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Mayor: companies were “assured” that a car park would be built

BY JOE WESSELS
Loveland Local News

LOVELAND, Ohio- Mayor Kathy Bailey said businesses in downtown Loveland were “assured” there would be parking if they opened here.
Bailey, however, in an unedited video, reveals that she or someone from the city spoke to business owners about the city’s $7-10 million parking structure and told them that she would be built.
“I know many businesses will tell you, homeowners, that they came to Loveland because they were assured there would be parking,” Bailey said in the video. “It’s necessary to support current businesses, but also for future growth. There will be other businesses to come.

A partial clip from the Xavier University film student’s video highlighting Mayor Kathy Bailey’s comments on assurances given to downtown Loveland businesses. Credit: Unnamed Xavier University film student.

The YouTube video was posted on January 25, but deleted today after Bailey emailed the Xavier University film student who made it. The email was sent to the student after a reporter questioned the mayor about her statements. Several people said the student found the mayor to be harsh and uncomfortable with the email, and that he had no intention of upsetting anyone. Loveland Local News chose not to name the person because several people who spoke to him said he was now scared and worried the city would retaliate against him. The student, through an intermediary, refused to speak to a reporter.
Kevin Malof, a lawyer who manages and at least partially owns downtown businesses Bond Furniture, The Landing Event Center, Bishop’s Quarter, Wicked Pickle and, reportedly purchased property at the corner of East Loveland Avenue and Route 48 and allegedly offered to buy The Pizzeria Works behind City Hall has opened by far the most downtown businesses since Bailey became mayor. It is unclear whether he or others were the people promised to the garage. Malof did not return a message left for him.
Bailey said she would neither confirm nor deny that Malof was the owner of the business that promised parking.
“I am not answering your questions…because you are not a journalist,” the mayor wrote in an SMS. “I neither confirm nor deny this because I am not answering your questions.” She sent the text after contacting the student filmmaker.
Councilman Tim Butler, also featured in the video, said Friday night parking insurance was surprising.
“From my perspective, there’s a lot of work to do before anything moves forward on this parking lot,” Butler said. “As a member of Council and until and unless justification is shown to me, which I have not seen, I oppose parking.”
Others criticized the city’s lack of due diligence regarding the parking garage — including any studies on the best ways to address the city’s intermittent parking shortage. Lauren Endna, a retired National Security Agency intelligence analyst living in Loveland, has spoken out against the garage at several recent Council meetings. She plans a rally at 1 p.m. Saturday outside City Hall to bring attention to the problem, saying the city needs to carefully consider the best solution to alleviate parking problems.
Butler openly criticized the mayor’s plans, saying he still had a lot of questions about the garage. In exchange, the mayor and five other Council members, including two former members – Neal Oury and Rob Weisgerber – shunned him and mounted a campaign to have him ousted from Council in the November 2021 election. Instead , Butler came in first, winning a wide margin on the second most votes.
In February 2020, Bailey told a resident who questioned the garage during a Council meeting, “…there will be parking there.” She has since backed off that statement at council meetings, saying instead that the council would heed the public’s desire for a garage. His statements in the newly released video appear to contradict his previous statements. City Council spent much of 2019 in repeated executive sessions closed to the public focused on details of the garage, then voted on aspects of the project without public comment or discussion.
During separate Council meetings and after public scrutiny, Councilors Kent Blair and Oury alluded to discussions about the garage outside of public view, including Blair saying they had discussed the matter “on pizza”. Their comments may have referred to Council members dining together after regular Council meetings at The Works, a local pizzeria just behind City Hall and right next to where the garage would be built. The Work owner Scott Gordon spoke to the Council in support of the garage. Meeting at The Works and discussing city business would violate Ohio’s open meeting laws. Multiple attempts to question Council members about these meetings went unanswered. Councilor Tim Butler was not seen at these meetings and said he was not attending.
Loveland Local News has filed a public record request for the email Bailey sent to film student Xavier. City Attorney Joe Braun opened the email Friday night but did not immediately share it, which is not unusual.
Some residents have complained that city officials have favored downtown businesses in recent years, especially over other parts of Loveland – including along the Loveland-Madeira Road corridor. Business owners in the city center receive garbage collection for free – using the City Hall dumpster – while residents and businesses in other parts of the city must pay for this service, for example.

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Clemson imposes new 15-minute parking spots downtown

By Greg Oliver

The newspaper

CLEMSON — Earlier this week, the city of Clemson reinstated all of its parking regulations that had been suspended for much of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Street parking, which had been extended from one hour to two hours, with all paid parking in garages free, is now limited to one hour, and those parking in city center car parks will be required to supply the meter .

A new parking sign in downtown Clemson tells visitors they can only stay 15 minutes.
EMILIE WILSON | THE NEWSPAPER

But the city also reminded residents to be on the lookout for new 15-minute street parking spots for anyone doing quick tasks, such as picking up orders. These spaces, all clearly marked with a sign in front of the space, were approved by Clemson City Council last year on the recommendation of the Economic Development Advisory Committee.

The resolution states that spaces will be permanently designated for 15-minute parking on a first-come, first-served basis 24 hours a day, with none to be used exclusively by a business or businesses or their suppliers, carriers, employees and / or customers. Rideshare drivers cannot perform pick-up and drop-off using the designated 15-minute parking spots or use the staging or waiting spaces.

The city’s community and economic development co-ordinator Lindsey Newton, who presented the resolution to council, said the spaces “give people access to downtown businesses, especially in a faster way.”

“Thanks to COVID, business models have fundamentally changed,” Newton said. “A year ago the curbside and curbside service – almost no one was offering it. I don’t think it was a problem a year and a half ago, but I don’t think it will change.

City Administrator Andy Blondeau said the city should probably consider hiring an additional parking attendant because of the change, as well as the new hotel being built downtown. Newton said the cost of an additional officer could come from revenue if metered parking spaces are placed downtown.

Newton said there are businesses along College Avenue and on Earle Street, North Clemson Avenue and Sloan Street “who want central space for their businesses.”

“They want it where their customers, their clients, their bosses, grab what they need and walk away,” she said.

Advice on new parking spaces

Councilor Catherine Watt said she felt the recommendation “is definitely reasonable”.

“I know older people who would love to have something downtown and don’t walk at the same pace as you or me, and they would definitely love to have those spaces,” Watt said.

Councilwoman Alesia Smith said adding 15-minute parking spaces “is a good idea.”

“It will help businesses and other members of our community who don’t have to drive around, look for parking and cause more traffic jams,” she said.

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Change and parking

One problem is never mentioned when people talk about their opposition to a new parking lot: the construction failure a year ago. This was reluctantly approved but “compromised” by Town Meeting. It was significantly watered down by shrinking the basement and cutting off the upper floors.

Approximately $ 300,000 was added to the cost of reinforcing the structure “just in case. they decided to add higher floors at a later date. Then the parking spaces in the new ‘garage’ on the ground floor were distributed, benches were added to create a park vibe to satisfy those who thought parking garages were ugly, and even added an art showcase for changing art exhibitions.

The quiet residential streets near the city center were lined with parking meters and parked cars. The anti-garage citizens were content and the battle was over.

This quasi-garage, built in a central downtown location owned by the city, settled the issue, but it was a major push in the exodus of downtown businesses. Even though businesses came in after that, they couldn’t sustain growth without people filling the sidewalks. This answers the question of why there is no shortage of parking spaces: so many businesses have left that there is almost nothing to come downtown except to eat at student hangouts, the Amherst cinema and library. A remaining bookstore, Hastings and a few stores struggle to keep their shoppers and customers, while those with short memories denounce the idea of ​​filling a need in order to find a bustling city center.

Some people seem desperate that Amherst is changing, but having arrived in town over 50 years ago, I can attest that the change was happening and will continue as long as we live. . And have you ever seen anyone sitting on the benches of this “garage”?

Audrey Child

Amherst

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How Oslo is recycling its old parking spaces for cyclists

In recent years, Oslo has seen a proliferation of pedestrian streets, public transport now serves all corners of the city, and parking spaces, usually reserved for cars, have transformed over time into cycle paths. When they don’t end up like this, they are replaced by green spaces or bicycle parking lots.

The trend is now for the transformation of old car parks into cycle paths, easily recognizable by their red color. Bikes (including cargo bikes) are available through bike-share systems to help those without their own bike get around the city center, which is fully geared up for them.

However, there are still a few parking spaces, reserved primarily for disabled drivers, emergency vehicles or delivery drivers (even if the latter are generally only allowed to drive in the morning). Others are dedicated to charging electric vehicles. In addition, there are still many parking lots on the outskirts of the center.

It should also be noted that the few cars still circulating in the center of Oslo are mostly electric. The Norwegian capital is now one of the European cities with the highest rates of electric vehicles on the road, according to a recent report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

All of these changes are being made to help improve air quality and combat climate change. But another advantage is the safety of road users. A pioneer in the pedestrianization of its city center, Oslo recorded no deaths of pedestrians or cyclists in 2019, a unique case in the world for a city of its size.

While Oslo began its transformation decades ago, other major European capitals, such as Paris, Madrid and Berlin, often face greater opposition from residents when imposing this type of policy. – AFP Relax news

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Lukewarm Grief Falls Board at Parking Garage | Local government

“Very lukewarm” is the best word to describe the village council’s response to the question “Is it time for Chagrin Falls to consider building a parking lot / garage?” “

The common thread expressed by the village chiefs is their concern for the cost and who would pay for the construction of a parking structure and whether this should be a priority topic of discussion.

Of the seven current and incoming council members, only one, Councilor Andrew Rockey, told the Chagrin Valley Times he was “pro-parking, but like everything there are challenges.” , did he declare.

“Funding is going to be the biggest problem with this type of business. Funding it directly from the general fund would mean we wouldn’t be able to do any other necessary work, which would mean it would have to go on the ballot for a bond, or collect to pay it off. “

Current adviser Nancy Rogoff said she can see both sides of the issue, for and against, but is cautious if it is a vote today.

“While I resist the notion of a ‘parking problem’ in the village, the parking problems seemingly continue unabated. . . I don’t think the Village would benefit from the construction of a parking lot.

Its reason is the construction and maintenance costs and the limited space available for a parking structure which “far outweigh any perceived benefit to the village”.

New board member Michael Corkran, who served as citizen chair of the parking committee in 2016, expressed cautious optimism tempered by three concerns.

“Personally, I think that if the constraints, especially economic, location and traffic can be overcome, the village would benefit from a parking structure,” he said.

While there are options that could resolve the location and traffic issues, Corkran adds that cost, funding, and resident support will determine whether such a parking structure would be practical.

The future city councilor reflects that in the end, no one solution will satisfy everyone and real or imagined perceptions regarding the Chagrin Falls parking lot from outside the community are also part of the equation.

“As residents who walk almost everywhere in the village, parking is not a problem for my wife and I and when I drive, like most residents, I know the ‘nooks and crannies’ where parking is almost. always available even if I need to walk a bit. “

For those outside the area unfamiliar with parking in the nooks and crannies, Chagrin Falls can be a challenge, he notes.

As a contribution to the work of the 2016 Parking Commission, Mr Corkran said he conducted an unscientific study by speaking with over 100 people from neighboring communities to ask their opinions on parking in downtown Chagrin Falls. .

There was general agreement that parking in downtown Chagrin Falls is a problem and that the village should be avoided Thursday through Saturday, spring through fall and on holidays.

“In my opinion, the target constituency is not mainly the inhabitants of the village with a parking problem, but the non-residents who are the customers of the businesses in the village and who are discouraged from coming due to the hourly parking problem. peak.”

Future new board member Brian Drum said he was not opposed to talking about a parking structure, but that it might be premature to embark on a project of this magnitude. “Without first addressing the issues that undermine the usefulness of the parking capacity that we already have.”

He explained that in his opinion, the village is giving up almost all of the main parking lot for free without any incentive to use it more efficiently.

“When the last parking commission report was released in 2016, I had just moved to town. So I missed all the discussion and all the research that led to its publication, but I agree with most of its conclusions that existing parking resources are poorly allocated. . “

Mr Drum adds that if the data underlying this report is in dispute, he would like to see the evidence and if the circumstances have changed significantly between them “then maybe we should talk about a new study”.

Ultimately, if there are any objections to the recommendations, he would love to hear what they are, but, he notes, “but not doing anything about the current situation while moving forward with a large-scale project does not seem to be a wise way forward ”.

City Councilor Angela DeBernardo answered the survey question by asking two questions herself.

“Do we have a shortage of parking spaces? No. Are our out-of-town visitors struggling to find the perfect parking spot? Yes.”

“I have objected to adding paid parking lots downtown in the past because I think we are competing with neighboring regional shopping areas that offer free parking options and similar concerns about adding parking lots. ‘a paid garage in the city center,’ she said.

She indicates that the existing, often vacant parking spaces in some city centers prove that “paid” parking is not being used and wonders whether a “paid” parking structure would also be rejected.

“I’m always interested in things that will help Chagrin do well, so I’m open to different options. At the moment, based on information presented to me in the past, I am not in favor of a state-funded parking structure, ”adds City Councilor DeBernardo.

Like her colleagues, she adds that there are more urgent items like improving the safety of pedestrians and lighted crosswalks, upgrading the power grid for constant power, public toilets in parks and a list of infrastructure needs.

To these ends, the city councilor said she wanted to know more about the federal infrastructure funding options for any local needs and what might be available, but, she adds, “I’m sure that the administration has its own wish list “.

Chagrin Falls’s burgeoning restaurant scene is also on City Councilor DeBernardo’s radar and how that could add pressure on parking, especially during the evening hours.

The compact River, West Street and West Orange Street dining district, which is also home to the Chagrin Valley Little Theater, is all its own.

“I would rather see our restaurants working together to form a downtown valet parking service for weekends and evenings rather than investing millions of taxpayer dollars in a parking structure,” she said. declared.

A possible downtown shuttle service as an alternative to a parking structure is another topic of discussion, she concluded.

Council chairwoman Erinn Grube, like Mayor William Tomko, believes council should spend its time focusing on the major infrastructure issues facing the village, such as repairing its water pipes. century-old water and sewer.

She cites the 2023 repair of the Main Street bridge, the completion of improvements to the sewage treatment plant and updates to the police station as other priorities.

“The last time we discussed the change to paid parking, the council decided not to do it and I did not see a parking proposal that does not require us to have paid parking throughout the village”, she declared.

That doesn’t mean she’s not open to further discussion if there are new ideas, she added.

“If a self-governing group of citizens wants to develop a plan and present it to council, I’m always willing to put efforts like this on the agenda (but) I don’t think that’s the role of the council. appoint citizens to form their own advocacy groups. “

Councilor Grube points out that the village has had a parking commission in Chagrin Falls since 1993 consisting of three citizens and a council representative and that there are two vacant citizen positions and suggests that residents interested in serving should contact the Mayor Tomko.

New city councilor Jack Subel said he didn’t have enough information to express an opinion anyway at this point.

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A decision looms over the parking lot overlay district in downtown Amherst

AMHERST – City council is expected to decide on a new parking overlay district for the city center at its last meeting in 2021 next week.

The district of superimposed parking lots, as well as a modification of the planning rules for mixed-use buildings and the required commercial space on the ground floor, will be on the agenda for the meeting on December 20. The meeting is the last for Councilors who took office in the fall of 2018. Six new Councilors will join seven alternates following a swearing-in ceremony on January 3rd.

Originally postponed by District 5 Councilor Darcy DuMont at the December 6 council meeting, DuMont at a meeting last Thursday brought forward a motion to further delay zoning changes using a second charter provision of the city. This article reads as follows: “if, at the next vote on the question, 4 members or more object to the taking of the vote, the question is again postponed for at least 5 additional days”.

DuMont was joined in the postponement by District 1 Councilors Cathy Schoen and Sarah Swartz and District 3 Councilor Dorothy Pam.

Council Chair Lynn Griesemer said with items pushed back until December 20, residents and others are encouraged to continue providing comments and feedback on the proposals.

The idea of ​​the overlay district is to have the city-owned parking lot between North Pleasant and North Prospect streets house a private parking garage. The site, next to another private CVS property, was recommended in a 1990 study by the city and was heavily considered until 1996, before authorities decided to build a garage on the site owned by the city. the Amherst Redevelopment Authority on Boltwood Walk.

The parking garage overlay neighborhood is supported by many in the business community, but residents, primarily those who live on North Prospect Street, have expressed concerns.

The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and Amherst Business Improvement District are advocating for rezoning.

House Executive Director Claudia Pazmany said rezoning is essential as the end piece of a Destination Amherst initiative and is “the most important link to keep people in town, to spend time, money and enjoy our vibrant downtown Amherst, strengthening our economic footprint. ”

A petition launched by the House says that “a parking lot will concentrate personal vehicles in the immediate vicinity of shops, restaurants and public services such as the town hall, the community center, the health center and the Jones library”.

Opponents disagree. Ira Bryck of Strong Street is among those who wrote to city council that the site is not the best location for parking:

“As for the garage, it is far from the best location, it will disrupt the quiet enjoyment of a historic district, go against the advice of experts who have studied the Amherst parking situation , is difficult to find and even more difficult to enter and exit, will need the removal of parking that is already functioning well in a residential area, may have been chosen for special interests rather than for the good of our community, and won’t have the setbacks and other restrictions that could make a garage well-designed.

Both zoning changes require a two-thirds majority of city council to pass.

At the end of the November 29 council meeting, where a first reading on the four zoning changes was taken, Pam expressed concern that so many meetings and long conversations were taking place on the zoning, and proposed a motion not to have such topics. high during the holiday season again.

“It ruined my vacation and I know I’m not the only one. I’m really upset about it, ”Pam said.

Schoen said the board agreed to end meetings before 10 p.m., rather than extending them until almost midnight. “I just think what we do to ourselves and what we do to the staff is wearing us out,” Schoen said.

Griesemer said this December would be unusual. “I would say never again because I don’t like him better than you do,” Griesemer said.

But she said the long meetings were the result of advisers speaking without worrying about time constraints.

“I have to return this to you. Keep control of your time, ”said Griesemer.

District 2 Councilor Pat De Angelis said the zoning changes must be voted on. “I’m a little tired of people saying we don’t need to do this. De Angelis also slammed those who spoke out against District 4 Councilor Evan Ross and District 3 Councilor George Ryan, key supporters of the Overlay District who failed to win new terms.

“We have to respect each other and that starts with respecting each other and limiting what we say to what’s important, not saying the same thing six times because you want to make your point,” De said. Angelis. “I’m sorry, but I needed to say it. ”

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Parking garage plans fitted out; hard to pinpoint costs | Local news

LACONIA – While plans to rehabilitate the downtown parking lot boil down to hard facts, city officials and consultants stress that the final cost of the project will depend on inflation and the extent of the chain disruption supply.

The rough estimate for correcting structural defects as well as improving lighting, accessibility and appearance of the 47-year-old building has been valued at $ 6.6 million.

But public works manager Wes Anderson stressed that his office will continuously monitor the rising cost of building materials as well as their availability over the next few months in order to come up with a better estimate of the costs of the project.

“The situation is very fluid,” Anderson said at a public meeting Wednesday when plans for the project were discussed in detail.

About 12 people attended the meeting held at the Belknap plant, including Mayor Andrew Hosmer, City Manager Scott Myers and City Councilors Henry Lipman and Bob Hamel, who chairs the council’s land and buildings committee.

The garage is largely unused in part due to structural issues that required the closure of more than half of its 256 spaces and also because the dark interior and other factors made many people worried about the garage. idea to enter, especially after dark.

“The garage is dirty and dingy and nobody wants to be in it,” said Bob Durfee, of planning and engineering firm Dubois & King. “Some people don’t feel safe in there.”

The plans presented on Wednesday involve both major structural repairs, better access for pedestrians and vehicles and improvements to the interior.

Durfee said the most serious deterioration was in the decking under the ramps between the different levels. He said that over the years these areas have suffered a lot of damage due to the salty slush falling from vehicles during the winter, which has caused corrosion to some metal frames and concrete decks. He stated that the structural steel on the second and third levels of the garage, however, is in good condition.

Durfee said the rehabilitation plan includes:

– Repair the metal frame if necessary.

– Remove and replace the decking and walls of the ramps, landings and transition areas if necessary.

– Remove and replace the deteriorated decking.

– Waterproofing and replacement of the second level terrace and sealing of the third level terrace.

– Installation of a new glazed staircase tower with elevator on the north side of the structure.

– Repair of the existing southern stairwell.

– Installation of new doors and windows in the stairwells.

– Clean, paint and install brighter or more energy efficient lighting throughout.

The design aspects of the plan were described by architect Peter Stewart.

Interest in major repairs and upgrades to the facility has grown in recent months due to increased commercial activity in the city center and the recent opening of the restored Colonial Theater.

Wednesday’s public meeting was the first of three such sessions. Further meetings are tentatively scheduled for February and April.

The actual construction will not begin until the city council has approved the necessary funding. Assuming council gives the green light, work could begin next fall or spring 2023. The project is expected to last a year.

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Public meeting on parking improvements scheduled for Wednesday | Local news

LACONIA – The public will have the opportunity next week to view and comment on plans for the reconstruction and improvement of the city’s parking lot in the city center.

A public information session is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, starting at 7 p.m. The forum will take place at the Rose Chertok Gallery in Belknap Mill, on the third floor.

The consultants, Dubois and King, and Stewart Associates Architects, will present the scope of the project based on their most recent design, including representations of the proposed improvements to the exterior of the parking garage.

After the presentation, members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on the improvements they would like to see included in the scope of the project, explained the city’s public works director, Wes Anderson.

The cost of any improvement suggestions will be worked out by Public Works and Consultants for future presentation to City Council for consideration for inclusion in the project.

The 50-year-old structure was built to accommodate 250 vehicles. But only around 110 places are currently usable for security reasons. Repairing the parking garage has become a priority recently due to the need to provide more parking downtown for those attending the restored Colonial Theater events or frequenting the growing number of downtown businesses.

An initial estimate for rebuilding the facility, correcting structural flaws and improving safety was estimated to be around $ 6.5 million.

The Lake District Public Access will record the meeting for broadcast on dates and times set by the station.

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Council approves 300-car parking lot, plans to leave florist alone

County-owned vehicles can be found in a parking lot just west of the Morgan County Administration Building. On Monday, council approved the construction of a 300-car parking lot on this and adjacent land.

MARTINSVILLE – Council members have postponed their regular meeting to Monday evening due to publicity issues with a request for additional credit.

Despite the two week delay, the meeting room was full.

The big issue was the discussion and voting on the county’s future building plans.

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For about two years, county officials discussed the county’s building needs.

Some officials believe historically low bond rates are now a good time to start replacing old buildings or building new ones.

The discussion included discussions about which buildings should be replaced or renovated, which new buildings to consider, and how much bond the county should get.

The status of the County Roads Department on Blue Bluff Road has been discussed as it sits in a bypass canal.

The county jail is in need of major repairs.

For years, the county court system has discussed a new building that would house all the county courts, the probation service, the district attorney, and possibly a future public defender’s office.

The county administration building south of Main Street no longer has room for some county departments. There have been discussions about expanding the building or moving some departments to new locations.

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And the endless problems with downtown parking were discussed.

On Monday evening, the council made its decision, which included a 300-vehicle parking garage, a security addition to the administration building and a new building at the county fairgrounds.

The cost of the work is estimated at $ 14.6 million.

Eric Ratts, of architecture and engineering firm DLZ, gave council members an update on the plans presented by the Morgan County Council of Commissioners at its October 18 meeting.

This plan had four different versions, ranging from building a parking garage to covering two lots west of the administration building with a sidewalk for parking.

This showed that one had to leave an adjacent flower shop alone to use this property for the county.

The cost ranged from a low of $ 8.7 million, without the garage, to a high of $ 14.6 million.

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Board members received a report from Bakertilly’s financial advisers on the estimated costs of issuing bonds of $ 14.7 million.

County auditor Dan Bastin said the report is based on information currently available and may change when and if they request bond issuance.

At present, the debit service rate for the low amount is 0.0240 per $ 100 of appraised valuation.

The rate for the high amount is 0.0400 per $ 100 of appraised valuation.

It has been estimated that a $ 100,000 home would pay between $ 5.15 and $ 8.58 more per year, depending on the amount of the deposit.

Lots of discussions

County commissioner Bryan Collier told members a lot has happened since he became commissioner 11 months ago. Collier had previously served on the county council before being elected to the post of commissioner.

Collier said he discussed the plan with a lot of people. He said a 21-year-old asked him, “When do we start investing in ourselves?

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Collier said the county is growing and must be able to meet the needs of the future.

Collier admitted there were other issues, like putting millions of dollars in the county courthouse. He said people are passionate about the courthouse and keep it as it is. But he said, it’s almost a bottomless pit when it comes to money.

As for adding security to the administration building, Collier said it was long overdue.

Morgan I County Superior Court Judge Peter Foley and Superior Court II Judge Brian H. Williams attended the meeting. Foley reminded the council of the needs of the justice system. He said that, as it stands, the courthouse does not meet the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act.

Martinsville planning director Gary Oakes said the city was very happy with the county’s construction of a parking garage. He said it would help the development of the city center.

Parking history

Years ago, Martinsville’s zoning ordinance prohibited the use of downtown properties for residential purposes. The idea at the time was that residents parking downtown would do away with business parking. The only building that was “protected” were the apartments at the intersection of Pike and Main streets.

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That way of thinking has changed and many second floors are now used for residential purposes.)

County Council member Chip Keller, who has a business on North Main Street next to the plaza, has at times said parking can become an issue.

Board member Jason Maxwell said he had many questions and concerns about the proposed garage.

His list of concerns included the safety of the structure and the cost of maintaining it.

He wanted to know if there would be paid parking or if it would be free for anyone. He was concerned that some people were starting to live in the structure.

Ratts said there are parking lots in Indianapolis that are over 50 years old and still in good repair.

Exhibition center building

There was a discussion about the proposed building at the fairgrounds.

Ratts said the building will house county soil and water, solid waste and county extension offices.

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By moving the extension office, this will open approximately half of the second floor of the administration building.

Board member Kelly Alcala said it was a lot of money, especially for the new building on the fairgrounds. She was also worried about the cost of parking for the county.

“We have to be proactive and not reactive,” Morgan County Council Chairman Kim Merideth said, adding that the council had to make a decision that evening on which option it wanted to make.

The owners of the Flowers by Dewey flower shop next to the administration building complained that they had been threatened with prominent property if they did not sell their property.

Merideth said there were no plans to take their property.

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More people in the audience spoke out for both the plan and the plan.

Merideth kept asking for a motion on the option the board wanted.

After a while, board member Vickie Kivett brought forward a motion for the first option, which included the 300-car garage and left the company alone.

Merideth seconded the motion and called for the vote. The vote was 5-2 in favor of Option 1. Keller, Melissa Greene, Troy Sprinkle, Kivett and Meredith voted for the motion.

Maxwell and Alcala voted against.

The next Morgan County Council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm Monday, December 6 at the Morgan County Administration Building, 180 S. Main St., Martinsville.

This article originally appeared on The Reporter Times: Morgan County Council Cleared 300-Car Garage, Considering Leaving Flower Shop

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Dining tables above parking spaces: street shops move towards permanence in certain areas of Philly | Local news

The pandemic-inspired Philadelphia experiment with expanded alfresco dining is about to end with streeterias made permanently legal in parts of the city.

The city council’s streets and services committee on Tuesday unanimously approved an amended bill that would allow restaurants to serve diners in outdoor structures built on parking spaces in the city center, the old town, University Town, East Passyunk and other specified areas.

Restaurants outside these limits would need a member of the district council to introduce an ordinance and the entire council to approve the measure, keeping intact a long-standing practice known as the council prerogative. , which gives legislators considerable control over activities in their districts.

The amended bill, introduced by council member Allan Domb, represents a compromise – an earlier version would have extended alfresco dining permanently across town exclusively through a system of approvals managed by the Kenney administration .

“The Committee’s approval is a big step forward in making this remarkable alfresco dining room a permanent fixture in our city,” Domb said in a public statement. “The streets have saved so many restaurants throughout the pandemic, and we expect the permanence will allow businesses to invest in high-quality, safe and accessible structures that will support our city’s future. “

Following a flurry of behind-the-scenes activity, the committee also approved a bill introduced by Council Chairman Darrell Clarke that would allow restaurants to issue temporary sidewalk licenses under the program. of the city to continue to operate them until the end of 2022.

Clarke had argued that Domb’s original legislation did not give communities the ability to influence the impacts of restaurant expansion in their neighborhoods.

“I think it is important for the people who know these communities best – that it is an RCO [Registered Community Organization], whether it is a block captain, whether it is someone who has been elected to represent a specific group of people – to have an integral part and involvement in the locations and placement of those, ”Clarke said Tuesday .

The Kenney administration has said it supports the creation of a permanent outdoor dining program – “with limitations on structures related to public safety and accessibility.”

Both bills will be voted on by the full Council in Thursday’s regular session, potentially setting up a final vote next week.

Two other related bills were owned by Domb and Clarke, who came up with competing visions for al fresco dining in Philadelphia.

Standardize the rules of the game for neighborhood restaurants

Evidence during the three-hour hearing was overwhelmingly in favor of Domb’s legislation, with speaker after speaker urging Council to make permanent the “lifeline” they were offering to restaurants in town as part of the program. emergency.

“We need these invoices to simplify the process and make sure that operators can be in good faith and do it right,” said Qamara Edwards, director of business and events for Sojourn Philly, which operates several restaurants in the city. , including Jet Wine Bar and Rex at the Royal in the city center.

“The vast majority of operators are trying to add beauty to this city and add vibrancy to the city and bring the economy back to the city of Philadelphia.”

Others praised Domb’s legislation because they say it would create a streamlined city-wide process for obtaining a permanent street license – a process which in many many cases, would not require a bill from a member of the district council.

Jabari Jones, president of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, said the ongoing agenda outlined in the bill going forward would allow city council to tackle more “important” issues, as well as standardize rules of the game for small neighborhood restaurants, which may be less familiar with city processes than some of their counterparts.

Legislation passed last year as a matter of urgency allowed restaurants to apply for temporary licenses for sidewalk cafes and streets. The program has seen the number of outdoor dining licenses increase from 230 to 830, according to city data analyzed by Domb’s office.

Not surprisingly, most of the city’s outdoor dining licenses are clustered in and around the city center. However, licenses have been issued for restaurants across the city, according to the analysis.

Zip code 19147, which encompasses Queen Village and part of Bella Vista in South Philadelphia, had the most sidewalk cafes and streets.

The city has not licensed restaurants in a dozen zip codes, including those covering parts of North Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, and Northwest Philadelphia.

“We should be working to remove political barriers that limit the income businesses can generate and limit the number of jobs they can employ,” Jones said. “Most importantly, we should have confidence in our business community that they have the same vested interest as the Council in ensuring that outdoor dining facilities are safe, secure and comfortable.”

Design to be “shock resistant”

Under Domb’s legislation, restaurants could apply for an annual street license from the Department of Licensing and Inspections, which would be responsible for enforcing the regulations of the measure and would have the power to abolish a particular structure if it did not. does not comply with the code or is not used. .

The requests would cost $ 200. The money would go to the first annual fee. (The city did not charge restaurants to have a temporary street permit). Under the bill, the Department of Licensing and the Department and the Streets Department would also assess applicants for administrative and enforcement fees yet to be determined.

To be approved, structures would have to meet certain design and placement requirements. For example, they shouldn’t be wider than six feet; include a physical “anti-shock” barrier to protect diners from traffic; be accessible by ramp; and be located in a parking lane directly adjacent to the restaurant.

Streeteries could only be operated from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

This article first appeared on WHY.org.

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Parking garage problem progresses despite mayor’s call to slow down | Local News

LACONIA – Plans for a multi-million dollar upgrade to the city’s downtown parking lot are advancing. But if this project will prove to be the best long-term solution, spirits were heated at Monday’s city council meeting.

The city council voted unanimously to allow a design office to develop more detailed plans to correct the structural problems that forced the closure of much of the structure and to make the facility more user-friendly. Once completed, downtown businesses, property owners and members of the general public will have the opportunity to comment on the plans and make suggestions starting next month.

But ahead of the vote, Mayor Andrew Hosmer said any work on the 50-year-old parking lot should wait until there has been a thorough study of the parking situation in the city center to determine whether the cost of upgrading Garage level – estimated at $ 6 million – would be a good investment and part of a good long-term solution to parking problems downtown.

The council concluded in previous meetings that due to the resumption of commercial activity in the city center, restoring the parking garage to its full capacity of 250 vehicles has become an urgent priority. At present, only around 110 spaces are usable. The others are closed for security reasons.

Hosmer said what he deemed necessary was a comprehensive study of overall downtown parking needs, including up-to-date traffic studies, hiring of consultants who specialize in parking issues and design. , and obtaining new cost estimates for alternatives to repairing the parking garage, such as building a brand new parking structure in a different location.

He said he believed the council was taking a piecemeal approach to the parking issue and that there had not been enough outreach to downtown business owners to get their opinion on the best solution. to the parking problem.

“I have reservations,” Hosmer said of the board’s preferred direction. “I think we should recruit the right people and guide the city through this process. “

Several advisers quickly pushed back.

“This is just the start of the process,” said Councilor Bob Hamel, chair of the council’s land and buildings committee, who had previously met with engineer Bob Durfee of Dubois and King, and architect Peter Stewart. . Hamel assured Hosmer that the public, including those with a vested interest in the city center, would be consulted on what they think of any changes that may be proposed to the parking lot.

“We started this long enough,” Hamel added, noting that the engineering and architectural studies for the garage modernization had started several years ago, to be suspended in 2016. “We did studies. At the moment, we can fix it.

Councilor Henry Lipman was even more blunt, criticizing Hosmer for “ambushing” the council by calling for a slower approach.

“It is not fair to drop this bomb on us. It’s a low blow, “he said, adding:” Mayor Ed Engler wouldn’t have done that. “

Hosmer bristled at Lipman’s remark and said the adviser was out of order.

The owner of a downtown business, Bree Neal, told council she wants the city to look at parking issues in the city center in general.

“I want to see more vision and creativity so that we can solve the parking problem as a whole and not just the garage,” she said.

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Concerns Raised But Wheeling City Council Approves Funding for Downtown Parking Garage | News, Sports, Jobs

This artist’s concept drawing by the Mills Group shows the planned design of the new Wheeling Town parking lot to be built at the corner of 11th and Market streets in the downtown area. (Image provided)

WHEELING – Despite cost concerns raised by the public and some council members themselves, Wheeling City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of an ordinance on a $ 19.5million bond. dollars to finance new downtown parking.

The proposed six-story parking structure is expected to be built at the corner of Market and 11th Street to provide necessary parking for tenants at Historic Wheeling-Pitt Lofts, a nearby landmark being renovated into apartment buildings by a private promoter.

In a public hearing on the matter at the Wheeling city council meeting on Tuesday, only one resident stepped forward to speak. Julia Chaplin – who had spoken out against plans for the new parking lot at the previous two council meetings in October – again questioned the need for the structure and criticized the recent spending habits of city leaders.

“You continue to convey what I consider to be your wants and needs, not those of your constituents,” Chaplin said. “Have you ever done surveys of our current garages, looked at parking garage statistics, or taken into account the debt load of your constituents and their families for spending $ 19.5 million on garages in parking? “

Chaplin claimed city officials were ignoring signs surrounding a tough economic climate created by the Biden administration.

“If it was your own money, I seriously doubt you would be so speculative,” Chapline said. “Yes, you were elected by the voters, but if they knew you would be so cowardly with their money, I doubt you would be in office today. “

Initial plans for the new parking structure started at around $ 13 million, Chaplin said, noting that the most recent estimates provided by the city have multiplied by the millions.

“The final cost has not yet reached $ 19.5 million,” she said. “In government, the cost is always higher than the estimate. With the current backlog of supplies, inflation, climate initiatives, tax increases, and environmental rules and regulations, it’s nowhere near just $ 19.5 million.

Victor Greco, architect of the parking garage project, confirmed that the estimated cost of the project has increased from the initial projections. Town leaders asked him to come forward and explain why this happened. Greco agreed that the current supply chain crisis has made the cost of building materials sky-high. He also noted that geological issues were also contributing to escalating cost estimates.

“Wheeling’s geological makeup is a series of caverns and rocks and deep conditions of geological content that require the building to be built on a deep foundation,” Greco said, noting that the same problem was encountered during construction. of the health plan building in the city center. “This has a significant impact on the cost of the project.”

Chaplin asked why the developer of Historic Wheeling-Pitt Lofts – Access Infrastructure, which is reportedly investing $ 30 million – failed to include parking fees in its plan to redevelop the city’s tallest building.

“I want Wheeling to thrive, but this garage is an expensive dream,” Chaplin said. “I don’t think our citizens are prepared to absorb this financial debt, as well as the expenses of renovating and expanding the city police, fire department and county buildings.”

City Councilor Jerry Sklavounakis noted that he had also raised concerns about the parking garage proposal to other council members and the city administration, including concerns about the cost.

“It’s not something I think we take lightly here in the town of Wheeling,” Sklavounakis said. “But, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on. I think everyone in the community agrees that the Wheeling-Pitt building is something that needs to be brought back to life. The building has been empty for 10 years now. This is the only solution we have at the moment. “

Sklavounakis said the city can make that investment, work with the private developer now and help spur downtown economic growth – or just do nothing and potentially watch the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel building sit vacant for another decade. or more.

“This is a project that people have strong opinions on,” said Mayor Glenn Elliott, describing the Wheeling-Pitt Building as basically the only skyscraper in town and a structure that has been “donated” by previous generations to serve as an important anchor in the city center. “I think if we lost it, I don’t think we would ever see another 12-story building built here – at least not one that looked like this.”

Officials noted that many private investors can attest to the need for housing, and with housing comes the need for parking. The mayor said moving forward with these projects will not only help save the Wheeling-Pitt building, but will activate the need for more retail locations in the downtown core.

“At the moment, there is only one retail outlet in this entire block,” said Elliott, noting that bringing more activity to the downtown core of the city is a good thing and a worthwhile investment.

“I am also concerned about the costs,” added City Councilor Ben Seidler. “We’re talking an astronomical amount of money at this point.”

Seidler asked City Manager Robert Herron to reiterate that there will be protections in place to ensure all funding for access infrastructure is strong and that their commitment to complete their redevelopment project continues to d ‘move forward before the city starts to build this new garage.

“Last night we released the requests for funding proposals for this project,” Herron noted, explaining that the city’s lender will require documents from the developer of Wheeling-Pitt, including documents related to their funding, credits. historical federal and state taxes being used and other certifications required from the bank for their due diligence.

Now that the bail order has been approved, the parking garage project will move on to its next steps, including demolishing the vacant Chase Bank building on the site, securing financing through ” a local lender and the awarding of bids to a contractor for the construction of the new structure.

“We are expecting offers on November 18,” said Greco. “We had five eligible contractors who attended the mandatory pre-tender meeting last week. We have generated a lot of interest, which is a good thing.

“I hope that in the end we will have a nice building and, along the way, good construction work with it. “

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248 indoor bicycle parking spaces unveiled today

248 new indoor bicycle parking spaces are now available on the north side.

The locations are Jervis Street Car Park and Q-Park The Spire, and they can provide secure parking for 244 bikes and four spaces for cargo/accessible bikes.

Dublin City Council said it was actively looking for suitable locations on the north side following the opening and success of the Drury Street indoor cycle park, which has space for 300 bikes.

Councilor Christy Burke, Chair of the Traffic and Transportation SPC, said: “I am delighted with this substantial increase in covered and secure bicycle parking facilities in the city. The availability of secure bicycle parking is an influential factor for people who consider cycling as a mode of transportation. Partnerships and initiatives like this are essential if we are to achieve our climate action goals.”

Brendan O’Brien, Dublin City Council Technical (Traffic) Manager, said: “We welcome this significant increase in cycle parking in the city and will continue to seek opportunities to deliver similar initiatives.”

Neil Cunningham, APCOA’s Managing Director for Ireland, said: “This collaboration with Dublin City Council provides safe and secure cycle parking for cyclists looking to access the city center for shopping or leisure purposes. It also provides a wide range of opportunities for the further expansion of APCOA’s urban mobility hubs to provide sustainable solutions and benefits to our customers, customers who use the car parks and local communities.”

Alastair MacDonald, Commercial and Operations Manager at Q-Park Ireland, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Dublin City Council to provide additional cycle parking in such a busy location in Dublin city centre. We know how important it is to have somewhere safe and secure to store the bikes of people returning to the office and into town.”

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Public security concerning the City’s car parks

Public car parks and surveillance cameras in the city center have been out of use for almost two years. City council unanimously approved $ 1.4 million for a new camera system at the October 5 meeting. The police department hopes the cameras will be installed before the end of the year. In the meantime, according to police, further steps are being taken to protect the area.

SoCo parking at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

During the council discussion, Mayor Whitaker said that neither he nor the other council members had ever received an email regarding a camera failure and that if he or his fellow council members had received such a notice , they would have made it a priority.

However, a city public documents request (R000627-091721) requesting emails regarding the cameras showed only one dated February 2020 from Chief of Police Dunn to all council members, City Manager Domer, Antonia Castro-Graham and Ellis Chang, explaining that the cameras had to be put back, replaced. There were no emails responding to Chief Dunn’s email.

Dunn is currently both Chief of Police and IT Manager.

Retirement Observer Editor-in-chief Sharon Kennedy also sent an email on Aug. 25 alerting every member of city council to the lack of surveillance cameras and the serious security concern for any citizen using public parking. Only council member Zahra responded and, in an August 31 email, said it was a priority and was forwarding the email to Chief Dunn for an update.

Fullerton Police Chief Dunn was invited by City Council at the October 5 council meeting to brief the public on the ongoing investigation into JP23, which resident Samantha Velasquez said she believed being drugged and after leaving the bar she was raped and left in the SoCo parking lot. .

“There have been several people who have made similar allegations to those of the original victim [Samantha Velasquez]Said Chief Dunn. “These investigations take months. We want to get all the evidence. The observer was later said by the Fullerton Police Department sergeant. McCaskill that the exact number of victims reported in this case could not be disclosed due to HIPAA regulations.

“Running in harmony with [the assault, drugging, and rape investigations] is the administrative process which is our entertainment license recourse process over which I have control in my office, ”said Chief Dunn. “This process is ongoing. We work through these [steps] now and I think the public will have a little more clarity on the department’s efforts in the criminal vein and the Fullerton Municipal Code (FMC) vein, which governs the entertainment licensing process.

Asked after the first police department remedy hearing for JP23, owner Jacob Poozhikala said one of the first remedies was removing the drink from the fishbowl, which Police Chief Dunn said is easily drugged. Since then, Poozhikala has also removed the tinted glass that limited visibility and installed a small sign in the women’s toilet that tells women how to protect themselves while drinking.

“These problems [over-intoxication and fights] aren’t JP23 issues, they’re all bar issues, ”Poozhikala said.

Observer volunteers visited the downtown nightlife scene and found several apparent Conditional Use Permit (UPC) violations (for which JP23 had previously been cited) occurring at other bars, including charges of customer coverage at Matador and Ziing. Matador had over 100 people lined up at Amerige’s corner, and Revolucion served drinks in fish jars (large enough to intoxicate five people).

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Restaurant St. Pete nixes in the parking spaces

ST. PETERSBURG – The Town of St. Pete will no longer allow restaurants to keep tables in parking spaces, effective October 18.


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  • Companies were told last week that the program would end in mid-October
  • Bandit Coffee on Central Avenue launched a changer.org petition in order to get the city to reconsider.
  • The city is considering a long-term solution, but it would not include the concrete barriers
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According to Ben Kirby, a city spokesperson, the concrete barriers marked “Restart St. Pete” will be removed later this month. These barriers were placed in front of nearly two dozen restaurants last year to allow more outdoor seating amid the pandemic.

Businesses were told last week that the program would end in mid-October and that they would have to withdraw their tables.

The city sent surveys to 914 downtown business owners in July asking for their opinions at the tables across the street. They received 18 responses and Kirby said 61% of those businesses were not happy with the tables that cut off the parking lot.

Bandit Coffee on Central Avenue launched a changer.org petition in order to get the city to reconsider. The top of their petition states that “The city has not asked or interviewed small businesses or citizens for comment regarding this measure. This is our chance to let them know how we feel.

The owner of The Lure, also located on Central Avenue, said the city had not asked them for their opinion either. Or if they did, they never saw the email or the notice.

“Just having fewer seats for people will definitely hurt our business a bit. I mean I enjoyed what we have here, ”said owner Tom Golden.

Kirby said the city is considering a long-term solution, but that it will not include the concrete barriers.

“We are currently working on a long-term, permanent program proposal, which will involve establishing minimum design standards, annual license fees and location criteria,” he wrote in an email to Spectrum Bay News 9.

It’s something Golden says he would definitely consider, and he understands why some companies want to reclaim additional parking.

“There is always the flip side in every situation and there is one in this one,” he said.

Tables are still permitted on the sidewalk in various areas of the city center.

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Downtown Parking Garage Reconstruction Plans Advance | Local news

LACONIA – The city parking lot, called both an eyesore and a potential downtown growth accelerator, is expected to cost more than $ 6 million to rehabilitate. The project could be funded by the city’s economic development and would provide parking for two more decades, the city council learned Monday evening.

The extensive reconstruction of the largely underused and deteriorating structure received a first green light on Monday.

City Council unanimously asked City Manager Scott Myers to prepare an overview of the engineering, construction and financing of the multi-million dollar project that Mayor Andrew Hosmer has called critical to support economic revitalization downtown.

Hosmer, who called the garage in its current state an “albatross and horror,” and several advisers said rehabilitation of the facility was urgent.

“We need to act quickly,” said Councilor Bruce Cheney.

“We need to vote and fix the problem,” said Councilor Bob Hamel, who chairs the council’s land and construction committee.

The deterioration of the condition of the 48-year-old parking structure has rendered much of the garage unusable in recent years. About 140 of the 250 spaces, including all those on the top floor, have been closed for security reasons.

Myers called the repairs the city has made to the structure in recent years as interim measures.

“These dressings are big dressings that have become tourniquets,” he said.

A 2019 technical study estimated it would cost $ 4.5 million to correct structural deficiencies and make the facility safer and more accessible for users. Myers now estimates the job could cost around $ 6.6 million, he told council.

He said the growing tax base in the city center alone would provide the city with additional income that would offset the cost of the project. He estimated that with reconstruction, along with regular preventive maintenance, the lifespan of the renovated facility should be 20 to 25 years.

The council’s decision came after a public hearing during which everyone spoke in favor of the project.

“We need the spaces that are in the garage and this is the only place that has covered parking spaces,” said Bob Sawyer, who owns a commercial block on Canal Street.

By its action on Monday, the city council did not commit to spending money on the project. But councilor Robert Soucy said he hopes council will approve the financing soon to take advantage of the low interest rates currently available on municipal bonds.

According to the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank, during the last bond sale in July, interest rates ranged from 0.96% on a 10-year loan to 2.01% on a 25-year loan.

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Boscov car park in Binghamton town center will be rebuilt

BINGHAMTON – Much of the deteriorating downtown real estate is ready for a major renovation in Binghamton.

Mayor Richard David on Wednesday announced plans to demolish the Water Street parking garage and build a mixed-use parking and housing park that will include 122 apartments.

The Water Street Parking Garage was built in 1970 and has been the primary source of parking for Boscov customers since 1984. Its integrity has been on the decline for years, evidenced by an August 2006 incident in which a 7,000-pound concrete slab broke outside the garage and plunged into a trailer near the Boscov’s loading dock.

The garage would require millions of dollars in structural repairs to extend its life by a few years. Instead, the city is taking a different direction with a new take on the city center.

“The required demolition of the Water Street parking garage provides the City with a unique opportunity to transform an entire city block in the heart of Binghamton’s waterfront and artsy district,” said David. “This development will not only revitalize the immediate area, but will also support small businesses and downtown restaurants.

“Downtown deserves better than a massive 50-year-old concrete horror. United-Pike’s proposal stood out because it didn’t depend on state economic development funding to get started, as it is. the case with so many large-scale projects. “

The project includes a total investment of $ 48 million, with United Group of Troy and The Pike Company of Rochester joining in the effort. The demolition and construction of the parking garage, as well as the geotechnical study and foundation work, are estimated at $ 23 million.

The five-storey public parking lot will reduce vehicle capacity slightly, providing 549 parking spaces from the 600 currently available at the Water Street parking lot. The 122 apartments will be at market price, spread over five floors above the parking garage. United-Pike estimates that part of the project will cost $ 25 million.

When the project is complete, it will be the second overhaul of a downtown parking lot, following the opening in January of the Hawley Street garage, which replaced the aging structure that served the Arena, the area on along downtown State Street and government offices.

Stacey Duncan, president and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the agency in Broome County, said she expects IDA to play a role in advancing the large-scale project.

“It is very important to continue to provide professional housing opportunities downtown, especially where we can improve our shoreline,” said Duncan. “This project is located downtown, along the river, and will serve as an important anchor point for retail and service businesses that can meet the needs of downtown residents.

“I know this has been a priority for the Mayor and I’m glad he was able to complete this project. We look forward to working with United and Pike, a great development collaboration for the community.”

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The demolition and construction of the parking lot will be funded from City reserves and the capital bond, David said. The housing part of the project is financed by the private sector. The city had issued a request for economic redevelopment proposals using the current Water Street parking garage site in September 2020.

“Pike Development is thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the revitalization of the Water Street Garage,” said Peter Cornell, President and CEO of Pike Development. “We appreciate Binghamton City’s forward thinking staff led by Mayor David. Using air rights to the garage for a new apartment project brings into use an area that is generally underutilized and will generate 24 hour activity. We can’t wait to get started.

United-Pike will perform testing and analysis of the plot’s structural foundations over the coming weeks, while the project is expected to progress through the city’s planning review process in the coming months.

The Water Street Parking Garage also serves Boscov guests. The city said demolition should begin after Christmas Day to avoid any major impact on Boscov’s and the downtown holiday shopping season.

The city said it will work with holders of monthly parking permits at the Water Street Garage to move them to other parking lots in the city. He will also work with Boscov and the project developer to add temporary parking for customers during the project.

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Bloomington’s new parking lot will soon feature artwork and solar panels

The opening of the new Fourth Street parking lot last month eased some space constraints and made life a little easier for downtown employees and customers, according to business groups.

Downtown businesses are emerging from a pandemic-induced malaise, and not having to worry about lack of parking is some relief.

“Parking in general is a part of the daily lives of many downtown employees, businesses and customers,” said Talisha Coppock, executive director of Downtown Bloomington Inc., a non-profit organization.

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The economic recovery remains fragile, she said, and some customers are still reluctant to join crowded indoor spaces, so not having to worry about parking takes some of the stress away.

Erin Predmore, president and CEO of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, agrees.

“It’s great to have additional parking,” she said.

With the return of students and events like this weekend’s Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, downtown merchants are happy that parking constraints have been reduced, Predmore said.

While the garage receives customers on an hourly basis, she said the spaces primarily help employers who struggle to find adequate, nearby and secure parking for their employees.

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Outside the rented spaces, parking in the garage is supposed to cost 50 cents an hour. But some of the garage’s electronic equipment malfunctioned last week, forcing city officials to allow people to park in the garage for free.

However, Bloomington Public Works Director Adam Wason said a spare should be installed this week, starting on Tuesday.

The garage entrance is on West Fourth Street, between South Walnut Street and South College Avenue.

About 100 of the nearly 540 spaces will be dedicated to hourly parking, while the rest will be rented to downtown employers. There are few places left to rent, Wason said. Some of the rented spaces are booked 24/7, while others are rented 12 hours a day Monday through Friday, opening them up to hourly use at night and on weekends.

He also said the city still needs to complete additional landscaping, artwork that will be incorporated into the facade of the building and a sign indicating whether the garage is full.

Wason said when city officials opened the garage in August, they knew more work needed to take place and they expected to have to fix some issues. Nonetheless, they wanted the structure open to provide additional parking when students arrive for the Indiana University fall semester.

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Commercial offices and retail space on the garage’s ground floor are currently unoccupied and no lease has been signed, Wason said.

According to a brochure from Cockerham Commercial Real Estate & Consulting, the garage offers four 1,800 square foot spaces, which can be combined. Wason said the spaces could accommodate businesses such as restaurants, retailers or a coffee shop.

Wason also said he expects solar panels to be installed within the next month. City officials are hoping the panels will generate enough electricity to run the garage and businesses, but Wason said that depends a bit on the type of businesses that will occupy the space.

Although the garage has not yet been fully occupied, Wason said he has seen an increase in traffic, and he expects this trend to continue, especially as the nation emerges fully from the pandemic and people come to the city center more often to work, shop, dine or attend events.

The garage replaced a smaller one that the city had originally planned to rehabilitate but then demolished.

In February 2019, a report on additional structural inspections revealed significant deterioration. The council has issued a bond of $ 18.5 million for a new garage. Including interest, the total cost of the garage is expected to increase by almost $ 30 million. The deposit is to be paid through parking fees and income from financing tax increases.

After the city closed the old garage, downtown traders said they saw less foot traffic, though some council members at the time were also concerned about subsidizing parking at a time when the car traffic should be reduced to help combat climate change.

The discussion has erupted again during recent budget discussions, with some council members suggesting that the price of parking in garages, lots and streets should be adjusted in part depending on the popularity of parking spaces.

Boris Ladwig is the municipal government reporter for the Herald-Times. Contact him at [email protected]

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Amid declining revenues, city modernizes parking structures

(TNS) – With fewer people parking downtown due to COVID-19, new technologies will be added to city parking lots that officials say should be more convenient for drivers.

“We’re getting totally modern,” said Debbie Pacific, director of the Danbury Parking Authority, a quasi-municipal agency in charge of downtown garages, meters and public land.

The barriers at the Patriot and Bardo garages will be removed. Instead of paying an attendant, drivers will enter their license plate and payment into a kiosk or new mobile app. The cameras will recognize the license plate of license holders, who will not need to use the kiosk or the app. Bollards will be installed for on-street parking, the mayor said.


Danbury City Council was due to discuss at its Thursday meeting changes to the parking ordinances to reflect the new technology.

The city included $ 100,000 in its approved capital budget for the project, with the authority contributing an additional $ 10,000. Pacific expects the new technology to go live by November 1.

“In the long run, it will also help us generate more income,” she said.

Parking revenues have been hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, with fewer people heading downtown to shop, eat and work, she said. Pacific estimated that the number of monthly permits fell by 25 to 30 percent.

“As soon as we felt things were starting to go up we got the new delta variant and that set us back a bit,” Pacific said. “We remain hopeful. We are always waiting for things to change.

Revenue fell 24% from $ 200,000 from June 2020 to June 2021, she said. The authority also cut salaries by about as much, she said.

Some employees were put on leave at the start of the pandemic, with staff, including Pacific, taking reduced hours and pay. Only two employees are returning full time, she said. Employees always have their benefits.

The authority has grown from 16 pre-COVID employees to nine, with a few retiring and some part-time workers finding other jobs, she said.

The garages have been operating on reduced hours due to reduced staff, but new technology should allow them to be open 24/7, Pacific said. The plan is to always have security in the garages.

“We’re just going to look and see if we need someone and where we need them,” she said.

Danbury will continue to use the ParkMobile app for street parking.

“So many people know him and he’s really accepted all over the country,” Pacific said.

The rates will remain the same, with parking lots being charged $ 1.50 per hour. The permit rate is $ 55 per month.

Downtown life

The Mayor and CityCenter Danbury, the organization that supports the downtown business district, are excited about the new technology.

“This feature will be something that will move Danbury forward,” said Angela Wong, Executive Director of CityCenter.

Life in the city center is slowly returning to normal as residents return to shopping and dining, she said. She doesn’t expect COVID to have a long-term effect on downtown or the parking lot.

“People are very anxious to get back to what they are used to,” said Wong.

The new downtown sidewalks are designed to attract customers and businesses to the downtown area. The first phase of this streetscape project is expected to be completed this month.

“I think it’s working exceptionally well,” said Mayor Joe Cavo. “I have no doubt it will be done in time, if not sooner.”

Pacific said she hopes the effect of COVID on parking will be temporary. Some parking lots started returning to Metro-North station grounds last month, she said.

“People are feeling a little bit comfortable working from home and staying home and shopping from home, but I think it’s going to be short lived,” she said. “I think we want to be in public. We want to get back to normal life, so hopefully things will work out soon. “

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Downtown Parking Lot: Time to Fish or Cut the Bait | Local news

LACONIA – The city has kicked the street regarding the city center parking lot where possible, the city council was told.

Public Works Director Wes Anderson told council on Monday that unless the city spends money to strengthen and modernize the structure, it will soon have no choice but to demolish it.

“We’re at the point where we have to make the decision to deconstruct it or rehabilitate it,” Anderson told the council on Monday.

Anderson estimated that the cost to tear down the parking lots and build a new roof over the commercial space on the ground floor would be $ 2 million, while the cost of refurbishing the structure is estimated to be between $ 4. 5 and 6 million dollars.

Councilor Bob Hamel, who chairs the council’s lands and buildings committee, has requested that council hold a public hearing on September 13 on the plans and funding for the project.

City Manager Scott Myers said the cost of building a new garage would be around $ 10 million.

The parking deck areas are supported by chocks, Anderson noted. He said the structure is scheduled for its next safety inspection next month.

“” It’s structurally sound if we screen it. If we can no longer screen it, it is structurally defective, ”he stressed.

The garage’s upper deck was closed about five years ago due to structural issues, and parts of the second level are blocked because they cannot safely support the weight of the vehicles.

The garage was built to accommodate 250 cars. However, only 105 spaces are currently usable, according to Anderson.

The city has the second and third levels of the structure, while the ground floor is privately owned.

Hamel said the rehabilitation of the garage is necessary in light of the increase in commercial activity in the city center.

“We will need these spaces in the future,” he said.

Council Bruce Cheney also spoke in favor of the rehabilitation of the facility.

“The sooner we find the money to do it, it can save our taxpayers money,” he said, noting the current low interest rates. But he warned that the council will have to be attentive to the reaction of the public.

“If we get a bunch of people (at the public hearing) saying no, we have to take a step back,” he said.

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Good and bad news for the construction of a parking garage | Local news

LACONIA – The city’s much-criticized parking garage today is both a harbinger of a downtown rebirth and proof of its unstable past.

All commercial space on the ground floor of the three-story structure is let for the first time in recent memory.

At the same time, the city finds itself where it must now decide how to deal with the problems posed by the deteriorating condition of the building.

The city council will be looking into the question of what to do with the facility that was built during the major redevelopment of the city center in the early 1970s as part of urban renewal.

Council is expected to take up the matter on Monday at the request of Councilor Bob Hamel, who chairs the council’s land and buildings committee.

The city owns the second and third levels of the structure, while the land and commercial space under the parking garage is owned by 5623 Real Estate LLC, a private company.

Over the years, the maintenance of the parking lot has become an increasing expense for the city as it has fallen into disrepair.

The city spent more than $ 100,000 in 2015 to pay for emergency repairs and to have the condition of the structure assessed, according to a report prepared for the council by the city’s public works manager, Wes Anderson. Since 2017, he has spent a total of $ 135,000 on annual safety inspections and temporary repairs.

“We spent the money to heal him,” City Manager Scott Myers said Thursday.

In recent years, the council has debated a number of options, including renovating the structure or demolishing it.

Anderson’s report puts the cost of rehabilitation at over $ 4.5 million. The cost of its demolition is estimated at $ 2 million.

Two years ago, Anderson told council it would cost $ 10.8 million to build a new garage, not including the cost of deconstructing the old one. Myers said the cost for a new facility would run between $ 30,000 and $ 35,000 per parking space.

The second terrace of the parking garage also serves as a roof for the buildings under the garage. Parking is allowed on most of the second bridge, although some areas are blocked off due to structural weakness. The entire third bridge has been closed for several years due to structural issues.

The garage is particularly prone to deterioration because its metal frame is exposed to the elements. Additionally, water on the bridges and salt brought in by vehicles over the winter corroded both the structural steel and the steel bridge panels, according to Anderson.

That the council is ready to deal with the parking issue is a good sign. This shows that the demand for parking in the city center is increasing, according to Brandon Borghi, whose family owns the first level of the building and who manages real estate for 5623 Real Estate.

“We have a good problem. People want to come here now, ”Borghi said.

The last vacant space on the ground floor has just been rented to someone who is going to open a juice bar. Filled out, there will be six street-level businesses, including Fit Focus, which Borghi manages.

He hopes the city will decide to make the necessary improvements so that the parking garage can be fully functional again.

Borghi’s family brought the structure to the 28,000 square foot ground floor five years ago. Since then, they have spent money on a new air conditioning system, as well as improved lighting in the premises. Further improvements are planned in the coming months, he said.

Borghi and Myers agree that another parking issue that needs to be addressed is whether to charge for parking.

Borghi said it made sense to charge “a little” for parking in the garage.

Myers said the city needs to thoroughly examine the parking situation, including whether to charge for it.

“How do you charge for garage parking if you don’t charge for street parking?” He wondered. “Where are the reasons people use the garage then?” “

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New parking lot could arrive at State College, PA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In another action, the board approved:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The city council will meet again on August 2.

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Does Klyde Warren Park Really Need Parking?

Update: While previous reports referred to part of the new structure planned for the Klyde Warren Park expansion as a “parking garage,” a spokesperson for the park said there would be far fewer parking spaces than what is expected. was originally reported. And VisitDallas said this week that it currently has no plans to rent the new building, a change from announcing the extension for the first time. You can read more here.

For the July issue of D Magazine, on newsstands now, I’ve written about the park building boom that downtown Dallas has experienced over the past decade. There is Main Street Garden, Civic Garden (formerly Belo Garden), Pacific Plaza, and West End Square. Carpenter Park and Harwood Park are on their way. There’s of course Klyde Warren Park, the 5.2-acre bridge park built on Woodall Rodgers and opened in 2012.

Generally people love parks and people really love Klyde Warren Park. Kids love fountains and playgrounds, adults love food trucks and public spaces and yoga classes. Pedestrians downtown appreciate the way it connects, over a freeway, the Arts District and Uptown. The city and the developers love the way this increases the value of neighboring properties. Thursday afternoon, I left the office and headed out to the park to sit at a shaded table, eat a cookie, and watch the world go by. It was the best 30 minutes of my week.

So why isn’t everyone liking Klyde Warren’s upcoming 1.7 acre expansion, which again made headlines this week after Dallas City Council approved the finances from him? of the market ? (Much of the money for the $ 100 million expansion comes from TxDOT, private donors, and maybe federal grants.) More park can’t be a bad thing, can it. ?

Note the relative success of each of the newer downtown parks individually, and you’ll find a few nits to choose from. But overall, the construction of parks is a potential boon for the city center because it gives the city center something it badly needs: greenery, pedestrian public spaces and a break from the monotony of the city. car traffic on one-way streets. Many of these parks have literally supplanted parking lots, as clear a symbol as one might ask of Dallas shifting away from the self-centered mindset that has often kept downtown from being what it should be. They are shared and open spaces where everyone is welcome.

Maybe that’s why Klyde Warren Park’s expansion makes it look like Dallas could ruin the good thing we have. Expansion plans highlight a parking lot and a new building that will house, among other things, a center for VisitDallas, the city’s recently besieged visitors’ office. (Update, 1:30 p.m.: While previous reports on this have characterized the structure as a “parking garage,” a spokesperson for Klyde Warren Park said the new extension building will only include about 15 parking spaces exclusively. for people working in the structure. Read more here.)

That’s a lot of enclosed space, although plans call for new green space in the form of Jacobs Lawn. The expansion would expand the children’s park while adding an ice rink that would be used in the winter. Better road links to the Perot Museum are also part of the deal. (All of this would complement the equally controversial “super fountain” that’s in the park’s future.)

Still parking? Visiting Dallas?

“Klyde Warren Park has shown that Dallas residents want more places to meet and an urban core that improves walkability,” the Dallas Morning News’ Mark Lamster wrote in 2018. “But this new expansion offers the opposite: it’s a garage with private event space, and public amenities are an afterthought. Specifically, there is almost no park in this park – the additional space that there would be is cut off from the rest of the park by the new structure.

Boosters said the parking garage is needed and the rental of the enclosed lodge included in the new construction will help fund park operations. The park is owned by the city, but is managed by a private foundation which pays for its maintenance. Renderings make expansion a great place for your company’s next corporate retreat. But does Dallas need its parks?

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Most of Binghamton’s new $ 10 million parking garage closed ‘for repairs’

The upper four levels of the recently opened city-owned car park in Binghamton town center have been closed to users while repairs are underway.

The six-story, $ 10 million garage on Hawley Street and Washington Street has been in business for about five months.

A sign at the entrance informs users that parking is not available above the second level due to “repairs”.

Adjustments were made to the drainage system for the new Hawley Street parking garage. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Workers were busy fixing drainage issues and targeting the relatively small cracks that developed in the poured concrete. There are apparently no structural issues reported in the new 304-space garage, which opened on January 11.

The repair operations seem not to bother the users of the parking lot. Most of the Binghamton University students who live in the city center during the school year have returned home for the summer.

Construction on the garage just west of Town Hall began in the spring of last year. William H. Lane Incorporated was the general contractor for the project.

A barricade prevented vehicles from using the upper section of the Hawley Street garage on June 14, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: [email protected] or (607) 772-8400 ext 233.

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Downtown Memphis parking lot, mall gets approval

Plans to build a huge parking lot and a downtown shopping center were boosted on Thursday.

The Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Commission unanimously approved a special use permit for the Memphis Downtown Field Commission $ 40 million Mobility Center above ground at the corner of Beale and Main streets. Plans call for a 960-space parking garage with space for storing bicycles, showers, lockers, electric scooter stands and retail space on the ground floor.

The existing 1.3 acre lot, across from Beale Street and the Orpheum Theater, is city-owned. The DMC said the garage will serve as a transit hub for the city, providing a convenient place for people to park in the city center and then walk, cycle, scooter or take the tram to nearby attractions. like the FedEx Forum, Beale Street, AutoZone Park and downtown shops, restaurants and bars.

Previously:A proposed $ 40 million parking garage, a plan to connect assets in downtown Memphis

Related:‘People are downtown’: Memphis’ increase in parking revenues indicates economic recovery

Jason Weeks of LRK Architects said the parking lot was part of the project, but combined multiple modes of transportation being on the tram line and providing bicycle and scooter storage and providing retail and dining space. additional in one of the busiest areas of the city center.

“I think the big problem is it’s not a parking garage. Parking is one of them, but we call it a mobility hub because of all the key aspects that we have in this project, ”he said.

A member of the public, Charles Belenky, spoke out against the garage, saying there was no need for parking and that the structure would be incongruous with its surroundings.

According to a report by staff of the Land Use Control Commission, the parking lot will be “hidden from public view” and the structure will have “a facade complementary to the surrounding buildings.”

Weeks rebuffed the idea that there was no need for parking, saying businesses around the proposed mobility hub had told the DMC they needed more parking.

The mobility hub is part of the DMC’s larger plans to change the way people move around downtown Memphis and better connect the city’s assets to each other.

The project will still have to undergo an administrative review and approval by the Town Planning and Development Division.

Corinne S Kennedy covers economic development, football and the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals for the commercial appeal. She can be reached by email at [email protected] or 901-297-3245.

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For Philly, it’s time to put people before parking spaces

In 1961, when Mayor Richardson Dilworth tried to play with the parking lot, some South Philadelphia residents pelted it with stones. It’s not our best time, but it’s how seriously some drivers take the question of where to put their cars. But that’s 60 years later, and despite major downtown developments – and growing environmental concerns – Philly’s parking wars persist.

Although Mayor Kenney’s budget provides $ 62 million for street sweeping, a positive move, the Philly Parking Warriors have managed to delay his campaign pledge until 2021 because they don’t want to move their cars once a month. This underscores the reluctance of the town hall to move forward on car-related movements. Further evidence: the city council wants to reduce the parking tax, an aid to wealthy parking garage tycoons that incites traffic and congestion. And the streeteries, one of the city’s best innovations during the pandemic, run the risk of being dismantled if the town hall returns to the cumbersome process of the past.

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The benefits of planning around people rather than cars are clear: a cleaner, more sustainable city, better able to tackle climate change. A stronger public transit system and more residents who feel valued. And as the streeteries show, there are advantages to the trade as well.

Many fear that removing parking spaces will further increase traffic, or that without plentiful parking, visitors will no longer come to the city center. These concerns are understandable, but they have not materialized in the cities that have reallocated spaces. New York’s 14th Street Busway, for example, did not create traffic jams in nearby streets. In Philadelphia, local parking occupancy rates are dropping, despite the downtown area becoming more vibrant and in greater demand than ever.

Cities around the world have shown the benefits of human-centered design. In Seoul, an old two-level highway has been returned to nature, stimulating development and leisure. In Bogotá, Ciclovía closes 120 kilometers of streets to motorized traffic once a week, which the city attributes to creating a more peaceful and egalitarian urban environment. In Paris, the iconic Champs-Élysées, inspiration for our Parkway, will be reoriented to serve pedestrians, rather than traffic. These changes haven’t produced the traffic apocalypse critics fear. Instead, they freed cities to tackle long-term issues like air quality, the urban heat island effect, and flooding. They have boosted the use of public transport and made more residents feel valued.

READ MORE: Philadelphia must deal with return of car as pandemic eases | Inga Safran

Philadelphia should follow in the footsteps of these cities.

City council should reject the parking tax cut and if passed, the mayor should veto it. While the mayor’s decision to finally fund the street cleanup he promised in 2015 is admirable, the Kenney administration should be clear on the timeline for the start of it. Additionally, City Hall is expected to advance other projects that parking issues have hampered in the past, such as adding new downtown bus lanes, building the Philadelphia Protected Bicycle Network, and expanding. of the new, streamlined street permit system.

These movements will not be without opposition from the Philadelphians who appreciate their parking spaces. But our rock-throwing days should be over as we move towards a future that puts people first over parking.

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Long Beach launches the installation of a solar awning in public parking lots in the city center • Long Beach Post News

Solar awning installations at three designated public parking lots in the city center are under construction, marking the first of two phases in a series of solar projects across Long Beach, the public works department said on May 7. .

The first phase of this project is part of the city’s solar power purchase agreement with PFMG Solar Long Beach, LLC, a renewable energy company, for the construction and operation of 10 solar panels in various Long Beach’s public facilities, all of which are estimated to be completed by spring 2022, officials said.

The first phase of the city’s solar energy PPA includes rooftop installations of public parking lots at City Place A (50 W. Sixth St.), City Place B (50 E. Fifth St.) and City Place C ( 50 E. Third St.), officials said.

The solar power system totals 415.2 kilowatts, capable of producing electricity equivalent to 60 homes. Officials say the project will reduce the city’s carbon footprint by about 530 tonnes as the city’s partner Southern California Edison switches to green technology to meet its goal of 80% renewable energy by 2030. The solar panels will also provide covered parking for around 130 parking spaces, officials said.

“The installation is part of Public Works’ largest solar installation effort to date, with seven more locations in the construction authorization phase,” Public Works Director Eric Lopez said in a statement.

Phase two of this project is expected to begin later this year, officials said.

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Cut in the looms of Auckland public parking spaces


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Short-term parking in the CBD is expected to become more expensive, with the expected loss of half of Auckland Transport’s subsidized parking spaces.

On-street parking in central Auckland has been cut by more than half, and plans to keep some short-term parking lots subsidized by the City Council in the redevelopment of the downtown parking lot site are also underway. doubt.

The issue highlights tensions between a council that seeks to promote public transport and make the CBD pedestrian and bike-friendly, and the city’s businesses wanting to preserve easy access for shoppers and diners.

The council-owned downtown parking lot has 1,148 short-term parks, but its redevelopment is planned with the intention of selling it and turning its lower floors into a bus station with a new building at the top.

Auckland Transport’s plan presented to the council’s planning committee calls for retaining between 400 and 600 of the cheapest occasional parking spaces, which it says are intended to support the economic and cultural dynamism of the city center.

However, some councilors are concerned that maintaining short-term parking will run counter to council’s commitment to move away from supporting private vehicles.

Planning documents such as the City Center Masterplan’s Access 4 Everyone transport strategy call for limits on motorized traffic in the CBD and a transition to walking, cycling and public transport.

“My personal view is that maintaining parking lots for single occupant vehicles, even if it is for a short stay, is incompatible with the Masterplan and Access 4 Everyone,” said Councilor Chris Darby, Chairman of the planning committee that heard Auckland Transport’s proposal.

Darby says he finds it hard to see the case for the council offering discounted parking in the CBD when many private companies are already doing so.

“It comes at a cost to Aucklanders,” he said. “Strategically, it is incompatible with these planning documents.”

Waitematā advisor Pippa Coom says she wants to see more information from Auckland Transport showing exactly how her plan matches the board’s emissions targets and budget.

“It’s not about preventing people from entering the city,” she said.

“The question is: is it in the interest of the taxpayer to subsidize parking on prime real estate? “

The proposal is the latest in a long period of council-backed parking abandonment in the CBD.

Auckland Transport’s on-street parking in the city center has grown from 5,000 to 2,460 spaces over the past decade. Meanwhile, the price of longer-term suburban parking has more than doubled over this period to a high of $ 40 per day.

In a statement to Newsroom, Auckland Transport said the loss of downtown parking space would not have a huge impact on businesses.

“AT is not the main provider of car parks in central Auckland. Currently the Downtown car park has 1944 spaces…. less than 4% of city parking.

However, the Heart of the City Downtown Business Association says the loss of Auckland Transport’s cheaper parking spots could result in a loss for local businesses as shoppers choose to go elsewhere.

“These parks are vital for people who come to shop and have fun,” said Heart of the City Executive Director Viv Beck. “It’s more affordable and it makes the place more accessible. Not everyone has access to public transport yet.

Auckland Transport data shows that most people use short-term parking in the city for business, shopping and entertainment. A recent survey suggests that 75 percent of the people parked in the downtown building during off-peak hours were there for entertainment, dining, or shopping.

However, Auckland Transport’s advice suggests that maintaining short-term parking in the building will also continue to attract cars to the area, going against the council’s plans to encourage people to use public transport. common.

The loss of parking lots in the downtown building, along with the removal of on-street parking in favor of walking and cycling, will likely result in higher overall costs for people driving in the downtown area. While some shifts to public transport are likely, Auckland Transport says there is also a risk that people will choose to go elsewhere for shopping and entertainment.

However Coom is not convinced.

“They have to be upfront about what they want,” she said. “If they want income from parking, they have to say it instead of hiding behind it, talk about the commercial and cultural dynamism of the downtown area.”

Another option is to leave the parking lot to the developer who decides to buy the site. This is the option preferred by Coom and Darby.

“Nothing prevents the successful tenderer from providing parking if necessary,” says Darby.

While a decision has yet to be made, Darby doubts the board will force the successful bidder to provide short-term parking as part of a potential deal. Instead, he expects to ask the company to provide parking, micro-freight and cycling infrastructure.

The matter could be settled at a meeting of the planning committee in June.

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State College: Parking Garage Repair and Construction Overview

State College Borough has been asked to spend around $ 4 million over the next three years – and $ 7.3 million on a 10-year plan – to keep its four parking lots in working order, based on a report examined Monday by the borough council.

According to the condition assessment report, which is carried out by an external consultant approximately every seven years, repairs should be made to correct structural problems, improve waterproofing, stabilize cracked facades and other fixtures, in order to ‘Ensure the garages and their 1,563 combined parking spaces last.

The projected cost this year alone is $ 1.48 million, nearly half of which is for the Beaver Avenue garage.

“These are expenses that are going to be necessary to maintain these vital parking assets,” added Ed Holmes, interim parking director for the borough.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the borough’s parking fund – on-street parking and garages remained free for long periods of 2020 – the borough will have to borrow money for the three-year plan short term and refinance the old debt. The Board will have to approve everything and it is expected to vote on the borrowing authorization at the next regular meeting on March 15th.

Here’s a closer look at each parking garage, recommended repairs / issues and associated costs, by Walker Consultants at Monday’s Borough Council meeting:

Garage on avenue des Castors

Built: 2005 (Precast concrete of normal weight)

Parking spaces: 529 (195,000 square feet)

Estimated costs over 3 years: $ 1.21 million

Estimated costs over 10 years: $ 3.28 million

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Walker Consultants Condition Assessment Report

Yes, this is the “new” – or at least the “newest” – garage. But, at 16, it’s time to invest more in repairs so it can last another 40 years, officials said. This is why the projected costs of this garage over the next decade are over $ 1 million more than the next most expensive garage.

One of the main concerns here, at least in the short term, is the loose, cracked and bulging thin brick facade. Most of the loose areas were removed in January, but Walker Consultants said the extent of the damage was more severe than initially thought – and recommended removing the brick facade entirely and replacing it with a textured coating to prevent the brick from potentially falling on pedestrians. .

Repairing this brick facade is expected to cost about two-thirds of the estimated $ 741,000 in repairs to the Beaver Avenue garage for 2021. This ($ 485,000) is more than double the facade repair costs for the other three garages – combined – over the next 10 years.

“This brick is starting to present security problems”, admitted the director of the borough, Tom Fountaine. “So we’re going to have to sort this out. “

Overall, however, the garage is still considered to be in “good” condition. Other problems include chips and cracks in the stairs, occasional deterioration at the base of some handrails, loose support rods, sealant issues, window seals in fairly poor condition, broken light fixtures or aging, door rust, damaged / missing signage, etc.

Fraser Street Garage

Built: 1985 (CIP P / T Normal weight concrete)

Parking spaces: 335 (154,000 square feet)

Estimated costs over 3 years: $ 564,000

Estimated costs over 10 years: $ 929,000

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Although it is the second oldest parking garage in the borough and the third largest, its projected costs remain the cheapest.

“Very minimal work must be done with the Fraser Street garage over the next few years,” said Borough Facilities Director Thomas Brown.

Walker Consultants has labeled the garage as in “fair” condition with the garage having at least 10 years in its lifespan. However, in order for it to last a little longer, the garage will need to modernize and maintain its waterproofing system due to corrosion and deterioration.

The maintenance cost in 2021 here will be around $ 124,000. The most expensive repair will be the injection of epoxy into the concrete slabs, with an expected price of $ 34,500. Other issues to be addressed include deterioration / cracking of beams, separation near vertical joints, unpainted edges, changes in elevation (slopes) that need to be painted, leaching, sealant of perimeter windows, corrosion of balustrade bases, etc.

McAllister Street Garage

Built: 1991 (Precast concrete of normal weight)

Parking spaces: 218 (66,000 square feet)

Estimated costs over 3 years: $ 645,000

Estimated costs over 10 years: $ 1.1 million

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Walker Consultants Condition Assessment Report

The smallest car park in the city center of the district has no particular problems. In fact, the problems here are recurring.

The McAllister Street garage has a number of chips and cracks in the concrete at the roof, in addition to broken shear connections. “We’ve been doing it for years in this parking lot,” Brown said.

That garage shouldn’t be a priority this year, with just $ 20,000 in costs planned – and $ 625,000 in costs planned for next year.

According to Walker Consultants, the structure is in fair condition with some areas in poor condition, such as the poured-in-place concrete retaining wall along the exterior ramp. Other issues include loose aerial concrete, broken concrete at edges, wall cracking due to moisture issues, out-of-code ramps, washout, leak stains, column deterioration, worn paint, faulty window seals, clogged drains, etc.

Pugh Street Garage

Built: 1972 (CIP P / T lightweight concrete)

Parking spaces: 491 (158,000 square feet)

Estimated costs over 3 years: $ 1.43 million

Estimated costs over 10 years: $ 1.98 million

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Walker Consultants Condition Assessment Report

Pugh Street is unique in several ways. On the one hand, it’s the oldest downtown garage in the borough for 13 years – and it’s the only garage to use lightweight concrete. Maybe then it shouldn’t be too surprising that this garage is nearing the end of its lifespan, even with repairs.

Depending on the borough, the Pugh Street garage can probably be used for another 7-10 years. After that? Well, that’s something the borough council will have to discuss. (“Strategic abandonment” or a new structure are the two options.) Either way, in order for this garage to remain functional in recent years, there are some structural components that need to be repaired. Further tests are also underway to rule out a change in the quality of the concrete, which could increase expected costs.

The cost in 2021 alone will be $ 591,000, with the largest expense – repairing slab edges due to cracks – accounting for more than half of that amount. Other issues include sealer failures, deterioration of edgings and columns, rusted handrail bases, out-of-code ramp guardrails, washout cracks, paint peeling, elevator maintenance , dirty and aging signage, etc.

The full report on the condition of the four garages, and their associated costs, can be found on Monday’s Borough Council agenda at statecollegepa.us.

Josh Moyer received his BA in Journalism from Penn State and his MS from Columbia. He has been involved in sports and news writing for almost 20 years. He’s got the best athlete he’s ever seen like Tecmo Super Bowl’s Bo Jackson.

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Parking garage roof could become a gathering place in downtown San Jose

Site plan for the conversion of the roof terrace of the San Pedro Square garage to a people terrace with assembly areas and performance venues, concept. An “immersive community” of gathering areas, performance venues and food centers could sprout atop a parking lot in downtown San Jose, according to a concept sketched out by a major architecture and design firm. Gensler

SAN JOSE – An “immersive community” of gathering areas, performance venues and food centers could sprout atop a parking lot in downtown San Jose, according to a concept sketched out by a major architectural firm and of design.

The San Pedro Square Garage rooftop terrace could become a “people’s land” and create new hubs of activity in downtown San Jose, said executives from Gensler, the design company that designed the idea.

Activities and gathering areas on the roof of the downtown San José garage in San Pedro Square. // Gensler

“This is a large underutilized parking lot and the idea is to turn it into a parking lot for people,” said Peter Weingarten, director and general manager of Gensler’s San Jose office.

The multi-level parking garage overlooks North San Pedro Street, West St. John Street and North Market Street and is adjacent to the restaurant, bar, entertainment and nightlife of San Pedro Square.

“It’s potentially a really fun place to activate,” said Scott Knies, executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association. “It’s great because it’s open from all sides. But you have buildings nearby that help frame the site.

The garage serves a useful function as a parking space for the busy parts of downtown San José. Yet on three of its sides, the garage simply features concrete walls that also separate San Pedro Square from the main thoroughfare of Market Street.

“We want to change that from being an obstacle to a bridge between Market Street and San Pedro Square,” Weingarten said. “The idea is to transform this space and give it a bigger purpose and create greater connectivity.”

The garage could serve as a new “urban bridge” in downtown San Jose, Gensler said in a 32-page presentation that details his concepts and ideas for a reinvented rooftop terrace.

Street level view of San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose looking south with the garage on the left side, concept. // Gensler

At present, the rooftop terrace is already being used for an array of activities, particularly with the lack of trips to park in the Bay Area and South Bay as one of the side effects of the closures. companies linked to the coronavirus.

According to Gensler, photoshoots, meetings, shoots, dancing, exercising, biking and going out are some of the most popular common activities for the garage roof terrace.

A section of the ground floor of the parking lot in Piazza San Pedro has already been brought to life thanks to a project designed by Gensler.

About two years ago, Gensler was the driving force behind “Moment,” an effort that created four pop-up retailers in parking spaces on the San Pedro Square side of the garage.

Social and gathering space at the top of the parking garage in San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose, aerial view, concept. // Gensler

The effort on the roof is nicknamed “Moment 2.0” by Gensler.

People could create, socialize, shelter, relax, walk, interact, picnic, walk their dogs, play and exercise on the roof.

“There has to be a reward for people when they get to the rooftop, so we could introduce a lot of meaningful and diverse programs, we could have food trucks that would create an elevated food court,” Weingarten said. “You could have a little theater up there. “

The activated roof would also feature varying elevations in the form of tiny hills or hollows.

“Changes in topography can bring excitement and more interest,” Weingarten said. “It also allows us to create exterior pieces that range from the quiet to the rowdy. “

Bringing together spaces and activities atop San Pedro Square Garage in downtown San Jose, concept. // Gensler

It will cost money to achieve it, so Gensler hopes to generate interest from companies to help fund the development of the new rooftop terrace as well as to fund ongoing and ongoing activities.

This concept is also part of the expansion effort to gradually activate blocks and sections of downtown San Jose.

“We totally believe in the future of downtown San Jose,” Weingarten said. “There are some incredible destinations that already exist that are being projected into the city center. But there are also uncomfortable gaps between fields of activity. The site of this garage fills one of these gaps very well. A revitalized roof can be really exciting.

As San José and the rest of the Bay Area begin to emerge from the government-ordered business closures that have crippled the economy, these types of hotspots won’t only be useful, they can be essential.

“It will take a parking lot and make it a gathering space,” Knies said. “We need to bring people back to populate downtown businesses. We can’t wait to redo events. We’re finally going back to the Roaring Twenties. “

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Part of parking lot collapses in downtown Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The weight of three balls of snow and ice can break tree branches, knock down power lines and cause part of a parking lot to collapse.

Crews worked on the scene of a partially collapsed parking lot in downtown Lexington.

The upper deck of a structure on the High Street gave way early Thursday morning. No injuries were reported.

Thursday evening, the crews concentrated their work at ground level. Our Shelby Smithson hadn’t seen much on the upper deck since crews put up a fence separating the collapsed section and positioning a crane.

The Webb Companies own the BB&T parking lot in downtown Lexington.

In a press release, The Webb Companies announces its intention to stabilize and repair the structure immediately:

Building Ownership has engaged architects, engineers and consultants to assess the structure and make recommendations on site stabilization and will immediately begin repairs to stabilize the structure. While taking these necessary measures, we will endeavor to limit traffic disruptions.

“We received a call a little after 5:00 am this morning indicating that a few spans had failed. And it compromised the garage, ”said Ross Boggess of Webb Companies.

Shortly after the upper deck collapsed, crews were in the building with equipment to stabilize the site. They say it’s crucial to make sure it doesn’t collapse further or damage surrounding buildings.

“The city condemned the structure, so we are currently working on remediation efforts. Trying to make sure that we are handling things as quickly and as responsibly as possible, ”said Boggess.

The city center may have temporarily lost around 250 parking spaces, but authorities are just grateful that no one was injured.

You can see on our WKYT Sky Eye drone video that the structure will not be used anytime soon:

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City redesigns parking spaces ahead of RCC campus opening

Matthieu Sasser | Daily newspaper

The parking lines along Caroline Street are now much clearer.

ROCKINGHAM – Parking lines in downtown Rockingham have been redeveloped in anticipation of increased traffic in the area once the new Richmond Community College campus opens to students.

Caroline Street, West Washington Street, West Franklin Street, the 100 block of East Washington Street, part of North Hancock Street, part of North Lee Street and around Harrington Square have been reinserted. On-street parking spaces will now be able to be located much more easily.

The project has been worked on and off over the past few weeks, as weather conditions permitted.

The old scratches had faded and deteriorated over time.

“With the upcoming opening of the RCC bringing additional traffic to the city center, city staff felt it was appropriate to redesign so that available on-street parking was clearly demarcated,” Deputy City Manager John said. Massey in an email.

The RCC semester will start on January 28. Although the building will not operate at full capacity, hundreds of students are expected to attend classes.

Parking had always been available on these streets before, but the new strip makes it easier for individuals to navigate the busy intersection.

The 100 block of North Lee Street was repainted when it was redone as part of the RCC Project last fall. Block 200 of S. Lee Street will be removed in the near future.

There have been concerns about parking in downtown Rockingham, which have increased since the new RCC campus.

According to Massey, on-street parking is generally available on all streets in the city, unless it is specifically signed to prohibit or limit it. There are no future tracing projects underway at this time.

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Milwaukee Council Requires Safety Plans for Parking Structures

Milwaukee city officials are targeting violent assaults and other crimes in places the FBI considers most dangerous: parking lots.

Under a new ordinance expected to come into effect next month, owners of parking lots and structures will be required to submit safety plans to the police before approval of the license to practice. Locations that have two or more incidents per month will be ordered to implement additional security measures, such as adding cameras or barriers, increasing lighting, or other improvements recommended by police. , under penalty of losing their license.

A security incident is defined as any activity on the premises which results in “damage to parking customers, vehicle vandalism, theft of vehicles or property inside vehicles or any other incident that threatens health, safety or security. safety and well-being of customers ”.

“This is a monumental achievement for the city to prevent future injuries and deaths of parking lot users,” said Randy Atlas, a Florida-based building safety expert who teaches crime prevention through environmental design.

The order comes following the gruesome murder of a nurse practitioner walking to her car after completing her shift at Froedtert Hospital in 2019 and a subsequent investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealing serious flaws in security in hospital parking lots nationwide.

Parking lots in general, whether in hospitals, schools or nightclubs, are the third most common site of homicides, assaults, kidnappings and other crimes, according to FBI figures analyzed by the Sentinel Journal.

The city passed an ordinance targeting more than 65 downtown parking lots in 2018 after a spate of crime in the parking lot of the intermodal station on St. Paul Avenue. The latest ordinance extends the coverage area to the entire city.

Better surveillance and better security are needed in parking areas “because the area is often deserted, easily accessible, poorly lit and for other reasons,” the ordinance specifies.

Mayor Tom Barrett signed the ordinance on Wednesday, according to his spokesperson.

It is not clear, however, whether the ordinance will tackle crime in parking lots and private structures, such as those owned and operated by hospitals and other employers or apartment buildings. As written, it applies to garages or lots on which “a business is carried on to store motor vehicles where the owner or person storing the vehicle must pay a fee.” It exempts lots of 15 boxes or less.

While employees at many hospitals pay to park on the job, hospitals don’t always charge visitors. One of the co-sponsors of the ordinance, Ald. Bob Bauman, said he would like the ordinance to apply to all parking lots used by the public, whether or not a fee is charged. He said he was asking the city attorney for an opinion on the matter.

“We are trying to resolve the backdoor issues you detailed, through licensing,” Bauman said in an interview with Journal Sentinel. “The emergency solution to this is human surveillance with eyes, ears and mouths that can talk on the phone and call for help. “

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Thomas Smith, security consultant for the nationwide healthcare sector, praised the Joint Council’s action, but said more needed to be done.

“I think that’s a good place to start. However, I would suggest adding specific requirements,” said Smith, who has been a consultant for hospitals for 20 years.

Atlas, hired by Journal Sentinel to assess parking lot security at five Milwaukee-area hospitals, agreed.

“This is a great intention,” Atlas said, “but they didn’t sweat the details of the implementation.” He said the ordinance did not explain the design features of crime prevention. pedestrians, ”he said. “There must be a lot more detail in the law. “

The lack of adequate security in the parking structure at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in eastern Milwaukee is at the center of a lawsuit brought by a woman who was stabbed more than a dozen times by a foreigner in 2018.

Lawyer Benjamin Wagner, who represents the woman, applauded the council’s action.

“This is a big step forward in requiring owners who invite the public to their premises to take reasonable security measures,” said Wagner. “It can only help.”

“Parking lots are inherently dangerous places because people are quite vulnerable when they are in a parking lot, especially when there is poor lighting and easy access to those who intend to engage in a parking lot. criminal behavior, ”Wagner said. “It’s not just about hospitals, but every hospital knows or should know and be aware that parking garages have had problems in the past.”

For Interstate Parking, which operates about three dozen parking lots and lots in downtown Milwaukee, including the intermodal station, the parking ordinance passed in 2018 has proven to be helpful, said the president of the company, Tony Janowiec.

Janowiec said this forces parking garage owners to be proactive in terms of safety, which gives the public confidence when visiting the city center.

“Sometimes having that interval to sit down and look at the data is beneficial,” Janowiec said. “Did it make a difference? I guess without that there would be a higher rate of break-ins and possibly injuries. … I think people should embrace it.

Contact Raquel Rutledge at (414) 224-2778 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @RaquelRutledge.

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Central Ohio Parking Garage / Schooley Caldwell

Central Ohio Parking Garage / Schooley Caldwell

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Text description provided by the architects. The design of the Ohio Center Garage is a response to the historic roots of its location, a former rail yard, and the Peter Eisenman-designed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), which it serves. Located on a narrow site behind the GCCC, the Kinetic Garage now behaves like a work of art welcoming anyone approaching the vast center from behind.

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West elevation
West elevation
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The design seeks to extend the language and feel of the main hall of the convention center and recall the old marshalling yard. Situated on a difficult site between the convention center and a viaduct leading to the city center, the garage had to offer an effective architectural treatment that responds to the speed of the viaduct traffic, alleviates the difficult scale of the convention center and brings an experience front door at the rear of the complex.

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In collaboration with artist Ned Kahn, a kinetic facade of overlapping free-flowing mesh panels was imagined. Kaynemaile, a polycarbonate trellis, offers a facade treatment that complements existing building forms and materials, while also introducing an architectural element that could be considered part of the Convention Center’s extensive art collection. Kahn was an ideal partner, a unique blend of inspired aesthetic and practical craftsmen.

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His experience makes him very sensitive to the difficulties of designing large-scale kinetic structures. Kahn helped shape the vision for “Silver Lining,” the name for three 3,000-foot-long expanses of mesh curtains. Schooley Caldwell worked to ensure that the artwork could be fabricated and installed to fit an ambitious and compressed construction schedule. There has been extensive collaboration with the structural engineer to adequately address the potential for atmospheric icing.

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Second floor plan
Second floor plan
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Additionally, local steelmakers worked closely with Kahn, New Zealand-based Kaynemaile and the Construction Manager for the installation. Special attention has also been paid to the rigging. The results exceed expectations. The skin of the building is dynamic; capturing the light on sunny days and moving in graceful waves as the mesh catches even a slight breeze. The effect is spellbinding. Ned Kahn’s inspiration was tremendous and, like much of his work, connects us to natural forces that over time we have learned to ignore. “Silver Lining” allows us to experience a simple breeze with a unique joy.

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Knoxville State Street downtown garage expansion opens parking spaces

State Street Garage Expansion is now open, adding 570 additional parking spaces downtown.

The two new parking lots opened on Wednesday morning, mostly completing an $ 11 million construction project that began in October 2018.

State Street Garage, located behind Regal Cinema on Gay Street, now has approximately 1,600 parking spaces. Including garages and surface lots, the downtown area now has approximately 10,500 public parking spaces.

The entrance to the One State Street garage is still closed

Some small-scale works still need to be completed. The entrance to Clinch Avenue will remain closed until July while it is being upgraded. The entrances and exits of Union Avenue and State Street are open.

Other remaining tasks include caulking, installing entrance canopies, repairing sidewalks and adding landscaping.

“The expansion of the garage is an important step,” Mayor Madeline Rogero said in a press release. “We have created 570 new essential parking spaces in the heart of downtown. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding since work began last fall.

This is not the first time that State Street Garage has expanded. The city undertook a $ 6.1 million upgrade in 2013 that added a bridge and 240 spaces.

The Christman Company is the general contractor and the prime contractor is the Public Building Authority. The architect is McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects.

Where can I park in the city center?

A 3,500 pound shaped, fabricated and painted steel sculpture was recently installed in front of the State Street Garage in downtown Knoxville.

Public parking is also available at locations such as garages in Market Square, Main Avenue and Locust Street, as well as on surface lots on West Jackson Avenue, East Jackson and near World’s Fair Park.

Downtown Knoxville has a live parking availability module that tracks the number of open spaces in downtown lots and garages on its website, centrevilleknoxville.org. Parking in the city center is also monitored in real time on the Parkopedia app, which is available for download.

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Too many parking spaces in the city center, still thousands more to add

Downtown Memphis is for drivers only, at least for now.

That’s according to the findings of a one-year parking study commissioned by the Downtown Memphis Commission, said Iain Banks of Nelson Nygaard, the California company that conducted the study.

“There is definitely an automotive culture in downtown Memphis,” Banks said in a 90-minute presentation to the DMC board of directors on Thursday morning. “And that’s partly due, obviously, to historical preferences, but also to the fact that the transit system and global mobility is probably not quite where the city would really like it to be right now. “

The study looked at parking between AW Willis Avenue and EH Crump Boulevard and from the riverside at Interstate 69 on the outskirts of the Medical District.

About 83% of downtown workers who responded to a parking survey said they walk to work alone every day, while only 7% said they carpooled. Among downtown residents, the number was only slightly lower. About 69% reported driving alone in the city center.

For these drivers, parking can often seem scarce and expensive, according to the study. But that’s just the perception, Banks said.

In fact, drivers said they can usually find a location after searching for about five minutes and said that location is usually within two blocks of their destination.

Choose 901 employee Taylor Lewis grabs a parking receipt on the way to work in May 2014.

20,000 additional places

There are 71,364 parking spaces in downtown Memphis and the Medical District, according to the Banks study.

Despite perceptions of low parking inventory, banks have found that approximately 50,000 of these spaces are needed to meet parking demand. And even if Memphis’s development continued to grow along with cities like Nashville and Austin, 20 years from now, Memphis would still be able to meet demand with about 5,000 spaces less than there are today.

In the heart of downtown, the excess of available parking spaces over parking demand is most apparent. There are 17,065 parking spaces available downtown, but the immediate growth that is happening downtown only calls for about 8,600 spaces, according to the study.

Despite the excess parking, the members of the board of directors of DMC were reluctant to accept the disappearance of the spaces.

“How do you know how many people are coming downtown for business meetings, how many people are coming downtown to meet someone for lunch, and then have to go back east because that’s where do they live or work? Asked Julie Ellis, DMC board member.

There are 17,065 parking spaces available downtown, but the immediate growth happening downtown only calls for about 8,600 spaces, according to a study.

She said it made sense to try to reduce the need for parking for downtown residents who also work there by making the city more pedestrian-friendly and improving public transportation. But she said reducing parking too much could alienate East Memphis residents.

“What I never want to hear is that being downtown is exclusive to anyone who doesn’t live or work downtown,” Ellis said. “It’s not Memphis. That worries me in a larger context.”

Banks, however, said the change could take years – but even if just 10% of inner-city residents decided to use their cars less frequently, that would mean less space would be needed and more. much of what is available could be used by the people of East Memphis and others. travel to the city center.

Less surfaces, more technology

DMC’s sister councils have already committed to adding thousands of additional parking spaces despite the density of the downtown area.

Part of Union Row’s approved $ 950 million development incentive program that plans to bring apartments, a hotel, offices and more retail – including a grocery store – downtown was a $ 50 million loan to build two parking garages that would add approximately 2,000 spaces.

City officials are in talks to add more parking garages downtown.

Banks said adding more garages isn’t necessarily a bad thing if it means closing surface lots and using prime downtown real estate for more development.

“Maybe a garage makes sense in some places where it opens up three to four to five development blocks and it can serve as a shared parking use for those developments,” he said.

DMC President Jennifer Oswalt said the parking study is already being used to help her organization determine how to allocate limited parking funds to other developments.

“What this has done for us is to show that immediate growth is not a crisis,” Oswalt said. “It has shown that we are not completely immune to challenges, but neither are we in crisis… We can try to change small behaviors.”

These efforts to change behavior are manifested in another type of incentive approved in late 2018 to encourage alternative commuting for the 700 new employees that agricultural technology company Indigo Ag plans to hire over the next three years.

The DMC is also committed to providing parking solutions for AutoZone, which recently announced a Expansion of the city center this will lead to 130 new jobs. No details have been released on what the DMC will offer and how it will impact the existing parking landscape.

An expansion of AutoZone is expected to create 130 well-paying jobs in downtown Memphis.

Preliminary results published with the study suggest that the technology could be a solution to negative perceptions of parking. Banks said using apps or other technology to help downtown visitors determine the location and cost of parking before leaving their homes could be helpful.

He also suggested that improving public transportation, better maintenance of parking garages, working with businesses to make more private parking accessible to the public, and making the city center more pedestrian-friendly could all help. change the habits of those who visit the city center and reduce the need for parking.

A final list of recommendations and a guide to help the DMC make parking development decisions will be released in the coming weeks, Banks said.

Desiree Stennett covers economic development and business at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected], 901-529-2738 or on Twitter: @desi_stennett.

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City center car parks will now be billed 24/7

New “pay on foot” machines have been added to the three parking lots in downtown San Luis Obispo.

The system will now operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will no longer be free for customers who leave after parking officers leave for the evening.

Parking booths will continue to be manned by attendants who will accept cash or credit, but hours will vary depending on the facility. If the booth is empty, bettors can pay by credit card on exit or before leaving at one of the new “pay on foot” machines.

Street parking meter prices will continue to be free after 6 p.m.

“The new system will reduce the time it takes to get in and out of each facility, provide additional payment options, and allow the city to dynamically link parking availability per location to the city’s website and possibly a platform. mobile. according to a press release from the city of San Luis Obispo.

The new system is expected to be rolled out in both Palm Street parking lots in the coming days. Carolyne Sysmans | Mustang News

The system is now in effect at the Marsh structure. The two Palm Street structures will follow in the coming days.

Two new payment terminals will be set up in each of the three structures in the city center, where users can pay for their parking in cash or by credit card before returning to their car and then inserting the validated exit ticket.

“It might be a learning curve for people at first, but once people get used to the system they will know it will get them in and out much faster,” said Scott Lee, parking manager. of San Luis Obispo.

The hourly parking rate will not change. Rates will continue to be free the first hour and $ 1.25 per hour thereafter. The daily maximum will remain at $ 12.50.

According to Lee, the reason for the change was that the old system had been in place for 15 years and the new system will allow them to enter occupancy data in order to make the system more efficient. Lee said they were looking for ways for customers to check parking lot fill levels with the system.

No parking agent will lose their job. They will continue to be there, but not necessarily inside the outgoing booth. Lee said allowing them to be on foot would help speed up the exit process by providing assistance with payments and keeping an eye on the garage.

“They’ll be able to walk around the garage, help orient themselves and almost act like security guards,” Lee said. “It should improve the customer experience. “

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Houston is growing, but its parking spots may not be – Houston Public Media

Parking meters in downtown Houston on September 20, 2018.

According to one estimate, Greater Houston will exceed 10 million people by 2040. That would mean about three million more people would be added to the region. But so many additional cars may not require additional parking spaces.

“The buildings are not built for today. If you do your job right, you are trying to ask yourself: how is this going to be a good investment over 25 to 50 years? »Declared David Mincberg, general manager, officer of Flagship Properties Company, a company that invests in commercial real estate. He is also president of Houston first, which operates the City of Houston’s underground parking lot, including the George R. Brown Convention Center and Jones Hall.

Mincberg said parking needs are changing because the way people move is changing.

“As rail grows in Houston, Texas, you have more people, and more people, and more people using Uber and Lyft, and maybe autonomous vehicles in the near future; the near future being a decade. A decade for a building is not very long, ”said Mincberg. “And what is the ideal point between” what should an investor-developer do “and” a municipality should she demand? ” “”

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How the city is responding to changing developments

City officials are already considering how to deal with Houston’s growing population.

“We have to find ways to get cars off the streets,” said Houston Pro-Tem Mayor Ellen Cohen. She is also a member of the District C council, which includes updated parking systems for busy areas like Washington Avenue and Montrose. “We have to be able to get people to Houston by bus, light rail, integrated transit. And how can we do that so that people aren’t driving cars with one person behind the wheel?”

Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Cohen in her office on September 20, 2018.

Cohen said parking regulations have changed and the city has tested less in the city center.

“Instead of having regulations requiring restaurants, for example, to have an ‘X’ number of places available, we are testing the idea – which is currently underway downtown – but in the city center where you don’t need to have “X” number of parking spaces. You come to the restaurant, you can park in the adjacent streets. That sort of thing. So that it just leaves more space for people park where they can. “

“A third of its residents in this new apartment did not have a car at all”

Market needs have led downtown Houston to be exempt from parking restrictions for years, said Andy Icken, city of Houston development manager. He said the changes in development have also resulted in changes in the parking needs in the city center.

“Someone built a new multi-family project in the city center, which has a lot of people renting out apartments. And they instituted a one-car-to-apartment unit process, and they actually agreed. to buy it back to the individual, “said Icken.” So what this owner told me was: he discovered that about a third of his residents in this new apartment did not have a car at all. others who have it would make good economic sense. “

Andy Icken, Director of Development for the City of Houston, reviews the documents in his office on October 1, 2018.

Not having a car can be a growing trend in Houston. Icken said many places in the city have evolved into mixed-use development, such as the Galleria district.

“If we look at the total square footage of the Galleria area, which is over 35 million square feet, one-third is commercial office, one-third is residential and one-third is actually retail space,” said Icken. . “It requires fewer cars if people are to go to this area.”

Icken added that they have more projects coming up in the city looking to have mixed use because it’s convenient for people. He said they are considering more rules and regulations to help improve pedestrian communities, like Rice Village. Another factor to consider, Icken said, is the technology.

“Autonomous vehicles are going to play a role, longer term,” said Icken.

the Harris County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) has already set up a prototype plan for its first autonomous vehicle, in University of South Texas. And Icken said the city supports this plan and is thinking of others.

This is a shuttle currently in use in the Las Vegas Innovation District. METRO says it is potentially considering a similar project for the Texas Southern University campus.

“We actually believe that the rapid bus line in the middle of the Galleria can be converted into a self-driving vehicle. We are planning experimental work on an autonomous vehicle going from the convention center to airports. The technology needs to be improved, but it evolves every day and I think it’s up to us to see how we’re going to adapt to it.

In the years to come, that could mean big changes in a city where, right now, so many people are driving themselves.

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Des Moines has 83,000 households and 1.6 million parking spaces

Des Moines has seven times more parking spaces than people, according to a new study from the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The Research Institute for Housing America arm of the association reviewed parking inventories in Des Moines, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Jackson, Wyoming. He found a “large amount of parking”.

Des Moines has 1.6 million parking spaces, according to the study. This represents around seven parking spaces for each of the city’s 217,521 residents in 2017.

The report argues that cities have made “monumental investments in parking”. And he says the results come at a time when people are driving less and parking demand is declining.

Cars drive past a parking lot on Third Avenue in downtown Des Moines on Friday, July 13, 2018. According to a recent study, Des Moines has a large number of parking spaces.

In Des Moines, city leaders recognize that driving and parking behaviors are changing. In response, the city has exempted many projects from its minimum parking requirements on new developments. And a new change in the city’s zoning code further relaxes parking rules.

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“My conclusion is quite basic: the investment in parking really exceeds the current parking demand, which is really interesting,” said Eric Scharnhorst, author of the report. “Because future demand will likely continue to decline. “

The study valued the parking infrastructure in Des Moines at $ 6.42 billion. He counted the total number of spaces in surface lots, residential driveways, on-street parking and private parking garages within the city limits of Des Moines.

Scharnhorst, start-up manager Parkingmill, says an oversupply of parking spaces means city leaders have the opportunity to rethink the uses of many dedicated parking lots, which are often found in desirable areas of the city.

“It’s just a really big opportunity in Des Moines. The occupancy rates are pretty low. But the inventory is really high,” he said. “Often the parking spaces are in very convenient places because you want to get to where you want to go. “

“We must take a step back as a city”

Scharnhorst’s study used a mix of high-resolution satellite images as well as data from property tax assessors, city departments and large institutions.

The study found that 83 percent of Des Moines parking spaces are in off-street parking lots and driveways; 10 percent are on the streets; and 7 percent are housed in structured off-street parking.

Of the five cities examined, Des Moines had one of the highest household-to-parking space ratios, with 19.4 spaces for each household in the city. Jackson had the largest with 27.1 places for each household and New York had the lowest ratio with 0.6 places for each household.

Philadelphia was houses 2.1 million parking spaces – 500,000 more than the 1.6 million stalls in Des Moines. With around 1.5 million residents, the city of Philadelphia is nearly seven times the size of Des Moines.

Larry James Jr., a real estate attorney in Des Moines who works with developers, said the numbers indicate a need to rethink the city’s approach to parking.

“We need to take a step back as a city,” said James.

He knows people are still complaining about parking, having trouble finding a spot on Court Avenue, or having to park three blocks from their East Village destination.

But it’s all relative: “The reality is that when you go to Jordan Creek Mall, you don’t think about walking three or four blocks when you go to the movies because you can see the front door,” he said. he declared.

James advocates letting the local market determine how much parking is required, rather than establishing “arbitrary” bylaws that impose minimum spaces in new developments.

He wants Des Moines to join the ranks of cities that waive parking requirements absolutely.

This is what the City has done in the city center where no minimum parking requirement applies. Yet, new projects are always offered with parking structures due to market demand, he said.

“That doesn’t mean we don’t need parking. We need it,” he said. “But let businesses figure out what they need.”

“The market will always dictate that there is parking”

Des Moines is working on building an urban infrastructure that is more cyclable and more pedestrianized. But cars are still king in the capital of Iowa.

“Hopefully there will be less demand and need to drive or park,” said Michael Ludwig, planning administrator for Des Moines. “But these are big ticket items. There is a lot of sidewalk space. There are a lot of streets that don’t have bike lanes. And in the meantime, people will still have to drive.”

But the city has already taken a new approach to parking.

Ludwig said developments are routinely exempt from minimum parking standards. This includes the new Soll apartment complex on Ingersoll Street.

And a new suite of zoning code changes propose to permanently reduce parking regulations.

Current code requires most new multi-family developments to include 1.5 parking spaces for each residential unit. The proposed new zoning code would reduce the requirements to one space per unit, Ludwig said.

Too much parking has real implications: it can drive up development costs (and therefore rental prices). And that can affect the stormwater drainage rate, Ludwig said.

“We think our current standards are too high, so we are proposing adjustments,” he said. “Whether or not there is political support from the community so that there is no minimum everywhere, I don’t know. “

That’s because many small businesses along commercial corridors are surrounded by dense residential neighborhoods, creating real parking and traffic problems, Ludwig said.

Whatever the city does, Ludwig doesn’t expect developers to abandon parking lots and garages anytime soon. Many grocery stores and big box retailers are already above the city minimum, he said.

“Just because you don’t have a minimum parking ratio doesn’t mean there won’t be parking,” he said. “The market is always going to dictate that there are parking lots. And they are always going to build parking lots.”

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Hundreds of parking spaces in downtown Bradenton disappear on Monday as construction of the garage begins

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The downtown parking lot on West 3rd Avenue between 10th and 12th streets will be closed beginning April 16 for the construction of the new downtown parking lot.

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Construction of the new $12 million downtown parking garage will begin on Monday with the closure of the Bradenton City Hall parking lot — and its hundreds of parking spaces.

Downtown workers seem to be taking it all in stride, but they’re keeping their fingers crossed that the temporary hassle of finding a parking space won’t deter anyone from Bradenton’s nightlife.

“It may come as a shock to northerners returning at this time of year,” said Kyra Smith, bartender at McCabe’s Irish Pub on Old Main Street. “Locals have known for a long time that this is happening, so I don’t think anyone is too worried about it. It’s a good project, so it’s just something we have to deal with for a while.”

Workers will begin demolishing the parking lot and what was once the home of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, which has moved into temporary offices until the garage is complete. The chamber will then move into the space on the east side of the new building.

The parking lot, which is expected to be completed in approximately eight months, will have approximately 400 parking spaces, including 100 reserved for use by the Spring Hill Suites hotel under construction on the riverfront.

“That’s a lot of space to waste for eight months,” said Loaded Barrel bartender Jake Stettnisch. “I’ve been working downtown for a little over a year and of course I go down to drink all the time so I figured it out. I don’t know a lot of people who park that way because they are afraid of being towed, but I know that it fills up on weekends and especially for events.”

Stettnisch said he was worried about what it would do to Main Street Live events. There is only one left this season, but it resumes in October.

“But who knows, maybe it will help grow Uber’s business,” he said. “It’s just something you have to keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.”

With more than 200 parking spaces temporarily removed from downtown, the city still has more than 1,000 public spaces available, although many require a permit on weekdays.

According to Carl Callahan, Director of Economic Development, the public’s best options during the week will be the Manatee County Administration parking lot on West 10th Street north of Manatee Avenue West, which has 100 spaces, as well as the city’s Judicial Center parking lot at 615 12th St. W., which has 200 spaces.

“You might see the administration garage filling up for county commission meetings, but otherwise there’s always plenty of space,” Callahan said.

There are also a few dozen parking spaces in front of Sage Biscuit on Manatee Avenue and 13th Street East.

“Only a few of those next to the building are reserved, the rest are for public parking,” Callahan said. “People are confused there, but the spaces on the asphalt and the shell are all available. This pitch will probably be the best and fastest for anyone looking to walk downtown.”

All public car parks are free on weekends, including in garages. Street parking is always free, but is generally limited to one or two hours on weekdays. Thus, most motorists will likely not be affected since most of the City Hall grounds are used by city employees.

“The number of permits for this batch was relatively low,” he said.

In fact, in the coming months, finding a parking space downtown may not be as difficult as simply driving to the neighborhood.

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The downtown parking lot on West 3rd Avenue between 10th and 12th streets will be closed beginning April 16 for the construction of the new downtown parking lot. Tiffany Tompkins [email protected]

The Florida Department of Transportation is expected to begin work on a redesign of the intersection of Third Avenue West and Ninth Street West. Callahan said the city hasn’t heard from FDOT about an exact start date.

“All we know is that he was rewarded,” he said. “Usually if we haven’t heard of a start date that means it’s not imminent, but you never know.”

The $1.52 million project includes widening the pedestrian path on the Green Bridge, adding a dedicated southbound right-turn lane on West Ninth Street to Third Avenue, reducing the size of the lanes and medians and the repaving of a large part of the ninth. The project allows the contractor to close Third Avenue for 30 days as part of the 200-day construction schedule.

The good news on the schedule is that an FDOT pedestrian safety project along West Eighth Avenue from Ninth Street to West 14th Street has been delayed. Callahan said the project is probably “far enough away”.

Manatee Avenue West, near Third Street West, is also certain to close for 30 days beginning May 1 as FDOT and CSX Railroad replace the crossing. West Sixth Avenue will not be affected. Manatee Avenue West will reopen west of the crossing.

Downtown under construction

  • Under construction: $17 million Spring Hill Suites is expected to be completed in November.
  • Under construction: The first phase of the Museum of South Florida’s $12 million expansion is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
  • Under Construction: The $4.5 million Twin Dolphin Marina expansion is underway with the demolition of the docks to the east. Contractor delays have pushed the project back, but it is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
  • Ready to begin: The downtown parking lot, still estimated at around $12 million, begins Monday with the demolition of the lot, the old chamber of commerce building and site preparation. This is an approximately eight month project and is expected to be completed in December.
  • Expected start: The $1.5 million improvement at the intersection of West Ninth Street and Third Avenue could start any day. FDOT has awarded the contract and a start date is expected to be announced in the very near future. This is a 200 day construction project.
  • Scheduled start: The FDOT and CSX Railroad crossing on Manatee Avenue West just west of Third Street West begins May 31. Access to downtown Bradenton on Manatee Avenue West will be blocked at the crossing for 30 days.
  • Unplanned: The Eighth Avenue West pedestrian safety project from West Ninth Street to West 14th Street was unplanned. Still in the final design phase, construction deadlines are not known.
  • Unscheduled: The downtown Bradenton streetscape project is in the design phase. Final costs and construction schedule are unknown, but are expected to be done in phases, beginning with Old Main Street.
  • Unplanned: Riverwalk’s eastward expansion is in the early design stages. Costs and construction dates are not known at this time, but the project is progressing.
  • Complete: SUNZ Insurance has substantially completed exterior renovations to its downtown corporate building.
  • Unknown: Westminster Retirement Communities’ master plan for a major expansion of their city center facilities is coming to an end. Westminster has not announced a start date or construction schedule.

This story was originally published April 13, 2018 11:57 a.m.

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Brunswick Square garage repairs call for hundreds of parking spaces in Saint John

March is moving month for hundreds of downtown Saint John motorists.

Starting next week, a section of the Brunswick Square parking lot will be closed for renovations that are expected to last until the end of October.

Up to 300 drivers who would normally buy monthly licenses will be affected by the closure. However, the garage will remain open for hourly parking.

CBC News spoke to several people heading to their cars after work on Tuesday, where accounts varied as to how and when they were made aware of the disruption.

There is a lot of movement, a lot of momentum, a lot of change.– Ian MacKinnon, Commissioner of Saint John Transit and Parking.

Some drivers only learned on Monday that they had to leave, while others, like Rose Johnston, have known it for several days.

She was told that a spot had been reserved for her at the Peel Plaza parking garage on Carleton Street.

“There is a girl and I in my office who are monthly mechanics,” she said. “And we both got the email probably two weeks ago. It was saying on March 2nd, hand in your card, you can get the new card for Peel. [Plaza]. “

Take risks elsewhere

Johnston, who has parked in Brunswick Square for 13 years, has decided to cancel his pass entirely.

In the past, Johnston said, she was forced out of the aging garage and will now try her luck elsewhere.

Lucky for her, she should have no trouble finding a new parking space.

JD Irving Ltd. recently opened a new parking lot on Elliott Row for its employees, creating 500 vacant spaces in 16 downtown lots.

“There’s a lot of movement, a lot of momentum, a lot of change,” said Ian MacKinnon, Commissioner of Saint John Transit and Parking.

Brunswick Square parking garage set to close for renovation

From March 1, a section of the Brunswick Square parking lot will be closed for renovations that are expected to last until the end of October. 0:30

The parking commission itself lost 380 monthly customers in several batches when the JDI garage portal opened.

MacKinnon said 125 of those cars were parked at Peel Plaza, the commission’s flagship garage.

But weeks after those commuters moved their cars, 140 Brunswick Square drivers are expected to move in on Thursday, taking up any remaining spaces allocated to monthly parking.

MacKinnon said there had also been “numerous” inquiries about space in other commission lots since the Brunswick Square renovations were announced.

About 300 monthly permit holders have been asked to leave the Brunswick Square parking lot to allow for renovations over the next nine months. (SRC)

Another change to the city’s parking scene will come when Irving Oil opens its new parking garage on King Street East.

The garage is intended to complement the new Irving home office building currently under construction near King’s Square.

Many of these office workers are also scattered over many parking lots in the city center.

“These Irving Oil parking lots are not part of the Saint John Parking Commission, but they certainly park in garages in the upscale neighborhood,” MacKinnon said.

“There will be a capacity of around 350 which will become free. So that will have an indirect impact on us.”

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Downtown developments eliminate hundreds of parking spaces

Since December 2016, downtown Oakland has lost hundreds of parking spots.

One garage closed due to seismic safety concerns and another was demolished to make way for a 400-foot tower. While another city-run garage is to be demolished, hundreds of additional spaces are expected to be removed.

With two BART stations, the area is very accessible to public transport, but parking was already limited before the garages closed.

The first to go was a municipal garage at 1414, rue Clay in December 2016. The 335-space structure was found to be seismically dangerous, so it was closed and traffic diverted to two other garages: the Dalziel garage in the basement of 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza and the City Center West garage in the 1239 Jefferson St.

So far, it’s unclear what the city might do with the Clay Street site.

About a year later, the three levels Parking garage for downtown merchants (1314 Franklin St.) was demolished, eliminating 520 other spaces. The structure will be replaced with a 400-foot tower consisting of 634 residential units, 17,000 square feet of retail space and 600 new parking spaces.

A 400-foot tower is planned on the site of the old downtown merchant parking garage.

Another city-run garage may also close soon; the Telegraph Plaza parking lot at 2100 Telegraph Ave. should be demolished once construction of a planned tower there begins.

This tower, called east line, would include 800,000 square feet of office space, 388 residential units and 85,000 square feet of retail space, according to developers Lane Partners and Strategic Urban Development Alliance.

The developers said any project should include provisions to replace the existing parking lot. Although the project’s website says construction could begin this year, it’s unclear how the developers would replace the parking lot.

The parking lot has also become narrower in other ways. A recent restructuring of Telegraph Avenue to include buffered bike lanes removed 39 on-street parking spaces, but the city added 22 parking meters on side streets to reduce that impact.

According to a January 2017 report from the Oakland Department of Transportation, the addition of bicycle lanes along the Telegraph between 20th and 29th Streets has boosted local merchants as sales tax revenue in the corridor has increased by ‘year after year.

Overall, the city has made an effort to encourage other means of transportation to the city center, not only by BART and bicycle, but through new car and bicycle sharing programs. Ford GoBike sharing started rolling out in Oakland last July and AAA launched a one-way carsharing service, Concert car sharing, in Oakland and Berkeley last April.

Despite the DOT report, some downtown retailers have reported that they are having difficulty, but at least one company is offering incentives for customers who cycle. Feelmore Adult Gallery (1703 Telegraph Ave.) has offered 10 percent off for cyclists over the past three years, according to owner Nenna Joiner.

Feelmore Adult Gallery offers discounts to cyclists.

“Feelmore has already been the subject of more than eight construction projects since opening, directly affecting our business with the loss of parking spaces right in front of our business,” Joiner said.

“We know the frustration the change brings,” she added, “but we also want to reward the people who take the time to shop with us during the Oakland transformation.”

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Downtown Long Beach parking structures are safer and cleaner, city report says • Long Beach Post News

After a city council request in August to continue work to improve the parking situation in the city center, an update on renovations and improvements to parking facilities showed a cleaner and safer system, as the city has increased its efforts in terms of personnel, security and maintenance.

Director of Public Works Ara Maloyan has revealed updates to downtown parking structures in recent months, including Lots A, B and C, which immediately surround the City Place shopping center. Security was extended to 24 hours a day, seven days a week instead of the previous model from Monday to Friday which only covered working hours.

Additionally, new signage, updated payment kiosks, and landscaping helped improve the exterior aesthetics of the structures, while increased staffing and cleaning schedules helped keep the interior clean.

The old pressure washing program provided for a quarterly cleaning, but has since been increased to once a month.

“This increased cleaning program is in line with the cleaning practices of the aquarium parking structure also managed by Central Parking,” said Maloyan.

Maloyan added that Central Parking, the city’s downtown lot management company, has added a “parking ambassador” to help with the customer experience, including arranging for escorting customers to their cars. during the evening hours.

“This Ambassador adds another pair of eyes and ears to the garage and looks after customers throughout the day,” said Maloyan. “The Ambassador assists customers with any issues they may have with the garage and is in frequent contact with Security at Platt, who patrols the garages.

The updates and improvements were initiated by a request for an initial study by council members in November 2014. First District Councilor Lena Gonzalez was joined by co-author Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal , to request the study and subsequent follow-up, delivered Tuesday evening.

Gonzalez applauded efforts to improve the downtown parking experience, including the recent incorporation of the city’s website to include information on lot locations, parking rates, and access to purchase. monthly permits. She said the city should always focus on marketing and making it known that downtown parking does exist.

“As a First city councilor and working in the neighborhood for six years, people will say ‘there is no parking in the city center’,” Gonzalez said. “I keep telling them that there is parking in the city center, you just have to pay for it in some cases.”

Funding for the improvements comes from a variety of sources, including excess meter revenue from newly installed smart meters downtown. City Council voted in December 2014 to allocate any excess meter revenue for the first two years to capital improvement projects for downtown parking improvements. So far, these revenues have provided approximately $ 70,000 in funds to pay for improvements, half of which would have been spent to pay for improvements already made.

It is estimated that the revenue generated by the parking garages themselves will offset the increased security and maintenance costs, but future capital investments may require the city council to allocate further funds to help finance them. Future lot improvements, including the inclusion of LED lighting, cameras, surface repairs and additional paint, are expected to cost over $ 500,000 per parking structure.

The city has partnered with key facility users like Molina Heathcare and others like Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) to assess future needs in the improvement process. DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian said that over the past decade the dynamics of the parking situation have grown from just enough space to now ensuring an appropriate experience for the customer. Like Gonzalez, Kojian said the completed work is a good start, but more can be done to improve parking downtown.

“Vice Mayor, you might remember we moved this conversation to downtown parking from a lack of inventory 10 years ago, to now it’s more about the customer experience. ”Said Kojian. “It’s about marketing the asset that we have, it’s the first and last experience a customer can have when entering our downtown area. And for us, it is very, very important.

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