A new private parking lot in downtown Redding that held its grand opening earlier this month was temporarily closed on Saturday so its owners could stop people from hanging out there and leaving trash behind.
There are two exceptions to the temporary closure: The California Street Parking Garage at 1451 California St. will be open for free parking during the annual Asphalt Cowboys Pancake Breakfast, which runs from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday and usually attracts around 10,000 diners. .
The community breakfast will be held outside the new Market Center building, 1551 Market St., near the garage, which is located at California and Tehama streets.
The garage will also be open for free parking during the Rodeo Parade on Saturday. The parking garage’s hours on both days will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., said Rocky Slaughter, operations manager for garage owner K2 Development Companies.
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On weekdays starting May 23, the garage will also be open to the public, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., free of charge, Slaughter said.
Starting June 1, the garage should start charging a $1 hourly fee.
In a press release on Tuesday, K2 said it would use garage downtime “to adjust hours of operation, enforcement of parking regulations and additional security measures to ensure safety. of all users of the new car park”.
In an interview, Slaughter said K2 didn’t expect to find dawdling and littering the six-story structure that has 400 spaces and replaced a public car park.
“We thought people would park in the parking structure,” Slaughter said, not “hang around and eat and drink and leave things behind.”
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Looting and litter seem to be a problem primarily on the top floor of the six-story garage, which Slaughter says has “pretty incredible” views of downtown.
“Obviously we totally encourage people to climb to the top, take a look, take it and then go out to a restaurant or something,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re just trying to provide the most positive experience for people going downtown. The whole point of all this recent development is to help these businesses thrive.”
ACE Parking Co. of San Diego, which operates parking garages in the United States and Europe, will be responsible for hiring security, waste management, the proper operation of the garage’s mechanical entrance doors and distributing parking tickets.
ACE Parking employees will arrive June 1, the same day the $1-per-hour parking fee begins, Slaughter said.
The parking garage has no trash cans, with cleaning of the garage and elevator taking place once a week, as recommended by parking consultants K2 Dixon Resources Unlimited, Slaughter said.
Michele Chandler covers municipal government and housing issues for the Redding Record Searchlight/USA Today Network. Follow her on Twitter at @MChandler_RS, call her at 530-225-8344 or email her at [email protected] Please Support our entire newsroom’s commitment to public service journalism by subscribing today.