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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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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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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

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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.”

After:Dover town center is plagued with vacancies. Why city leaders are optimistic about a comeback.

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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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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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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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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City gives initial approval for Aggieville parking fees | New

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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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City Commissioners Consider Parking Fee Structure for Aggieville Parking Garage | New

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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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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.
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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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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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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.







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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.







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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.







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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.







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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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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.

— Contact Siandhara Bonnet at [email protected]rapidcityjournal.com —

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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).

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The City chooses Messer Construction for the transit center/parking garage project | New

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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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Public Forum Hears Planned Schedule and Potential Improvements for City Parking Lot | Local News

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Binghamton buyers await construction of new parking garage

Now that the old city-owned parking lot on Water Street has been demolished, people who shop, work and live in downtown Binghamton are eagerly awaiting the new garage.

Gorick Construction workers began the massive demolition project on the site next to the Boscov department store a few days after Christmas.

The site of the Water Street development project on August 26, 2022. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

The site of the Water Street development project on August 26, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The job of removing the deteriorating half-century-old parking structure took several months.

The property south of Henry Street has been cleared and there has been no construction activity on the site for weeks.

The site in downtown Binghamton where a parking lot and residential complex is to be built. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

The site in downtown Binghamton where a parking lot and residential complex is to be built. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A 549-space car park is to be built in place of the old structure. City officials said a five-story, 122-unit apartment complex would be built above the parking lot.

When the “mixed-use development” project was announced, the total price for the parking and residential components was estimated at $48 million.

Construction of the new garage was seen as crucial in the city’s efforts to keep the Boscov store open.

The Pennsylvania-based company operates the downtown location under a series of one-year lease extensions. Boscov executives have expressed concern about the condition of the building he uses. The property is owned by the Broome County Industrial Development Agency.

The city began talks with Boscov representatives last year that could lead to the company acquiring the building.

Mayor Jared Kraham has not announced when construction of the new garage will begin. On Friday, he said he expected to be able to provide more details of the proposed Water Street development early next week.

FLASHBACK: Watch the demolition work next to the Boscov department store in April.

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected] or (607) 545-2250. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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The parking garage in front of the F&M Bank Arena is expected to be completed in fall 2023

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Construction of a parking lot across from the F&M Bank Arena is getting closer to start-up. During a Thursday morning meeting of the executive committee of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Board, members heard an update on the overall process and expected timeline.

The 724-space garage will soon begin construction. Before this can begin however, certain things have to happen. A six-step process was described, ranging from land acquisition to operation and management of the garage.

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Step 1: County leaders must clear the way for developers to build on land donated to the county by the Hand family. A resolution was approved by the Montgomery County Commission on August 8 allowing the project to proceed. The resolution authorizes the mayor to enter into future agreements with Riverview LLC, which will lease the land and facility upon completion of the project.

“We’re not in the parking business, so we’re looking at a partnership deal where somebody’s going to donate the land and basically we’re going to get a garage without any debt to our taxpayers,” the mayor said. of the county, Jim Durrett. at the county commission meeting on August 8.

2nd step: Officials must also ensure that sufficient funds are available for the project. In May, executives announced that the project would be funded by a $14 million grant from the state. Durrett said Thursday the county wanted to make sure the final cost matched the money provided by the state.

“Our big concern is that the $14 million is what we need to get ourselves a finished garage,” he said.

Step 3: EDC’s executive committee took another step on Thursday by approving an interlocal agreement between EDC and the property developer. EDC has agreed to manage the structure until 70 years and will oversee the annual budget. All other agreements must also be approved before construction begins.

Step 4: The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury will review the plan for spending state funds. The comptroller will review all documents related to the project, ensuring tax integrity according to state standards.

Step 5: The construction of the garage will actually take place off-site since the materials will be pre-fabricated for the project. Durrett noted that construction has been slowed due to a “backup” of company orders sinking the materials. That said, the structure should be built in less than a year. The on-site developer will be Skanska.

Step 6: The last part of the plan deals with the management and operation of the property. Durrett said that while the day-to-day operation of the garage will be handled by a private company, it is important that EDC plays a role in the management of the garage, with monitoring parking rates, for example.

“EDC’s role is really going to be more of a management role,” Durrett said.

The project could be completed as early as August 2023.

Car park

While the garage won’t be finished until next fall, the F&M Bank Arena will be much sooner.

Officials say the arena should be complete by the end of the year, with the 6,000-seat facility set to open to the public on July 1, 2023. That means there could be some initial parking issues at the downtown with the opening of the arena before the parking lot. Once opened, the garage should alleviate these issues.

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Downtown parking garage sells for $29.25M | Development

Downtown Nashville’s Noel Block Garage, a five-story brick art deco building that offers structured parking and retail space, sold for $29.25 million.

The new owner of the building — commonly known as Printers Alley Garage and located at 300 Church Street – is a subsidiary of Rockbridge Capital, a hotel investment firm based in Columbus, Ohio.






Noel Block Garage seen in 2019




The seller was Pal PV Nashville, which acquired the 0.41-acre property in June 2015 for $9.25 million, Metro documents show. The entity shares an address with Palatine Capital Partners, based in New York.

The Job was unable to determine if any brokers were involved in the transaction.

Interacting with Printers Alley, Church, and Third Avenue North, the building is home to ground floor businesses Daddy’s Dog, Lonnie’s Western Room Karaoke Bar, and MJ’s Chill Spot, among others. It contains about 300 parking spaces.

As the Job reported in 2017, Palatine Capital Partners was planning a modification to the roof of the structure. It is not known if this effort materialized.

Rockbridge Capital made headlines in early 2019 when it sold the Hilton Garden Inn to SoBro for $125 million after acquiring it in 2016 for $80.2 million (read here).

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Troy’s Uncle Sam parking lot is falling apart

TROY — The Uncle Sam parking lot, a city landmark for nearly 50 years, is being demolished as Bryce Companies cleans up the site.

The development firm owned by architect David Bryce and the city have been cooperating on removing the 800-space parking garage since May. The city closed the garage in July 2021 after declaring it unsafe.

“It’s getting bigger,” Bryce said Tuesday of the demolition work. He estimated that the garage could be completely gone by the end of September.

The garage is on the north side of Fulton Street between Third and Fourth Streets. Fulton Street was closed all summer as a pedestrian walkway above, which connected the garage to the Troy atrium on the south side of the street, was removed. The street was used to access the parking garage site for the wreckers.

The sidewalk along the south side of Fulton Street remains open, said John Salka, spokesman for Mayor Patrick Madden.

“Parking restrictions are also in effect for the closed portion of Fulton Street and along the west side of Fourth Street adjacent to the parking structure,” Salka said.

It was estimated that it would take four months to complete the razing of the garage.

Bryce has proposed redeveloping Troy’s atrium to see offices replaced with apartments, but the latest proposal was withdrawn from consideration by the planning commission at its August 17 meeting. Bryce said plans for the Troy Atrium are being reviewed.

Uncle Sam’s garage was originally built by the city in 1974. Bryce purchased the garage for $2.4 million from the city in 2010. He added two parking floors to the parking structure of three floors of the time. It is estimated that the garage represented up to 18% of the off-street parking available downtown.

Plans called for replacing the garage with a 170-space surface car park.

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Market Street Parking Garage in York, Pennsylvania Tells the Story of 50 Years of Change

When the first vehicle entered York’s East Market Street parking garage in February 1969, the driver reportedly observed an unexceptional cement structure.

Its facade was marked by a piece of latticework that amounted to a failed attempt to put a Cadillac grill on a Chevy Corvair and declare it a luxury car.

But that aside, it was built to solve pressing problems. Suburban malls – the York Mall had just opened in late 1968 – siphoned off retail from the three major downtown areas: Bon-Ton, Wiest’s and Bear’s.

So the first life of many for this 53-year-old building was to serve as a symbol of convenience, providing as short a walk as shoppers would find in stores in Springettsbury Township.

There was another reason for the considerable fanfare associated with its opening. This garage of 400 vehicles offered security, and this subject was particularly present in the minds of the public. Riots had broken out in the racist summer of 1968, so the massive concrete parking lot provided protection from the violence.

Turns out parking never really had a chance to be convenient or safe. The second summer of riots broke out in July as the garage was celebrated.

Three years later, Tropical Storm Agnes severely damaged downtown. The commercial and residential flight to the suburbs that had begun in the 1960s accelerated, and the Big 3 closed their downtown stores over the next two decades.

A changing city center

That’s not to say the parking garage was unused or neglected. It served as a parking lot for the Lafayette Club and an overflow for motorists staying at the Yorktowne Hotel across the street when the hotel parking lot was full.

It received a colorful tattoo when the Murals of York program chose its west side as the site for its largest exterior panel, the 120ft by 24ft York Fair Mural.

But after 2000, something happened in downtown York that challenged the garage even more: the downtown moved a few blocks from Continental Square to the north and northwest. Upscale restaurants opened along North George, and nearby, the York County Judicial Center and baseball stadium were built.

The Arts and Market District has gained energy with its shops and galleries, with some of that foot traffic coming from the Susquehanna Commerce Center on West Philadelphia Street. Some businesses in these high-end buildings overlooking Codorus Creek once occupied premium East Market Street space. Additionally, many offices affiliated with Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff closed after the sale of its companies.

Then the day of private clubs passed, and the Lafayette Club closed. The Yorktowne was limping before closing for renovations in 2016.

Thus, the parking garage contributed to the loss of energy in the neighborhood and to the circulation of motorists and pedestrians in this part of the city centre.

This is a rendering of The Arrival Plaza, at the rear of the restored Yorktowne Hotel.  When the Yorktowne Hotel reopens this fall, vehicles will be able to access this plaza from East Market Street via a widened driveway between the hotel and York County's administrative center, the Old County Courthouse.  Here is the engineer's description after that:

The hotel takes on new life

About a decade ago, the garage got a makeover to combat an image described by a city official as “monolithic ugly”. To some degree, the upgrade negated that description, although the upgrades inexplicably did not include a rehabilitation of its deteriorated York Fair mural. It was like asking a body shop to repair the hood of a crashed vehicle and leave the damaged side as it was.

In recent years, a colorful mural has been painted on a nearby building, across from a garage parking lot. Its brightness contrasts with its fading counterpart at York Fair. Over the years, renovations have also taken away the only design flourish of the old garage: its undermaintained fish pond.

A few years ago the old garage hosted a large county chiefs rooftop party celebrating the lighting of the facade of the York County Administrative Center across the road. The Yorktowne, then under renovation, stood in ghostly darkness as the facade of the nearby courthouse lit up.

But this fall, Yorktowne will also shine brightly, as the 97-year-old landmark reopens with a coveted Hilton nameplate.

As for the garage, it had only one sad but revealing story to tell: an opening overshadowed by communal violence. A city center that has lost much of its commercial base. A business district that has deserted it for something new: stadium, judicial center and commercial towers. Then its neighbour, the old courthouse, fell in love with lighting.

The old parking lot, even with its new facade, didn’t seem like it could take a break.

The deteriorated York Fair Mural, part of the turn-of-the-century York Mural initiative, has not been restored as part of renovations to its host, the East Market Street Garage.

A new life for the garage

So far.

In this $54 million renovation of Yorktowne, designers saw the goodness in the East Market Street parking lot.

Hotel planners destroyed the unoriginal rear part of the old hotel, with its structurally deficient parking lot.

They repurposed the hotel so that the space created by the demolitions could be used for a roundabout, an area known as “The Arrival Plaza”. Motorists will use this area to check in, proceed to Duke Street and turn left to access the service road with this destination in mind: the East Market Street car park.

This old square building with a whole new life will serve as the main car park for the newly restored Yorktowne. After parking, patrons can walk through Market and enter the north end of Yorktowne with that familiar marquee and through its iconic revolving door.

The parking garage will now serve as the first batter for the Yorktowne, hitting again in the cleanup position of downtown York. How could a downtown Hilton function without nearby parking?

Interestingly, this activity comes a decade after the suburban stores that attracted downtown commercial life were dismantled or turned into malls in a bid to keep shoppers. Meanwhile, e-commerce is siphoning off business from these malls.

The parking garage outlasted those downtown retailers and might outlast their successors, the beleaguered suburban stores with their much-vaunted parking lot.

This familiar revolving door is being restored and will be used when the Yorktowne Hotel reopens this fall.

The city center is full of energy

The Yorktowne is expected to bring life and lights back to this part of town, and it has company. The Lafayette Club is now York College’s community engagement center, and the Martin Library just underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. The shops and galleries of Royal Square are visible from The Arrival Plaza.

A Yorktowne official said the back roundabout would create a “great sense of arrival” in the restored hotel, with its Tapestry Collection by Hilton designation.

It’s true.

And that Arrival Plaza offers something else.

New promise for an old garage.

Yorktowne4 - Kim Hogeman, Yorktowne Project Manager for the York County Economic Alliance, noted that County Commissioners had granted Yorktowne a traffic easement between the York County Administrative Center (the Old Courthouse) and the hotel to allow traffic to enter East Market Street.  Arrival Plaza at the rear of the hotel (seen under construction here).  She said:

Upcoming presentations

For those asking about James McClure’s public presentations, here are three new courses in the OLLI at Penn State York catalog (https://olli.psu.edu/york): “York County’s Growing Diverse People Come from Deep Roots ”, Sept. .19; “Iconic Images of York County and the Stories They Tell,” October 19; and “When Tropical Storm Agnes’ Wrath Hit York County,” Nov. 14.

Jim McClure is a retired editor of the York Daily Record and is the author or co-author of nine books on York County history. Contact him at [email protected]

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Waterfront Vancouver parking garage will feature 8 floors and retail outlets

A surface car park at Waterfront Vancouver will soon be replaced by an eight-story car park that can accommodate 840 cars as well as retail spaces, which are expected to be completed in 2024.

The garage will be on Block 7 of the waterfront project, abutting Grant Street, Cascade Street and Columbia Way, according to plans submitted to the City of Vancouver. The location is northeast of the RiverWest building, where Grassa opened earlier this month.

Customers will pay to park at the facility, and it will have gated access through a single point of entry and exit and will have a mix of monthly and hourly parking spaces. Once the parking structure is complete, the remaining waterfront surface parking lots will be sold to be developed in phases.

The parking garage has always been part of the waterfront plan, according to Barry Cain, president of Gramor Development, the main developer of The Waterfront Vancouver. A number of temporary surface parking lots were used during the development of the area.

“Now it’s time to do something more permanent,” Cain said. “I think people are going to really appreciate it. Instead of going to one of the four or five blocks where you can park on the surface, people will go to one place and quickly get in and out.

The garage will integrate technology: indicators to know which levels have open spaces, fast elevators and good lighting.

“I think it’s going to be a really positive thing,” Cain said.

The parking garage building will have 11,200 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. The side of the building facing Columbia Way will have lower-level canopy-covered storefronts and elevator exits. The other three sides will be covered with white perforated wire mesh or black mesh.

According to planning documents, the garage will undergo a green building certification process by the Green Building Initiative, a sustainable certification that has also been used for Block 6 of the development, which contains an office building and an adjoining apartment building.

According to Patrick Quinton, executive director of Vancouver’s City Center Redevelopment Authority. The Waterfront Gateway includes four apartment, office and retail buildings, and the city plans to break ground by the end of next year.

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The hidden park atop the Kaiser Center parking lot

This is the first column in a new monthly series written by Oakland resident Liam O’Donoghue, whose journalism has appeared in outlets including KQED Arts, Berkeleyside, Open Space, KALW-FM, Mother Jones , Salon, East Bay Express and the syndicated NPR program Snap Judgement. For the past six years, Liam has explored local history through his podcast, East Bay Yesterday. We asked Liam to share stories that showcase some of the most interesting, yet underappreciated, aspects of Oakland, Berkeley, and other towns in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

I was having a terrible morning — crashing apps, looming deadlines, and a to-do list that looked like a shaky Jenga tower. After several fruitless hours of trying to get my computer to do what I wanted, the muscles in my neck felt like rusty chains. I desperately needed to recalibrate myself.

Normally when I’m stressed I go for a walk around Lake Merritt, but I always feel like I’m meeting friends there, and I wasn’t in the mood to fake a smile for light conversation . I needed a quiet oasis. Luckily, just when my eyeballs were about to explode, I remembered that Oakland had such an oasis. Now my only concern was would it be open?

I had recently read an article about the number of local POPOS (private public open spaces) that have remained closed since the start of the pandemic. These kinds of rooftop plazas and nooks have been a requirement for downtown San Francisco office buildings since 1985, spurred by fears that “Manhattanization” will deprive workers in the Financial District of a place to relax. outside. Some of the POPOS are little more than a glorified balcony or an alley dressed in hideous sculpture, but the Oakland POPOS I wanted to visit is more like a floating botanical garden.

An aerial view of the roof garden of the Kaiser Center, circa 1960.

Photo courtesy of Kaiser Permanente Heritage Resources

The Kaiser Center is a curved aluminum and glass giant that has dominated the northwest shore of Lake Merritt since its construction in 1960. Although the Kaiser brand is now more closely associated with healthcare, Kaiser Industries was once a sprawling conglomerate involved in manufacturing aluminum, steel, cars and ships, as well as massive infrastructure projects like the Hoover Dam. The society’s namesake was Henry J. Kaiser, who lived near Lake Merritt for more than two decades. Kaiser overruled fellow executives, who were pushing for San Francisco or Los Angeles as the site of the company’s headquarters. Kaiser’s commitment to cementing Oakland’s status as a major business center was confirmed by the construction of this 28-story building at 300 Lakeside Drive, which was the tallest structure in Oakland at the time of its completion. Nothing in the imposing facade of the building hints at the raised greenery accessible to connoisseurs.

The rooftop garden at the Kaiser Center in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, November 10, 2006.

The rooftop garden at the Kaiser Center in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, November 10, 2006.

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After locking my bike in front, I walked up the large semi-circular driveway and entered a cavernous corporate hall. Holding my breath when I saw the security guard posted a few dozen meters away, I headed for the escalator which dropped me off at the landing of a closed bridge. It had been years since I last came here, but I felt vaguely sure I knew the route. There was no sign to let passers-by know that the Kaiser Roof Garden exists, but there was also no indication that it was closed. So far, so good.

Passing another security guard, I crossed a footpath that connected the main building to a 5-story parking lot and arrived at an elevator. Scanning the buttons, I saw that the top tier was labeled “RG” – open Sesame! Seconds later, the barren metal doors opened to reveal a leafy scene that contrasted sharply with the gleaming lobby and dark parking lot I’d walked through to get here. Stepping into this idyllic scene was almost magical.

I started by hiking the winding path which gives visitors a full tour of the perimeter of the 3.5 acre park. Flowers bloomed, birds chirped, and a double fountain in the reflecting pool tinkled softly. How dry? Not only did my neck muscles relax, but I felt like I was on vacation at a private resort. When I visited, at 1 p.m. on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, the place was practically empty. In many parts of the Bay Area I wouldn’t even leave my backpack in the trunk of a locked car, but here I was comfortable enough to lay it unattended on one of the benches. modernist stone.

A recent photo of the Kaiser roof garden.

A recent photo of the Kaiser roof garden.

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As a local historian I am always on the lookout for plaques and the garden did not disappoint me. Under a tree, a metal plate announced that it was “the former site of the College of the Holy Names 1868-1957”. According to Oakland Wiki, the order of nuns who established a school for girls here shortly before the transcontinental railroad turned Oakland into a boom town chose this site because it was “far out in the country , wild and overgrown, a thicket for rabbits”. and quails.

Nearly a century after nuns moved here for the bucolic vibe, a photo taken from the rooftop of the Kaiser Center shows a depressing lack of greenery in the surrounding area. As an industrialist, Henry Kaiser built his fortune on steel and cement, but, inspired by his son Edgar’s enthusiasm for the rooftop gardens of Rockefeller Center, he also recognized the civic benefit of integrating nature into built landscapes. Not to be outdone in New York, Kaiser hired local architect Ted Osmundson to design what would become the largest rooftop garden in the world at the time. Osmundson’s masterful use of gentle boomerang curves and subtle earthworks established his reputation as “the nation’s leading expert on roof gardens,” but Kaiser’s project involved much more than a pleasing aesthetics.

A recent photo of the Kaiser roof garden.

A recent photo of the Kaiser roof garden.

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According to former Kaiser Permanente archivist and historian Lincoln Cushing, the novelty of creating a huge rooftop garden led to a host of technical challenges. The construction team worked with the UC Davis Soil Lab to develop light soil, trees had to be planted directly above the supporting structural columns, and wheeled equipment was used to reduce the constraints. Unlike San Francisco’s Salesforce Park, a 5.4-acre rooftop garden that was temporarily closed less than two months after it opened due to structural flaws, Kaiser Garden has held firm since the Kennedy administration.

I also learned from Cushing that the garden has hosted events ranging from fashion shows to jazz concerts over the years. The structure the garden sits on originally housed a department store as well as a parking lot, but the store has long since disappeared and the space is now partially occupied by a coworking space and an engineering company, although that none seem to welcome an audience. events on the Kaiser side of the roof, as the department store once did.

On my second round of the garden, I noticed three maintenance workers standing near a small wooden bridge that spans the pond, so I went to introduce myself. The guys told me the rooftop had been quiet throughout the pandemic because so many Kaiser employees were still working remotely, and they agreed with my assessment that most non-employees who strolling down the street probably have no idea that this peaceful refuge exists. After praising their method of keeping the park neatly trimmed (but not overly maintained), I asked if their work presented any challenges. They immediately launched into a chorus of complaints about the disorderly and intrusive population of Canada geese, which have been an unwanted presence in the vicinity of Lake Merritt since an ill-advised naturalist imported a flock more than a year ago. half century. One of the workers (who preferred to remain anonymous) suggested to me that “it should be legal to kick a goose”, before returning to the Sisyphean task of skimming bird poo out of the pond with a pool net.

A photo of the Kaiser roof garden.

A photo of the Kaiser roof garden.

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On my last lap, I snapped a few photos of Oakland’s ever-changing skyline. There are currently far fewer construction projects than in the pre-pandemic boom years, but a few cranes were still erecting towers, some of which may follow the recent trend of high-end residential buildings in Oakland with PONOPES (Private Owned Not Open to the Public Ever Spaces), a term I just coined to describe all the new pool decks and elevated lounge areas that most of us ground dwellers will never catch a glimpse of.

This thought immediately reminded me of an article I had just read about how San Francisco’s POPOS marquee, the aforementioned Salesforce Park, will soon be supposed to be the home of a “private NFT-based restaurant and club” charging 300 $000 for the most elite level of membership. Just as I felt the muscles in my neck begin to tense again, I felt a whiff of lavender waft towards me in the gentle breeze off the bay. In the distance, I saw the ever-present midsummer fog rolling over the headlands of Le Marin. Then I looked down and noticed the light purple flowers giving off that lovely smell. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and prepared to head back down to the streets.

Liam O’Donoghue is the creator and host of East Bay Podcast Yesterday. You can find information about the show and its upcoming events/tours at eastbayyesterday.com

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Parking garage builder creates 200 jobs in Belle Glade and lands his 1st job

BELLE GLADE – After a year of construction, employees are mixing the first batches of concrete at a 140,000 square foot industrial complex that opened this month in Belle Glade, where the Glades Correctional Facility once stood .

One day soon, this concrete will make its mark in Boca Raton as part of a technology center parking lot.

Local officials hailed the start of production at the Finfrock plant off Orange Avenue Circle near Lakeside Medical Center as it will bring more than 200 jobs to one of Palm Beach County’s areas with the highest unemployment rates.

“There are a lot of people out there who need jobs,” said Belle Glade Mayor Steve B. Wilson. “It will be a tremendous economic driver for our community.”

A parking lot designer and builder, Finfrock bought the 93-acre Gateway Commerce Park industrial site in 2021 for $36 million to build a precast concrete manufacturing plant and offices. About 65 people work there.

“This is the largest economic development project in the Glades area,” said Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Palm Beach County Business Development Board.

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Smallridge says the company will hire for a variety of manufacturing and administrative positions that will pay competitive salaries above the area’s median household income. His office predicted the facility would have an economic impact of $242 million in the Glades, a largely agricultural region along the shores of Lake Okeechobee.

“This project will attract additional manufacturing operations, as well as small ‘family’ businesses that will establish a location in order to provide services and goods,” Smallridge said.

A crew from Finfrock's Belle Glade plant works on parts of a parking lot for the Boca Raton Innovation Campus technology park.  This is the factory's first assignment since agreeing to relocate to the western city of Palm Beach County in 2021.

Economic recovery project in the Glades

Apopka-based Finfrock has been instrumental in building structures across the state, including Boca West Country Club, Bradenton Judicial Parking Garage and Aventura Hospital. He also oversaw the construction of residential buildings and hotels in central Florida.

“They built a factory in Belle Glade to fabricate the structures and then transport them to projects in South Florida,” said Smallridge, whose agency helped lure the company to Palm Beach County and conclude the agreement for their expansion.

Two years ago, Smallridge heard that Finfrock executives wanted a manufacturing plant to produce concrete in South Florida and knew she had to make them an offer.

“Have you ever thought about setting up your facility in a place called Belle Glade?” Smallridge asked them in 2020 when they visited. No one had heard of the area.

“Just give us a chance,” she pleaded.

That day, they toured the city and visited the industrial facility. Two years later, the first concrete bags made at the complex are used to build the Boca Raton Innovation Campus technology park parking lot.

Company CEO Allen Finfrock said production at the Belle Glade plant gives them the efficiency to meet project deadlines.

“Our extensive experience building parking garages across the country also allows us to leverage our knowledge and provide clients with beautifully planned and executed structures that will stand the test of time,” Frinfrock said.

The business expansion received the “Rural Deal of the Year” award from the Florida Economic Development Council. Smallridge said it’s the most rewarding project she’s worked on in her 35 years of economic development in Palm Beach County.

A mixer truck at Finfrock's Belle Glade plant pours cement for part of a parking lot at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus technology park.  The plant is expected to create 250 jobs in the western county town of Palm Beach over the next decade.

Project to stimulate economic development in The Glades

An hour west of West Palm Beach, Belle Glade has a long history of economic hardship. The coronavirus pandemic has affected its people disproportionately, as most work in the service and agricultural sectors.

The opening of the Finfrock manufacturing complex, Wilson said, is a victory for both the company and the underserved residents of The Glades.

He said this will help the community recoup the 200 jobs lost when Glades Correctional closed in 2011. He is looking forward to seeing the company hire local residents and hopes this will grow and attract more businesses to Belle Glade .

“Agriculture is the main force, but we are diversifying,” the mayor said. “We feed the country, and now we will provide the materials for people to build.”

Valentina Palm covers Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee and other western Palm Beach County communities for The Palm Beach Post. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @ValenPalmB.

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VIPA pays 20% of the CEKA parking garage terrace

While VI Port Authority officials said they were thrilled to celebrate the second major concrete pour at the Cyril E. King Airport Parking and Transportation Center in St. Thomas – enough to cover about 20% of the second floor deck – what they talked about most is the impact the project has had on the community and how it fits into a larger vision of territory-wide economic development.

AT Construction is the prime contractor for the Parking and Transportation Center, which advanced on Tuesday with its second major concrete pour. (Source photo by Christopher McDonald)

At a press conference held at the venue on Tuesday evening, VIPA executive director Carlton Dowe said the center, which has been put on an accelerated construction schedule, is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023. Funded by a $20 million grant from the United States Economic Development Administration and $6.8 million in local funds, Dowe said it is expected to add 561 parking spaces to CEKA, including floors and amenities that are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and sustainable features such as electric car charging stations, which were not initially considered in the plans.

By contrast, with 171 spaces, VIPA’s recently built parking structure at the Red Hook Ferry Terminal fetches about $140,000 per month, which means, according to Dowe, that within a six-year window, VIPA would have “already cashed in.” what we paid”. to build it. The calculations were one driver of a similar investment at CEKA, which Dowe says is even busier.

“This parking lot is used to bring in over $1 million a year, and our finance team said with the additional spaces, we should see about three times that on an annual basis, possibly up to $4 million. dollars,” Dowe explained. “So in about three years or less, we should already be seeing a return on investment” from the $6.8 million in local funds.

The center is expected to be completed by summer 2023, according to VIPA officials. (Source photo by Christopher McDonald)

Rental car locations currently located in the airport by baggage claim will also be moved to the Parking and Transportation Center, freeing up more space inside for vendors or kiosks.

The big picture, however, Dowe added, is that the project has given some of the port’s younger engineers the chance to learn from more experienced professionals – including VIPA chief engineer Dale Gregory – and to take on additional responsibilities. Speaking on Tuesday, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. added that the structure is also part of a larger vision to improve the territory’s infrastructure, which in turn improves the daily experience of residents and the tourist experience of visitors to stimulate further economic growth.

Bryan spoke about other port projects – the Gordon Finch Molasses Pier, which officially opened in June in St. Croix, as well as improvements to the departure lounge at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport – which will are adding to the tourism product, coupled with the opening of hotels like Frenchman’s Reef in St. Thomas in late fall/early winter and the 80-room hotel on the Cay in St. Croix which, according to him, will be put online.

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Valparaiso prepares Lincolnway for parking | News from Valparaiso

VALPARAISO – The northeast corner of Lincolnway and Morgan Boulevard will soon be ready for the Lincoln Highway Garage.

The four-story structure will be located across from the planned Linc apartment complex, a project that will eventually include 121 units in three separate four-story buildings.

The Lincoln Highway Garage is intended to meet existing downtown parking needs while creating sports for Linc residents. The city finalized the size of the 354-space garage after completing a $19,700 downtown parking study.

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The garage will be built in conjunction with the first phase of the Linc. Construction will begin this fall and will likely be completed in the spring of 2024.

During a Thursday afternoon redevelopment commission meeting, Valparaiso engineering director Michael Jabo provided an update on the construction of the garage. The city has approved a demolition bid for the existing structures at 302, 304, 306, 307, and 309 Lincolnway as well as 58 Jefferson. Awarded to C. Lee Construction, the bid was $180,146.

Some of the demolition will begin in early September, while others will have to last until early October.

One hundred and twenty-one spaces in the garage will be reserved for residents of Linc. Another 79 will be “flexible” spots, meaning Linc residents will only use the spots in the evening. Hageman, the Linc developer, will pay for the upkeep and upkeep of the locations specifically reserved for tenants.

Although the design for the garage has not been finalized, Jabo said the goal was to make the facade of the building look like storefronts.

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Honeymoon couple discover stolen Kia in Milwaukee parking lot

Thieves targeting a Milwaukee parking lot leave some customers with their parking slip and car keys, but no car. WISN 12 News heard at least two people outside the parking lot at 9thStreet and Juneau Avenue who went to retrieve their car, only to find it missing from the garage they thought was secure. This is the same parking lot in the Brewery District that WISN 12 News reported earlier this month had seen break-ins and car thefts. Then the president and CEO of Interstate Parking Co., the company that owns the parking lot, told WISN 12 news that they have 24-hour security, a 24-hour alert system on 24 and cameras that connect directly to the Milwaukee Police Department. But even all of these measures couldn’t stop the thieves from stealing one man’s 2013 Kia Optima. AJ Escajeda told WISN 12 News that he and his wife were visiting Milwaukee for their honeymoon when their marital bliss was cut short Sunday morning. It was supposed to be safe in there, that’s why we chose this place. It was supposed to be safe, but it’s not. Nothing is certain in that apparently,” Escajeda said. Escajeda said he saw three other theft victims contact police about stolen vehicles from the same garage. Interstate Parking Sunday had no comment. , but that these would not be installed for three to six months.

Thieves targeting a Milwaukee parking lot leave some customers with their parking slip and car keys, but no car.

WISN 12 News heard at least two people outside the parking structure at 9thStreet and Juneau Avenue who went to retrieve their car, only to find it missing from the garage they thought was secure.

This is the same parking lot in the Brewery District that WISN 12 News reported earlier this month had seen burglaries and auto thefts.

Then the president and CEO of Interstate Parking Co., the company that owns the parking lot, told WISN 12 news that they have 24-hour security, a 24-hour alert system on 24 and cameras that connect directly to the Milwaukee Police Department.

But even all of these measures couldn’t stop the thieves from stealing one man’s 2013 Kia Optima.

AJ Escajeda told WISN 12 News that he and his wife were visiting Milwaukee for their honeymoon when their marital bliss was cut short Sunday morning.

“We thought it would be a good trip. We had a great weekend, we came to get our car. No more car. It was supposed to be safe in there, that’s why we chose this place. It was supposed to be safe, but it’s not. Apparently nothing is safe in there,” Escajeda said.

Escajeda said he saw three other theft victims contact police about stolen vehicles from the same garage.

Interstate Parking Sunday had no comment.

About two weeks ago, the head of the company told WISN 12 that they would be adding more secure fencing and garage doors, but these would not be installed for three to six months.

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Butler County ‘Stone Age’ parking garage automation project slows

Aug. 13—Butler County has been struggling for some time to fully automate what commissioners have dubbed their “Stone Age” garage, and it now looks like the system won’t be up and running until the end of the year.

Commissioners approved spending $200,000 in January to fully automate the five-story garage that is connected to the Government Services Center, making it a 24/7 operation. Officials hoped the The new system would be operational this summer, but Chris Hacker, the county’s director of assets, procurement and projects, said that would likely be the end of the year.

County Administrator Judi Boyko said they were unwilling to roll out the system until they were sure it would work properly.

“The system is pretty much engineered and designed and they built it,” Boyko said. “We are currently working on the app. There is an app that needs to be used for our monthly parking lots and I want to fix these bugs before they go live.”

The 600-space garage currently operates as a cash-only, pay-at-the-door system. 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.

Hacker said the monthly parking rate of $35 for the rooftop and $40 for the interior spaces will not change, but “there are ongoing discussions regarding the daily rate structure” which is a maximum of 6 $.50. Jurors, law enforcement and firefighters from county jurisdictions and others park for free.

There were two part-time mechanics who collectively earned $31,000.

The full time parking attendant will always be there to “troubleshoot” and make sure everything is running smoothly. Some people noticed that the doors were sometimes closed because there was no one to man the booth.

Boyko said that when the tenders were away, Mark Gadd, the former facilities manager who is now the special projects coordinator, took over the booth. Hacker said there were times when no one was available.

“Parking staff responsibilities extend beyond just in-cab pickups, and as such there may be windows of time when they need to leave the cab to complete these necessary tasks/missions,” said said Hacker. “However, we do provide coverage if/when absences exist, whether planned or unplanned.”

The commissioners said from the start that the automation project should have a decent return on investment. Boyko said the county estimates a “five-year return on investment based on the cost of automation, revenue growth and cost reduction.” She said she expects revenue to grow by about 18-20%, or about $35,000 a year.

Entertainment and events have ramped up significantly in Hamilton since the county began discussing automation, such as the giant Spooky Nook sports and convention site that is under construction. Thus, the county will be able to capitalize on the increase in paid parking on weekends.

Entrance and exits will be identical, except that there will no longer be a garage attendant 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.

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Center Wheeling Parking Garage Demolition Recommended | News, Sports, Jobs


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The Center Wheeling parking garage is expected to undergo temporary repairs to stabilize the structure, which has been damaged in recent months. City leaders should decide the future of the parking lot and weigh all the options — all of which are estimated to be costly.

WHEELING – As a temporary solution to “reinforce” the structurally damaged downtown wheeled parking garage progresses, city officials were recently presented with options for the garage’s future – and estimates for all the options are very expensive.

In fact, all of the proposed options to address the concerns of the decades-old parking structure and to continue to provide on-site parking spaces are either comparable to or even greater than the costs of the new Market Street parking lot or the new Wheeling Fire Department Headquarters, both of which are built from the ground up with modern designs and features.

The repair options are so expensive that city staff are recommending that the structure eventually be demolished.

Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron said Carl Walker Construction engineers and professionals have looked at various ways to address the structural condition of the garage, which has been closed to the public since April.

“Unfortunately, the news on all fronts is not good regarding this building,” Herron told city leaders.

In order to fully repair the 40-year-old structure and maintain its 950-car parking capacity, the estimated repair would cost $15,137,980, with an estimated 20-year maintenance cost of $4,071,744. By comparison, the contract to build the new, state-of-the-art Market Street parking garage, currently under construction at the corner of 11th Street, was worth $12.3 million.

Another proposed route is to fix the structural issues on floors 2 and 3 of the parking garage and completely remove floors 4-6. The estimated cost for this unique approach is $9,884,108. This would reduce the number of parking spaces available in the structure to 400 spaces. It would incur an estimated maintenance cost of $1,861,520 over 20 years. This option would involve the most difficult work of all the options, according to Carl Walker Construction’s report.

A final option would be to completely demolish the parking lot once the Wheeling Fire Department moves its headquarters from the lower level of the structure and into its new headquarters that is being built in East Wheeling along 17th street. Groundbreaking has yet to happen for the long-awaited fire department headquarters – a $9 million job that has a construction time of 18 months.

The demolition option proposed by Carl Walker Construction included a removal and reconstruction plan that would bring 300 parking spaces back to the site. The cost of razing and rebuilding was $8,915.77, with a 20-year maintenance estimate of $552,500.

Simply demolishing the garage would be much less, however, and if that avenue were taken, city officials would continue to explore options for what to do with the site once the facility is removed. The City is also continuing its efforts to market the vacant buildings of the former OVMC campus, which the City acquired after the hospital closed.

“After careful consideration from my part and my staff’s perspective, my recommendation is to implement Option 3 with respect to the demolition of the structure,” Herron advised board members. “This cost is estimated between 2 and 2.5 million dollars.”

The scope of new construction on the site would be based on the needs of any potential tenants or new owners of the former Ohio Valley Medical Center buildings across the street and the need for access from the first floor at the new police headquarters. If the garage is razed and nothing major is rebuilt there, the site could be turned into green space, the city manager suggested.

“In any case, there’s a lot to consider,” Herron said, noting that board members are expected to review and discuss those options over the coming weeks.

For decades the Center Wheeling Parking Garage was a hive of activity until the OVM across the street went out of business. Since then, the facility has seen very little use, other than the Wheeling Fire Department is still located on the lower level and the new Wheeling Police Department Headquarters is being built in the former professional building in the valley, located directly north of the building. garage – from the old OVMC campus.

“The structure has deteriorated significantly over the past 12 months and three beams on the upper floor recently cracked during the police headquarters project, causing the structure to be completely closed,” Herron said. “Prior to the beam incident, the upper floors were closed to the public as conditions required and there was no demand for parking.”

Earlier this month, a bill was filed with City Council to authorize the expenditure of $135,220 with Carl Walker Construction to “reinforce” the damaged parking garage as a temporary but necessary solution.

Earlier this year, the City of Wheeling took steps to shore up the Tax Increase Funding District around the OVMC campus — which was no longer generating the revenue it once did when the hospital was operating — with the very active downtown TIF district. City leaders anticipate that new TIF funding will be available to address the route taken to resolve issues at the Wheeling Parking Center.



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San Marco Publix Parking Lot Floods on Opening Day Despite Resident Concerns – Action News Jax

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Aliera Peterson captured video Thursday showing people wading through ankle-deep water in the parking lot of the new Publix in San Marco on opening day.

“It was after five to 10 minutes of moderate rain,” Peterson said. “I shudder just to think what it’s going to be like when we get a really severe storm.”

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Action News Jax checked the Doppler First Alert radar, and it appears San Marco received about 3/4 inch to an inch of rain in about 30 minutes near the Publix.

Peterson says residents had been voicing concerns about the potential flooding for months at town hall meetings and to city council members.

She says they were assured that flooding would not be a problem.

“It’s been a known problem for a long time, and with 20 years to think about what would happen in this field, it seems that very little has been done despite the known problems,” she said.

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Peterson recalls seeing standing water at the site before crews began building the structure more than a year ago.

She made it clear that she and others in San Marco were thrilled that Publix was there; it simply asks that the problem of the floods be solved.

“It’s just disappointing that it’s a small challenge, although we thought they would have fixed that,” she said.

Action News Jax has contacted Publix and the developer, Regency Centers.

A Regency Centers spokesperson said in part: “Our teams have identified what we believe to be the issue and are addressing it as we speak. There has been a lot of rain at the site since construction of this area was completed without any problems, but – of course – yesterday was an outlier.

Action News Jax got in touch with Publix on Friday afternoon. Publix is ​​working on our request.

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Vehicle falls out of parking lot at Nashville Hospital; injured woman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 73-year-old woman was seriously injured when her vehicle fell from a parking structure at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital on Wednesday.

The crash happened around 11:45 a.m. near the intersection of 21st Avenue North and Church Street.

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Subway police reported that the woman’s truck fell from the 4th deck of the Heritage Garage onto its roof. She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious injuries. Metro police said there were no signs of weakness and she was wearing her seatbelt.

Officers are working to notify the victim’s family and she is believed to be from the Middle Tennessee area.

Investigators are working to determine if the woman was coming or going to a hospital appointment and if she may have had a medical condition.

A spokesperson for Ascension Saint Thomas said it is cooperating fully with the Metro Nashville Police Department in their investigation of this incident.

The garage will be closed until further notice.

No additional information was immediately released.

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Vehicle falls out of Nashville hospital parking lot; injured woman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 73-year-old woman was seriously injured when her vehicle fell from a parking structure at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital on Wednesday.

The crash happened around 11:45 a.m. near the intersection of 21st Avenue North and Church Street.

  • St. Thomas garage incident

Subway police reported that the woman’s truck fell from the 4th deck of the Heritage Garage onto its roof. She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious injuries. Metro police said there were no signs of weakness and she was wearing her seatbelt.

Officers are working to notify the victim’s family and she is believed to be from the Middle Tennessee area.

Investigators are working to determine if the woman was coming or going to a hospital appointment and if she may have had a medical condition.

A spokesperson for Ascension Saint Thomas said it is cooperating fully with the Metro Nashville Police Department in their investigation of this incident.

The garage will be closed until further notice.

No additional information was immediately released.

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Man arrested for brutal attack on woman in Hollywood parking lot

Authorities arrested a man who was wanted in connection with a brutal attack on a woman in a parking lot in Hollywood Wednesday.

The initial scene occurred early Friday morning around 2:15 a.m. in a multi-storey parking lot in the 1700 block of North Las Palmas Avenue, when the man attacked a 26-year-old woman who was celebrating her birthday at the Revel Lounge.

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According to the woman, Cynthia Stergious, she and her friends were approached by two men once they entered the garage where “words were exchanged” before her friend was punched in the head. That’s when they turned on her and started insulting her. Stergious said his mind went blank soon after.

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Video from the scene shows a man violently attacking Stergious when she was already unconscious, kicking and punching her in the face.

She suffered several injuries in the process, as seen in a gruesome photo after the attack.

On Wednesday, a 33-year-old Lancaster man, identified as Dammion Adkins, was arrested after Los Angeles Police Department investigators located him.

He was being held without bail.

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A car park close to becoming a reality in Fondren

The developers of a 500-space parking lot, 200 apartments, and possibly some retail and dining spaces in Jackson’s Fondren neighborhood have taken a small step forward in their mixed-use project.

Jason Watkins, one of the developers involved, said the project will strengthen the economic center of Fondren.

The plan addresses parking and housing, which are important to the continued success of Fondren’s business district, and does more, said Rebecca Garrison, executive director of Fondren Renaissance.

“It extends the footprint of the business district to the west where there are more opportunities for residential and mixed-use redevelopment,” she said.

The City of Jackson Planning Board recommended at its July 27 meeting that City Council approve the rezoning of 3012, 3016, 3024, 3032, 3038, and 3046 Oxford Ave. and 510, 518 and 524 Mitchell Ave. in Urban Town Center. Current zoning ranges from R-4 to Village Urbain.

The planning board also recommended that the council grant a special use permit for the nine parcels on Oxford Avenue and Mitchell Avenue plus 3009 N. State Street.

City Council will vote on the planning board’s recommendation at its August 15 meeting.

Watkins, one of the developers who is part of Whitney Place LLC, said the zoning change would align this stretch along Oxford Avenue and Mitchell Avenue with the Urban Downtown zoning designation for the rest of the center. – town of Fondren. “It would give us a set of (zoning) rules to follow,” he said.

Whitney Place LLC owns or has all nine buildings under contract, Watkins said. All are currently rental duplexes, some vacant and some rented. Rental duplexes represent a change from the days when structures were owner-occupied and primarily single-family dwellings.

Architects are still determining where the apartments would be located on the site, but some of those duplexes could be demolished, Watkins said.

“It really depends on what architects and apartment developers come up with as the best layout,” he said.

The apartments, which would be on par with the District Lofts, The Quarter House and the Meridian, will be built by an as-yet-unnamed developer, he said. “I think we should be able to announce apartment details shortly after the city council vote on rezoning,” Watkins said.

The Planning Board also recommended that a use permit be granted for a parking garage which the developers, consisting of Watkins, David Pharr and several others, plan to build behind the Fondren Strip on North State Street. The strip includes the Capri Theatre, Pearl tiki bar and Highball Lanes and other businesses.

Construction is expected to begin at the parking lot in late fall, assuming materials are available, Watkins said. It is expected to be partially open by spring 2023 and complete by next summer.

The parking lot, whose construction is estimated at 13 million dollars, is in the design phase.

Senate Bill 3150 authorized up to $20 million in bonds to be issued by the Hinds County Development Project Loan Fund “to assist in the development and construction of infrastructure improvements, including structured parking , and other enhancements associated with an entertainment development project”.

“The leadership of the state — the governor and the speaker of the House of Representatives — led it that way,” Watkins said. “They saw the need for this garage. It was their choice to help him in this way.

In February, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors approved the garage’s general concept and voted to move forward with the legislation.

“We have a few loose ends with the county regarding the structure of the loan agreement,” he said. “After that, the design phase will begin, and then construction, which will take six to nine months.”

Hinds County will own the garage once it is completed, Watkins said.

“It will be the county’s long-term asset,” he said. “We have no interest in owning the garage.”

Plans call for a professional management company to lease and operate the garage, Watkins said. As is the case in many cities, drivers will pay a fee to park in the garage.

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Temporary solution considered for the centre’s roller parking garage | News, Sports, Jobs



WHEELING — Wheeling City Council members are expected to consider legislation to provide more stability to the Central Market parking lot, which was closed to the public in April due to structural issues.

A bill is being introduced Tuesday at the next regular meeting of the city council to enter into a contract to “reinforce” the parking lot, at least temporarily.

When the facility was closed in the spring, City Manager Robert Herron said cracks developed on the top floor following what officials believed was a delivery to the adjacent site of the department’s new headquarters project. Wheeling Police at the Valley Professional Building on the former campus of the Ohio Valley Medical Center.

The garage had seen a significantly reduced volume of use since the OVMC closed in 2019. The last comprehensive technical review of the Center Wheeling parking garage was completed in 2020, and subsequently that year the Parking inside the property had been limited to the first floor. from the Chapline Street entrance and from the basement or ground floor of Market Street.

City leaders had been scrambling to set aside funds for needed renovations to the parking lot. Last fall, the Wheeling City Council passed a bail order that the garage not exceed $3 million. Officials noted that the Tax Increment Financing or TIF district around the former OVMC property had previously generated money for future improvements to the parking lot. However, the hospital has since closed and ownership of the OVMC has been acquired by the city, meaning the TIF district had no longer been able to capture tax revenue as it did in the past. .

The city has since consolidated the former Center Wheeling TIF district with the downtown TIF district, which generates significant revenue.

While the long-term future of the Center Wheeling parking garage is unclear, one thing is very likely: the current headquarters of the Wheeling Fire Department is expected to remain on the lower level of the facility until it be moved to its new $9 million state. state-of-the-art facility in East Wheeling. However, a groundbreaking ceremony at the new fire department headquarters has yet to take place. According to the city’s pact with general contractor PCS &build, construction of the new facility is expected to take 18 months.

Until then, the fire department will likely remain on the lower level of the Center Wheeling parking garage, and officials want to make sure structural issues aren’t a concern in the interim.

An order allowing Herron to spend $135,220 with Carl Walker Construction of Pittsburgh on “shoring” at the Center Wheeling Parking Garage is set to receive first reading at the next council meeting, which is scheduled to begin at noon Tuesday. Reinforcement work should be paid for from the city’s project fund and regular restricted capital improvement program or RCIP fund, which will be reimbursed by district TIF funding.

In another action scheduled for Tuesday, the Wheeling City Council is set to hear a first reading of a new ordinance authorizing the City Manager to spend $1,001,441 with USI Insurance Services LLC of Wheeling for the 2022-23 fiscal year on insurance premiums for the city.

According to the legislation, the cost coverage will be distributed among different funds, including $720,124 to the City’s general fund, $12,986 to the project account, $7,973 to the parking fund, $145,589 to the Water Service and $114,769 to the Water Pollution Control Division.

Also on Tuesday’s City Council agenda:

  • a resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign a lease with Dan and Melinda Stevey for part of the Center Market property in the 2200 block of Market Street for a business known as American Pie. A public hearing on the matter should also take place at the start of the council meeting.
  • a resolution proving a $20,000 outdoor dining grant for Thomas Gilson for The Cheese Melt at 1915 Warwood Ave.



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50 cars stuck in partially collapsed parking lot in Baltimore

Cars remain stuck in a downtown Baltimore parking lot two weeks after the second floor partially collapsed. Parts of the second floor of the Pratt Street garage partially collapsed on July 15, trapping around 50 vehicles inside. Some car owners said they had many concerns. It appears that none of the cars were damaged. Owners just want to know when they can get them back.| RELATED: Two floors of parking garage collapse in Inner Harbor, officials sayThe owner of the garage expects repair work to begin this week, 11 News’ I-Team has learned. was standing behind my car, it felt like a big clap of thunder,” Sara Kallay said. “(I) literally watched the ramp and the front of the garage collapse from the top floor.” After seeing a part of the garage collapsing, Kallay continued to work. “Literally, I think I was in shock,” Kallay said. “I walked into the building, I called my client anyway, I did my job.” Hannah Powell’s white Honda is on the top floor of the garage after her husband drove it to work that day. No one was injured, but Powell and Kallay said their companies insurance wouldn’t help. “It’s really scary. I mean, you don’t walk into a parking lot thinking you’d be dealing with something like this,” Powell said. “They said because my car had no damage and wasn’t in a store, they couldn’t do anything. They couldn’t cover anything.” | RELATED: Owner of partially collapsed parking lot hires engineers to assess damageBanyan Street Capital, owners of the garage, tell car owners it could be around eight weeks before anyone can recover his vehicle. The I-Team contacted the company. In an email, a representative wrote that the adjacent office building was not in danger and that “contracts are in place to begin shore up the car park ramp this week with debris removal scheduled to begin in late August.” -Team spoke said they were told Banyan’s liability insurance company did not believe that she was responsible for the expenses and the impact of this event.” “My car is trapped in their garage with no action on my part. I’m getting closer to $1,500 out of pocket on rental cars and gas,” Kallay said. The Baltimore City Fire Department said it completed a fire inspection at the garage in 2017, but it was not a structural inspection.

Cars remain stuck in a downtown Baltimore parking lot two weeks after the second floor partially collapsed.

Parts of the second floor of the Pratt Street garage partially collapsed on July 15, trapping around 50 vehicles inside. Some car owners said they had many concerns. It appears that none of the cars were damaged. Owners just want to know when they can get them back.

| RELATEDTwo floors of parking lot collapse in Inner Harbor, officials say

The garage owner expects repair work to begin this week, 11 News I-Team has learned.

“When I was standing behind my car, it sounded like a big clap of thunder,” said Sara Kallay. “(I) literally watched the ramp and the front of the garage crumble from the top floor.”

After seeing part of the garage collapse, Kallay continued to work.

“Literally, I think I was in shock,” Kallay said. “I walked into the building, called my client anyway, did my job.”

Hannah Powell’s white Honda is on the top floor of the garage after her husband drove her to work that day. No one was hurt, but Powell and Kallay said their insurance companies would not help.

“It’s really scary. I mean, you don’t walk into a parking lot thinking you’d be dealing with something like that,” Powell said. “They said because my car had no damage and wasn’t in a store, there was nothing they could do. They couldn’t cover anything.”

| RELATED: Owner of partially collapsed parking lot hires engineers to assess damage

Banyan Street Capital, the owners of the garage, told car owners it could be around eight weeks before anyone can get their vehicle. The I-Team contacted the company. In an email, a representative wrote that the adjacent office building was not at risk and that “contracts are in place to begin shoring the parking lot ramp this week with the start of debris removal. scheduled for late August.

Car owners the I-Team spoke to said they were told that Banyan’s liability insurance company did not believe it was responsible for the expenses.

But in the email to the I-Team, the company said, “We are working with insurance agencies on a daily basis to secure reward methods for the impact of this event.”

“My car is stuck in their garage without me doing anything. I’m getting close to $1,500 out of pocket for rental cars and gas,” Kallay said.

The Baltimore City Fire Department said it conducted a fire inspection at the garage in 2017, but it was not a structural inspection.

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Kalispell council review housing and parking garage proposal


Kalispell City Council will review a car park and proposed multi-family housing development for a town center car park on Monday.

The Montana Hotel Dev Partners submitted a proposal to the city that would convert the land into a 239-space parking lot with retail space at street level. It would also include a 78-unit apartment project.

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

In June, the city council said it would consider new submissions to redevelop the city-owned parking lot at First Street West and First Avenue West. The decision was made after the developers, who had planned to build a car park on the land, came back with a plan to add accommodation to the initial project.

Last year, the developer won city approval for plans to build the Charles Hotel on Main Street and, as a related project, build the nearby garage to provide public and hotel parking. .

Now, the developer has officially submitted their new plan for the estimated $41 million project. She was the only one to respond to the city’s tender for the land.

The estimated completion of the project is in the fall of 2024. The developers indicate in their proposal that the project is inspired by “the design elements of the surrounding historic buildings in the city center”.

“We envision a total transformation of the site from a quiet surface car park to a bustling center of downtown activity,” says the developer.

The eight-story building would be under private ownership for financing purposes with a lease/management agreement with the city for parking spaces that would remain open to the public. The parking garage would reserve 90 parking spaces for the hotel.

The proposal calls for 6,200 square feet of ground floor retail and office space.

Built above the parking garage, of the 78 apartments, 20 are proposed for designation as workforce housing.

The developer is asking for the city’s assistance by offsetting the impact fee for the development of the parking garage with tax increment financing funds.

Montana Hotel Dev Partners include Robert Watson, John Costa and Bill Goldberg of Compass Construction.

“Our team shares their excitement for the future of Kalispell,” the proposal reads. “This excitement has resonated so strongly with our group of investors that they have already committed capital for the entire project. We look forward to seeing the results of the vision born nearly a decade ago in the city. . »

The city’s downtown plan specifically addresses the need to redevelop city-owned surface parking lots into more beneficial uses to eliminate blight and increase the tax base.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA, Council will consider a resolution that sets a public hearing for August 15 to seek comments on the modification of the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan and the West Side/Core Urban Renewal Plan. the city to include workforce housing as eligible projects for tax increment funding. .

Updates to the plans would make tax increment funding available for affordable workforce housing projects. Earlier this summer, the Council expressed interest in making the change that would allow it to then allocate TIF funds to such housing projects.

The council is about to vote on a request by William and Simone Bailey to annex a property of less than an acre on South Woodland Drive. The annexation request is based on a need for a connection to the city’s sewer due to a faulty septic system.

At the meeting, Council will consider a request from Morning Star and Green Acres Cooperative for the town to serve as host for the submission of an application for a community development grant with the aim of connecting the two communities to the sewer system. from the city.

Both mobile home communities have end-of-life septic systems and would like to hook up to the city system. If the grants were awarded, it would help fund the design and construction of the on-site infrastructure needed to connect.

For more information, visit the city’s website at https://www.kalispell.com/.

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

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Demolition approved for Amsterdam Riverfront Center car park – The Daily Gazette

AMSTERDAM – Plans to demolish the Amsterdam Riverfront Center parking garage to make way for ground floor parking and storefront entrances have been approved by the Planning Commission despite concerns over the unknown condition of the walls of the shopping center which will be exposed.

Plans call for the demolition of the 48,000 square foot parking garage at the southwest corner of the mall owned by Cranesville Properties and managing member Joseph Tesiero. The basement of the existing three-storey structure will be filled in to create the surface for an 80-space level parking lot.

The parking area will span approximately 36,200 square feet, covering approximately 75% of the just over one acre space. The lot will be accessible by car from Washington Street, which winds its way around the back of the mall.

Landscaping will be installed around the perimeter of the land with several patches of grass within. A sidewalk from the south end of the mall will cross the center of the lot and connect to an existing public walkway behind the property.

The concrete corner parking lot slated for demolition is a separate structure from the rest of the mall, Owen Speulstra, lead site civil engineer for CT Male Associates, told the Planning Commission on Wednesday.

The surrounding mall rooftop parking areas will remain intact, including the section carrying the walkway to Riverlink Park. A sloping driveway leading from the new parking lot to the southernmost rooftop parking area will be installed.

The project aims to help attract new tenants to the southwest section of the mall by allowing the installation of individual storefront entrances on the ground floor along the exterior walls that will be exposed. The shopping center is mainly used for medical premises and offices.

The timing and specific design of entries would depend on the needs of individual tenants as leases are secured, Speulstra acknowledged.

‘There are no particular tenants now, so a doctor might not want a front bay window and a shop would. There might be different considerations for different tenants,” Speulstra said.

Plans to initially paint the uncovered masonry walls to match the colors of the surrounding shopping center until the available spaces are gradually filled and individual storefronts are installed created unease within the Planning Commission.

“I’m concerned about the aesthetics of it,” said chairman Paul Gavry.

Amanda Bearcroft, director of Amsterdam’s community and economic development department, pointed out that the tentative plans to simply paint the walls without any other treatment fell short of the design standards of the city’s form-based code.

The city could trade one horror for another since the condition of the walls will not be known until the parking lot is demolished, Bearcroft added.

“Now we don’t have to look at an abandoned parking lot when you come to town, but now we might be looking at an even worse wall,” Bearcroft said.

The parking lot was closed to the public after it was declared unsafe due to failing structural components by former Amsterdam Fire Chief Michael Whitty on January 3, 2019. Cranesville Properties were commissioned to repair or remove the structure, but the demolition plans are the first steps. taken to finally remedy the unhealthy structure.

Housing inspector Grant Egelston pointed out that council approval of the plans would technically give the owners a year to complete the demolition and update the building’s facade with the planned entrances. The approval would simply expire if none of the work is done or code violations could be issued if the facade work is only partially done.

Recognizing the varied needs of future tenants, Egelston suggested the commission could allow housing inspectors to internally review individual driveway plans when building permits are sought to ensure they are up to code.

“I can see some flexibility with showcases because things change,” he said.

If the project with the facade work is not completed within a year, Egelston said Cranesville Properties could potentially request a one-year extension to avoid receiving violations from the city.

“I could see it becoming a problem if it all came to a halt, but as long as there’s progress and it’s being actively worked on, we shouldn’t see a problem,” Egelston said.

The Planning Commission unanimously approved the site plan application for the demolition of the parking garage at the Riverfront Center and the installation of surface parking provided that the improvements to the facade of the building comply to the form-based code under review by city housing inspectors. Tesiero indicated earlier this week that the demolition could be carried out later this year.

Contact Ashley Onyon at [email protected] or @AshleyOnyon on Twitter.

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Vail Village Parking Lot Gets New Art Installations

Visitors admire the myriad of nest boxes in “We All Build Nests,” one of four works donated by the Logans.
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Four new art sculptures were installed in Vail Village this summer, thanks to a generous donation from local art collectors Kent and Vicki Logan. Each of the sculptures was hand-selected by the Logans from their extensive private art collection, which specializes in contemporary works by modern artists.

The pieces celebrate a connection to nature, with a strong focus on indigenous artists and art forms.

All of the new sculptures have been installed around the Vail Village parking lot, where visitors will encounter them as they enter and exit the village. Molly Eppard, coordinator of Art in Public Places, said these new works by the Logans help Vail elevate its collection and expand its artistic presence beyond what is normally expected of a ski resort.



Art in Public Places recently installed descriptive plaques at the base of each sculpture to help provide context about the artists and their works, and will add the latest acquisitions to the interactive ART in Vail map on ArtInVail.com soon.

We all build nests

The most significant new installation is a sculpture by Jason Middlebrook entitled “We All Build Nests”, created in 2014-2015. Middlebrook conceptualized the piece while staying in Vail with the Logans and noticing the many species of birds that inhabit the valley.



The sculpture is made up of dozens of birdhouses, each matching the sizing specifications of a local bird species so they can be used as living spaces. Each birdhouse is designed to mimic an iconic architectural structure, and those viewing the artwork can spend time identifying sites from around the world such as the Egyptian pyramids, the Roman Pantheon, an Arctic igloo, a Native American teepee and many more. others.

The grouping of birdhouses atop a pole-like base is meant to mimic the shape of an aspen tree, giving the whimsical concept a root in a natural environment.

“We All Build Nests” is set up directly in front of the Vail Village parking lot, across from the covered bridge bus stop. Eppard said he chose the location because it allows viewers to view the work from all angles and heights, thanks to the staircase that wraps around the work. With so many separate birdhouses in one piece, each angle reveals a different collection of houses, and seeing the work from above, below, and at eye level makes it easy to notice and appreciate them.



“Killer Whale Totem”

Looking at the parking lot from East Meadow Drive, if you go up the left side of the stairs you will come across the “Killer Whale Totem”, a bronze sculpture by Native American sculptor Preston Singletary.

Singletary, a Seattle-based artist, is a member of the Pacific Northwest Tlingit tribe. His eight-foot-tall “Killer Whale Totem” depicts his clan’s crest, the killer whale, in the center. The eagle at the top of the totem is the symbol of Singletary’s half or family group, and the red thunderbird in the center represents David Svenson, one of his mentors. At the bottom is a drawing of a wolf, which was the original half of the Tlingit tribe before being replaced by the Eagle.

“Killer Whale Totem” replaced Robert Tully’s sculpture, which is now moved across the street.
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The Logans are among the leading patrons of contemporary Native American art and help local museums and curators, including the Denver Art Museum, place greater emphasis on modern ingenious artists.

The ‘Killer Whale Totem’ replaced the Robert Tully sculpture that stood in its place, which is now moved across the street, right next to the bus stop. Eppard said Tully’s 1999 sculpture, “Branching Pattern,” blended into the rocky background and could be best appreciated in its new location.

‘Waqui Totem USA (Urban Class Mark V)

Directly in front, on the right side of the central staircase, is another totem created by Brad Kahlhamer.

Kahlhamer is of Native American descent, but was adopted by German-American parents. Kahlamer’s birth records were sealed, which cut him off from information about his Native American ancestry, and he uses art as an exploration of what he calls the “third place” – the meeting point of his two personal stories.

“Waqui Totem USA (Urban Class Mark V)” is one of many milestones Kahlamer has taken on this journey of self-discovery, a milestone that can be mirrored in Vail and all Western communities on ancient native lands.

Kahlamer’s work explores his personal history as a Native American adopted by German-American parents.
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The totem, made in 2008, was originally made of cardboard, but is now cast in bronze and stands 10 feet tall next to the staircase. Eppard said the location was chosen because it creates a natural triangulation with the works of Singletary and Middlebrook, but also because the totem had to face west as part of its spiritual essence.

The sculpture was commissioned as an original piece by the Logans, who have become close friends with Kahlamer, and are now finding a permanent home in the city of Vail.

“Two Ships (Unpacked)”

The fourth and final piece in the Logans’ donation is a large bronze sculpture by Durango-born artist Nathan Mabry, located on the far left of the parking lot, next to Solaris Vail.

Mabry draws his influence for his characters from archaeological and historical sources, ranging from ancient civilization to popular culture. The figure of “Two Vessels” comes from those used in the fertility rites of Jalisco in Mexico, placed in a position that instantly evokes links with “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin.

The sculptural, totem-like style and intense facial expression contrast with the minimalist base of the box, and Kent Logan said he wanted the contemplative nature of the piece to make people stop and think.

“It defies the senses,” Kent Logan told the Vail Daily after finalizing the donation in December. “I like a lot of different decorative arts, but they don’t make you think. You can have a great sculpture of a bear or a mountain, and you can admire the technique and the representation, but all of a sudden somebody bumps into this piece of Mabry, and they say, “What is- he ?”

The ‘Two Vessels’ of Mabry contemplate the village.
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The sculpture is placed alone in an enclave at the side of the staircase, with a tree growing above the figure which reinforces the contemplative nature of the piece. There’s also a natural connection between the new Mabry and an old donation from the Logans, “As Far as the Depth of the Valley At One Time” by Lawrence Weiner, located on the same side of the parking lot.

For those who want more information about new works, Art in Public Places is running free guided art tours every Wednesday through August 31. Tours are held at the Vail Visitor Center at 11 a.m. and cover many works in Vail Village. area within an hour, including the last four pieces. For more information, visit ArtInVail.com or contact Molly Eppard at [email protected].

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Lycoming County Commissioners Accept $1 Million for Old Town Project Parking Lot | News, Sports, Jobs


RALPH WILSON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent A groundbreaking ceremony for the next phase of the Old Town development project was held Tuesday, July 26, 2022 in Williamsport. The college-owned property at Basin and E. Third Streets will see the construction of a mixed-use building that will house retail, office and residential units.

The revitalization of Williamsport’s Old Town neighborhood took another step forward when Lycoming County Commissioners approved a grant application totaling $1,012,240 to support the construction of a parking structure there.

The request was made by Old City Williamsport LLC, a limited liability partnership between Lycoming College and Pine Ridge Construction Management.

The parking structure is 165 spaces which could support the commercial building, which is 40,000 square feet, and

12 residential townhouses with 60,000 square feet of retail space, according to Jerry Lariviere of Pine Ridge Construction.

Speaking at the weekly commissioners’ meeting, Dr Kent Trachte, president of Lycoming College, said the parking structure will help build the mixed-use development planned for this area.

“What we’re asking you to do is not support our building or not support the mixed-use structure, but support a parking structure that will be needed to keep this development going,” said Trachte.

The more than $20 million development will be built in the area between Basin and Third Streets and Fourth and Academy Streets.

Trachte said he was first approached by business and public community leaders about the college’s partnership with private and public entities to advance the vision for the Old City area where is the college.

Following the formation of a commission and the formulation of a plan, things appear to be stalling, Trachte said.

“It was clear that for the action to actually happen, the college had to move forward,” he said.

By then, the college had embarked on a comprehensive master plan and strategic plan. Part of that, Trachte said, was the vision for a new college entrance along Basin Street.

“From a college perspective, we made the decision to start locating some of our new buildings in this particular area,” said Trachte.

“The college has invested approximately $20 million in donations that we have raised or funds from our endowment, so the college has stepped forward and made a substantial investment to bring this vision of a revitalized Old Town to fruition. “, he said.

During this time, the college worked with the city, county, and PennDot to secure grants to improve infrastructure in that area, which Trachte said was the government’s role in economic development.

“The job of the college is to buy buildings for learning and to bring students to the area and to have our employees use things,” he said, adding that they found a private developer for “Bring in the investment dollars to put the mixed-use structure in there.”

“The college has taken the next step of bringing in a private developer to complete a mixed-use project that will anchor the revitalization of this neighborhood and utilize our land. So we are forming two limited liability companies together and the college will continue to be a partner going forward with Pine Ridge,” he explained.

The county will have 42 spaces in the parking structure that it will be permitted to use or rent, Commissioner Rick Mirabito said.

“I want the public to understand that the commissioners are not proposing to use property tax money for this,” said Mirabito.

Other funding such as Act 13 funds will be allocated. The total amount of city, county, and state funding is 11%, with the county contributing approximately 3.9% specifically.

“This means that 89% of the funds come from private entities, with the college or Pine Ridge”, said Mirabito.

“I think it’s important for the public to understand that it’s not like we’re making a 30% investment in this,” he added.

One of the objectives of the Old Town project is to improve the economic vitality as well as the appearance of the district.

“The quality of life at Williamsport impacts our ability to recruit students,” said Trachte.

“There is a personal interest in the college, which when we were doing our strategic planning, we determined that the environment was a negative factor in terms of our ability to attract students,” He continued.

“So, yes, the board is happy to invest in Williamsport, but they are happy to invest in Williamsport because they understand that the vitality of Williamsport is integral to maintaining both fiscal integrity and the vitality of Lycoming College as a center of learning community,” Trachte added.

The county will also benefit from the project as it seeks to repopulate.

“We have to grow” said Commissioner Tony Mussare. “We need to increase our population and this will be one of the mechanisms we use to do that.”

In other cases, commissioners have approved the following:

• A sub-recipient agreement with STEP, Inc. for the 2019 Community Development Block Grant funds for $96,000.

• An amendment to a sub-recipient agreement with YWCA Northcentral PA for the 2019-20 PA Housing Affordability Funds program to extend the grant until November 30 for their Liberty House program.

• A rental contract with LAMAR companies for a payment of $900 per month to the county.

• A grant from 902 Developing and Implementing Municipal Recycling Programs of $233,918 for the replacement container truck and reimbursement for a skid steer loader. This grant is 90% from the Department of Environmental Protection and the county will take the remaining 10%, or approximately $23,000.

The next meeting of Commissioners will be at 10 a.m. on August 4 in the Board of Commissioners Room, 1st Floor Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.



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Fells Point parking lot explosion injures 2

Two people were injured Wednesday afternoon in an explosion in a parking garage in Fells Point, Baltimore City Fire Department said. in the 800 block of South Caroline Street. “It was pretty visible and obvious that some type of explosion did indeed occur,” Baltimore fires spokeswoman Blair Adams said. “The explosion is so intense that there is not much we can distinguish from the vehicle.” Some locals said it was unlike anything they had heard before. “It felt like a bomb going off. It was insane,” said Fells Point resident Gage Goettl. Residents described the moment the explosion rocked the parking lot. “Meghan Heil, another Fells Point resident, was at a nearby pool.” I heard a loud explosion and it shook me a bit. Everyone got up from the pool and we were all a little nervous,” Heil said. Adams said the driver of the vehicle started the SUV, which had three tanks inside, and the explosion went off. It’s unclear what caused the explosion. It’s still unclear exactly what was in those tanks, but Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen, D-District 1, tweeted that “It was some kind of ‘flammable material’ and possibly parts for an HVAC. “We don’t know the exact chemical that’s inside the tanks. It’s a kind of gas. That’s all we have at this time, but what exactly is there would be part of the investigation,” Adams said. “Our firefighters and members are working with the clearance team to make sure that we can get out the three tanks that were found inside the SUV or pickup truck at the time.” The explosion damaged several other cars, shattered garage windows and left some minor cracks in the cement. Firefighters said two people – the driver of the vehicle and a bystander – suffered unspecified non-fatal injuries.Adams said businesses and homes within a 1-mile radius of the parking lot were evacuated.According to the union of Firefighters, firefighters did not find an active fire.Video from SkyTeam 11 showed fire engines parked along the street and emergency medical teams bringing a stretcher to the entrance of the structure.

Two people were injured Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot explosion in Fells Point, Baltimore City Fire Department said.

Baltimore City Fire Deputy Chief Roman Clark told 11 News that a work van exploded just before 3 p.m. on the third floor of a five-story parking lot in the 800 block of South Caroline Street.

“It was pretty visible and obvious that some type of explosion did indeed occur,” Baltimore Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Adams said. “The explosion is so intense that there is not much we can distinguish from the vehicle.”

Some residents said it was unlike anything they had heard before.

“It felt like a bomb going off. It was insane,” said Fells Point resident Gage Goettl.

Residents described the moment the explosion rocked the parking lot.

“I work in construction. I’m used to booms and it was unlike anything I had heard. I almost hit the ground.”

Another Fells Point resident, Meghan Heil, was in a nearby pool.

“I heard a loud explosion and it shook me a bit. Everyone got up from the pool and we were all a little nervous,” Heil said.

Adams said the driver of the vehicle started the SUV, which had three tanks inside, and the explosion occurred. It is not known what caused the explosion.

It’s still unclear exactly what was in those tanks, but Baltimore Councilman Zeke Cohen, D-District 1, tweeted that they were some sort of “flammable material” and that it may have been parts for an HVAC.

“We don’t know the exact chemical that’s inside the tanks. It’s some kind of gas. That’s all we have at the moment, but what exactly is there would be part of investigation,” Adams said. “Our firefighters and members are working with the bomb disposal team to ensure we can get out the three tanks that were found inside the SUV or van at the time.”

The explosion damaged several other cars, shattered garage windows and left some minor cracks in the cement.

Firefighters said two people – the driver of the vehicle and a bystander – suffered unspecified non-life-threatening injuries.

Adams said businesses and homes within a 1-mile radius of the parking lot were evacuated.

According to the firefighters’ union, firefighters did not find an active fire.

SkyTeam 11 video showed fire engines parked along the street and emergency medical teams bringing a stretcher to the entrance of the structure.

Video below: Baltimore fire chief provides update

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The demolition of the parking lot should not start before September | New

QUINCY — The president of the architectural design firm that’s leading the redevelopment of the vacant parking lot at 123 S. Fifth said Wednesday that demolition of the structure isn’t expected to begin until Sept. 1.

Todd Moore, managing partner and president of Architechnics, said Marschel Wrecking of suburban St. Louis submitted the lowest of four bids for the project.

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Parking garage next to Bridgeport Arena in need of repairs

But a damaged and closed stairwell in a state-owned parking garage on South Frontage Road, used by patrons of the amphitheater, entertainment arena and other visitors, makes a bad impression.

Built in 2000 by the city, the state took over ownership of the structure in question – known as the Bridgeport Transportation Center garage and located next to the Total Mortgage Arena – in 2012.

In January, city officials notified the state Department of Transportation that some of the concrete on the West Staircase was crumbling, prompting the closure that lasted a few months.

Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater officials said they also contacted DOT about complaints shared earlier this month on a fan-created Facebook page.

Some ticket holders complained online about the situation on the Friends of the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater Facebook page, posting a photo of the closed stairwell doors, blocked with orange netting and a sign to use the lifts.

Complaints ranged from long elevator lines to questions about security.

“And if there is a fire?” one person wrote.

A few people said they saw frustrated members of the public remove the netting and risk using the stairs. Others worried about the general condition of the garage and how long it took to fix the problem.

The DOT, in a statement emailed to Hearst Connecticut Media on Monday, said that “upon being alerted to concerns regarding the West Staircase by the city,” the agency “took immediate action,” inspecting the site and closing it “indefinitely in the interest of public safety.”

“Due to the structural issues, CT DOT will be performing a complete replacement of the West Staircase,” the statement continued. “The design will start soon. The overall parking lot structure and inspection of the east stairway revealed no other structural issues. »

Additionally, the DOT pointed out in the email, elevators on the west and east sides and an open staircase on the east allow “multiple points of entry and exit.”

Amphitheater officials, in a statement to Hearst Connecticut Media, urged state officials to act more quickly.

“This is one of the first impressions you get of the amphitheater and we, unfortunately, have no control over it,” read the venue’s statement. “We appreciate that they are working to get it done, but time is running out.”

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Manatee and Holmes Beach County leaders remain at odds over beach parking lot and garage

HOLMES BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) — Manatee County and City of Holmes Beach leaders have been at odds over beach parking for two years.

That was in 2020, when city officials reduced on-street parking on residential streets by around 1,100 spaces, police said. City officials said they have received complaints from residents saying their front yards are turning into parking lots.

Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge urged the city to bring the spaces back, arguing that ratepayers who live off the island are losing access to the beach. However, the city has not moved and on-street parking remains as it was in 2020.

In a meeting with state and local officials, Commissioner Van Ostenbridge said the city’s mayor had signaled support for the possibility of parking.

“During the meeting, the mayor said she thought building a parking lot was something she could support and was ready to bring it to council for a vote. She asked me to talk to the commission, make a proposal and bring it to Holmes Beach Before we can start planning for parking, Holmes Beach proactively decided to ban parking lots in town, eliminating the possibility to build a garage,” Van Ostenbridge said. “It looks like Holmes Beach basically doesn’t want any visitors. It’s concerning because a lot of those visitors, most of them, are from Manatee County. residents and taxpayers of the county who own these beaches and they have the right to go to the beaches,” he continued.

The first reading of the ordinance took place last week. The proposed local law, which would prohibit multi-level parking structures, states that the commission wishes to “maintain the residential character of the Town of Holmes Beach” and “finds that multi-level parking facilities are not supported by the vision” throughout the city. to plan.

“It will not solve the parking problem. We have a traffic problem and until the county recognizes the traffic, the horrible traffic that has been created by the promotion over the years, we will never be able to fix these problems. Whatever a three storey car park would have created would not solve the problem as there is just a lack of infrastructure on the island to support the traffic we are now receiving,” said the Commissioner of Holmes Beach , Terry Schaefer. “I think it’s pretty well established that people come here because they feel like they’re in a very welcoming community. Without residential integrity to sustain the residents who stay here, this is where we see a long-term problem that continues to exist. We are trying to shape our ordinances to find a balance to accommodate everyone we can who wishes to be here, but we have not had the cooperation of Manatee County, acknowledging that the problem has always been the over-promotion of this island “, he continued.

The parking battle reached new heights in 2021, when Manatee County leaders denied Holmes Beach nearly $300,000 in tourist dollars. Commissioner Van Ostenbridge told 8 On Your Side that he plans to propose that less money go to Holmes Beach due to the ongoing parking dispute.

“I am not comfortable allocating tax dollars from outside Holmes Beach to enter Holmes Beach when they are so unwelcoming to visitors,” said the Commissioner of the county.

“I think a lot of us really didn’t appreciate the threat, that’s what home rule is. Thank goodness we have a domestic regime in the State of Florida and we intend to handle our issues and do so in accordance with the statutes, but also to protect both our residents and visitors who come to our city” , said Commissioner Schaefer.

The second reading of the order is scheduled for next month.

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