internal systems were damaged.

The fire broke out in a computer room on the first floor. The sprinklers have been activated. The fire was largely extinguished by water from sprinklers.

The gambling property is located in Brimley, Michigan. It is owned and operated by the Bay Mills Indian community.

Elsewhere, in August, a mattress fire in a 10e The downstairs room of the Fremont Hotel in downtown Las Vegas was quickly battled by responding firefighters. No injuries were reported. It took crews three minutes or less to extinguish the fire.

Also, in April, a Bridger, Mont. a fire killed two people at the Honest Toms Saloon & Casino. The Honest Toms fire found Marla Murray, 71, and John Ahles, 33, inside the building. Both were deceased.

Murray was an employee and she was working at the time. Ahles also worked at the casino. But he was off duty that night, MTN Newsa regional news site, said.

Authorities believe the fire was suspicious and an investigation has focused on a possible homicide. The casino has closed.

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New twist on parking spaces during pandemic reaps benefits

After Toronto allowed some on-street parking spaces on major roads to be used as patios during the pandemic, analysis suggested it generated far more revenue than when they were originally used.Carlos Osorio/The Globe and Mail

When the creators of SimCity designed their virtual world, they realized they couldn’t represent metropolises accurately: there would have to be so many parking lots that the game wouldn’t be fun.

In real cities, the pandemic has shed new light on those acres of urban land, prompting many places to start using space in more valuable ways. Meanwhile, a growing push for sustainability had already sparked new thinking about the vast swathes of land dedicated to car storage.

In a Montreal arena, children are now playing in a space that was once used as a parking lot. Several parking lots in Winnipeg have been transformed into popular beer gardens. A mid-rise wood building is planned to replace a parking lot in downtown Toronto, where space for 37 vehicles is slated to become 100 rental apartments.

But this trend has sometimes progressed haltingly, where big goals have fallen victim to local backlash.

Opinion: How cities have built way too many parking spaces – and made housing even more expensive

Vancouver’s plan to charge more to park the dirtiest vehicles, as part of the city’s response to climate change, failed in a close vote in council last October. Regina recently approved another downtown parking lot. Calgary has announced plans to bar residents of most tall buildings from obtaining on-street parking permits, but recently backtracked in the face of local opposition and will instead charge a fee of up to $150 a year . And Toronto seems ready to keep most on-street parking when Kensington Market is revampeda downtown district that attracts a large number of pedestrians.

However, the larger pattern is a gradual dismantling of the decades-old assumption that more parking is inherently better.

In 2020, Edmonton became the first Canadian city to remove minimum parking requirements on developments. These rules, which require developers to include fixed amounts of parking, are based on pseudo-science rather than rigorous standards, said academic Donald Shoup, author of the founding book The high cost of free parking.

More than a dozen Canadian cities have followed suit, removing parking minimums in at least part of their area, according to a study by advocacy group Strong Towns.

Perhaps the biggest recent shift in attitudes towards parking has been the recognition of the value that can be foregone by using desirable urban real estate as car storage.

After Toronto allowed some on-street parking spaces on major roads to be used as patios during the pandemic, analysis suggested it generated far more revenue than when they were originally used.

COVID-19 has changed public spaces, but many cities have moved backwards

Researchers for an Association of Local Business Improvement Areas estimates customers spent $181 million in the redesigned parking spaces in the summer of 2021. The same spaces would have generated $3.7 million in parking revenue, depending on local parking authorityand even that modest figure assumed pre-pandemic demand levels.

“Sidewalks have long been one of the most important spaces in cities, and at the same time, in many cities they’ve been kind of forgotten as an afterthought, and there’s been a kind of failure to use them to parking,” said Alex Engel, spokesperson for NACTO, an association of urban transportation officials that counts several Canadian cities as members.

Parking in residential areas tends to pay even less.

In Vancouver, only in the city’s west end is the price of a parking permit allowed to increase at the market rate – with current permit holders being spared the increase. In other areas, an annual residential parking pass costs as little as 14 cents per day. And in much of the city, no permits are required.

“New York City may be the poster child for this, with vast areas of very high density and mixed use, but free street parking,” said Paul Barter, consultant and founder of the blog and podcast. Reinvent parking.

“People are screaming blue murder: ‘You’re stealing our precious parking spaces.’ The irony is that these ‘precious spaces’ are free. If they are so valuable, why are they free?”

Making public space available for much less than the equivalent real estate cost in expensive cities creates perverse incentives: for most residents, it is much cheaper to fill their garage with stuff and leave the car on the street than to rent a storage unit.

And the unrealized value of a parking space can also be measured in a less financial way.

An April council vote in Toronto approving mid-rise wooden apartment buildings in this downtown parking lot – more than half of which will be affordable – was part of a larger campaign to transform the parking lot in places of entertainment, parks and cultural sites.

“Parking continues to play a role, but not like it did in the 1950s, so now is an opportunity to think about other city-building goals,” said former councilor Joe Cressy, who represented the region at the time of the vote.

“The central element here is to determine what is the greatest value for the city, in terms of assets. And affordable housing and sustainability are a more important value than parking. »

This same shift in thinking has taken place in Regina – at least in theory. Restaurants have been allowed to set up patios in the curb lane to help them weather the pandemic. Minimum parking requirements are being waived for downtown development, where the city hopes to encourage density and stimulate anemic population growth.

But parking remains sacred to many Regina council members. At the end of last month, council voted to explore requiring more parking for certain types of development. And earlier in September, council approved without debate a bylaw amendment allowing another parking lot in the city center, where almost half of the private land is already used as parking.

“It still feels like we’re doing 1950s planning,” said Vanessa Mathews, associate professor in the University of Regina’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. “You end up with streets made up mostly of parking lots that don’t add any kind of vibrancy or interest. It’s definitely not sustainable.

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Kalispell approves eight-story parking garage project

A proposal to build an eight-story, $9.2 million parking garage with 78 multi-family units and commercial space moves forward in Kalispell after City Council Oct. 3 approved multiple resolutions and a conditional use permit who will support the project, despite the opposition of some residents and merchants.

The board passed a developer agreement and transfer of two city-owned properties on Third Street West and Main Street and the southeast corner of First Street West and First Avenue West to the developer, Montana Hotel Development Partners LLC. He also approved a lease of a parking structure and a conditional use permit that will allow the height of the parking garage to exceed 60 feet.

In an 8-to-1 vote, the Developer’s Agreement and the two Land Transfer Resolutions passed with Councilman Ryan Hunter in opposition. The conditional use permit and the rental contract are adopted unanimously.

The 242-space parking structure will be built in the Eagles’ current parking lot at the southeast corner of West First Street and West First Avenue, part of a multimillion-dollar project by 86,000 square feet called Charles Hotel. which will be built at the corner of Third Street West and Main Street.

The hotel will generate significant tax revenue for the city. While the parking lot will be fully funded and built by the developer, the city will reimburse the cost of the properties using TIF funds generated from hotel revenue.

Although nearly all Councilors supported the project, Councilor Hunter did not support the details of the developer agreement or the land transfers.

“I could support a developer deal, having a new hotel and downtown accommodations is great, but I just can’t support this developer deal because of the amount of unnecessary government subsidies given to the developer,” said Hunter.

Several members of the public, including residents, business owners and employees of nonprofit organizations, spoke out against the project, who said the proposal was rushed, there was little public involvement and that the architectural design would ruin the historic character of Kalispell. Many were also concerned that the additional density of hotels and housing would reduce total parking, despite the addition of the parking garage.

Charles Hotel. Rendered courtesy of A&E Design

Employees of the Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana (CAPNM) said the construction of the Charles Hotel, which is near the nonprofit, will disrupt services and leave staff and guests nowhere to go. to park.

“We operate a large number of services, we serve more than 5,000 households a year, and many households are disabled and disabled or elderly,” said CAPNM Executive Director Tracy Diaz. “We will lose our disabled parking spaces to the Charles during construction.”

Diaz was also frustrated because she said CAPNM “was never part of the discussion.”

Bill Goldberg, owner of Compass Construction and one of the development partners of Montana Hotel Developers, applauded city staff for their work on the public-private partnership and reiterated that the public has many opportunities to participate in discussions. since the proposal was submitted to the city last year.

“You’ve had these meetings for a while now and hearing some people say they weren’t invited to the meetings shocked me,” Goldberg said.

“It’s an open door,” he added. “Yes, I have a direct interest for my project and for my investors but it is also for the city of Kalispell. The platform has been established for quite some time to have these discussions. We opened the door several times for several groups.

Other members of the public criticized the design of the parking garage.

“Eight stories taller than any other downtown structure and doesn’t match the character of downtown,” said John Hinchey, a Kalispell resident who has restored historic buildings in the city.

“I am also opposed to the use of TIF funds for the benefit of a private developer,” he added.

Principal Planner PJ Sorensen said that although the site is located in the downtown historic district, it is outside the Main Street Historic District and said the design meets architectural review standards.

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Boise Fire puts out a car fire in a downtown parking lot

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The Boise Fire Department responds to a fire in the first floor garage of the CW Moore Apartments in downtown Boise on Thursday.

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Boise firefighters extinguished a car fire Thursday night after receiving reports of a structural fire at the CW Moore Apartments building in downtown Boise.

Three fire engines and emergency medical crews were on scene at 5th and Main streets shortly after the blaze was reported around 5:30 p.m. The Boise Fire Department evacuated residents, found the problem and extinguished the fire within an hour.

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Residents and their pets return to the CW Moore Apartments in downtown Boise after a car fire in the first floor parking lot was put out by the Boise Fire Department on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. Sarah A .Miller [email protected]

Boise Fire Captain Chris Campbell said there were no injuries. He told the Idaho Statesman that an investigation is ongoing and the cause of the car fire is still unknown.

“We are trying to get in touch with the owner. It was an older model Buick sedan,” Campbell said.

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Boise Fire Services respond to a burning car in the first floor garage of the CW Moore Apartments in downtown Boise on Thursday, October 6, 2022. Sarah A. Miller [email protected]

Richard Peebly, a resident of the CW Moore Apartments, said he left his residence as soon as he smelled burning rubber and saw smoke outside his window.

“We were upstairs and saw firefighters going door to door, so I grabbed my cats and ran outside,” Peebly said.

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An evolving parking garage proposal

Through a public-private partnership between the City of Kalispell and local developers, a proposed $9.2 million eight-story public parking lot that would include 78 multi-family units and 6,200 square feet of commercial space continues to see changes as he works his way through the city council.

If approved, the parking structure will be built on the existing Eagles parking lot property at the southeast corner of First Street West and First Avenue West, which is owned by the City, and will require a transfer of property on which the city council voted after the Beacon was printed on October 3.

Initially, the parking lot was to remain the property of the city, but following changes over the past few months, the development company, Montana Hotel Development Partners, has offered to take ownership of the structure. With the transfer of ownership, the city will no longer be responsible for the maintenance of the garage.

The development of the parking structure is part of a multi-million dollar project in the city called the Charles Hotel, which as proposed is an 86,000 square foot boutique hotel at the corner of Third Street West and Main Street and will generate significant tax revenue. for the city.

While the parking lot will be fully funded and built by the developer, the city is offering to reimburse the cost of the property using TIF funds generated from hotel revenue.

The Charles Hotel and Eagles lot development projects were formally presented to Kalispell City Council last year as part of the Town Center Urban Renewal Plan. In December 2020, city staff announced a request for proposals (RFP) to develop the city parking lot as an avenue to encourage downtown development while adding more parking spaces to the city. After the July 2021 deadline, Montana Hotel Development Partners submitted the only proposal.

“That was the vision set out in the Town Center Urban Renewal Plan,” Kalispell Development Services Director Jarod Nygren told a town council business session in September. “This particular developer brought it to light. I don’t think anyone could have imagined exactly what would happen, but definitely when you start talking about funding parking, you have to get creative. »

Since the company’s original proposal, several changes have been added to the projects, including the transfer of the Eagles lot to private ownership, the addition of a housing component, and the application for a conditional use permit to allow to the height of the building to be greater than 60 feet.

“There have been some changes related to private development funding, which was a requirement of this initial project,” City Manager Doug Russell said. “But without ownership, it was difficult to get funding tied to that.”

Since the parking garage will likely become private property, the city is no longer required to manage or maintain the facility. The developers plan to lease 90 private parking spaces to generate revenue for maintenance.

“It’s no longer a burden on the city,” Russell said. “The changes that are being made make it a better project than what was put on those early development agreements.”

The project has drawn fierce criticism from members of the public and some councillors, who say the project developers should have been more transparent while giving more opportunities for the public to have a say in the parking aspect.

Some local business owners are concerned that the 242-space car park is not managed to meet parking needs for the general public.

“If you look at the lease as it’s currently written, it says there will be public parking, but there’s no guarantee that they will or how it’s going to be administered,” said the owner of the Kalispell Grand Hotel, John Barr. “There needs to be parking provided for all business customers in Kalispell town center or it won’t work. No one will invest money in downtown Kalispell if you don’t have parking.

City staff reiterated that the parking garage would be public and while details surrounding public and private spaces have yet to be determined, the facility would provide additional parking for the city that would not otherwise be possible.

“The parking structure wouldn’t exist without private development,” Russell said.

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SoMa 23 Memphis residents frustrated with lack of parking

Residents of SoMa 23 apartments say the building’s parking lot is overcapacity and their frustration is growing.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Lease prices are rising everywhere the country and here in Memphis.

In addition to rent, many are paying even more for parking than they all expected to pay because where they live there is not enough space for everyone.

“There’s not enough room. They have to do something,” said Kevius Leonard.

Residents of SoMa 23 apartments say the building’s parking lot is overcapacity and their frustration is growing.

“We get tickets to park on the street for a place we’re staying, and my grandmother has lived here for over 10 years,” said one resident.

Residents have permits to park in the resort lot, but say they often can’t find a space and are forced to park on the street. AAs a result, renters receive lots of tickets and in some cases towing, which can cost up to $160.

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Although this is a problem, it may not be the building’s fault. Shelby County Code Enforcement requires that each single-family unit in a complex have at least one parking space and that two-family units have at least two spaces.

However, aapartments built before the rule came into force about a decade ago are exempt.

This would include the nearly 90-unit SoMa 23 apartments which were built in 1947.

Residents say management is working to secure a contract with the University of Tennessee to use their nearby parking lot.

ABC24 has reached out to the building’s management company for comment, but we haven’t heard back yet.

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Kalispell Council Approves Town Center Parking Garage Project


After hearing several comments from 11 a.m. that the eight-story building goes against the historic character of the area, Kalispell City Council reached the agreement on a parking lot for the town center on Monday.

The Board approved a slate of agreements with Montana Hotel Development Partners for the parking garage which also includes commercial space and multi-family housing, and approved the associated transfer of a lot to the same company for construction of the Charles hotel.

Prior to the votes, Council heard from about a dozen people expressing concerns about the parking garage proposal, which has been under discussion for several months. Some expressed concern about the parking being moved during construction while others said they were not in favor of including market priced accommodation, but the main objection came from the overall height of the building eight floors.

John Hinchey, who has restored several downtown buildings, said the parking lot exceeds the height of any structure in the neighborhood and is very different from the originally proposed four-story building which only provided parking.

“I’m not opposed to the original four-story parking garage, but I’m opposed to the eight-story residential building,” he said.

Mayre Flowers of Citizens for a Better Flathead told the Council that it would be in Kalispell’s interest to keep the four-storey building.

“Deny [this] will tell those who have invested in historic downtown Kalispell and those who may choose to invest in downtown Kalispell in the future that while building density…may be appropriate in other areas of our community that the downtown historic area is an area where out-of-scale and unnecessary height requests will not be accommodated,” she said.

Laura Reynolds questioned the use of municipal tax increase (TIF) funding funds to reimburse the city for the cost of the land transferred to the developer for the garage and hotel, and the $9.2 million in TIF dollars intended for the construction of the car park.

“It seems like the cost of this project is too high – the land donation, plus the TIF, plus the destroyed historic character of the downtown core, plus the outraged neighbors and outraged public, it all seems like too much of a cost,” she says.

STILL COUNCIL has approved several agreements with Montana Hotel Development Partners to transform the parking lot at First Street West and First Avenue West into a 240-space parking lot, as well as 6,200 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The project also includes 78 residential units on the upper four floors.

Council has also approved a conditional use permit for the parking garage and this will allow the building to be built over 60 feet in height. The building is planned to be 88 feet tall.

He also approved the transfer of city-owned land at Third Street West and Main Street to developers for construction of the Charles Hotel.

Councilor Sid Daoud said the project is doing a good job using TIF funds to revitalize the town centre.

“I’m in favor of this because it converts government parking lots that waste us money into entities that are going to fuel the economy,” he said.

Many housing projects come to council and are criticized because people don’t want them in their own neighborhood, he added.

“We have a huge need for housing,” Daoud said. “It may not be low income or low labor, but every available unit helps solve our overall housing problem. The housing component is amazing that the developer put it in there. “

Councilor Ryan Hunter, who voted against several agreements, again expressed his displeasure with parts of the project.

“Having parking and housing downtown is good, but I just can’t support this development because of the amount of public subsidies going into it,” he said.

Several councilors said the height of the building provides an advantage to the city by keeping development at the core and helping to reduce urban sprawl.

The projects resulted from a city request for proposals to redevelop the Main Street lot. Developers submitted plans for the Charles Hotel for the land and since the hotel requires valet parking, the company also proposed building a parking lot approximately two blocks north of First Avenue West and First West Street.

Earlier this year, developers returned with a modification to the parking garage seeking to add accommodation to the project.

The city is ready to reimburse the developer for the construction of the public car park from the TIF funds generated by the Charles Hotel and the development of the car park.

The parking garage will be owned and operated by the developer, but leased to the city.

As part of the parking agreement, the developer will be required to provide a first right of refusal to current parking permit holders for parking in the garage.

Council also approved a resolution that temporarily removes the two-hour parking restrictions on Second Street and Fourth Street in effect when parking permit holders are relocated due to garage and hotel construction.

Managing Editor Heidi Desch can be reached at 758-4421 or [email protected]

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Western Massachusetts firefighters gather at McKay Street parking lot for rescue training | Local News

PITTSFIELD — In the back of the McKay Street parking garage, you might find a few firefighters hanging around Tuesday morning…literally.

Hanging from bungee cords and harnesses that stretch over the side of the building at 55 Depot St., they practice rescue efforts to help them rescue someone from a ledge, a tight spot or a deep hole. Somehow they are learning the ropes now.







Technical ropes practice

Firefighters from four western Massachusetts counties practice rescue techniques Tuesday at the McKay Street parking lot in Pittsfield.



About 30 firefighters from four counties and 20 departments in western Massachusetts participated in the training, including the Pittsfield and North Adams Fire Departments. The members present are part of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team, a regional group of firefighters trained and equipped for rescue efforts.

This is one of their monthly trainings, each focusing on a different rescue scenario or skill. Their job is to prepare for “low frequency, high risk” scenarios. Part of this includes preparing to use new equipment, such as harnesses and ropes, provided by Department of Homeland Security grants.

Daryl Springman, director of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team, said the team chose the McKay Street parking lot to practice high-angle rope techniques.

“This location was ideal for us because we can easily walk up and quickly get people to each position,” Springman said.







technical rescue techniques

Firefighters from four western Massachusetts counties practice rescue techniques Tuesday in the McKay Street parking garage in Pittsfield.



“Each post” means having firefighters stationed on the upper floors of the parking lot, all the way to the fourth floor, guiding each other through simulated rescues. One member of the team will deposit in “the basket”, a titanium stretcher for the vertical transport of patients which can be attached to a system of pulleys, while another serves as a “dustbin”.

The litter assistant’s job is to keep the patient calm and help maneuver the basket around any obstacles as they ascend the structure. In one exercise, they strive to keep the basket – and the patient – horizontal as they climb. In another, they are preparing to move it into tight spaces.







truck climbing equipment

A bumper hitch is used as a belay device during technical ropes training in Pittsfield on Tuesday for the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team.



The technical rescue team remains ready for any “large-scale incident,” Springman said. This means preparation for rescue from water, trenches, tightly confined spaces, towers and structural collapse.

A basic skill for any situation, however, is rope handling. Working out in the McKay Street parking lot might not look the same as working out on a skyscraper, but functionally it’s more similar than you might think.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s 20 feet or 100 feet, the technique is always the same,” Springman said.







firefighters train with rescue ropes

Firefighters from four western Massachusetts counties practice rescue techniques Tuesday in the McKay Street parking garage in Pittsfield.



The team also provided training on wind turbines in Florida, Becket’s Quarries, and campus buildings at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Ultimately, the training helps prepare firefighters for the real world. With this knowledge and practice, helping to guide those they rescue through the event goes hand in hand.

“Our members being very proficient in their skills instills confidence in our patients that we are going to get them out safely,” Springman said.

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Lack of car parks at metro stations dampens commuters

The Metro Rail received a big boost from citizens on Sunday when 45,000 of them made the journey between Thaltej and Kalupur, just for fun. However, the lack of parking infrastructure at metro stations may discourage people from using it daily. BRTS continues to suffer from the lack of car parks near bus stations.
Mirror followed the metro route between Kalupur station and Thaltej and found that there was no parking space for cars or two-wheelers at Stadium Crossroads, Commerce Six Roads, Gurukul, Doordarshan and Thaltej. It is possible to park two-wheelers only at the Kalupur metro station.
Metro Rail chief executive SS Rathore told Mirror: “The very purpose of Metro is to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads. It will be defeated if commuters bring their own vehicles to stations. Globally, the concept of metro is to reduce traffic congestion. We have metro stations every 1-1.2 km and our catchment area is 600 meters from metro stations.
Additionally, there are two points where the route coincides with BRTS that can be used for connectivity.

Kalupur No dedicated parking space

There is enough space for
park the two-wheelers but no
dedicated area. The parked bicycles and scooters mostly belong to metro staff. A Metro staff member at the control room said: ‘There was excitement in the air on Sunday. But on day 2, few people travel by metro because there are no parking spaces near the stations.
Asif Shaikh, 31, who works in Gheekanta and was traveling by metro to experience it for the first time, said: “Without a parking space, people are unlikely to take the metro every day to work. “.

Sardar Patel Stadium No parking
There were only seven commuters at the station, mostly students. The cars parked outside at the roadside belonged to visitors from a local diagnostic center or other businesses. Station manager Pathak said, “There is no parking space at the moment. It can be created later. »
Nirav Patel (49), a civil engineer and resident of Usmanpura, said, “I came by rickshaw from Usmanpura because I wanted to experience the subway ride. Without parking space, it will be difficult for metro authorities to attract commuters in large numbers on a daily basis.

Thaltej No parking space
The metro departure point to the west lacks parking spaces. Vehicles were parked on the road in front of the subway station stairs.
Anurag Malkani (19), a physiotherapy student traveling for the first time by metro, said: “A secure parking space is essential if you want regular commuters. This should have been pre-planned by Metro Rail authorities.

Gujarat Uni No parking space
The security guard pointed to the sidewalk and under the stairs leading to the Metro Rail where several two-wheelers were parked, mostly by Metro employees. He said cars will have to park on the streets.
Maulik Shah (43), a businessman said, “I am residing in Odhav and had taken the metro from Nirat Park station. “There is no parking space either at Nirat Park or Gujarat University. This is a big downside.”

Gurukul No parking space
The path under the station was crowded with two-wheelers and cars. Without dedicated security for parked vehicles, commuters would find it difficult to leave their vehicle behind and take the subway.
Rushank Shah (42), a resident of Naranpura, had come for a ride on the subway. He had parked his vehicle under the station. “Most people will reach the subway station with some type of vehicle. Parking lots should be built with adequate security if they are to be used by office workers on a daily basis.

Commerce Six Roads No Parking Space
The main road in front of the Metro Rail stairs was full of commuter vehicles with no passenger space. The security guard was seen lifting the two-wheelers to make room for people to enter the subway.
There are hospitals, businesses, shops and offices on the road, each competing for road space.
Sandip Desai (25), an Odhav resident whose workplace is at Swastik Crossroads, said, “I took the train from Vastral to Commerce Six Roads. There is open land that can be used at Vastral for parking but it is not for Metro Rail alone. There is no parking space on Commerce Six roads. I will hesitate to park my vehicle here as it is on the road and there is no security.”

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Town center car park subject to Kalispell council vote


Several votes surrounding a planned downtown parking lot are heading to Kalispell City Council on Monday evening.

The city is seeking to enter into agreements with Montana Hotel Development Partners to convert a parking lot at First Street West and First Avenue West into a parking lot with commercial space. The project includes multi-family housing.

The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 201 First Avenue East.

Council is also set to vote on transferring city-owned land at Third Street West and Main to developers for construction of the Charles Hotel.

The projects stem from a city request for proposals to redevelop the Main Street lot. Developers submitted plans for the Charles Hotel for the land and since the hotel requires valet parking, the company also proposed building a parking lot about two blocks north on First Avenue West and First West Street. The hotel project requires the provision of parking at its request for 90 places.

The parking garage is expected to have approximately 240 parking spaces on four levels with 6,200 square feet of commercial use on the ground floor. Seventy-eight apartments are planned on the upper floors.

The city proposes to reimburse the developer for the construction of the public parking lot from the tax increase financing funds generated by the Charles Hotel and the development of the parking lot.

The parking component of the project is estimated at $9.2 million. The parking garage will be owned and operated by the developer, but leased to the city.

Council will need to approve the public parking lot development agreement, the public parking structure rental agreement and the land transfer.

In addition, council will vote on an application for a conditional use permit for the parking structure and for an additional height of more than 60 feet for the building. The city has no height limit, but any building over 60 feet requires a CUP.

It is proposed that the parking garage be eight stories or approximately 88 feet high.

In a related move, Council is set to consider a resolution that would temporarily remove two-hour parking restrictions on Second Street and Fourth Street effective when parking permit holders are moved due to construction on the garage and hotel parking lots.

AFTER A LOT debate, Council is finally set to vote on a plan that would open up tax-increase financing (TIF) funds to be made available for projects with workforce housing.

Kalispell plans to update two of its urban renewal plans to allow TIF funds to go to housing projects. Developers could apply for funds to help with labor housing for households earning between 80% and 120% of the region’s average median income.

Currently, a developer could ask the city to have TIF funds directed toward a project’s infrastructure costs, but the change would allow a developer to apply for funds specifically to reduce the cost of rent.

In previous discussions, the Board was split on the issue, with some wanting broader revenue guidance, while others said the change was unnecessary. Last month, Council heard from experts on affordable housing. They told the Council that more help is needed for those earning less than 80% and encouraged the Council to look further into issues surrounding housing.

Now City Manager Doug Russell and Director of Developmental Services Jarod Nygren are recommending that council scrap the changes. In a memo to Council, they note that several comments were received centered on housing affordability issues in the Valley as a whole, but there were no comments in support of the changes currently proposed.

“With the conflict demonstrated and the opinions that have emerged by simply proposing and discussing this amendment, moving forward with the proposal or iterations of the proposal would likely facilitate further unnecessary conflict,” the memo reads. “As such, the recommendation is to suspend discussion of this topic until there is further agreement on the variables and appropriate uses around the provision of tax increment funding in a respective county.”

ALSO ON on the agenda, the council will study two annexation requests for properties wishing to be connected to municipal services.

Loucas Scholer and Sarah Russell are asking to annex two separate but adjacent properties at 2150 and 2152 Airport Road to allow the properties to connect to city water due to a failing well.

Green Acres Cooperative applied to annex the property at 171 South Woodland Drive for the mobile home community. Most of the 32 mobile homes on the property are already connected to the city sewer, and the annexation allows the remaining homes to connect, as well as improving the sewer infrastructure currently serving the site.

Spartan Holdings has submitted a final approval request for Eagle Valley Ranch Phases 2 and 3. The phases contain 67 single-family lots, two multi-family lots and 14 office lots. The subdivision is generally located along US 93 south of the Ponderosa residential subdivision, east of the Northern Pines Golf Course, and north of the Montana National Guard facilities.

Council approved the preliminary flat for the development in February 2019.

Managing Editor Heidi Desch can be reached at 758-4421 or [email protected]

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City officials discuss parking lot changes and timing

Rapid City’s Fifth Street parking garage can only be completely closed for eight weeks during renovations, which could be delayed until 2023.

Stephen Kilber, project engineer with Albertson Engineering, gave a presentation on the changes to the parking garage to downtown business owners and members of the public Friday morning in the council chambers of City Hall in Rapid.

After receiving confirmation from business owners regarding concerns over the project schedule, Kilber said many general contractors were also concerned about the schedule and offered to start the project on January 9, 2023 with a completion date. scheduled for October 13. The current schedule is to begin construction in mid-November with a shutdown until then until early January.

Parking maintenance, currently estimated at $3.9 million, will include overall upgrades to all three levels of the facility. It includes concrete repair, concrete sealing, crack and joint sealing, joint reinforcement, stair tower renovation and enclosure, plumbing and electrical. It also includes partially enclosed stairwells that will be illuminated and transparent.

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Kilber said the project is an extensive top-down renovation of the entire garage.

“It is of such magnitude and magnitude that it is impossible for any entrepreneur to be able to solve everything easily and efficiently in a short period of time,” he said.

Kilber said “phase one” would be an eight-week phase in which the garage would be completely closed. He said that with the proposed schedule starting in January instead of November, it probably wouldn’t get done at first.

He said if it was him he would close it between March and April.

Kilber said there were about 10 other phases in the project that would only partially close the garage. Users would have to navigate through work areas.

Community Development Manager Vicki Fisher said it was important to see the condition of the current structure and know that repairs are needed.

“We recognize that as someone who has a business or who lives in this area, someone who has customers, this parking structure is essential for all of us to be successful,” she said.

Fisher said the city wants to partner with business owners individually to help address parking needs and concerns during the project.

Anna Gilligan, manager of the parking enforcement division, said there were 104 uncovered parking spaces on the upper level of the garage, 203 covered spaces and 100 metered spaces for a total of 407 parking spaces. Gilligan said at peak occupancy in September, there were 146 spaces rented.

She said the relocation of parking spaces to downtown will be based on the needs of the business and its employees.

Fisher said permit holders will still have to pay for their parking permits, but the price will be adjusted based on where they are during closing times.

She also said Friday’s meeting was a way to open a line of communication about parking needs and for project updates.

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Business owners share concerns over city center parking lot closure

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) — Plans for a renovation of the parking garage on Main Street are underway. But there are concerns about what dwindling parking spaces could mean for businesses in downtown Rapid City.

On Friday morning, the Rapid City Community Development and Public Works Department heard concerns about how renovations to the downtown parking structure would affect the community. Many of those present were business owners who were concerned about the timing of renovations, as construction was scheduled to begin in mid-November.

“All times of the year we need downtown parking and to complete a project like this would require the removal of garage parking spaces at the height of the holiday season. We just wanted to see if we could change that and it looks like they’re considering that option,” said Clancy Kingsbury, owner of downtown Who’s Hobby House.

The renovations are expected to be completed in phases. And the first phase requires the complete closure of the car park for eight weeks.

“Apart from the primary, we’ll call it the phase one area where we have to close the garage for a while, the rest of the repairs we’re basically looking to do on sort of a quadrant on each floor,” said Stephen Kilber, project engineer at Albertson Engineering.

“I can’t speak for all downtown business owners, but we all know the parking garage needs repairs. We want this done, ultimately it will be a much better facility, safer all of those things,” Kingsbury said.

Despite the temporary inconvenience the renovations may pose to downtown businesses and community members, the renovated parking lot will provide greater safety and security for the public.

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Opening of 1,200 additional parking spaces in the city center thanks to APSU, in support of the F&M Bank Arena

CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – Construction of two parking garages will begin soon, adding more than 1,300 new spaces to downtown Clarksville. While these projects are underway, parking may be an issue downtown for a few months after the 6,000 capacity F&M Bank Arena opens.

Local authorities are working to relieve parking while continuing to promote their commercial redevelopment districts. The latest move, courtesy of Austin Peay State University, will free up an additional 1,200 surface parking spaces within walking distance of the arena, for a total of 2,700 spaces.

What is a redevelopment district?

“Redevelopment districts are strategic areas within the city or county that are obviously not at their most invested use, and there’s usually a reason they don’t grow naturally,” Buck Dellinger, president and chief economic development officer of Clarksville-Montgomery Council county, said this week in a Clarksville’s Conversation podcast.

He noted that the reason these areas might not develop could be a structural problem or a lack of population density. In the case of downtown Clarksville, nearly half of the area is floodplain.

In order to attract business to these sites, a TIF (tax increase financing) district can be created to incentivize businesses to develop the land. Incentives could include repairing infrastructure or even expanding parking.

Dellinger explained that the goal of economic redevelopment districts is to attract more businesses that benefit from the tax base. He said parking is part of those local projects, but downtown is maximized on surface parking.

“Structured parking is kind of the key to that. Otherwise we just have a lot of parking lots and not a lot of development,” he said.

Left to right, Katie Gambill, Buck Dellinger and Charlie Koon.

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“We have three elements to support downtown parking for the F&M Bank Arena. Two structured garages and the Austin Peay surface parking lot that are all around College Street, Main Street and Franklin Street,” Dellinger said.

The parking lot in front of the F&M Bank Arena is expected to be completed in the winter of 2023-24, approximately six months after the arena opens. The project is supervised by the EDC and is expected to provide 720 additional parking spaces.

A rendering of the planned Riverview Square, between Riverview Inn and the F&M Bank Arena, showing the new state-funded car park. (Contributed)

Another parking lot is being built behind the Roxy Regional Theater which will add approximately 580 spaces. This project is under the umbrella of the City of Clarksville and will connect to the existing Cumberland parking garage next door, according to Dellinger. Once construction is complete, approximately 800 places will be available.

In addition to the parking garages, the APSU will allow visitors to use their surface parking spaces during major events in the arenas. “What we’re looking at is 1,200 surface parking spaces,” Dellinger said.

From a certain point of view, this should meet the immediate needs. “We had consultants work out how many parking spots you need for a 5,500-seat arena, and it was around 1,250.”

But Dellinger said that figure does not include parking the additional 300 people who will work in the arena during an event. Plus, there are all the other downtown retail and food outlets that will require parking.

Total of 2,700 places to come

Ultimately, approximately 2,700 spaces will be available for the arena and other downtown visitors between the parking lots and APSU spaces:

  • Square Riverview parking lot (to be built): 720 spaces
  • Roxy/First Street parking lot (to be built): 580 spaces
  • Cumberland parking lot: 220 spaces
  • APSU surface car parks: 1,200 spaces

But with the F&M Bank Arena hosting its first event in July 2023, six months before the parking lots open, there will be some initial parking issues.

“If there is a sold-out event, it would be at capacity,” Dellinger said at an EDC meeting earlier this month.

A worst-case scenario could include an event in which there is a sold-out event at both the arena and the Roxy Regional Theater, resulting in parking congestion. But Dellinger explained that preparing for these kinds of situations, such as building 5,000 parking spaces for example, is ultimately not worth the cost.

“If that happens, then we will find out. Otherwise you kind of overbuild,” he said in the podcast. “By the way, the cost of a structured parking spot is around $15,000 to $20,000 per spot. So (if) you’re building over 100 seats for this event every five years, that’s a lot of money.

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Kalispell Council assesses car park plan ahead of votes


Kalispell City Council discussed details of plans for a downtown car park during its Monday business session in preparation for several scheduled votes on the project at its next meeting on October 3.

The city is seeking to enter into agreements with Montana Development Partners to convert a parking lot at First Street West and First Avenue West into a parking lot with commercial space. The project also includes multi-family housing.

The project grew out of a city request for proposals to redevelop the parking lot, and another city-owned lot on Main Street is now planned for the Charles Hotel to be built by the same developer.

Councilors asked several questions about the number of parking spaces and the management of the parking garage which should be private. Some also took the time to express their general thoughts on the project.

Councilor Ryan Hunter again raised concerns about parking, but said the more recent addition of a housing element is a ‘better proposition’.

“I object to the use of municipal tax funding to pay for the parking structure,” he said. “We give free municipal land to developers. The developer does not need this incentive to commit to this project.

Councilor Sid Daoud spoke in favor of the project.

“I’m 100 per cent in favor of meeting our parking needs, but it’s also great to meet some of our housing needs,” he said.

Mayor Mark Johnson said the city could sell the parking lots and get about $800,000 for the sale of the two, but would then have no control over how those lots might be developed. As proposed, the parking garage and hotel project are expected to generate $800,000 per year in tax dollars.

“We take two lands which [as parking lots] costs taxpayers money and actually something that generates a significant amount of revenue,” he said.

The company plans to build a garage with approximately 240 parking spaces as well as 6,200 square feet of retail and office space at First and First. The public car park will be entirely financed and built by the promoter.

In exchange, the city offers to reimburse the developer for the construction of the public parking lot from the tax increase financing funds generated by the Charles Hotel and the development of the parking lot.

The parking component of the project is estimated at $9.2 million. The parking garage will be owned and operated by the developer, but leased to the city.

REPRESENTING Montana Development Partners, Bill Goldberg said the parking lot alone is a good project for downtown Kalispell. The addition of the 78 multi-family units has made it even better by giving people the opportunity to live and work downtown. It also offers the possibility of greater housing density downtown, he said.

“I think you’re going to see more people looking at the downtown development opportunity as a result,” Goldberg said. “It’s the kind of activity that begets other activity. Seeing the continued development, they’ll say it’s time to do something.

City Manager Doug Russell described some of the project’s benefits to the city. Since the parking garage will be privately developed and owned, the development risk as well as the burden of maintaining and operating the garage will be placed on the developer. The parking garage also adds 130 parking spaces to downtown, and the hotel and parking garage will generate new taxes for the city, he noted.

“This is a project that respects the city’s downtown plans and stems from many efforts to revitalize the downtown core,” he said. “It comes from years of inner city groups saying we have to do something. This is an urban renewal project for the city center.

The Charles parking lot and hotel are estimated to represent a $75 million investment in Kalispell, the city notes.

DURING PUBLIC COMMENTS, a few people expressed concerns about the project.

Cassidy Kipp of the Community Action Partnership of Northwestern Montana, which operates out of a building on Main Street, expressed concern about the area’s sufficient parking space. She pointed out that the nonprofit has 48 employees and also needs parking for the clients it serves.

John Barr, owner of the Kalispell Grand Hotel, told the Council he was happy to see a new hotel coming to the city centre, saying it would benefit the whole business community. But he wondered if there would be enough parking spaces in the garage after including the accommodations added to the project and some of the parking spaces reserved for use by the Charles Hotel.

“There must be parking for all downtown business customers,” he said. “No one will invest downtown if there is no parking. It is very important for the way the city center will develop over the next decades.

FINALLY, COUNCIL will have to approve the public parking lot development agreement, the public parking structure rental agreement and the purchase and sale agreements for the transfer of the lots from the city to the developer.

The project also includes an application for a conditional use permit, which will need to be approved by council, for the parking structure and for an additional height of more than 60 feet for the building. The city has no height limit, but any building over 60 feet requires a CUP.

It is proposed that the parking garage be eight stories or approximately 88 feet high.

Managing Editor Heidi Desch can be reached at 758-4421 or [email protected]

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Parking lot collapse kills worker, company fined: Feds

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A parking lot floor collapsed, killing a worker on his first day on the job in Boston, labor officials say. The company now faces fines of $1.2 million.

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A demolition company faces nearly $1.2 million in fines after a newly hired employee was killed on his first day on the job when parking lot floors collapsed in Boston, officials said federal workers.

The worker, Peter Monsini, 51, was a husband, father and uncle who was “truly happiest operating heavy equipment, having grown up in a family that has been in the demolition business for over 3 generations” , says his obituary.

On the morning of the March 26 Government Center parking lot collapse, JDC Demolition Company Inc. is accused of ignoring another employee’s concerns about floor safety during a demolition project, according to the Department of Work.

As a result, the Brockton-based company faces $1,191,292 in proposed penalties from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following an inspection, which also found the contractor failed to properly train its workers. workers, according to a Sept. 27 agency press release. The proposed penalties are for eight security violations.

McClatchy News contacted the company for comment on September 28 and was awaiting a response.

The collapse

On March 26, Monsini was ordered to use an 11,000-pound excavator on the eighth floor of the parking lot after safety concerns were raised, according to the Labor Department. At the time, Monsini had never been briefed on the security system or trained to follow a demolition plan, according to the agency.

Ultimately, the partially demolished floors collapsed beneath Monsini, who fell 80 feet with the heavy shovel, the statement said.

Authorities pronounced Monsini dead at the scene after his body was discovered under rubble, NBC Boston reported. Additionally, the collapse sent another person to the hospital.

“JDC Demolition Company Inc. knew that the heavy equipment on the partially demolished floors exceeded weight limits and still allowed a worker, unaware of the hazards, to perform demolition work,” said the administrator of the OSHA in Boston, Galen Blanton, in a statement. “This willful and flagrant disregard for safety cost the life of a worker and exposed other employees to life-threatening dangers.”

The company has 15 days after receiving the proposed fines to pay them, request an informal meeting with the regional OSHA director, or dispute OSHA’s findings, the Labor Department says.

“JDC Demolition takes the safety and security of its employees very seriously and remains deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a team member,” company spokeswoman Lizzy Guyton told WCVB in a statement. “They have cooperated fully with OSHA’s investigation and are carefully reviewing the citations, and will dispute them as appropriate.”

The general contractor for the demolition project, John Moriarty and Associates Inc., also faces $58,008 in fines proposed by OSHA for four “serious” safety violations related to the tragedy, according to the press release.

McClatchy News contacted this contractor for comment on September 28 and was awaiting a response.

John Moriarty and Associates Inc. told The Associated Press that the company “will appeal” OSHA citations.

“While the events of March 26 are tragic, our yard has consistently exceeded the requirements of city ordinances and OSHA guidelines,” the company said at the outlet.

Monsini was a member of the Local 4 Operating Engineers Union for 20 years and had worked on several projects in the New England area before his death, according to his obituary.

The Local 4 Operations Engineers Union issued a statement following the partial collapse of the garage which said, in part, “We were devastated to learn that we have lost a Brother member of the local Local 4 following a tragic and horrific construction accident in Boston. … He was a great friend to many of us and will be greatly missed.

Julia Marnin is a McClatchy National Real-Time reporter covering the Southeast and Northeast while based in New York. She is an alumnus of the College of New Jersey and joined McClatchy in 2021. Previously she has written for Newsweek, Modern Luxury, Gannett and more.

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Dangerous parking structures put students at risk | Opinion






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Cal State Fullerton is working to transform the university from a suburban schoolhouse to a residential campus in hopes of bolstering the campus experience, but it should instead refocus its efforts on safer parking for its overwhelming number of suburban students.

According to the CSUF Master Plan, the vision is to increase student housing and amenities provided on campus, as well as consider student suggestions for off-campus housing within walking distance to reduce automobile dependency . Ultimately, one of the reasons for the change is to increase registrations.

The problem remains that CSUF has a higher commuter student population than its residential presence. The university should accept CSUF status as a commuter school and work to create a better space for commuters.

Commuting is financially ideal, and one of CSUF’s selling points to its students is that many of them live within driving distance. For those who don’t, many would rather spend the money on an off-campus apartment or house.

As of June 2022, over 90% of students live off campus. CSUF has been heavily populated with commuting students since classes began in 1959. The university experimented with low-occupancy residence halls in the 1960s, but student interest was low. The university’s first major halls of residence complex was not opened until 1988.

Although CSUF has long been a commuter school, the university recently completed construction of new on-campus residential housing in what was once parking lot E.

The drive to turn CSUF into a residential campus completely ignores the well-being of commuters.

Despite increasing CSUF enrollment over the years, their master plan shows 2 later proposed parking structures, as well as the second Eastside parking structure added in 2021.

Yet this is still not enough to accommodate CSUF commuters. Lack of parking places forces students to rush through structures for a chance to get the first free spot they see and because of this, accidents happen easily.

Captain Scot Willey of University Police said that between mid-August and the second week of September this year there was one unparked hit-and-run and 22 parked hit-and-runs. According to data from the CSUF Police Department’s Fall 2019 Report, there were 47 hit-and-runs from parked vehicles in campus parking lots and structures and nine hit-and-runs from unparked vehicles.

In an area full of busy students, it’s no surprise that accidents are a recurring problem, putting student safety at risk. The CSUF should consider the student commuter population to ensure learner driver safety.

Young drivers tend to run through structures, and while they should be held accountable, the CSUF should create an environment where it reduces accidents that occur in campus parking structures. The university has been around for over 60 years and relying on students to simply “drive better” hasn’t worked. It is time for the university to intervene and find a solution.

Prioritizing the construction of parking structures with wider lanes will create adequate spacing for cars of different sizes. Placing circular convex safety mirrors in the corners so people turning can see oncoming cars and adding proper lighting are steps the university can spend its time and resources on to make parking structures safer for students on the shuttle.

The university should come to terms with the fact that CSUF is a commuter school and will remain so, as evidenced by trends over the years. Taking steps to improve the current situation, rather than creating something new for more problems to arise, is a better option.

Alexander Alvarado contributed to this story.

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Demolition has begun on the vacant Quincy parking lot

QUINCY (WGEM) – A struggling Quincy parking lot is finally falling.

The parking lot next to 5th and Jersey Street began demolishing on Monday, September 26.

Construction workers said they were taking safety precautions as they continued their work.

“We fenced off the whole area and put plywood on some of the roofs so nothing would fall or go on the roofs and stuff like that. If we block the road, we have to put a truck on the road to block incoming traffic,” said demolition foreman Ron Henkey.

In March of this year, the car park partially collapsed due to stress on the structure’s beams.

Businesses in the area take note that this demolition will continue for the next 2-3 weeks.

“We’re a bit concerned that Quincy patrons or residents are getting a little too curious and maybe getting a little too close,” said Amanda Griesbaum, deputy director of the Quincy Public Library. “They have the fence which is fantastic, but we’re humans and we tend to walk around sometimes so that’s just a bit of our concern, people get a little too close to see what’s going on. .”

Griesbaum, like other library workers, said he saw people camping in the unstable parking lot.

“We have a lot of homeless clients or insecure housing clients, who would pass through or maybe even stay there. I’m excited and happy that they’re doing something to make it safer for the community,” Griesbaum said.

Henkey said drivers did not need to alter their routes during the demolition. He adds that the roads could be blocked but will still allow drivers to pass.

Copyright 2022 WGEM. All rights reserved.

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Virginia Avenue parking lot remains open despite structural issues | Higher Education

The Virginia Avenue parking lot remains open to traffic as MU officials scramble to complete potentially up to $16 million in repairs to the 20-year-old structure.

MU is currently working with three different engineering firms to determine what repairs will be made to the six-story garage, which was built in 2002 in the middle of campus and contains hundreds of vehicles.



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Back to basics: parking security

Back to Basics is a series of articles highlighting important, but perhaps overlooked, information that security professionals should know.

Security professionals whose facilities include parking garages should take steps to increase the security of these structures, which have their own unique challenges. These multi-level structures with ramps are often made of concrete, but some are made of structural steel. Many busy facilities have parking garages because more vehicles can be accommodated in a specific square footage than in surface parking.

Parking garages can be found in a variety of settings, including:

  • Educational – mostly colleges and universities
  • Health care — large hospitals
  • Entertainment – large sports arenas, convention centers and resort casinos
  • Businesses: shopping malls, office complexes, city centers and town centers
  • Public transport – close to airports, as well as major train, metro and bus lines

Parking garages present more safety and security issues than surface parking lots because they:

  • Are partially or fully enclosed making it easier for criminals to hide as it is harder for people to see all areas of the garage;
  • Have ramps that allow vehicles to move between floors, which means vehicles have more blind spots and could more easily hit pedestrians;
  • Usually feature unique design elements such as lobbies, stairwells, elevators, and restrooms; and
  • Require appropriate access control for pedestrians and vehicles.

Ways security professionals can increase security

It is important for security professionals to consider past issues in the specific parking garages in which they work and use Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) to find possible solutions.

Additionally, security professionals should consider items that can be changed to increase security, including making sure the garage and surrounding area is properly maintained by cleaning up graffiti and trash. They should also review the following and work with facility management as necessary. The United States Whole Building Design Guide has several recommendations for parking garages, including the following

  1. Lighting is important for pedestrians and vehicles. Security professionals must therefore ensure that there are no dark areas where someone could hide by quickly replacing any burned out lights. They should also make the lighting vandal-resistant and easy to maintain. To save money and energy, security should consider following lighting designated by the Federal Energy Management Program.
  2. Signs and graphics such as direction, information and exit signs are needed for pedestrians and vehicles. This signage should include security cameras in use (if applicable), accessible parking, fire lanes, no parking zones, crosswalks and stop signs. Security professionals should also consider installing colored signs on concrete pillars so visitors know the garage name, level number, and row number. Additionally, signs should encourage visitors to take photos with their cell phones so they can easily find their vehicles. This is important to minimize the time visitors spend walking through garages so they are less vulnerable to attackers.
  3. Panic buttons and emergency phones should call the security office or local law enforcement. Security professionals should be able to determine which button was pressed and where the visitor is and should consider an emergency blue light system. Read about it in “Back to Basics: Comparing One-Way and Two-Way Emergency Communication Devices” at Total Security Advisor.
  4. Video and audio monitoring is an expensive option, but can be important for responding to real-time emergencies and reviewing footage. Security should install cameras in lobbies, elevators and stairwells. If the establishment has pay stations, where cash and credit cards are accepted, at each level and/or at the exit doors, security should also ensure that there is appropriate camera coverage for them. To learn more, read “10 Ways Security Professionals Should Use Security Cameras” at Total Security Advisor.
  5. It is important that security personnel be present in high-risk facilities. Uniformed security can drive around garage levels or walk around the garage to help deter crime. To learn more about security uniforms, read “Back to Basics: 5 Types of Uniform Styles for Security Professionals” on Total Security Advisor.
  6. Access control should be provided by using security booths and traffic control barriers to manage vehicular and pedestrian access. Security should use fencing to prevent access to dark places (such as under the stairs) where someone may be hiding, and consider having appropriate access control measures to prevent access to areas of storage, security and utilities. To learn more about access control, read “Back to Basics: Increasing Security with Stronger Physical Access Control” at Total Security Advisor.

Security professionals should do whatever it takes to increase the safety and security of those using parking garages on their properties.

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Council reviews agreements for parking plan


Agreements for a proposed conversion of city land into parking and housing are under discussion at the Kalispell City Council business session on Monday.

Last month, the city council authorized city staff to negotiate a development agreement and lease agreement with Montana Development Partners for the parking lot at First Street West and First Avenue West. The project grew out of a city-issued request for proposals to develop the land with the associated Charles Hotel project planned for another city-owned land on Main Street.

The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 201 First Avenue East.

The partners submitted a plan to the city to convert the land at First and First into a parking garage with approximately 240 parking spaces, 78 multi-family housing units and 6,200 square feet of commercial space for retail use and Office.

On Monday, council will discuss the details of a developer agreement for the property and a lease agreement for the parking garage and provide direction to city staff as needed regarding the agreements. The Board will vote on the agreements at a later date.

The public car park will be entirely financed and built by the promoter. In exchange, the city offers to reimburse the developer for the construction of the public parking lot from the tax increase financing funds generated by the Charles Hotel and the development of the parking lot.

Additionally, Council has previously approved the use of additional funds for additional parking spaces beyond the 202 required by the developer.

The project also includes a request for tax increase funds for the parking garage, which will be privately owned by the developer and leased to the city.

The council must still approve the agreements for the transfer of ownership of the lots to be transferred to the partners. The value of the first and first lot is listed at $530,000 and that of the main lot at $270,000.

The project also includes an application for a conditional use permit, which will need to be approved by council, for the parking structure and for an additional height of more than 60 feet for the building. The city has no height limit, but any building over 60 feet requires a CUP.

It is proposed that the parking garage be eight stories or approximately 88 feet high.

Managing Editor Heidi Desch can be reached at 758-4421 or [email protected]

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Vehicles still stuck in downtown Baltimore parking lot after partial collapse – Baltimore Sun

Vehicles remain stuck in a downtown Baltimore parking lot months after the second-story ramp partially collapsed and blocked the entrance with concrete debris.

“Steps to stabilize the bridge are now complete,” a spokeswoman for Banyan Street Capital, a Miami-based real estate firm that owns the 45-year-old garage, said in an email.

The parking lot at 1 E Pratt St. partially collapsed at the entrance to the garage in late July. There were no injuries, damaged cars or cars stuck under rubble at the entrance.

Most of the building was stable, but there were 50 vehicles stuck in the garage days after the collapse. Owners are now awaiting clearances to remove vehicles from the upper level, the spokeswoman said.

“Plans are underway to allow Tier 1 and Tier 2 vehicles to be retired and will hopefully be done in early October,” she said. The cause of the collapse has not been shared.

The garage is managed by SP Plus Corp., a Chicago-based parking lot management company, which addressed questions to Banyan Street Capital on Thursday.

Structural engineers from the City of Baltimore oversaw the temporary shoring of the three-story garage immediately after the collapse. The fire department last inspected the garage in July 2017 and determined it met the city’s fire code. It was built in 1977.

Jason Hessler, deputy commissioner of permits and litigation for the Department of Housing and Community Development, said motorists were not allowed to take their vehicles out of the building.

Drivers with cars in the garage will have to wait for Standard Parking Plus updates to find out when they can pick up their vehicles.

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Rapid City wants public input on parking lot renovations

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – The three-story parking lot in downtown Rapid City is set to undergo much-needed renovations, after suffering seasonal damage to parts of the building.

The city hopes that the potential contractor who will take on the project will focus on improving structural integrity, as well as improving stairwells.

Parking operations manager Anna Gilligan said the city’s Community Development and Public Works departments are eagerly awaiting to address any concerns downtown people and business owners may have before the start of the project.

“We want to make sure the public is aware of the upcoming renovation project and that we will work with businesses and permit holders to ensure there are alternative parking options available for them during the time the park is closed. car park. “, said Gilligan.

As construction is also about to begin at the old St. Joseph Street parking lot between 5th and 6th, people may be frustrated with the reduced number of parking options as winter approaches. .

Officials would like to remind the public that while parking may be an issue due to renovations, there is still free public parking near the Pennington County Courthouse.

Although downtown visitors may have to walk a few blocks, Gilligan said other areas will serve as good alternatives to the downtown garage.

“We are confident that we will be able to find parking for all of our permit holders within the parking structure.”

The public meeting is being held at City Hall next Friday.

Once the city receives an offer to begin renovations, it thinks it can begin in mid-November.

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🌱 Broadway Parking Garage Robbery + 44 fatal train crashes so far

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Revision aims to optimize parking spaces | New

For the first time in two years, Valparaiso University Parking and Transportation Services has released a list of on-campus parking changes for the 2022-2023 school year. The pandemic has been named as the reason for the delayed changes. While the changes are quite significant, they hint at a growing return to normalcy on campus.

A total of 13 parking lots and the parking ramp have undergone classification changes for the new academic year. The east campus (around Gellison Hall) was the main destination for the changes, with a single main area targeted at the west end of campus. The changes were determined based on data collected from fall 2020 through spring 2022 by parking and transportation services and classes in the engineering department.

“Fall 2020, a COVID year, was not a good year to collect data because a number of classes were held remotely and that didn’t give us a very accurate picture,” said Adam Klos. , responsible for parking and transportation. “We like to look at both fall and spring to give us a more accurate picture because there might be a problem in the fall, but not in the spring or vice versa. Year-round use gives us a more holistic view there.

Other factors that members of parking and transportation departments focus on are the demographics of drivers traveling to campus. They then take this data and assess its relationship to the campus parking layout.

“Before COVID, each year we submit to campus planning various ideas that we have that will help utilize parking around campus. Some years there are more areas to cover than others. It just depends on whether we have more residents this year or whether we have more commuters this year,” Klos said.

In addition to the data presented, Parking and Transportation Services works with Student Senate to assess any other student concerns. The university offers four different parking permit classification options: upperclass residents, faculty and staff, suburban residents, and freshmen. The parking areas for each group were taken into consideration and eventually led to adjustments.

“At the end of each year before the summer, we look at areas of campus that were underutilized, areas that were out of step with respect to supply and demand, people who need to park, and the lack of parking spaces,” Klos said. “[We] examine which areas are problematic to the extent that we are not meeting the needs of students or staff in these areas, which areas are underutilized [and] how we can better use the areas there.

In particular, one of the biggest problem areas has taken shape in lot 43, located next to the Guild-Memorial Hall. Over the years, there has been an influx of residents to the west end of campus due to the addition of the Sorority complex.

Initially, the parking lot had separate areas for residents, commuters and staff. As a result of recent changes, the lot has converted two suburban rows into residential parking. Three existing rows now accept commuter and staff permit holders.

“For several years we have been hearing frustrations from residential students about the lack of residential parking in lot 43 because you have Guild-Memorial and Sorority [Complex] that feed into this lot, which has quite a few parking pass holders in this area,” Klos said. “In the fall of 2021, this was a concern that was raised by the Student Senate, so that was an area we wanted to address.”

The possibility of reducing the number of staff parking spaces in Lot 43 was also the result of the relocation of Alumni Relations and the Office of Advancement from Loke Hall to the Harre Union and Heritage Hall.

On the east side of campus, parking and transportation services have focused heavily on balancing and flowing the ratio of commuters to staff parking spaces.

“It seems to be a problem every year. The volume of classes that take place at this end of campus is intense and we just don’t have the size of parking lots that we have in the middle of campus,” Klos said.

Seven academic buildings and one administration building are located on the east side of the university: Urschel Hall, Schnabel Hall, Kallay-Christopher Hall, Center for the Arts, Kretzmann Hall, Center for the Sciences, Meier Hall, and Gellison Hall. Five car parks immediately surround the area, dedicated to commuters and staff.

“So we looked at how we could increase our parking for commuters on the east end of campus, especially near Urschel Hall, which tends to be a hotspot. It was something else that the Student Senate put in their report,” Klos said. “We want students to know that this won’t completely solve the commuter parking congestion there, but we hear you and understand that this is a problem and we are trying to solve this problem for you.”

Lot 1 is dedicated to staff parking in the area, but in recent changes one row of parking spaces has been converted to commuter parking. The parking spaces to the east of Gelleson Hall were once reserved for staff and commuters, but are now reserved for staff. Spaces east of Urschel Hall were also reserved for staff, but have since been replaced by parking for commuters.

The latest change to the east campus was to convert two of the eight ADA spaces between the Arts Center and Schnabel Hall into visitor parking.

Near the center of campus, three parking areas surrounding the Scheele and Lankenau halls previously classified as commuters have become residential: parking east of the tennis courts, directly south of the dorms, and spaces east of the halls. Spaces between Brandt Hall and Neils Science Center used to be parking for visitors, but are now reserved for staff.

“We also looked at the use of the parking ramp. The parking ramp over the past few years has been made up of upper class residents and staff,” Klos said. “We had the upper level of the ramp, the vast majority of which had not been used. So we thought if we should take some of the residential freshmen in lot 37 and put them on the next level.

Interested freshmen were able to complete an application over the summer to enter a lottery system. Approximately 100 first years have been chosen by lottery and can park on the upper level of the structure.

An email detailing the parking changes was sent on August 23. Klos stresses the importance of having a parking plan when students and staff arrive on campus to help reduce potential parking violations.

“As we move into the fall semester, people should understand these changes…If you park in the wrong zone, you’re subject to a parking violation,” Klos said. “Identify your primary lots you want to park in and also identify your secondary lots so you have that backup plan.”

A parking plan is available on valpo.edu/aux/parking.

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Structural Concerns at Pearl Street Parking Garage in Fall River

FALL RIVER – Tall wooden Jenga-style towers on all three levels of the Pearl Street parking garage were ordered a few months ago after Inspection Services Manager Glenn Hathaway raised concerns about the integrity structure of the decades-old concrete building.

The city is now considering hiring a structural engineer to perform an inspection of the parking garage to assess its condition.

“The upper deck girders are compromised from water and frost and they have sagged, so we put the temporary supports in place,” Hathaway said. “They need an engineer to examine the building.”

Vehicles have not been allowed to park on the third level of the Pearl Street garage for years, Hathaway said, and wooden structures, installed as reinforcements if needed, are on all three decks as a precaution.

“I go out there every other day to check them out,” Hathaway said.

Mayor Paul Coogan said his administration was aware of the building inspector’s concerns and walked the parking lot with City Administrator Seth Aitken and Hathaway.

“We went through it in the context that we were going to strengthen certain sections and we were going to prepare it what it will cost us to do it,” Coogan said.

Third Street:City closes part of parking lot as Correia argues, FROED continues

Past concerns about city parking lots

The city’s two municipal parking lots, the Pearl Street and Third Street structures, last came to public attention in May 2017 when former building inspector Joseph Biszko closed the top two floors of the Third Street parking lot. Street.

Then owned by the Fall River Redevelopment Authority and managed by the former Fall River Economic Development Office (now BCEDC), Biszko issued a cease and desist order due to structural issues.

A few months earlier, RDA received a preliminary structural report on Third Street which revealed extensive structural damage with exposed and corroded reinforcements. They have determined that there is a risk of the concrete breaking loose and falling to the lower level.

In November 2017, further investigation of Third Street, built in 1982, revealed even more concerning structural issues, likely due to faulty construction and years of little or no maintenance.

A survey was also made at the time of the Pearl Street garage, showing that it was in better condition. The report suggested clearing the facility with rubber-tipped plows, not using saline materials for de-icing, and beginning a regular maintenance routine.

In early 2019, under the administration of former mayor Jasiel Correia II, the city council voted to regain ownership of the two car parks.

Former mayor Robert Correia ceded the properties to RDA in 2008.

Major works on Third Street

After taking over the two garages, the city retrofitted the structure with electric kiosks, replacing staff provided by an outside supplier.

The city set to work on structural improvements to the Third Street Garage.

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“All the supports have been installed, all the lighting has been changed, all the emergency lights in the staircase have been changed. It was repainted and we hired a company a few months ago and we cleaned it,” Laura Ferreira said. traffic and parking director, whose department oversees the two municipal car parks. “My guys go there three days a week and clean everything that needs to be cleaned.”

Ferreira said virtually all of the work is nearing completion except for the new cables that will be installed, saying they are likely being made. A structural engineer had to approve the quality of the cable before it went into production.

Ferreira said once the work is complete, it will not open the upper level of the four-story parking garage, but will gain about 60 additional parking spaces on Third Street. It’s needed downtown with all the new business and housing openings being built in the area, she said.

“The demand is there,” Ferreira said.

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Bozeman is looking to add a 2nd parking lot behind the Gallatin County Courthouse

Although still early in the process, the City of Bozeman and Gallatin County have partnered to consider installing a new parking lot behind the Gallatin County Courthouse.

“The Commission asked us to secure a second site for a second parking garage in downtown Bozeman,” says Mike Veselik, director of Bozeman’s economic development program.

The site where a future garage would go is currently surface land just behind the Gallatin County Courthouse on Mendenhall Street.

“We think it’s a net benefit to the community and it will be great for downtown to expand parking,” says Gallatin County Administrator Jim Doar.

If the garage is built, the structure would be similar in size to the garage down the street on Black Ave.

“The current garage has 435 spaces, and it looks like the county site could hold about 400 spaces,” Veselik says.

The project would be on the county site, but the city would pay for the project. Money for this project would come from the Downtown Tax Increment neighborhood and paid parking downtown.

“Ensure the necessary income and funding for this project. The parking garage is estimated at $16.5 million at this site,” says Veselik.

The city and county both agree that this would be necessary for downtown and those who need to go to the courthouse.

“We’re trading parking for parking, our goal in all of this is for the first citizens to have access to the building,” Doar says.

But before we get too excited, more downtown parking is still a long way off.

“The likely timeline for a parking garage would be late 2025 at the earliest,” says Veselik.

The city is always asking for public input, so it could be a few years before we have more downtown parking.

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New cameras fail to deter crime in Binghamton parking garage

Security cameras have been installed in a former city-owned parking lot, but vehicle break-ins continue to be a problem.

The new cameras were installed several months ago at the State Street garage. City officials did not say whether live video from the devices was monitored at police headquarters.

A new security camera near the entrance to the State Street parking lot. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A new security camera near the entrance to the State Street parking lot. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Theft and vandalism have been a recurring problem at the parking ramp in recent years.

On Wednesday afternoon, a junior at Binghamton University in Brooklyn discovered that the driver’s side window of her 2017 Honda Civic had been smashed by a thief. She told WNBF News that the only item missing from the vehicle was a small bag containing makeup. The car was parked on the sixth floor of the garage, a short distance from the student’s apartment on Chenango Street.

After nearly two dozen vehicles on the State Street ramp were damaged in a wave of vandalism in 2016, then-Mayor Richard David said the city would consider installing more cameras and possibly having an employee on site overnight to reduce the risk of criminal behavior.

A newly installed internet connection at the city-owned State Street parking garage. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A newly installed internet connection at the city-owned State Street parking garage. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Although the cameras were finally installed earlier this year, it took some time before they became operational. Initially they were able to make surveillance recordings, but they could not be monitored by the police because there was no reliable internet connection.

It looks like a fiber internet connection is now in place at the parking lot. City officials did not respond to requests for information on the operation of security cameras or other security measures that may be implemented at the site.

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Clarksville parking lot “on schedule”

With a new F&M Bank Arena and other transformative public and private developments in the present and future of downtown Clarksville, parking access for motorists in the historic Central Business Improvement District is increasingly more important.

Officials representing both the City of Clarksville and the Montgomery County government pledge not to wait until it’s too late.

Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts faces the issue of parking, among many other challenges in a rapidly growing city, as he bids for re-election to a second term on Nov. 8.

Pitts is challenged by former Clarksville Councilman David Allen and local political newcomer Ascension “Big Sarge” Lopez, in the three-way mayoral race.

And there is a sense of urgency, on many different levels, not just politically.

The city is acting as part of a two-pronged local government plan of attack on the downtown parking shortage, Pitts said. His administration still plans downtown parking for the First and Commerce Streets area.

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A separate downtown garage is planned by the county and private developers for the corner of First and College streets on the site of the Hand family’s $50 million Riverview Square hotel and retail development project.

Pitts said this week that part of the city’s effort now is to work out the final details.

“We are in discussion on the remaining details, such as the exact number of parking spaces we will have in our structure. The last estimate was around 580.

“Other questions are, do we provide electric vehicle charging stations at city facilities, and if so, how many?” Pitts said, “and we’re looking at a possible corral to the parking lot for merchant bins. from downtown as It will be designed as a kind of catch-all garage to meet multiple needs.

Pitts said none of the finer options on the discussion table are firm yet, but the project remains on schedule, with the arena opening next year – and a need for parking for the sustain.

“We are on schedule with our plan and look forward to starting and completing this project for merchants and visitors in the heart of downtown,” Pitts said.

The two parking projects

Pitts also points out that the two parking lots planned by the city and the county must be separate entities with different funding sources.

For the county/private company parking garage project at First and College, $14 million has been granted by the Tennessee Legislature, and the county’s new mayor, Wes Golden, has said its completion is an immediate priority of his first term.

This county effort supporting a private parking garage will focus on the property overlooking the Riverview Inn hotel, which is to be transformed into a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel as part of the combined restaurant, shopping and entertainment development of Riverview Square emphasizing the F&M Bank Arena.

At full capacity, the arena alone is expected to draw crowds of up to 6,000 downtown.

“It (county/private garage) will be privately owned and operated and has no bearing on our plans to build a public car park at the corner of First Street and Commerce Street, attached to the Cumberland Parking Plaza garage”, Pitts said.

In early May, City Council approved an order amending the city’s 2022 operating and capital budgets “to create and add additional funding, totaling $27.5 million for capital budgets.

The amended budget was to fund the “much-needed downtown parking garage in the community,” Pitts said, “to accommodate the explosive growth of downtown and provide parking for the upcoming F&M Bank Arena, the future Roxy Regional Performing Arts Center and evolving downtown businesses.

Of the $27.5 million, City Hall says it will use $7.4 million to cover the cost of essential repairs, improvements and renovations to the existing Cumberland Plaza parking lot, as well as unrelated projects, including the proposed Frosty Morn revitalization in the Red River District, Smith-Trahern Mansion repairs and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) multimodal projects, such as sidewalks and bus stops along several city streets that are state-maintained roads.

Before stepping down from office at the end of the summer, former county mayor Jim Durrett, the original visionary for the arena and much of the related downtown development, said his administration hoped to see a car park at Riverview Square with over 700 parking spaces. His successor, Golden, has promised to continue this effort.

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Yukon Cinema 5 being demolished for more parking spaces

YUKON, Okla. (KFOR) – Yukon residents gathered outside the Yukon Cinema 5 movie theater on Wednesday as a local demolition company began tearing it down.

Former Yukon Cinema 5 employee Sarah Goodard said the cinema has been a city landmark for decades.

Goodard got her first job at 16 working for the cinema where she was trained by her husband, Blake.

“We started dating in October 2002, so we’ve been together for 20 years this year,” Goodard said. “We were watching ‘Catch Me If You Can’ with Leonardo DiCaprio when we had our first kiss here.”

Four years later, Goodard married in theater four at Yukon Cinema 5.

When Goodard was asked how it felt to see the theater being razed, she replied, “It’s the end of an era.”

Another former Yukon Cinema 5 employee and Goodard colleague, Doug Schwarz, told KFOR he was sad to see a landmark demolished.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking and it makes you feel really sick in your gut. It’s almost like seeing your house that you grew up in being demolished,” Schwarz explained.

Schwarz, too, started working with film when he was 16 and it was his first job.

He said the theater was a way of escaping reality where he could spend time with friends and colleagues who were like family.

Schwarz added that over the years he would see the theater benefit from improvements, but once it was closed he hoped someone would “reclaim” it.

Yukon Cinema 5 demolished Wednesday afternoon. KFOR photos.

According to American Asset Management, the leasing company that oversees the Chisholm Mall where the theater is located, that land will be turned into more parking spaces.

The demolition company for the site is the Midwest Wrecking and Demolition Company.

Midwest Wrecking and Demolition Company Vice President Chris Kates said the KFOR demolition was completed by five o’clock Wednesday night.

Kates added that crews will be back to complete the demolition Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m.

“We should finish the whole project by the end of next week. They should have the building demolished today and tomorrow and then transport the rest of the time,” Kates said.

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Update: B-SB tackles parking issues, more steps to come | Local

County officials say they have been working to address safety and health issues in the Uptown parking lot for some time, but they are now on a fast track and more action is planned.

“The most important thing we want people to know is that when they enter the car park and park day and night, they will be safe and they will not be harassed and they will not run into feces and others. like this,” Community Enrichment Director Ed Randall said Tuesday.

In a recent letter to commissioners, barrister James Dolan said human feces and urine, discarded needles, litter and sleeping or passed out people had turned the West Park Street car park into a dangerous health issue and “a scourge on the city”.

Dolan lives in Anaconda but works in the public defender’s office just east of the garage and his letter attracted media attention and an acknowledgment by general manager JP Gallagher that some “unsavory” things are happening within the structure of four floors.

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Gallagher said some steps are already underway, but he has met with several county department heads to discuss other possible steps.

“The most important thing is safety and making people feel safe,” Gallagher said Tuesday.

Randall and Sheriff Ed Lester detailed parts of a game plan at the Montana Standard on Tuesday, saying they won’t eliminate all problems overnight, but should make a difference. They include increased patrols from Randall and Lester’s departments.

“Our guys, detectives and patrolmen, will come by at least once per shift, go up to the top and walk around,” Lester said, adding that anyone sleeping or doing anything other than parking will be told to leave.

The garage has surveillance cameras, but Randall said he and members of the parking commission agreed some time ago to install a new satellite camera system. Equipment has been purchased and installation is underway.

This will allow Randall, other staff and police to see what is happening “in real time” so police can be dispatched immediately if needed, he said. Mirrors are also added so people can see around the corners.

Gallagher told commissioners last week that the Parks Department used a high-pressure steam pressure washer to clean the garage, including the stairwells, and Randall says more cleanings are planned.

The garage front will be steam washed once a week, he said, and the stairwells will be washed every two to three weeks. Public Works is planning a two-day thorough cleaning in the coming days, with the upper two floors being done one day and the lower floors the next.

There are plans to build a watch station and staff it with a parking watch officer during the day, Randall said, and officials will likely implement a new parking and payment system.

Today motorists can drive in and out of the garage at will and when parking every hour they are expected to use the kiosks inside to pay. As part of the change, rising and falling barriers will be installed and motorists will take a ticket to enter and make payments to exit.

It won’t stop people from entering and abusing the garage, Randall said, but it will affect teens and others who drive for purposes other than parking.

“Very few people are going to take a ticket where it scans your plate to pay and then go up and be bad,” Randall said.

Lester agreed, saying the open top floor of the garage is inviting because it has such a great view of the valley and the Highlands.

“No one will pay to get up there if they can go somewhere else to get the same view,” the sheriff said.

He said car parks across the country are used by passengers to protect themselves from rain and snow, but soon few people will use it because it will be too cold. But the problems will reappear in the spring.

Lester said police encouraged homeless people to go to Butte Rescue Mission shelters, but some refused because they preferred to stay on the streets. Yet the police are trying to remove them from public buildings.

“Nobody is comfortable when someone is sleeping and you park your car next to them,” Lester said.

But there are things the police cannot do, he said, including arresting people for begging.

“We had people come up and say, ‘Hey, I was in the parking lot and somebody asked me for a few bucks,'” Lester said. “I’m going to say, ‘I know that probably made you feel uncomfortable, but it’s not against the law. I think some people expect people to be arrested for this and it’s just not something we can do.

Randall said that in today’s society, used needles end up in many places, including the garage. People should contact his service if they find any and the needles will be picked up.

Gallagher said the full game plan isn’t complete and he’s considering the possibility of hiring garage security, but the steps outlined so far should help.

“I think the intent was that they were trying to make it a garage that didn’t need a lot of manpower and now we realize there has to be a presence in that garage for that it works better,” he said. “The (paid) ticketing system and having more presence there is important.”

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Greenwich survey shows outdoor dining trumps parking spaces

GREENWICH – The benefits of outdoor dining outweigh the loss of parking spaces in Greenwich, according to a majority of respondents to a city-sponsored survey of public attitudes towards street dining.

The Planning Department has initiated an outdoor dining study to codify and standardize the use of outdoor dining spaces which has occurred somewhat sporadically during the COVID-19 pandemic . The goal will be to institute a more formal approval and enforcement process for seating outside restaurants.

According to planning director Katie DeLuca, further public hearings will take place and the planning department will eventually determine how many seats a restaurant can maintain, both indoors and outdoors. The decision to continue with the outdoor dining “pods” or “nodes” will be up to the Board of Breeders.

“The next step is to invite the public to participate in consultation sessions on a revised zoning bylaw to discuss the way forward. The future of Nodes depends on the board. The number of seats a restaurant is permitted to have, indoors and outdoors, within the jurisdiction of the Planning and Zoning Commission,” DeLuca said.

The survey was carried out over a period of two weeks in August, and some 2,000 respondents took part, about 95% of them from Greenwich. The survey, which asked a series of general questions about attitudes toward outdoor dining and parking, was also open to non-residents.

According to the survey, 62% of respondents said they liked to eat outdoors and did not mind the loss of parking. Forty-three percent of respondents said they liked to eat on the sidewalk, on the street and in knots.

DeLuca noted that open polls that invite the general public to participate aren’t the best way to gauge public support and sentiment, but they can be useful in a limited capacity.

The planning director noted that the investigation also found a significant number of violations, mostly restaurants offering more seating than was permitted. 75 offenses were recorded. Planning department staff found 21 restaurants that had no city approvals for outdoor dining, as required by the department. A planning officer and two summer interns worked on the project.

According to the review, there are 96 dining establishments in Greenwich that offer outdoor seating, 41 along the Greenwich Avenue corridor. The investigation focused on the Greenwich Avenue area.

Should retail stores have access to nodes and sidewalk space? Seventy percent said “no”, according to the survey results.

On whether a parking garage should be built downtown, DeLuca noted that it was a very open-ended question that lacked specifics. Almost half of respondents said they liked the idea.

According to DeLuca, respondents were also concerned that vermin could become a problem due to outdoor dining in the city center, as well as noise issues.

A larger study will be developed in the coming months, the planning director said.

At a recent survey workshop, members of the Planning and Zoning Commission raised the issue of enforcement and whether restaurants should comply with the regulations.

“Do we have adequate enforcement of our rules?” asked Commissioner Arnold Welles, “That’s a big question.”

DeLuca noted that the planning department was looking to take a tougher approach to outdoor dining violations than at the height of the pandemic. “We try to work with people,” she said, “but it’s a serious thing.”

Some establishments could lose their recovery nodes if they don’t come into compliance quickly, DeLuca said.

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Condominium parking spaces, 2 industrial units to make way for phase 2 of the Cross Island line

SINGAPORE – Eighteen parking spaces at the freehold Casa Esperanza condominium in Bukit Timah Road will be relocated as the underground space below the car park will be acquired for the construction of the Cross Island Line (CRL).

Two industrial units at Pandan Loop owned by JTC and leased to private entities will also be acquired by the government to construct the second phase of Singapore’s eighth MRT line. This phase will include six stations serving Bukit Timah, Clementi, West Coast and the future Jurong Lake District.

Affected landowners and tenants were notified of the acquisition on Tuesday, and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a statement that it and the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) would help them with the process.

Compensation for the acquired land and space will be based on market value as of Tuesday, in accordance with the Land Acquisition Act.

An assessment will be made to determine the amount of compensation.

The underground space under the 322 m² section of the Casa Esperanza parking lot will have to be handed over to LTA in early 2024, before the construction of the King Albert Park CRL station, which will be located next to the condominium.

The decision on where to move the 18 parking spaces will be made at a later date.

After construction is completed, the land area will be returned to the strata of the condominium management company and the relevant structures will be reinstated.

LTA said work near Casa Esperanza is expected to take about six years.

Temporary facilities will be provided to maintain uninterrupted access to the condo, he added.

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Fire in Eaton Center parking garage closes off stretch of Queen Street, Toronto police investigate

Firefighters extinguished a “multi-vehicle” fire in the Eaton Center parking garage in downtown Toronto on Tuesday evening.

In a tweet, Toronto Fire Services said they cleared smoke from the facility and evacuated the mall as a precaution.

Queen Street has been closed from Yonge Street to Bay Street. Emergency services have asked the public to avoid the area.

Earlier reports had indicated that a section of Yonge Street was closed. Police have advised the public to expect delays and to consider alternate routes.

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Plumes of smoke were spotted near the Toronto Eaton Center after a ‘multi-vehicle’ fire

Fire departments responded Tuesday night to a blaze that shut down a section of Queen Street in downtown Toronto.

No injuries were reported Tuesday evening.

Police said in a tweet that their investigation is ongoing.

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New London Police are investigating the car park death


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NEW LONDON – City Police say they are investigating the untimely death of a person on Sunday afternoon.

Officers responded shortly before 1 p.m. in the parking lot at 160 Water St. after receiving a report that a person may have jumped from the multi-story structure, according to New London Police Chief Brian Wright.

Upon arrival, Wright said emergency personnel located an unconscious and unresponsive man. The person was then rushed to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Wright described the investigation as active and said the person’s identity was being withheld pending confirmation and notification from family members. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact New London Police Service Detectives at 860-447-1481 or submit information anonymously through the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip more information at Tip411 (847411).

Richard Chumney can be reached at [email protected]

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Flint organizations ask people to consider reallocating downtown parking spots

Flint, MI—A group of local organizations and businesses will be using parking spots in downtown Flint for more than cars this weekend, and they’re asking everyone to join them.

What’s Up Downtown, Communities First, Inc. and the Crim Foundation are just a few of the names that bring PARK(ing) day– a global event that asks people to reinvent and reuse curbside parking for mini-parks and social spaces – in downtown Flint on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 2022.

While the event began in 2005 as a way to highlight the need for green space and what its San Francisco organizers saw as “more useful ways to occupy” their city’s automotive infrastructure, the Flint organizers make a distinction as to why they consider the event important to the city.

“PARK(ing) Day is important in a place like Flint because Flint has this problem where there’s an awful lot of parking spaces but not enough to park,” said Travis Gilbert, a Local Initiatives Support Corporation AmeriCorps Service Member work with Communities First.

Communities First is hosting the weekend kick-off event in conjunction with Blueline Donuts, Carriage Town Ministries and the Crim Foundation on September 16.

From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Blueline parking lot at 604 Garland Street, people are invited to grab a donut, play lawn games, or just hang out and talk about what they consider other uses hundreds of downtown Flint parking spaces.

“Under the new zoning code, [Blueline Donuts] wouldn’t need to have a parking lot as big as they built it,” Gilbert said of why Communities First partnered with the opening event. “So we thought it would be interesting to show people what half of this parking lot could be instead of what it is.”

Cade Surface, Crim Foundation urban planner and creator of a bike ride titled “The Glorious Legacy of Flint [Foolish] Parking Lots,” noted that the abundance of parking in downtown Flint was not always there, even at the height of the city’s auto production.

“Over the years, we just decided that instead of buildings, theaters, homes, offices, restaurants, or schools, it was more important that we could store our cars,” Surface said about of the landscape of downtown Flint in the 1950s. To today.

The reason for participating in PARK(ing) Day, Surface explains, is therefore to encourage Flint residents to reconsider how they have used — and might otherwise use — downtown parking spaces, even beyond. from the sidewalk.

A 1958 map of downtown Flint parking areas created by Cade Surface and Travis Gilbert. Dark red represents surface lots and orange represents parking structures. The highways on the right side of the image did not exist at the time. (Courtesy of Cade Surface and Travis Gilbert)
A parking map of downtown Flint and surrounding areas in 2022, which Surface and Gilbert continue to develop. Dark red represents surface lots, orange represents parking structures, and lighter orange represents the addition of freeways since the 1958 map. Note: the area shown here is larger than the area shown on the 1958 map. (Courtesy of Cade Surface and Travis Gilbert)

To that end, What’s Up Downtown Flint, the city’s place-making organization, works with many other local organizations to transform downtown parking spots into event sites, grassy lounge areas, scenes and more this Saturday.

“We’re going to have yoga, open mics, live music,” said Jerin Sage, What’s Up Downtown’s new Placemaking Director.

Sage clarified that he will be at PARK(ing) Day to support, not manage, the repurposing of downtown parking spaces, as he hopes other residents and businesses will organically join the event. .

“If I can see more than just What’s Up Downtown participating, I would call it a success,” Sage said. “Because the idea is to get the community engaged in their public spaces downtown and show the powers that be and the rest of the community that we are ready to get out there, have fun and use the spaces that we have.”

Sage added that he felt the day was important for Flint because he learned that what appeared to be a public space downtown was not, noting that downtown’s Brush Park and “even the area around the statues” near the Flat Lot are privately owned.

“It’s all about access,” Sage said. “[It’s about] highlighting the fact that we need public spaces that people can actually use and have access to.

For more information, including safety guidelines, on how to participate in PARK(ing) Day, visit What’s Up Downtown Events Calendar Where PARK(ing) Day official website.

“Oh, and so no one has to go out and measure like I did,” Sage said with a laugh. “All downtown parking spaces are 23 feet long by seven feet wide.”

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Downtown Charleston parking lot undergoing maintenance

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — If you use the Charleston Town Center Mall parking lot on Quarrier Street, you’ve probably noticed maintenance warning signs and tape lately.

13 News asked the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority (CURA) at their monthly meeting Wednesday morning if they knew anything about the upkeep. Ron Butlin, executive director of CURA, says they act as the manager of the parking garage and it is currently undergoing routine maintenance.

“We are not responsible for maintenance. We’re actually acting as the manager of the garages right now to keep them running. And what you see happening is that we have a structural engineer who comes in to inspect the garages periodically. And to the extent that we can, we finance this maintenance if necessary from the cash flow from the operation of the garages. There are still people parking in the garages and that money is being reinvested in maintenance,” says Butlin.

We also asked Butlin if there is currently any structural damage to the parking garage.

” No there is not. We have to stay on top, but it’s okay. But we need to stay on top of needed repairs as much as possible, if necessary,” Butlin said.

We also asked who to contact for parking issues. Butlin responded by saying, “Well, ABM runs the daily parking lot, they usually have cashiers there, and then we hired a manager. There’s Boyd’s real estate services kind of overseeing the repairs and everything that happens on a day-to-day basis. If there is a problem, they can definitely call me and I can direct them to the right person.

There are signs at all levels of the car park that read “Park at your own risk. Not responsible for damage or theft of vehicles or vehicle contents. – Management.”

This is a developing story. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about management and what exactly routine maintenance repairs are.

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Ward 1 Alderman Tim Hawkins demands more attention to the parking lot; “It’s just becoming a big mess” | Local News

ST. ALBANS CITY – Shattered glass. Dead pigeons. Cigarette butts and seated vehicles.

Ward 1 Alderman Timothy Hawkins wants them out of the St. Albans parking lot.

“It’s just becoming a big mess,” Hawkins said Monday night at the Sept. 12 city council meeting. “If we wanted to make an S-*-*-T hole, we could have done it any other way than putting parking there.”

After completing the council’s agenda for the night, Hawkins addressed the matter as part of his adviser’s report. He said he visited the parking lot after midnight on Sunday to check out firsthand what happened there after the sun went down and met people using the parking lot as a living space.

He also found lots of cigarette butts and trash. While few parking lots are spotless, the St. Albans parking lot occasionally has messes in its stairwells and people sitting on the steps. Climb a few stories higher and the garage has a few stationary vehicles and, occasionally, passengers.






Several vehicles in the parking lot, including this sports car covered with a reflective tarp, appear to have been parked in the garage for several months.


“That’s not what it’s about. That’s not why we put the money in the garage. I don’t see why my vehicle couldn’t have been a police car driving up on [the top] ground,” Hawkins said.

Construction of the St. Albans parking lot was approved by city voters in 2013 with 559 votes for the project and 170 votes against. The cost was $13 million.

City Manager Dominic Cloud said the city administration is aware of how the parking lot is being used, and he said he can ask the St. Albans Police Department to step up patrols.

Director of Cloud and Public Works Marty Manahan also explained what the city has been doing to try to reduce hotspots, and Manahan identified some roadblocks that limit administration efficiency.

Part of the problem, according to Manahan, lies with the state attorney’s offices, which move criminal cases forward after evidence is presented. He cited two previous cases where his department turned over potential criminal evidence to the city police department, which forwarded it to the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office, but no charges were filed as a result. .

One case involved a group of miners allegedly setting off the fire alarm, which Hawkins personally witnessed. The second case concerned an individual who allegedly drove his vehicle through the gates of the parking lot.

“The person running for office this year [John Lavoie] dismissed the case because he told me that [the driver] wasn’t trying to be destructive. He was just trying to get out of the parking lot,” Manahan said.

Lavoie recalled the conversation and said the state’s attorney’s office didn’t present the case because state law requires proof of intent in order to pursue a criminal charge of unlawful mischief.

“I think there’s always been difficulty prosecuting what we might call a misdemeanor. That was true before the backlog created during the pandemic,” Lavoie said. “We’ve always been a system with limited resources.”

Each case is considered individually, Lavoie said, and it’s hard to tell exactly when a case crosses a threshold that requires spending those limited resources. If someone is a repeat petty offender, however, their office is more likely to deal with the problem.

There is also no designation preventing his office from pursuing criminal charges that occur at the parking garage, Lavoie said, nor does he believe there is anything unique about the garage. from the city.

Two candidates are running for Franklin County state’s attorney this fall after longtime state attorney Jim Hughes announced his retirement. He spent 36 years in the office.

Lavoie, a former assistant state attorney, is running as a Democratic candidate. He took over the office last week after Hughes officially stepped down.

Zach Weight, a private criminal defense attorney, is running as a Republican.

Aside from potential crime at the parking lot, Hawkins’ concerns also extended to the cleanliness of the structure, particularly its stairs.







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As you go up each floor, the amount of clutter on the parking garage stairs tends to increase. The type varies from random trash to unknown substances on the windows.




Manahan said city workers use a water cart device daily to clean stairwells by spraying them down, but people are often inside, which can make the process difficult to complete. Garage windows and decks are watered twice a year.

Hawkins also expressed frustration with vehicles that haven’t moved in months. On the third floor, what looks like a Corvette is covered in a large tarp, and on the top floor, a brown van – topped with a whirlwind – houses a motorcycle.

Manahan explained that some visiting nurses and doctors have used the parking lot to store their vehicles because they walk to Northwestern Medical Center, and while the vehicles may appear abandoned, they are only used intermittently.

The van on the top floor, which has flat tires, belongs to a disabled person. Under state law, the city is required to provide free parking for people with special disabilities, and since the vehicle is licensed and inspected, there is not much the city can do.

Hawkins, however, continued to push for change.

“The garage isn’t operating in the capacity that we wanted,” Hawkins said. “As a result, it now functions as a shelter for the homeless, a skateboard park for kids, places for drug addicts and drug dealers, and a place to put your car and forget it without having to to worry about.”

To address the issues, Hawkins asked the city to put in place a game plan, similar to an earlier initiative undertaken by the city to reduce similar issues at Taylor Park.

Cloud expressed some concerns about being too harsh on the matter, but he agreed that other steps could be taken.

“The challenge is that what has happened in the country over the last five years has made it difficult to take a tougher stance on the management of public assets, hasn’t it?” Cloud said. “And so, you know, rather than the homeless people in the parking lot, we could very easily get a complaint about, ‘Why are we so tough on the homeless people. Where are they supposed to go?’

With greater public scrutiny of law enforcement actions, officers also need to be very careful about their perception, Cloud said.

Hawkins challenged his co-advisers to check out the garage, and if they didn’t believe him, he would lead a party to go check it out “with some flashlights” immediately after the meeting adjourned.

“I think we’re not doing enough. Sorry, I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but that’s how it is,” he said.

In 2013, the St. Albans parking lot was the first major project funded by tax increase funding, and it has since been at the heart of the city’s efforts to transform its downtown over the past decade.

According to earlier reports, safety concerns were raised at the time of its proposal, but the city managed to get the necessary votes to move it forward on the understanding that more lights and more security would improve the area.

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3 face charges related to Salt Lake parking lot murder, but none for murder

Three men face charges linking them to the murder of a man inside the Exchange Place parking lot in downtown Salt Lake City in 2018, but none are charged with murder. (KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Criminal charges have been filed against three men in connection with the 2018 murder of a man inside the Exchange Place parking lot.

But none of the three have been charged with murder.

On September 15, 2018, 25-year-old David Lawrence Burwell was fatally shot during a fight between two groups in the lower level of the parking lot at 55 E. Exchange Place. Police recovered four shell casings near Burwell’s body and nine more outside the structure’s main entrance.

Burwell had been with a group of friends at the Wasted Space bar, 342 S. State. As they were leaving, they were confronted by another group, according to charging documents. Based on surveillance videos collected from nearby businesses and witness statements, prosecutors say the two groups “engaged in a heated confrontation.”

After the fight ended, the two groups separated.

But when Burwell’s group reached their car in the parking lot, they realized members of the group they had just fought with had also parked their car nearby. The trunk of the suspects’ vehicle opened and a witness said Francis Lee Ragsdale, 34, reached inside and grabbed a firearm, the charges allege. Moments later, shots were fired and Burwell was hit.

Another witness told police they were on the sidewalk outside the garage when a car pulled up. Three men ran out of the car park and ran down the street, followed by Ragsdale who walked towards the car which had stopped, according to the charges.

“(The driver) got out of the sedan and fired several bullets down the street in the direction the three men had been running, then he and Ragsdale both got into the sedan which turned around and drove off in the direction from the east,” according to the charges.

Based on information provided by the public, Salt Lake Police announced shortly after the shooting that Ragsdale was a person of interest in the shooting.

The day before the shooting, police say Ragsdale purchased two firearms from a residence in West Valley City. Three days after the murder, the Unified Police arranged to purchase the two weapons in an undercover operation, according to charging documents. These weapons were later turned over to the Salt Lake police. The firearms were tested with shell casings collected from the scene and found to be a match, according to the charges.

Francis Lee Ragsdale, 34, was charged on Tuesday with being a restricted person in possession of a firearm, a second-degree felony, in the case of a fatal shooting in a downtown parking lot on September 15 2018.
Francis Lee Ragsdale, 34, was charged on Tuesday with being a restricted person in possession of a firearm, a second-degree felony, in the case of a fatal shooting in a downtown parking lot on September 15 2018. (Photo: Salt Lake Police)

Last week, Andrew Jorge Thomas, 30, of Salt Lake City – who also goes by the name Andrew Davison – was charged in 3rd District Court with possession of a firearm by a person with restricted access, a second degree felony and nine counts. unlawfully shooting a firearm, a third-degree felony, with gang-enhancing penalties if convicted. Police say he was the driver of the car that drove off with Ragsdale after the shooting.

Latoi Deron Newbins, 28, of Ogden, was charged in 3rd District Court with two counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, second degree felonies . Court documents indicate that undercover agents purchased the two weapons used in the Newbins shooting.

Ragsdale was charged Tuesday with being a restricted person in possession of a firearm, a second-degree felony.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday it would not speak to that specific case. Generally, however, prosecutors say they will file charges that they think they can prove in court.

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2 face charges related to 2018 Salt Lake parking lot murder

Two men suspected of being part of a group responsible for a shooting death inside the Exchange Place parking lot in downtown Salt Lake City in 2018 have been criminally charged. (KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Criminal charges have been filed against two men in connection with the 2018 murder of a man inside the Exchange Place parking lot.

On September 15, 2018, 25-year-old David Lawrence Burwell was fatally shot during a fight between two groups in the lower level of the parking lot at 55 E. Exchange Place. Police recovered four shell casings near Burwell’s body and nine more outside the structure’s main entrance.

Burwell had been with a group of friends at the Wasted Space bar, 342 S. State. As they were leaving, they were confronted by another group, according to charging documents. Based on surveillance videos collected from nearby businesses and witness statements, prosecutors say the two groups “engaged in a heated confrontation.”

After the fight ended, the two groups separated.

But when Burwell’s group reached their car in the parking lot, they realized members of the group they had just fought with had also parked their car nearby. The trunk of the suspects’ vehicle opened and a witness said Francis Lee Ragsdale, 34, reached inside and grabbed a firearm, the charges allege. Moments later, shots were fired and Burwell was hit.

Another witness told police they were on the sidewalk outside the garage when a car pulled up. Three men ran out of the car park and ran down the street, followed by Ragsdale who walked towards the car which had stopped, according to the charges.

“(The driver) got out of the sedan and fired several bullets down the street in the direction the three men had been running, then he and Ragsdale both got into the sedan which turned around and drove off in the direction from the east,” according to the charges.

Based on information provided by the public, Salt Lake Police announced shortly after the shooting that Ragsdale was a person of interest in the shooting.

The day before the shooting, police say Ragsdale purchased two firearms from a residence in West Valley City. Three days after the murder, the Unified Police arranged to purchase the two weapons in an undercover operation, according to charging documents. These weapons were later turned over to the Salt Lake police. The firearms were tested with shell casings collected from the scene and found to be a match, according to the charges.

Last week, Andrew Jorge Thomas, 30, of Salt Lake City – who also goes by the name Andrew Davison – was charged in 3rd District Court with possession of a firearm by a person with restricted access, a second degree felony and nine counts. unlawfully shooting a firearm, a third-degree felony, with gang-enhancing penalties if convicted. Police say he was the driver of the car that drove off with Ragsdale after the shooting.

Latoi Deron Newbins, 28, of Ogden, was charged in 3rd District Court with two counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, second degree felonies . Court documents indicate that undercover agents purchased the two weapons used in the Newbins shooting.

Ragsdale is listed as a co-defendant in the charges against Newbins and Thomas. However, as of midday Tuesday, no formal charges had been filed against him in connection with the 2018 shooting.

Court records list Francis Lee Ragsdale, 34, as a co-defendant in the case of a fatal shooting in a downtown parking lot on September 15, 2018. As of Tuesday, however, no criminal charges have been filed against him in the case.  .
Court records list Francis Lee Ragsdale, 34, as a co-defendant in the case of a fatal shooting in a downtown parking lot on September 15, 2018. As of Tuesday, however, no criminal charges have been filed against him in the case. . (Photo: Salt Lake Police)

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All Sault Ste. City of Mary parking spots are now enforced 24/7

SAULT STE. MARY — The City of Sault Ste. Marie approved a proposal to extend parking enforcement to all city streets.

At the city commission meeting on September 6, commissioners approved a traffic control ordinance as part of an ongoing effort to audit and modernize the city’s parking system. Over the past few months, this has resulted in some restructuring of the parking meter/kiosk system.

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This new restructuring has resulted in the organization of all on-street parking in the city into spaces monitored by kiosks, meters or parking lots with permits. This introduced several parking permits into the city’s parking system, one of which applies to specific on-street parking areas which are monitored 24/7, all other parking spaces are not are applied only from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

At the September 6 commission meeting, the commission received a request from Sault Police Chief Wesley Bierling to expand parking enforcement to 24/7 parking in town. This applies not only to city-owned streets, but to all city parking lots, including parking lots and parking spaces that were previously controlled by meters, kiosks or permits.

This effectively changes the new parking permit structure, as all spaces are now enforced 24 hours a day instead of the previously specified spaces.

The request was approved in the form of a traffic control ordinance that officially extended enforcement hours for all on-street parking in the city to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This new enforcement policy will not cost the city additional money or require the addition of new signs, but should increase the city’s revenue from parking tickets.

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Kalispell Planning Board reviews parking garage proposal


The Kalispell Planning Board will on Tuesday consider a proposal to build a parking garage, as well as retail and housing space, at First Street West and First Avenue West.

Bill Goldberg and Montana Hotel Development Partners are requesting a conditional use permit for a parking structure and for a building over 60 feet tall, which is the height limit permitted as a rightful use. The building is expected to be eight stories or about 88 feet high.

Planning Council meets at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 201 First Avenue East.

The site is currently a surface parking lot. The proposal provides approximately 240 parking spaces on four levels with commercial uses on the ground floor. On the upper floors of the building, 78 apartments are planned.

The project originated from a request for proposals for the development of a municipal property at the corner of Third Street West and Main Street. The city announced proposals in 2020 and a project, named The Charles Hotel, was submitted by Montana Development Partners and involves the transfer of city-owned land on Main to the company to build a boutique hotel in five floors.

The hotel requires valet parking and to meet this requirement the company also proposed building a parking garage about two blocks north at First Avenue West and First Street West. The hotel project requires the provision of parking for its own demand at 90 places, but also 69 places to replace those of the existing car park on First and First, 43 to replace those lost for the hotel and 40 additional places for future parking demand in the city center, according to the town planning report.

Although part of a larger plan, the planning board will make a recommendation to city council only on the requested UPC for the parking structure and building height.

The city’s growth policy land use map designates the property as commercial.

“The proposed project fits both within the general historic use pattern and with planned future development in the town centre,” the staff report notes.

As for the building, the application says the ground floor is designed entirely around the pedestrian experience with retail and lobby spaces wrapping around the first floor parking lot and providing an interactive experience. The brick facade with large storefronts is expected to draw “elements of classic urban design principles like those shown on Main Street.”

The maximum building height without a CUP is 60 feet. The building is requesting an additional 28 feet, which would allow for the residential component of the project as well as aesthetic considerations, notes planning staff.

The application indicates that the architectural design of the building is intended to mitigate the visual impacts of the additional height. The building could be constructed to stay within the 60 foot height, but this would reduce the number of units or eliminate some of the design features such as building setbacks and courtyards.

Without them, the “result would be a shorter building which is perceived as more massive”, states the application and would also not be able to consider adapting the building to the historical context of the region.

Planning staff recommends CUP approval with nine conditions.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA, the planning board will receive public input on applications from the Morning Star Court community and the Green Acres Court community on applications to the Montana Department of Commerce for grant funding for water and wastewater improvement projects for both communities.

Council will also consider an application by Green Acres Cooperative for annexation and initial residential R-4 zoning designation for a property at 1721 South Woodland Drive. The annexation is to allow the property to be connected to the city sewer due to a failing septic system for the existing mobile home park.

Council will hear an application from Loucas Scholer and Sarah Russell for annexation and initial residential R-4 zoning designation for two properties at 2150 and 2152 Airport Road. The annexation is to allow properties to connect to city water due to a failing well.

Managing Editor Heidi Desch can be reached at 758-4421 or [email protected]

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Oneida County Unveils Plans for Hospital Parking Garage – Oneida Dispatch

UTICA, NY – Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. released renderings and site plan of the county’s $55.8 million, 530,000 square foot parking garage that will adjoin the hospital Wynn from MVHS in downtown Utica.

The installation is currently expected to be completed in March 2024.

“Oneida County has been an invested partner in the MVHS Hospital Project since day one, supporting all aspects of bringing state-of-the-art healthcare to this region,” Picente said in a news release.

The five-level Oneida County parking lot will accommodate 1,330 vehicles, with approximately 1,050 spaces dedicated to hospital needs and 280 available for the general public. The ground floor, along with approximately half of the second floor, will provide public parking for people visiting the hospital or other downtown destinations.

Part of the ground floor will also be reserved for visitors to the emergency room. The remainder of the second floor, as well as all parking lots on the third, fourth and fifth floors, will be reserved for hospital staff parking.

“This parking lot is critical to its success and there was no doubt that we would do whatever it took to make sure it was built,” Picente said. “This county facility will not only provide safe and convenient parking for hospital staff, patients and visitors, but will also provide much-needed general public parking for the growing U-District and our other major investments in the center. -city of Utica: the Adirondack Bank Center and Link.”

Located between State, Oriskany and Cornelia streets, the post-tensioned concrete structure will have multiple entry points for public and staff parking. It will also feature an air-conditioned pedestrian corridor that connects the hospital’s main entrance to the ground floor parking garage. A helipad that will service the emergency transportation needs of the hospital will be located above the final parking level at the top of the structure.

“The new downtown parking lot is extremely important to the Wynn Hospital project as it will provide convenient and secure parking for our patients, their family and friends, and our staff,” said Darlene. Stromstad, FACHE, president and CEO of Mohawk Valley Health System, said. “Our deepest gratitude goes to Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. and the Oneida County Board of Legislators for working diligently to ensure the construction of this vital parking lot.”

Among the 1,330 parking spaces, 45 parking spaces are accessible to people with disabilities and 69 charging spaces for electric vehicles. The building’s electrical service is sized to accommodate a capacity of 280 EV charging stations in the future.

The parking garage will contain five elevators strategically located to serve the hospital’s main and emergency entrances, as well as the Adirondack Bank and Nexus Centers and other local destinations. The exterior will be clad in precast concrete panels with lighting along Oriskany Street that can be programmed to coordinate with downtown events.

“This state-of-the-art parking lot is designed to serve the hospital campus, as well as greater downtown Utica,” said Matthew Lacey, principal of MARCH Associates Architects and Planners. “We have worked hard to balance the needs of MVHS and Oneida County and are confident that our design meets that challenge. We are fortunate to work with a dedicated and experienced team to achieve the ambitious goals of this parking project.

Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, President and CEO of Mohawk Valley Health System listens as Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente speaks. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

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Advancement of parking garage | The sun on the north side

Construction of the $10.5 million parking lot being built at Belhaven University is about a quarter complete.

“We are between 25% and 30% complete, as the current work is mainly on the foundations of the structure,” said David Sprayberry, director of public relations at Belhaven.

Walls, floors and infrastructure have yet to be built, he said.

Completion of the garage is expected “at the end of this calendar year or early next year,” Sprayberry said.

The five-story garage is being built on the existing parking lot between the Heidelberg Gymnasium and the Dr. Billy Kim International Center and in front of the Lakeview Residence. Access will be from the two entrances to the university on Peachtree Street, one entrance placing drivers on the lowest level of the garage and the other higher in the garage.

Equipped with security cameras and well-lit, the garage will be used by residential students as well as faculty, staff and commuters, said Roger Parrott, Ph.D., president of Belhaven University.

“Now that doesn’t mean there won’t be students parking on the streets,” he said. “Students will park where it’s close to where they want to go.”

A brick exterior will allow the garage to blend in with other buildings on campus, he said. Two of the five floors will be below ground level compared to that seen on Peachtree Street. “It won’t be overwhelming from the front of campus,” Parrott said.

On-campus parking has been on the university’s wish list for many years, but spending banned it until an anonymous donor provided the full $10.5 million to fund it, Parrott said.

“I was a university rector for 33 years and I never thought anyone would give money for parking,” he said. “It’s quite remarkable.”

Parrott calls the garage “a game changer” for the campus.

“It makes the best use of our land,” he said. “We’re a small campus and we can’t take everything with parking. This gives us enough capacity to ensure that we could eventually build another dormitory and possibly another classroom. »

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Wynn Hospital parking delays cause problems in Utica

Oneida County has released renderings and a site plan for the proposed Wynn Hospital parking garage in downtown Utica, but an assortment of delays will cause the structure to open several months after the hospital, causing its own parking problems.

According to information provided by the county, Wynn Hospital is scheduled to open in October 2023, but parking will not be completed until March 2024.

“It was always the intention…that the garage would open at the same time [as the hospital]Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said at a press conference outlining the plans for the garage.

Picente was joined by Darlene Stromstad, president and CEO of Mohawk Valley Health System, during Thursday’s reveal.

Stromstad said the hospital system is already considering plans to deal with the approximately five-month parking issues new hospital workers will face.

Other downtown parking lots and possibly shuttle employees from other areas belonging to the hospital system are in the mix.

“More to come on that,” Stromstad said. “It’s still months away.”

About the car park

The parking garage is planned to be located at Oriskany, Lafayette and Cornelia streets. All of the properties within the proposed footprint were acquired by the county, following prominent estate lawsuits.

Oneida County’s five-level parking lot will accommodate 1,330 vehicles, with approximately 1,050 spaces dedicated to hospital needs and 280 available for the general public, according to the county’s unveiling Thursday.

The site plan for the proposed parking garage for the Wynn Hospital in downtown Utica.

Stromstad said the hospital system would lease the county’s parking spaces, and Picente said there would be a cost for the general public to use the garage. Neither provided numbers.

The ground floor, along with approximately half of the second floor, will provide public parking for people visiting the hospital or other downtown destinations. Part of the ground floor will also be reserved for visitors to the emergency room.

The remainder of the second floor, as well as all parking lots on the third, fourth and fifth floors, will be reserved for hospital staff parking.

The 1,330 parking spaces include 45 handicap-accessible parking spaces and 69 electric vehicle charging spaces, according to the county.

The building’s electrical service is sized to accommodate a capacity of 280 EV charging stations in the future.

The parking garage will contain five elevators strategically located to serve the hospital’s main and emergency entrances, as well as the Adirondack Bank and Nexus Centers and other local destinations.

The exterior will be clad in precast concrete panels with lighting along Oriskany Street that can be programmed to coordinate with downtown events.

The garage will also feature an air-conditioned pedestrian corridor that connects the hospital’s main entrance to the ground floor parking lot.

A helipad that will service the emergency transportation needs of the hospital will be located above the final parking level at the top of the structure.

March Architects and Planners are managing the project, Picente said, noting that the firm has done other work for the city in the past.

“We think it complements the exceptional look of Wynn Hospital,” Picente said of the parking lot design.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. speaks during a press conference Thursday, Sept. 8 detailing the proposed Wynn Hospital parking lot in downtown Utica.  He is joined by Mohawk Valley Health System President and CEO Darlene Stromstad.

Cost increases and delays

The county saw the price associated with parking increase by $12 million this year alone. The garage will now cost $55.8 million, according to figures provided by the county.

The proposed project increased by $2 million in June due to higher than expected labor and product costs.

In February, the project received an additional $10 million increase as Utica canceled an original agreement to provide parking spaces in the Kennedy Garage, forcing the county to increase the size of the garage to accommodate an additional 350 spaces and a helicopter pad, according to correspondence between Picente and the Oneida County Board of Legislators.

Utica officials hit back in February, saying it had not backed out of providing space to Kennedy at the Mohawk Valley Health System and noted that the potential buyer of the Kennedy garage could even possibly build additional levels of parking in the garage that could be used.

The county is covering $30,900,000 of the total projected cost of the garage, with the rest covered by state and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, according to capital projects reports.

Breaking down the funding further, Picente said the county has guaranteed $30 million for the project, Empire State Development has contributed $10 million in funding from the state side, and the county will use $10 million in ARPA funding to the project.

The county has been viewing and working on plans for the proposed parking lot since 2016.

In 2018, Empire State Development awarded the $10 million award, which at the time was split into $7 million for the county and $3 million for Kennedy Garage.

The county went back and asked the state to change the award after it said Utica had opted out, Picente said.

Utica’s pushback and the need to go through the court system with eminent domain were the main issues that delayed the project, Picente said.

“We should have been in construction then,” Picente said.

Representatives from March Architects and Planners said construction at the site has technically begun, with various preliminary site works already underway.

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Completion of Wynn Hospital parking garage delayed | Local






UTICA, NY — Local officials gave a preview Thursday of what the new Wynn Hospital parking lot will look like.

The five-storey garage will have approximately 1,350 spaces, including 1,050 for the hospital and 280 for public use.

The parking garage will have five elevators as well as a pedestrian corridor that connects the main entrance of the hospital to the ground floor of the parking garage. A helipad will also be located above the final parking level at the top of the structure.







Rendering of the Wynn Hospital parking garage

Due to protracted eminent domain battles to acquire properties within the garage footprint, the completion date has been pushed back and the garage is now expected to be completed approximately five months after the hospital. The hospital is expected to open in October 2023 and the garage in March 2024.

“We will be working closely and making accommodation arrangements during this time from when Wynn Hospital opens until the garage can be ready for occupancy,” said County Executive Anthony Picente. ‘Oneida.

The car park will also include 45 spaces accessible to people with disabilities and 69 charging stations for electric vehicles. Picente says the building’s electrical service is sized to eventually accommodate up to 280 electric vehicle charging stations.

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Berkeley High parking lot will rise without an operating building

A new three-story parking lot for Berkeley High staff will be built on land on Milvia Street across from the school. Plans to place an underground parking lot and build a school district operating plant on the site were abandoned. 1 credit Credit: Supriya Yelimeli

The Berkeley Unified School District decided not to add a district operating plant to a planned parking garage project across from Berkeley High.

A three-story staff parking garage, with a rooftop tennis court, will be built on Milvia Street between Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue, and the district must find a new location for its maintenance and operation. The old district operations building in South Berkeley was deemed unsafe and closed abruptly last fall.

Plans for the parking lot and tennis court had been set out in Measure G, a $380 million school building bond passed in November 2020. The board voted in March to spend an additional $25 million in funds discretionary measure, adding the factory operations building to the $25 million parking garage project. The proposal would have moved the garage underground, below factory operations.

On Wednesday evening, the school board voted to reverse its March decision.

Facilities manager John Calise said he recommends taking the building off the table after the planning process and further studies have shown it will be costly to mitigate the environmental impact on the center. city ​​- including noise, light and air pollution – of an operations building and its vehicles.

“Mitigation strategies would reduce profitability and hamper the overall maintenance program, as well as the warehouse program for the district,” Calise said during the board meeting.

The district has yet to find another site to house its operations department. Most office work is currently taking place in a leased office building in Berkeley, while operational work is now housed in Richmond, which Calise described as the closest facility the district could find that was large enough to accommodate operations.

Calise said the facilities department had been working on finding a new site for four years, but limited space at Berkeley made it difficult.

The board also approved an additional $2.6 million for staff parking and tennis courts, bringing the total project cost to $27.5 million.

There are several reasons for the increased cost, including increased costs for supplies and labor and a more expensive system needed to dampen vibration noise from the garage. Also, due to a clerical error, the original plan only mentioned 144 parking spaces, less than the planned number of spaces. The additional funds will pay for approximately 70 additional parking spaces for a total of approximately 220 staff spaces.

Parking remains controversial

Despite the fact that plans for a parking garage topped by a tennis court were set out in Measure G, which passed with 82% of the vote, the project was rejected by some community members and directors. school boards, including Ana Vasudeo and Laura Babitt. .

During the board meeting, Babitt suggested that Calise consider buying parking spaces for the city at Berkeley’s Center Street garage, a solution that others – including members of the city’s Oversight Committee measurement G – have also proposed.

“You’re spending all this money and building this now, but we can actually use these funds and start providing parking for our teachers sooner,” Babitt said.

Calise explained that buying parking spaces is not as simple or as inexpensive a solution as it seems.

There are additional operating and maintenance costs that BUSD would have to pay the city each year from its general fund due to limits on how bond money can be spent, he said. . Also, as the downtown recovery continues, the parking lot has become busier and the garage may begin to fill up again.

School board principal Ty Alper has championed the project, which was identified as a top priority for the Berkeley High community years ago in the Measure G planning process.

Calise said he would continue conversations about the possibility of buying parking spaces from the city.

Construction of the garage is expected to begin in November 2023 and be completed 18 months later.

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Human excreta and other issues cited in Uptown Butte parking lot | Local

A lawyer who works in Butte said human feces and urine, discarded needles, litter and people sleeping or passed out have turned the Uptown parking lot into a dangerous health issue and “a blight on the city.” .

“The municipal parking structure on West Park Street does indeed need serious attention before anyone becomes ill and/or injured from the physical conditions which appear to be currently unchanged and/or tolerated here,” a writes James Dolan in a letter to Butte-Silver Bow. commissioners.

Dolan followed up his letter by addressing the commissioners directly at Wednesday night’s council meeting, saying he lives in Anaconda but works in Butte and is very concerned about parking. He is a former Dillon City Attorney and now works at the Public Defender’s Office directly east of Butte’s Garage.

“I’m here because I really care about this issue and there are too many good people in Butte,” Dolan told the commissioners. “I’m not a resident but I work here and I really care what’s going on.”

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Butte-Silver Bow general manager JP Gallagher said he and several department heads, including those for government buildings, community development, community enrichment and public works, met last week to discuss and solve the problem.

“I know the parks department already had – they were there to wash the area down because we have issues with people using it as an outside (and) inside bathroom,” Gallagher told the commissioners. “There are unsavory things happening in this parking lot.”

He said he had discussed with the sheriff’s department the possibility of patrolling the garage more often and that he and his staff were looking at security options, among other measures.

“So that has already caught our attention,” he said. “I appreciate the communication (letter) from Mr. Dolan and we are addressing these issues.”

John Schlichenmayer, one of many locals who has repeatedly called for enforcement of the county’s public nuisance and unsafe construction ordinances, backed Dolan’s claims and said the problems at the garage are nothing new. .

“It needs to be toned down,” he told the commissioners.

Construction of the parking garage was funded by taxpayer-funded bonds from the Uptown Tax Raising District and it opened in early 2018.

The need for one had been discussed for years before the county agreed to build one, largely as part of a package to keep NorthWestern Energy’s Montana headquarters in Butte. . The company offered its employees incentives to rent part of the 250 spaces.

People can pay hourly rates to park there or rent space for $40 a month. Dolan said that equates to $480 per year, but the tab comes with issues and crashes that have become more evident over the past two months.

He listed 12 in his letter, including a “pervasive smell” of urine and vomit around the bus stop area, entrance doors and stairwells, and an elevator “which seems to have been converted into public toilets” because urine and human excrement are often on the ground.

Other issues he listed include:

• Human defecation and discarded clothes in stairwells.

• Shattered and broken bottles all over the garage.

• Garbage and broken bottles scattered everywhere.

• Debris such as discarded carpets and car tires left in and around the garage many times.

• Observation of several alleged drug sales as people arrive at work.

Dolan said the conditions “pose a significant risk of public exposure to communicable diseases and blood-borne pathogens, not to mention potential exposure to controlled substances,” Dolan wrote in his letter.

He suggested a daytime parking attendant and motion-sensitive lighting as possible steps that could help.

“In short, while Butte has always enjoyed and rightfully prided itself on a certain grit and tenacity, the current state of this municipal parking structure poorly reflects the potential of Butte, America,” he said. writing.

Like Gallagher, Commissioner Jim Fisher thanked Dolan for bringing the issue to attention and said the county should consider security services or other measures to address it.

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The demolition of the Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow could lead to the disappearance of 2,000 parking spaces, as the first plans have been revealed

A SERIES of images have been released showing how a regenerated part of Glasgow could evolve with the demolition of a flagship shopping centre.

The Herald can today reveal the artists’ exclusive impressions as the launch of the second stage of the consultation on the future of the Buchanan Galleries is underway.

The images show how replacing the existing Buchanan Galleries building would create more green and public spaces, street-level shops and restaurants, and better connectivity across the city.

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Owner Landsec’s vision is to replace the Buchanan Galleries shopping center with a new net-zero mixed-use urban neighborhood in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

The bold plan would see Glasgow lose 2,000 parking spaces due to a planned shopping center demolition, but it aims to encourage sustainable travel.

A sketch shows what the area might look like from Dundas Street

Landsec announced earlier this year that they were proposing to demolish the mall, which is just over 20 years old, to restore the city’s network and develop a mixed-use urban environment – an “inclusive neighborhood”.

Even before the pandemic, it was recognized that shopping habits had changed. Landsec believed the town had an oversupply of retail businesses and a different path was needed.

With strong existing transport links, including two train stations, a bus station and a metro, they want to promote active and sustainable travel as part of their future plans.

Glasgow Times: First images show how the Buchanan district could evolveThe first images show how the Buchanan district could evolve

Nick Davis, Landsec’s Senior Development Manager, said: ‘This is about removing car dependency, the 2000 space multi-storey car park will be demolished and not replaced as we want the bus, train or cycle to be predominant. The platform aspiration for us is based on sustainability and it will be a net zero carbon development. That in itself begins to elevate it to a different proposition nationally and internationally.

Landsec says it is committed to Glasgow and its future. The city could have found itself in a completely different position when it was realized that bold change was not only needed, but coming. In the past, outdated shopping centers would have been demolished, perhaps leaving a site empty, but steps are being taken now to steer Glasgow in the right direction while paving the way. Mr Davis believes the £1billion St James area, which opened in Edinburgh last year, will be the latest of the dedicated retail developments.

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Mr Davis added: “Even before the pandemic, we began to consider the future of Buchanan Galleries as a shopping destination in a city that we believe is oversupplied with retail, not necessarily downtown. but in the context of Glasgow where you got out of Braehead, Silverburn and the Fort town centres. Retail requirements also change and when we looked at this pre-covid we looked at the size and reduction in the amount of retail space and then covid came along and this structural change of retail was already underway – covid hastened this change.

“The retail sector is in a very different place. We have seen Glasgow as the Z of retail with Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argle Street – that is changing. Marks and Spencer pulled out of Sauchiehall Street and a number of retailers in the town had dual representation.

“We engaged a company called My Folio and had an idealized vision for the Buchanan neighborhood to find out what people want from regenerating a 10-acre site in the city center.

“One of the things that came out was that the city can’t rely on retail going forward. It has proven itself in the past, but the structural change in retail has begun. There is also the success of the concert halls and conference sector, hotels, all of which support the city’s economy.

Glasgow Times: A reinvented area with retail, restaurants and more public space could be consideredA reinvented area with retail, restaurants and more public space could be considered

One option was to reallocate part of the existing center to an alternative use, but there were challenges around structural capacity so the viability was not there for alternative use. This then led them to the vision of restoring the city grid.

“If we recreated the city grid and the network of streets and public spaces around the new blocks, we could keep retail, restaurants and active uses on the ground floor, the upper being a variety of uses ranging from Class A desks to technological innovations. , residential, hotels,” Davis added.

“It started a journey that has led to positive feedback about the regeneration of a neighborhood that is looking forward to the post-covid recovery of one of Scotland’s major cities.”

The project would generate 3,000 construction jobs and 10,000 permanent jobs as well as a GVA for the economy of £1.25 billion a year.

Glasgow Times: Glasgow's reliance on retail changes after pandemicGlasgow’s reliance on retail changes after pandemic

The second phase of the consultation process begins today and Landsec says it is keen to engage and hear from people, residents and businesses on their thoughts on their plans.

Mr Davis added: “The principle around creating new streets means that we can create a place and a purpose. In the master plan there is the creation of a new building or civic center and for me it is about creating a new destination in Glasgow – an exceptional destination for the people of Glasgow. This could be related to education, business or innovation and promoting the city in an international context. We benefit great traction from a number of potential operators in this space.

Among comments from the first phase of consultation was a desire for more public space rather than traditional retail, but Mr Davis said there was still potential for flagship retail stores on Buchanan Street and independent shops on a new Dundas Street towards Cathedral Street.

Glasgow Times: Improving public space key to future plans for Buchanan districtImproving public space is key to future plans for the Buchanan district

Leading architect Professor Alan Dunlop last week told the Herald of his concerns about the Concert Hall’s iconic steps with the statue of Scotland’s first First Minister nearby, overseeing Buchanan Street.

While no decision has been made on the concert hall steps, the proposals outline potential reconfiguration options to provide a more accessible entrance that would continue to serve as an outdoor gathering place for public activities and events.

On the question of where the Donald Dewar statue fits into the redesign, Mr Davis said: “I think what will prevail here will be about the quality and quantity of the public realm. What is currently a covered commercial space, when we remove the covered environment, there will be a series of streets and spaces and the public realm will be massively increased and the quality improved. Of course, there will be a place for Donald Dewar.

Details of how the public and community can get involved are available on the Commonplace website.

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2 survivors and 7 dead in a submerged parking lot in Pohang

Rescue workers carry a survivor out of the flooded underground parking lot of an apartment building in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, southeastern South Korea on Tuesday after nine residents went missing following torrential rains caused by Typhoon Hinnamnor which hit the area. (Yonhap)

Nine people were pulled from a flooded parking lot in the southeastern city of Pohang, two of them alive, with the other seven dead after being found in cardiac arrest, as the search for the remaining victims continues following Typhoon Hinnamnor.

All had been trapped in the underground parking lot of an apartment complex in Pohang, about 270 km southeast of Seoul, after driving there to move their cars amid heavy downpours caused by the typhoon.

Rescuers searched the flooded garage and pulled the nine people out of the water.

The two survivors, a 39-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman, were rescued between 8:15 p.m. Tuesday and 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, they said. The survivors remain relatively healthy.

But the other seven were rescued in cardiac arrest and later pronounced dead.

On Wednesday morning, rescuers are carrying out an operation to clear the parking lot to search for the remaining victims, but it is highly unlikely that any other survivors will be discovered, they said.

Pohang was the hardest hit by the super powerful typhoon that swept across the south of the country on Tuesday morning, submerging roads and buildings and causing landslides.

As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, a total of 10 people had died and two others were missing due to the typhoon, according to the central disaster prevention and security measures headquarters. Three others were injured. (Yonhap)

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Space in the airport’s short-term parking garage will be limited in the coming months


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The capacity of the short-term parking garage will be limited over the next few months due to construction related to the upcoming Red Express sidewalks. Signage at the airport will alert drivers if the short-term parking garage is approaching capacity. When the garage fills up, drivers will be prompted to park in the long-term parking garage. Passengers can also reserve a space in advance using the parking reservation system. Customers picking up or dropping off passengers can use our new Blue Express curbs or enjoy one hour of free parking in the long-term parking garage. The Cell Phone Waiting Lot is also a good option for drivers waiting for arriving passengers.

STPG-parking-closure2The scope of the Red Express Curbs project includes clearing sections of the short-term parking garage located above the former Aviation Authority Administration Building. The 1970s building will have to be demolished to make way for the new expressways, reducing the availability of parking spaces in the short-term garage for several months.

The finished Red Express curbs will operate similarly to the award-winning Blue Express curbs, which opened in November 2021 for travelers without checked baggage. Passengers dropped off at the Blue Express curbs take the elevator, escalator or stairs to the main terminal transfer level, where they can take a shuttle bus to the TSA security checkpoint on their airside, bypassing entirely the level of the ticket office. For arriving travelers, it’s also a short walk from the main terminal to the Blue Express pick-up level, where they meet their driver, bypassing baggage claim altogether.

Express lanes improve the overall customer experience by improving the flow of passenger traffic and helping to reduce the buildup of long queues at check-in, security and various other areas of the airport.

Red Express sidewalks expected to be completed in 2025 and are part of the airport master plan. For more information visit: https://www.tampaairport.com/MasterPlan

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Lack of parking spaces in the city of Beerwah causes traffic jams


Lack of parking spaces in the city of Beerwah causes traffic jams


posted on Sep 04, 2022 | Author Arif Rachid



Budgam, 03 September: Unauthorized parking in Beerwah town in Kashmir’s central Budgam district is causing inconvenience to commuters as it also leads to traffic jams in the area.

Locals told Rising Kashmir that due to the lack of parking spaces in the main city, people park their vehicles on the side of the road, which causes a lot of trouble for commuters.

Shabeer Ahmad, one of the residents, said people visiting shops, government offices and hospitals; park their vehicle on both sides of the road.

“Due to the increasing number of private vehicles and the lack of parking, people are forced to park their vehicles on the side of the roads, which not only creates traffic jams in the main city, but also creates many inconveniences for commuters,” he said.

Ahmad said the Municipal Beerwah Committee should take necessary action regarding this issue.

Hafsa Jan, a student, said that from the side of the hospital road, there is not a single parking space where commuters and shopkeepers can park their vehicles. Unavailability of parking spaces is the main reason why people park their vehicles on both sides of the road,” she said.

Beerwah Municipal Committee Chairman Khursheed Ahmad Bandy said the Municipal Committee is still waging a campaign against people who park their vehicles on the side of the roads.

“We have already identified no-parking areas in the city as appropriate signs have been posted at various locations around the city,” he said.

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Green Street garage opening next week, several months late

A reconstructed and taller Green Street parking garage is scheduled to open for residents, shoppers and visitors to downtown Ithaca on Tuesday, September 6, several months later than the “late fall 2021” completion date reported at the time. of the announcement of the facility’s closure date in early 2021.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

“Guests will find a brand new facility with ample parking close to many popular downtown destinations – the Commons, Cinemapolis, the Library and City Hall, to name a few. This garage is a critical asset to our community, and we are grateful to the City of Ithaca for leading its reconstruction and expansion,” said DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson.

The structure will again provide parking for the nearby downtown Ithaca Marriott, and it is adjacent to the still-ongoing construction of a downtown conference center and affordable housing along the north side of East Green Street.

The nearby crosswalk allowing pedestrians to cross in the middle of the 100 block of East Green Street reopened last month, much to the relief of Cinemapolis patrons heading to the cinema and intercity bus passengers walking from the Commons to the buses from the south side of the street.

The project, which began with the garage closing at the end of March 2021, included the partial demolition of the garage. The rebuilt facility includes seven floors of parking “with an increase of 95 spaces,” according to the city of Ithaca. An “occupancy display system” will let drivers know how many spaces are available in the garage before they enter, says Eric Hathaway, director of parking and transportation for the city of Ithaca.

“The reopening of the Green Street Parking Garage is an important milestone for the City of Ithaca, Downtown Ithaca and the economic development of our community,” said Tompkins Chamber President and CEO, Jennifer Tavares. “I am grateful that the City of Ithaca and the Vecino Group were able to work together to replace this critical piece of parking infrastructure in our mall, meeting the needs of hundreds of businesses, residents and visitors.”

Six of the seven parking floors will be available for parking beginning Tuesday, September 6, and Ithaca City officials have announced that monthly parking passes will be available for purchase at the city chamberlain’s office in from Tuesday, September 13.

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Plan filed for dilapidated Bridgeport car park after delays

BRIDGEPORT — After nearly three years of insensitivity and delays that frustrated city officials, a major downtown landlord has filed plans to renovate a key parking lot available to its tenants and the public.

But Economic Development Director Thomas Gill did not celebrate on Thursday as local authorities have been pushing for the works since October 2019 and were previously told it would continue but nothing would happen.

“OPED (the Office of Economic Planning and Development) is aware and has confirmed that a building permit application has been submitted,” Gill said in an email. “We will reserve further comment until the plans have been reviewed by the building department, fire marshal and engineering department.”

Time Equities purchased the five-story parking structure between John and Bank streets, the adjacent City Trust building, the historic Arcade shopping center on Main Street and another apartment complex at 144 Golden Hill in early 2019 .

Even before that, city officials had indicated the garage’s importance to the neighborhood’s ongoing revitalization. In October 2017, Gill and his team informed city council members that Bridgeport might consider buying and renovating the facility.

The Time Equities acquisitions were initially hailed by Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration as a sign of investor interest in downtown.

But by October 2019, city officials were growing increasingly frustrated with the unsafe conditions and dilapidated appearance of the parking lot. That month, Time Equities received a warning for violating Bridgeport’s scourge regulations, specifically for “concrete crumbling”.

Then in December, Time Equities reported, according to a timeline provided to Hearst by the Department of Economic Development, “that they are actively working on the issue.” By March 2020, she had erected scaffolding “to protect pedestrians from falling concrete and to carry out work,” according to the city’s schedule. But nothing more happened.

Seven months later, at the end of October 2020, Time Equities in an email told the Department of Economic Development that work would begin “in early summer 2021” and be completed “in early fall 2021”. But again, the project did not come to fruition, according to the schedule of the Ministry of Economic Development, .

Subsequently, between late November 2021 and March 2022, the fire marshal, zoning and building departments, and the state attorney all became involved, with the first three entities issuing various property offenses related to : the deterioration of the concrete decking; broken concrete falling from building; problems with emergency lighting, entry/exit signaling and other electrical equipment; stairwells clogged with trash; and the storage of unusable and unregistered boats on the first floor.

According to the city, the fire marshal’s office contacted the state’s attorney on March 4 about possible “criminal lawsuits” against Time Equities for non-response. On March 7, the state’s attorney’s office sent a “written notice” to Time Equities and on March 11, the owner’s representative met with building staff and the offices of the fire marshal and agreed to make repairs.

Then, on March 16, Diane Lord, an attorney at Willinger, Willinger and Bucci, wrote to the state attorney that Time Equities had hired an architect and structural engineer to develop plans for the parking structure and was tackling to “immediate problems” such as resolving the emergency. lighting and electrical repairs. His correspondence included a copy of the engineering plans.

But none were filed until Hearst contacted Time Equities in mid-August.

“The property has architectural and engineering plans that are finalized and is in the process of selecting a contractor to award the project to,” read an Aug. 17 email from a PR firm representing Time Equities. Inc. “He expects plans for the project to be filed with the city by the end of the week.

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Loveland City Council to vote on funding for Draper parking garage – Loveland Reporter-Herald

After a week off, Loveland City Council will be back behind the Civic Center dais on Tuesday for the first regular meeting in September.

Top of the agenda were a series of votes related to the construction of a city-owned parking lot to complete the Draper Heartland mixed-use development on Fourth Street.

The Board will also consider a request from the Centerra metropolitan districts to extend the maturity dates of some of their existing debt and to issue approximately $18 million in new debt, to fund “necessary public infrastructure projects.” “.

Elsewhere, the council will also hear a proposal from Pro-Tem Mayor Don Overcash for a road safety task force to improve the behavior of Loveland drivers.

Clothier parking garage

In its role as the Loveland Urban Renewal Authority’s board of directors, the city council voted 7-1 on August 16 to approve a deal to fund the design costs of the Draper parking garage, a five-story structure planned for the southeast corner of 5th Street and Jefferson Avenue. On Tuesday, the council will take a second vote on whether to accept the $670,000 credit.

The board will also take a first vote on a deal with Draper Heartland developer BH Developers, which details the funding for the structure.

After several months of negotiations, including two executive meetings with the city council, the city and the developer have agreed that the construction of the garage and other improvements will be financed by the proceeds of a certificate of issuance of participation, backed by the next 25 years of ownership and sales tax revenues from the mixed-use portion of the development on Fourth Street.

The developer agreed to cap total costs at $12,870,000 – $12 million in construction and $870,000 in improvements to the nearby lane and surrounding area.

The Draper Heartland project will bring nearly 100 homes and 15,000 square feet of retail space to downtown Loveland for a projected price approaching $45 million. The city will have a total of 117 public parking spaces when it is completed in 2024.

Centerra Funding

Hoping to take advantage of rising interest rates, Centerra’s metropolitan districts plan to refinance its existing debt, but they need Loveland City Council’s approval to do so.

On Tuesday, district officials will ask the board to approve a new maturity date of 2053 for about $167 million in tax-exempt bonds, issued between 2017 and 2020. They are also asking for approval of a new issue of $18.81 million, for a total “par” of $185.865 million.

According to documents in the Agenda Folder, the funds raised by this refinancing will be used for “the construction of necessary public infrastructure for the benefit of taxpayers, residents and the general public of the districts.”

Centerra recently restructured its debt in 2020.

Road Safety Improvement Initiative

In new business, Overcash plans to introduce an initiative to improve road safety in Loveland.

He proposes to create a task force made up of representatives from the Loveland Police Department, the city attorney’s office and members of the police’s Citizens’ Advisory Board.

The group would study traffic patterns in Loveland and then create a safety plan aimed at improving driver behavior and reducing accidents.

How to participate

Council will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 500 E. Third St.

Comments from members of the public will be accepted in person as well as on Zoom.

Those wishing to join by Zoom can use ID 975 3779 6504 with a passcode of 829866, depending on the meeting agenda.

The meeting will air on Comcast Channel 16 and stream on the city’s website at lovgov.org/tv.

Tuesday’s agenda is available on the Loveland City Council website at lovgov.org.

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Creation of temporary parking spaces for boat trailers at the water’s edge

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In time for the long weekend, new temporary boat trailer parking is now available in the Couchiching Beach parking lot (launch lot) off Centennial Drive in Orillia.

Due to Phase 2 of the Centennial Drive reconstruction project, boat trailer parking will be discontinued on the former Canadian Pacific Railway right-of-way. Therefore, beginning September 2 and for the remainder of the 2022 boating season, boat trailers may be parked in the Centennial boat launch parking lot. Additional temporary parking has also been made available on the west shoulder of Centennial Drive. (See key map.)

“Centennial Drive and surrounding areas are a hub of construction activity as work begins to revitalize the area in accordance with the Downtown Tomorrow plan,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “We appreciate the patience of the community and visitors as we work to make improvements to this strategic area of ​​our town and have created this temporary boat trailer parking area to provide convenient parking for boaters to access the lake. Couchiching for the rest of the season during construction. ”

A designated parking area for regular vehicles will remain available in the Couchiching parking lot (launch parking lot). Parking in the waterfront lots remains available free of charge at this time.

The City of Orillia continues to investigate long-term waterfront parking options. A waterfront and downtown traffic and parking study has been completed and is currently being reviewed by staff. The study will include parking-related recommendations for council, such as the number of parking lots, spaces and their locations, as well as parking management strategies, such as pricing, timing and availability. . For more information regarding studying or parking in Orillia, please visit orillia.ca/parking.

Phase 2 of the Centennial Drive reconstruction project includes construction of local sanitary sewers and watermains on Centennial Drive to service redevelopment in the area, construction of large underground water quality control structures stormwater to improve the quality of storm sewer disposal, the burial of power lines, and road reconstruction and realignment in the Canice Street/Centennial Drive/Mississaga Street East corridor between Brant Street East and the Front Street.

For more details on the Centennial Drive area improvements and to sign up to receive updates during the project, visit orillia.ca/centennial.

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Steamboat Mountain Area Master Plan Plans Updated Ski Time Square and Parking Structures

A conceptual drawing of a rebuilt gondola transit center, which would be designed to be safer and reduce confusion.
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After spending nearly a year and a half receiving feedback from the community, stakeholders, officials and experts, the city’s planning department is seeking some more public input for the city’s master plan. mountain area before presenting it to Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, September 1. 6.

The plan outlines many potential projects for the base area of ​​the mountain, ranging from small adjustments to ambitious redevelopments.

In the near future, the plan calls for the construction of a designated turnaround loop at the end of Ski Time Square and the reconstruction and upgrading of the gondola transit center.



In the long term, which the plan defines as 4 to 10 years, it outlines several potential “big moves,” including a parking structure at Meadows parking lot and upgrading the Wildhorse Gondola to high capacity to take people from the lot. Meadows at the Base Region.

Other “big idea” projects include the redevelopment of Knoll parking lots and the realignment of Ski Time Square Drive to join Mount Werner Circle and Burgess Creek Road at a single intersection.



Staff identified three priorities – improving economic vitality, improving access and wayfinding, and maintaining the town’s identity and culture as a small western ski resort – based on feedback from the during the early stages of the plan.

One of the main priorities of the master plan is to stimulate year-round traffic in the base area of ​​the mountain, and one of the ways to achieve this is to improve Ski Time Square Drive.

A map of the mountain area with renderings of the short and long term projects listed in the Mountain Area Master Plan.
Town of Steamboat Springs/Courtesy Photo

Brad Calvert, a senior city planner who worked on the master plan, described the Ski Time Square area as “no man’s land” and said there are many potential projects to improve the area.


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Currently in the design phase, work on a large turnaround loop at the end of Ski Time Square Drive could begin as soon as next summer, relieving the countless number of people who mistakenly drive down the street looking for a parking spot but are forced to make an awkward U-turn.

An aerial render of Ski Time Square Drive includes a potential twist.
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“I think pedestrians, vehicles, cyclists are all kind of confused as to what happens when you come to the end of this formal road,” Calvert said.

In a longer term view, the master plan envisions a redevelopment along Ski Time Square Drive. In 2007 developers bought up properties along the street and demolished existing buildings to make way for redevelopment projects, but a volatile market amid the 2008 financial crisis halted construction.

A concept drawing of Ski Time Square Drive after improvements and redevelopment. The planners who worked on the master plan for the mountain area are considering the possibility of activating the ground floors of nearby structures for commercial purposes. Improvements to the area’s streetscape are also described.
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Calvert said there has been significant momentum between the public and private sectors to meet the priorities set out in the plan.

Rebuilding the Gondola Transit Center requires a healthy partnership between the City and Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., as the Transit Center can be confusing and dangerous for pedestrians.

According to the plan, the gondola transit center is to be “reimagined and rebuilt to create a priority area for pedestrians, including clear pedestrian routes to the gondola and lifts.” There are no plans to expand the footprint of the transit center, but the project would involve transforming the shuttle and bus pick-up and drop-off areas into a figure-eight roundabout.

Construction of the transit center is expected to begin in the summer of 2023 and is expected to be completed by late summer 2024, but this schedule is tentative as the project is still in the design phase.

An aerial rendering for a rebuilt gondola transit center, which features raised walkways and a reimagined drop-off area.
Town of Steamboat Springs/Courtesy Photo

City asks public to join Mountain Area Master Plan discussion at EngageSteamboat.net/MAMPwhere a full draft of the document is available with discussion forums.

“Steamboat residents would riot against paid parking on existing Meadows land,” Steamboat resident Ryan Coe wrote in the chat fields.

Although the plan is being presented to council earlier, public comments will be accepted until September 9.

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As Santa Rosa study finds thousands of downtown parking spots sit unused, housing advocates see opportunity

‘A place to drive and store cars’

Covert, of the Santa Rosa group YIMBY, was biking downtown recently when he approached Santa Rosa Plaza and wondered what the neighborhood was like before the big mall was built. In his day job, he is Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Bay Area Council, a business coalition active in economic development issues.

“It was just wrong,” he said, speaking as a citizen, of the split downtown, divided by the enclosed mall and the adjacent 101 Freeway. then you have this mall with a parking lot the size of nine football fields.

He began browsing through detailed fire insurance maps from the early to mid-1900s produced by Sanborn Map Company. The maps painted a picture of a different downtown with hundreds of homes and businesses.

This was before the 1969 earthquake which destroyed more than 100 buildings, including 13 hotels and other downtown establishments, forcing the city into a dilemma of how to rebuild its commercial core. Twelve years of controversy and 21 lawsuits followed before Santa Rosa Plaza opened in 1983.

Covert’s research found that 63% of land used for parking was once housing, and little parking was developed on open land. Dozens of storefronts, churches, a theater, bowling alley, and even the city’s tiny Chinatown on Second Street once stood where there is now a parking lot.

He wondered if Santa Rosa needed all those spaces.

The 2019 parking study and recent data confirmed what he already suspected: there is a surplus of parking downtown.

“From a land use perspective, downtown Santa Rosa is a place to drive and store cars, but I think we have one of the most exciting redevelopment opportunities in North Bay,” Covert said.

Covert said transforming city parking might be one of the easiest ways to accelerate the goal of increasing housing in the city’s urban core. The latest plan for the 720-acre downtown, approved in late 2020, aims to add 7,000 new homes by 2040, an ambitious goal that has eluded the city in the past.

According to Covert and other advocates of downtown transformation, replacing parking with housing and improving cycling and pedestrian infrastructure will create a more vibrant and inviting downtown, attract more buyers and create a more large pool of employees for local businesses.

Downtown infill redevelopment can preserve green spaces, limit building in outlying areas that are at higher risk of wildfires and allow developers to increase density by building, not out, say allies housing.

Cal Weeks, policy director of Sonoma County nonprofit Generation Housing, which promotes affordable housing development, said the city should target parking if it is serious about building more housing.

Weeks and Covert said it would be best to redevelop the Third Street and D Street garages and the grounds of the former White House department store site on Third and E Streets.

The garages, which are over 50 years old, require up to $12 million in repairs. Repairing structures is not a good use of taxpayers’ money because there are so many parking spaces nearby, advocates said.

“Investing our city’s money in these structures doesn’t make much sense when there’s a more utilitarian use of these sites,” Weeks said.

A Third Street Garage redevelopment plan was halted earlier this year after opposition from the business community.

Mayor Rogers said he would like to put all properties on the table, seek feedback from developers and the community, and see what opportunities exist for redevelopment. Transforming individual lots one by one could be more difficult because the city could run into opposition like it did with the Third Street garage, he said.

That doesn’t mean the city is looking to get rid of all downtown parking lots, he said. The city will also need to determine how much parking will be needed in the future as part of that process, he said.

Business interests wary of redevelopment

Recent proposals to redevelop garages and parking lots have angered some members of the business community who fear the redevelopment will hurt downtown commerce. Downtown merchants and landlords say they are not opposed to housing, but stress that the city should be strategic in the properties it redevelops.

Bernie Schwartz, co-owner of California Luggage Co. on Fourth Street, said new homes of all income levels are needed to help revive the area, which is struggling with job vacancies and business turnover. , especially in the wake of the pandemic.

He acknowledged there was plenty of parking downtown, but noted that if some of the lots and garages closest to Fourth Street were redeveloped, it could be a problem for employees and customers. restaurants, bars and shops.

According to the parking study, three of the busiest downtown parking properties are the two Fifth Street surface lots and the Third Street Garage. (Even the garage and lot on Fifth and D Streets didn’t exceed 69% occupancy at peak times, according to the city, and while the lot on Fifth and B Streets was often between 70% and 84% full , it only has 64 spaces.)

The city should first focus on redevelopment of lots and garages outside the Fourth Street core, said Schwartz, who has operated his business downtown for 42 years.

Developer Hugh Futrell, whose company is behind a number of downtown residential and commercial projects, said while there is now excess parking, the city should be careful not to not reduce garage space.

Retailers, office tenants and residents will need the parking lot if housing is added downtown, bringing more people, said Futrell, vice president of the Downtown Action Organization, a group affiliated with the Santa Rosa Metro. Chamber which oversees a fiscal entity formed to promote downtown. The group opposed plans to redevelop the Third Street Garage.

“The surplus in the garage disappears if we achieve the objectives of our general plan,” Futrell wrote in an email.

Weeks of Generation Housing said smart parking policies would address concerns about lack of parking in the future. The city should partner with owners of private parking lots to share space or incentivize owners to rent spaces in the evenings and on weekends, he said.

Improving pedestrian and cycling infrastructure would also reduce the number of parking spaces needed and cars on the road, he said.

Although the redevelopment may create noise, dust and other temporary challenges, the long-term benefits outweigh the drawbacks, he said.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community and what makes downtown Santa Rosa so special, but I truly believe they’re going to see a boom in people moving downtown,” he said. he declares.

You can reach editor Paulina Pineda at 707-521-5268 or [email protected] On Twitter @paulinapineda22.

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‘The Parking Spaces’ offers an interactive audio art experience in downtown Iowa City

Iowa artists Steven Willis, Ramin Roshandel and Stephanie Miracle have created a unique listening experience at locations in downtown Iowa City.

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Parking spaces on the fourth floor of the Chauncey Swan parking garage are seen in Iowa City on Monday, August 29, 2022.


At the height of the pandemic, an Iowa City choreographer, composer, and musician collaborated to create “The Parking Spaces,” an asynchronous arts experience scattered throughout downtown. The three returned to update the project this year.

Parking spaces is an interactive audio experience that can be found in eleven public spaces in the city. The artwork includes various audio stories ranging from style and location, from the Black Hawk mini-park to the Chauncey Street parking ramp.

Map by Eleanor Hildebrandt/The Daily Iowan

The first interpretation of The Parking Spaces

First created by writer/poet Steven Willis, composer Ramin Roshandel and choreographer Stephanie Miracle in 2020, the project previously titled “The Parking Spaces Project” was originally an idea born out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

“Almost all theaters have been completely closed,” Miracle said. “There was very little – if any – there was virtually no live performance.”

Miracle, assistant professor of dance at the University of Iowa, teamed up with Willis, currently a poetry student at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and Roshandel, who holds a doctorate. candidate in musical composition at the UI.

The trio wanted to create art that brings people together in a physical space during the pandemic. They opted for the Chauncey Swan parking ramp located on East Washington Street in Iowa City.

Ten audio experiences were created for the fourth floor of the ramp. Each audio segment of this version corresponds to a parking space number and is available on the project site.

Willis and Miracle took turns telling different parking numbers. Each space used sound or music in the recordings composed and arranged by Roshandel, the project’s sound engineer.

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Now there’s an updated sequel to the experience that includes ten local artists.

Miracle said they wanted to bring in new artists to introduce more expressions, different generations, and different representations of identity and art forms. The project also now includes spoken word poetry, a podcast element, a music-only narrative, and an interactive experience.

“It was important for us to show these different shades of our community,” Miracle said.

One of the local artists, Mary Mayo, said her interest was sparked by the original project. Willis contacted her to ask her to do voice work for the new edition.

“I really enjoyed the first iteration of this…I immediately said yes, because I really enjoyed the first one, being a participant, you know, being in the audience for the premiere,” Mayo said.

Jason Snell, another local contributing artist, previously worked on an interactive lighting piece in the Old Capitol mall parking ramp in 2019. Miracle asked him to make a recording revisiting this artwork for the piece. update.

“For me it was a nice revisit to an earlier space, and the piece itself was about memory and how memory changes over time. So it was interesting to revisit a piece about memory and see what I could remember about it and recount the experience of creating it and producing music – its public art aspect,” Snell said.

Many artists on the project are involved in the UI, Miracle said.

“University is already a place where people who seek knowledge come together, people who want to meet, and it also feels like a good analogy for how we make connections and networks and relate to spaces” , said Miracle.

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Governor Baker in Springfield for decommissioning of Civic Center parking garage

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday marked an official celebration of the dismantling of the Civic Center parking lot in Springfield as they prepare to build a new one across from the MassMutual Center.

Governor Charlie Baker was in Springfield on Monday to tear down the parking sign himself with an excavator as the demolition of a new parking lot reached a new stage. The new five-story garage will include 800 to 900 parking spaces, EV chargers and an entrance area on State and Main streets providing easier access to local downtown businesses.

Delayed by the pandemic and the Calder Cup playoff season, Governor Baker said that made them take this project and make it something more: “The way they’ve changed, especially this way of creating a place and making a place, and a different entrance, and everything else, were hugely positive developments in taking this project and making it so much more than it otherwise would have been.

The $80 million project also included the purchase of the nearby parking lot. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said it would elevate what the city has to offer: “Activating Bruce Landing Way, just like Fenway. When you go to Fenway, when you go to the MassMutual Center, whether it’s to see the T-Birds or the other shows that MGM puts on, it’s going to be an activation here.

The mayor of Sarno said he plans to make announcements about how he will reuse this space.

The old garage had limited parking as the second floor as well as the roof was closed after a while. The process of demolishing the old building really accelerated this summer, with barricades blocking the construction area. The inauguration of the new garage should take place at the end of 2023.

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News in Clarksville: Shots fired at a football game, open container rules, parking and other top stories this week

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Here’s a look at some of the best local reporting from Clarksville Now this week.

MPs had ‘high risk’ traffic stopped after a football match was filmed: Deputies were able to quickly nab three suspects following the shootings at West Creek High School. READ MORE

The City plans to allow open containers 7 days a week in the city center: Less than a year after the rules allowing the oGutnpen container came into effect, there is a push to allow it seven days a week. READ MORE

With nearly 100 motorcycle wrecks this year, police and bikers are urging to slow down: A local safety trainer says one of the biggest dangers is turning left. Here are some of the biggest causes of motorcycle wreckage. READ MORE

Clarksville chimes in on the TBI report that shows the local crime rate is down: The figures show a drop in the crime rate over the past few years. But some locals just don’t buy it. READ MORE

The parking garage in front of the F&M Bank Arena will be completed in the fall of 2023: Here is the latest news on the parking lot that is under construction downtown next to the arena. READ MORE

A fire destroys the family home in Cunningham: Several units were dispatched to the scene of a house fire early Tuesday morning. The community intervenes to help the family. READ MORE

Schools enter 2022-23 with over 100 active student COVID-19 cases, 68 employee cases: Here’s what CMCSS is doing to help prevent the spread this year. READ MORE

Upcoming 3-way race for Mayor of Clarksville, 3 City Council races contested: The November ballot has three candidates running for mayor. Here are all the names that will be on the ballot for the city and state races. READ MORE

The teams are starting to work on exit 8 of the sports complex: Work on the Sports Complex at Rossview Road and International Boulevard is officially underway. Here are the final plans for the first phase. READ MORE

Dutch Bros Coffee opens its first location in Clarksville: They opened their first location here on Second Street, with a second on Madison Street. READ MORE

Montgomery Central running back named Clarksville Now Player of the Week: He gained 218 all-purpose yards and two rushing touchdowns on his 11 carries. READ MORE

Clarksville Academy’s Eddie Ricks III announces he will play basketball for Morehead State: Ricks, who helped lead CA to a state championship appearance in 2021, will head to Morehead State. READ MORE

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