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City plans $54,000 study for downtown parking lot renovations

Columbia City Council is considering a vote this month to fund $54,580 to provide design and construction services to its downtown parking lot.

The parking garage, located at the corner of North Main Street and West 6th Street, was first built in 1989 and began to show signs of deterioration, prompting a study to undertake preliminary work for its repairs.

The contract, which would be awarded to Morrison Engineering, would assess the current condition of the garage, study costs and provide recommendations for extending its life.

Proposed repairs could include things like replacing the building’s brick veneer, water drainage system, electric light fixtures, and waterproofing the Columbia Police Department’s party wall.

City officials also questioned the feasibility of expanding the garage.

Mayor Chaz Molder, along with City Engineer Glen Harper, added that the study should provide enough guidance to not only know how to maintain the structure as it stands today, but also indicators as to whether any additions could be done in the future, like rooftop parking.

But these decisions should be made after the initial study and construction are complete.

“The first must be done,” Harper said. “The second is an option to consider later, and they don’t overlap. So if we’re going to do the second, we have to do the first, whatever. The first will tell us if we can add to the structure, and you can all make that decision.”

The downtown Columbia parking garage was first installed in 1989 and began to show deterioration of the brick and water drainage systems.  The city is currently discussing a possible renovation.

Some council members, such as Vice Mayor Christa Martin and Ward 3 Councilor Tony Greene, questioned whether spending the money would be justified or if some of the work could be done in-house with city staff. . Molder later questioned the same.

“If that parking lot only has a lifespan of five to seven years left, we may not want to invest,” Molder said. “I understand he won’t tell us whether or not we can add a parking deck, but will he at least give us enough information that the expense we’re talking about is at least justified?”

Jonathan Morrison of Morrison Engineering replied that he “hopes so”.

“I have a specialized concrete engineer that I will bring into my team so that I can assess, visually, what is there without having to do extensive calculations,” he said.

No vote was taken Thursday to pass the $54,580 study, but will appear as part of council’s consent agenda at its regular meeting, which will be held at City Hall from 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.

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Parking garage, Frosty Morn, other projects on hold as city council says no to $27 million budget item

CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – Several city projects, including a new parking garage and repairs to the existing Cumberland Plaza garage, as well as renovations to the Frosty Morn Building and the Burt Cobb Recreation Center, have been put on hold after City Council members voted Thursday night to refuse nearly $27 million in funding.

The money for the projects was part of a larger budget amendment ordinance that was originally part of the meeting’s consent agenda. He was fired by Ambar Marquis of Ward 5, who argued that it would be irresponsible to provide $25 million to the Downtown Parking Commission without a plan for how they will pay it back.

Marquis’ amendment, which was later amended by DaJaun Little to re-include funding for the Cumberland Plaza Garage, failed 6-6, causing it to fail for lack of a majority.

Wanda Allen, Trisha Butler, DaJuan Little, Wallace Redd, Ambar Marquis and Vondell Richmond voted no. Brian Zacharias, Wanda Smith, Travis Holleman, Stacey Streetman and Mayor Joe Pitts voted yes. All council members were present, with the Ward 11 seat vacant.

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A major sticking point for opponents of the budget amendment was the statute of the Parking Commission. Several board members expressed concerns about the commission’s ability to repay the funding and expressed interest in seeing a plan before approving the $25 million.

Marquis said the commission needs to review its parking fee structure, which it says is in critical need of overhaul, and stop “kicking the street.”

Butler questioned the idea of ​​providing a corporate fund with such a large sum and suggested the city consider returning to a city-run parking authority.

“We need parking”

“We need parking,” Holleman said at the meeting. “It’s been talked about for years and years. … If you want downtown to continue to thrive, then this is a necessary step.

Allen asked why, with budget season fast approaching, funding for the parking garage project might not be part of the new budget.

“We need that parking lot downtown and we need to get it done quickly with MPEC (F&M Bank Arena) coming in,” Allen told council members. “Why don’t we wait and do everything at once when we set the budget?”

Chief Financial Officer Laurie Matta told Allen that the longer the project is delayed, the more expensive it will be due to the rising cost of construction.

Other pending projects

Other projects included in the budget amendment included the Frosty Morn construction project, renovations to the Burt-Cobb Community Center, and restoration work at the Smith-Trahern Mansion.

The future of these capital projects is uncertain at this time, although it is likely that a new budget amendment will soon be presented to City Council.

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Valparaiso Creates Redevelopment Authority to Help Complete Downtown Parking Lot | News from Valparaiso

VALPARAISO – Valparaiso moved closer to creating the “Lincoln Highway Garage” after the city council approved the creation of a redevelopment authority on Monday night.

The multi-level parking unit is planned for the 300 block of Lincolnway, opposite the proposed 121-unit Linc apartment complex. Although the size of the proposed garage is not yet known, the city is currently conducting a parking study to analyze downtown parking needs. The Redevelopment Authority would own the garage and the Redevelopment Commission would lease it. Hageman, the developer of Linc, will pay for the upkeep and upkeep of the locations specially reserved for Linc tenants.

Valparaiso City Attorney Patrick Lyp said if the Linc and parking lot are approved, the city will complete the garage around the same time the first of the Linc’s three buildings are completed, likely in October 2023.

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Lyp said the Redevelopment Authority “for all intents and purposes is a holding entity to ultimately allow the Redevelopment Commission to own tangible assets.”

“The purpose of asking council to establish the Redevelopment Authority is to enable funding for the construction of the car park that has been announced as part of the Linc project,” Lyp said. “It is a tool that is used quite frequently by other communities in the context of financing physical structures.”

The Redevelopment Authority will consist of three appointed members, one of whom will be a member of the City Council. Councilman Robert Cotton, D-2, raised concerns that the Redevelopment Authority would hijack oversight from city council.

Cotton read a list of authorities the Redevelopment Authority would have, including the ability to condemn, lease, purchase or inspect property “considered useful in connection with local public improvements”. The Democratic Committee of Valparaiso released a statement expressing concerns about the Redevelopment Authority’s ability to exercise eminent domain.

Lyp said he could not find a single example in Indiana where a redevelopment authority exercised eminent domain. The powers of the Redevelopment Authority are limited because it has only two sources of revenue: dollars appropriated by the city council and, as would be the case if the Linc project is completed, the receipt of rental payments “for essentially paying the debt to the obligation,” Lyp mentioned.

“Consider the worst case scenario: your redevelopment authority goes rogue, they decide they want to encroach on people’s property, they decide they just want to doom left and right like there’s no tomorrow,” Lyp said. “They don’t have a penny to their name. They can’t do anything.”

Cotton also asked why the Valparaiso Economic Development Corp. could not be used as a holding entity for the parking garage, as was done when the Garmong shell building was constructed in 2016. The arrangement was temporary as the ultimate plan was still to sell the Garmong. building.

Lyp explained that because the VEDC is a nonprofit organization focused on economic development, “it wouldn’t make sense” for the organization to be the holding entity for a municipal parking lot the city plans to build. have for decades.

The council will be able to dissolve the Redevelopment Authority at any time and all actions taken by the authority will be public, Lyp said.

The council approved the ordinance establishing the Redevelopment Authority by a vote of 6 to 1. Cotton was the only “no” vote.

“They have no money and the city council is there. Someone will be there to represent us, which is to say the mayor is in charge, it will be his appointment,” said Casey Schmidt, R -3. “So I think there are many layers to protect us, I don’t see why we shouldn’t step forward and take a step that helps us achieve our goal.”

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New Kensington closes town center car park after structural assessment

Concerns about the condition of the downtown New Kensington car park prompted the city to close it.

Last year, the city hired a structural engineer to assess the condition of the Kensington Plaza garage on Fourth Avenue at Seventh Street.

Opened in December 1979, the garage has seen a steep decline in usage since the nearby Citizens General Hospital closed in 2000. City Clerk Dennis Scarpiniti estimated that less than 20% of the garage has recently been used; he did not know his ability.

Ed Patton, owner of Patton Engineering, said his analysis revealed high levels of salt in the concrete in the garage, which he says corrodes the structural steel embedded in the concrete. The steel expands as it corrodes, cracking the concrete.

For this reason, the garage should not be used, Patton said.

“The garage is structurally sound. He is not in a state of collapse or fear of collapse,” he said. “It’s just a matter that the garage hasn’t been maintained for many, many decades and those are the things that show up.”

Scarpiniti said Patton will present options to the city council for consideration. Patton said he could have them ready by early April.

Patton said the upper floors of the garage aren’t as bad as the first floor. In addition to concerns about the concrete, Patton said the garage’s electrical conduit and drain pipes are deteriorated and the elevators aren’t working.

Without knowing what the repairs might cost, Scarpiniti doubts New Kensington has the money to pay for them.

“We’ll have to get the numbers and take a look,” he said.

Scarpiniti said that while some people paid to park in the garage on a monthly basis, most of its usage came from patrons of a marijuana dispensary in a building below the garage next to its Fourth Avenue entrance.

Scarpiniti said no one parks above the garage. Although the city received requests to use the third floor for car shows and other events, the city could not allow this due to uncertainty about the structural soundness of the garage.

Demolition of the garage would still be an option; the decision will be up to the board, Scarpiniti said.

“I’m sure we will consider the costs of all options as one of the determining factors in how we make our decisions,” Mayor Tom Guzzo said.

Whether or not the garage can be salvaged depends on how much money the city wants to spend on it, Patton said.

“That’s what it’s really about,” he said.

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

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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Proposed parking lot in downtown Clarksville polarizes community

When it comes to parking issues in downtown Clarksville, the community is polarized in many ways.

One thing almost everyone seems to agree on about a new downtown parking garage is that you need one. Especially with the arrival of the F&M Bank Arena and a host of new private developments surrounding it.

But what’s also painfully clear is that there won’t be an easy way to pay for it.

Laurie Matta, chief financial officer for the city of Clarksville, told the Clarksville Parking Commission this week that she’s been warning them for nine years that, “yes,” parking is probably going to have to happen.

But there’s no possible way to cover the cost of it under the parking commission’s current revenue fund without possibly relying on local taxpayers, Matta insists.

The parking commission is created as a stand-alone corporate fund outside of the city’s normal budget process, so even raising taxes might hypothetically have to go through a scenario where the city lends the commission the money for parking.

Parking cost

Current estimates call for a new parking lot of sufficient size to help accommodate downtown growth at a cost of approximately $26 million.

At this stage, no specific financing solution is in play.

“Everyone knows we desperately need downtown parking,” Matta told the parking commission, “but I’ve been telling you all this for nine years.”

Cars drive down the street waiting for a place to open where they can park on 3rd Street in Clarksville, Tennessee, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022.

“The parking fund has been running at a loss since 2015,” she said, adding that the current deficit is just over $73,000.

Next year, under the current schedule, the Parking Commission will be responsible for beginning payments on repairs to Cumberland’s existing parking garage as well as beginning payments on the planned new parking garage.

The parking commission’s spending deficit at that time will increase to nearly $1 million, she said.

Continued:Plan underway for construction of a new parking garage in downtown Clarksville

“You can’t live that way,” she told the commission. “You can’t continue to provide what is needed downtown this way.”

She added that’s why the city has already considered privatizing parking lots in downtown Clarksville.

This heavily criticized option is now irrelevant.

Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said while the funding picture looks grim, there are options. He encouraged a special parking commission meeting to discuss the matter.

Meanwhile, Pitts said a site was being chosen for a potential parking garage that would be accessible primarily to Franklin Street and surrounding areas.

The goal, he said, is to have it ready for use by the summer of 2023.

It is still early in this process, but it is now moving forward after discussions with several stakeholders.

“We’re talking about making this proposal public after taking it first to the parking commission and then to city council, because they would be required to issue debt for it,” Pitts said recently at a meeting of town hall at near capacity at the Roxy Theatre. .

After conversations with Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, the county government will be “in some way” involved in the parking lot project, Pitts added.

The county initially paved the way, and authorized the financing, for F&M Bank Arena.

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Ocala, Florida gets site feedback for new downtown parking lot

Deputy City Manager Pete Lee assured those who attended two public forums Wednesday to discuss Ocala’s upcoming downtown parking lot that the city will do everything to make the structure safe for everyone.

Lee said there is an urgent need for more downtown parking spaces and city staff are waiting for the green light to strike a deal on one of the seven properties identified as possible locations for the garage. .

“We’re going to do everything we can to make it safe,” Lee said.

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The first session of the public forum was held at noon on Wednesday. The second was at 5:30 p.m. Both gatherings were held at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), 15 SE Osceola Ave.

Lee, City Manager Sandra Wilson, other senior city officials, members of City Council and Mayor Kent Guinn attended one or both sessions.

During the rallies, Lee talked about possible locations, why one of seven locations was recommended by staff, and the effect a new garage would have on other businesses nearby.

Mount Mariah Missionary Baptist Church

A few weeks ago, council members were told that staff were recommending the purchase of a six-pack at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.

The land is bordered by Southwest Third Avenue to the west, Southwest Second Avenue to the east, and Southwest Broadway Street to the north. There are parcels on the north and south sides of Fort King Street.

City officials said the garage would be built on the west side of Southwest Second Avenue between Broadway and Fort King.

This aerial photo shows Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Ocala on January 31.  The two separate white borders show the two plots offered for sale.

The purchase price is listed at $1.76 million for 1.62 acres, according to city documents.

Lee said the location of the church property, the cost and the prospect of other businesses coming to the area if this site is chosen combine to make this site the best choice for the garage. City officials were told the area could see millions of dollars in investment/development if the church site is chosen.

The other options considered by the city:

  • Barrett Liner Lot: Bordered by Magnolia Avenue to the west, Fort King Street to the north, and Southeast Second Street to the south.
  • Brick City Holdings Lot: Bordered by Southwest First Avenue on the west and Magnolia Avenue on the east, between Southwest 5th and Third Streets.
  • Ocala/Wells Fargo City Lot: Bounded by Southwest Second Avenue on the west and Southwest First Avenue on the east, between Broadway Street and Silver Springs Boulevard.
  • JJAB Investments/Ray Design Lot: Bordered by Southwest Second Avenue to the west, Southwest First Avenue to the east, Southwest Second Street to the south, and Fort King Street to the north.
  • Lot McDoniels: Bounded by Magnolia Avenue to the west, First Avenue Southeast to the east, Second Street Southeast to the north, and Third Street Southeast to the south.
  • Murphy Lot: The north side of Silver Springs Boulevard between First Avenue on the west and Magnolia Avenue on the east. This is the only proposed site north of Silver Springs Boulevard.

Concerns about church land expressed

Martha Youngblood, owner of Serendipity, said before city officials embark on the ambitious plan to build a garage, they must first address the downtown homeless population. . This is a particular concern that some residents have with the site that staff have recommended.

Serendipity Boutique owner Martha Youngblood speaks Wednesday at a public forum about Ocala's upcoming parking lot.

Youngblood said his team encountered numerous issues and took security measures to protect themselves and their customers.

“We cannot hold evening events,” she said.

She said one thing that has saved them so far is that the owners of the RaceTrac have made a difference by engaging 24/7 security. This gas station/convenience store is located on the southeast corner of Pine Avenue and Silver Springs Boulevard.

An opportunity for more parking

Both Dottie Rathel and Jennifer Hritzo of Face the Day Salon Spa said more parking is needed downtown. The women said Wednesday’s meeting was informative.

This map, included in an agenda packet from the Ocala City Council, shows possible sites for the city's next parking lot.  The Murphy lot is on the north side of Silver Springs Boulevard.  The others are to the south.

“It’s a great opportunity for downtown,” Rathel said.

Hritzo said the garage will also help surrounding businesses park.

Jessica Fieldhouse, executive director of Ocala Main Street, said her team is thrilled with the growth and continued development of downtown. Ocala Main Street supports the original recommendation to purchase and build on the land owned by the church.

When the first parking lot, near City Hall, was built about six years ago, the cost was about $5.5 million. The garage offers just over 400 spaces.

Ocala Deputy City Manager Pete Lee is leading one of two meetings Wednesday about proposed sites for the city's next parking lot.

The proposed new garage would have between 400 and 600 spaces at a cost of between $8 million and $12 million.

Council members tabled the discussion earlier this month to allow for more community input. The Council will revisit the matter in March.

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The city of Naples seeks to free up more parking spaces

NAPLES, Fla. — A new Naples City Council will be sworn in on Wednesday, and one of its biggest challenges will be managing the city’s growth.

This includes addressing its lack of parking.

More people coming to town means more cars on the road. And one of the first tasks of the new city council will be to try to ensure that parking is available for tourists and residents.

At Wednesday’s meeting, council members will consider changing parking orders to try to free up more spaces in the city. The changes would impose stricter rules to ensure businesses have the appropriate number of parking spaces required by law.

People in downtown Naples we spoke to say it’s time.

“Yesterday we tried the car park, and it was full. Today we managed to get into the garage just around the corner,” Gail Moscicki said as she got ready for lunch on Fifth Avenue South with her husband, Steven. “And it’s only the afternoon. Come in the evening, it’s a nightmare. Parking is crazy.

Currently, businesses and properties are required to have a certain number of spaces by law. However, they can reduce this number by requesting a “Parking Needs Analysis” study.

The city council is considering making these studies more rigorous and limiting the number of parking spaces a company can eliminate. The new rules also would not allow businesses to reduce parking due to valet parking.

“The proposed changes to the Code would limit the amount that new developments can reduce their parking needs through valet parking and/or parking needs analysis, which should result in the provision of more parking spaces,” the city’s planning advisory board said in a statement.

Residents of downtown Naples said on Tuesday the roads seem busier than ever this year and more parking is needed.

“There’s definitely been a lot more traffic this year,” said part-time resident Mary Beth Booth. “We came here at dinner time and it’s hard trying to get a seat.”

Her husband, Ned Booth, added: “You have to come early and choose your seats, of course. Other than that, (parking is hard to find)”

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New Civic Hospital Parking Garage Gets Committee Approval

The Ottawa Planning Committee has approved The Ottawa Hospital’s plans for a parking garage for the new Civic Campus at Dows Lake.

In a nine-to-two vote at the end of an eight-hour meeting – one that saw councilors come and go to deal with the convoy protest – the committee approved the site plan for the garage of four stories with 2,500 parking spaces and a rooftop park and returned it to city staff for finalization.

The city council had already last fall approved the master plan for the entire campus of the $2.8 billion hospital, which is set to open in 2028 and become one of the costliest projects ever built. in Ottawa.

Part of the reason the hospital wanted to maintain approvals, executive vice president Joanne Read said, was to start construction and avoid losing purchasing power as costs rose.

The first structure to be erected on the new campus will be the parking lot at the east end of Carling Avenue, Preston Street and Prince of Wales Drive at the top of the Trillium O-Train line.

If construction begins this spring, the garage could be finished by the end of 2024, project manager Graham Bird added.

In sketches, the hospital’s architects explained how the car park would include 310 secure bicycle parking spaces inside and another 225 outside. A winding path would lead to a rooftop park with a play structure, an aboriginal garden and four courts for the DARA tennis club, as it will lose its longtime location to the future hospital.

3 dozen speakers

More than three dozen people gave public delegations, from doctors and patients to neighbors and conservationists.

Many feared that the two inland routes would create bottlenecks and traffic jams and had not been properly surveyed.

Accessibility was another major issue given the almost half-kilometre long connection between the current Carling O-Train station and the entrance gates of the future hospital. A “high-line” path would eventually cross the roof of the garage and arrive at the level of the hospital doors.

Others called the replacement of Queen Juliana Park with a rooftop space a “green wash”. Members of a group of young environmentalists prepared a video with background music about their desire to save trees at the Central Experimental Farm.

But doctors and patients at the hospital said parking is important for families looking to park at difficult times in their lives.

Marcie Stevens, a survivor of the 2019 bus crash at Westboro Station, told the planning committee on Thursday that it was important to her to have adequate parking on the future Civic Hospital campus. (Jean Delisle/Radio-Canada)

‘Important for me’

“Parking, as vulgar as it sounds, is important to me,” said Marcie Stevens, a survivor of the 2019 bus crash at Westboro Station who completed a full rehabilitation at The Hospital. Ottawa.

Hospital visitors don’t just live in the city with access to public transit, Stevens said, noting that her family has visited rural villages and outlying areas.

Capital County Shawn Menard requested that city staff discuss with the hospital ways to improve accessibility, such as adding benches and outhouses, and including the community in the study to manage the circulation.

River Ward County. Riley Brockington, who represents the area, asked that staff work to improve cycling connections. Kitchissippi County Jeff Leiper also asked staff to work with the hospital on a construction management plan and require it to maintain the park in the winter and maintain the landscaping long term.

Ultimately Councilors Brockington, Scott Moffatt, Glen Gower, Laura Dudas, Allan Hubley, Tim Tierney, Catherine Kitts, Cathy Curry and Jean Cloutier voted in favor of the site plan, while Leiper and Menard voted against.

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The airport plan includes a parking garage / car rental service

A consolidated rental car center may arrive at Midland International Airport.

Justine Ruff, director of airports for the city of Midland, said this week that airport officials have a longer-term plan to build a structure on half the land just west of the parking area. covered (a little further from the terminal than covered parking). The idea would be to build a structure with a parking garage. Rental cars would be located on the first floor. Public parking would be permitted above.

The consolidated car rental center is something that is offered at other airports, and Midland International’s current car rental companies are supportive of the concept, Ruff said.

Initial estimates put the cost of the structure at around $25 million. No general fund money would be spent on the facility, Ruff said. Car rental companies at Midland International will collect a facility fee for people renting vehicles. Other revenue used could include money that would go into airport accounts due to drilling on airport land, such as production expected to take place at Airpark in North Midland.

The FAA requires that all proceeds from drilling on airport land remain at the airport. Midland International is also collecting millions parked at the airport at the moment. The city says it collected $1.39 million in net parking revenue in the first quarter of this fiscal year.

Another potential revenue stream for this project or something else at Midland International Airport or Airpark is money generated from the sale of property north of Midland. The FAA is allowing the sale of 2,600 acres that Ruff said was drilled “heavily” so it wouldn’t be very lucrative. The land, she said, was valued at between $6 million and $7 million.

“That money is airport money,” said Ruff, who informed Midland City Council – during a recent planning session – of plans to sell the land as a priority for the fiscal year at to come.

Ruff said officials envision construction of the consolidated auto center in about five years. She added that recent development of other lots has created the space needed to allow construction. City leaders have given the green light to the design phase.

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City Council plans to lease parking spots from local car dealership – Pasadena Now

As part of Monday’s consent schedule, the city council will consider an amendment allowing Rusnak/Pasadena to lease 171 parking spaces from the city in the Del Mar train station garage to store excess inventory of sales vehicles at the detail.

The city would receive a payment of $122,094 for the initial one-year term.

The Del Mar Station garage is constantly operating at less than maximum capacity, and the revenue expected from renting these spaces helps balance the cost of running the garage. The projected revenue of $122,094.00 is calculated on 171 spaces rented at $70 per space with a 15% discount.

Since 1998, the City has provided the means for Rusnak/Pasadena Automotive Group to store excess retail vehicle inventory in an off-site location.

Rusnak’s property does not have sufficient storage space for these vehicles, according to the report.

In 1998, the city leased parking spaces from the Parson’s Corporation parking structure to sublet to Rusnak/Pasadena. In 2013, this agreement ended when Parson’s remodeled its campus, resulting in the loss of parking spaces.

To compensate for the loss of parking spaces at Parson’s, in 2013 the city entered into an agreement with Rusnak/Pasadena to lease 171 parking spaces in the Del Mar Station garage. The city designated two isolated sections of the garage for storage cars. The sections are fenced, secure and located in such a way that the regular circulation of vehicles is not affected.

  • Approval of the Federal Legislative Platform and Atate Legislative Platform for calendar year 2022. At the January 25 meeting of the Legislative Policy Committee, the Committee approved the staff recommendations and voted in favor of the federal and state legislation that benefits early childhood education programs. Each year, the City Council, through the Legislative Policy Committee, is asked to adopt legislative platforms for state and federal governments. The platforms convey to legislators, decision-makers and the public the City’s position on important policy issues and legislative discussions. Staff prepare platform revisions in coordination with city departments and its state and federal lobbyists.

  • A resolution allowing electronic service of government claims and tort notices. Government tort actions against public entities must be brought in accordance with the specific procedures set out in the Government Code. Effective January 1, 2021, SB 1473 amended the California government code section to permit public agencies to accept electronic service of government complaints and to send electronic notices in response to such complaints to the complainant, if the public entity expressly authorizes such service by resolution or order. .

  • To pass a Pasadena City Council resolution authorizing remote teleconference meetings of the City Council, all subordinate city bodies, and all boards of directors of the city’s nonprofit corporations and their subordinate bodies, for the period from February 7 to March 9. Since March of 2020 and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pasadena City Council, all of its subordinate bodies and all of its non-profit corporation boards and their subcommittees have met at distance pursuant to an executive order that suspended certain Brown Act teleconferencing requirements. Acknowledging that the pandemic continues, on September 16 the governor signed AB 361, which amends the Brown Act. On October 4, pursuant to Section 54953 of the Government Code, the City Council passed “A resolution of the City Council of the City of Pasadena authorizing meetings by remote teleconference of the City Council, all subordinate bodies of the City and all councils and boards of non-profit corporations in the city. their subordinate bodies, for the period from October 4 to November 3. If council wishes to continue to meet remotely, it must find that it has reviewed the circumstances of the state of emergency, and either: (i) the state of emergency continues to directly impact the ability of members to meet in person safely, or (ii) state or local authorities continue to impose or recommend measures to promote social distancing.

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New downtown Clarksville parking lot planned by Franklin Street

Downtown Clarksville is in the midst of a construction boom.

The F&M Bank Arena is under construction and when completed will attract up to 6,000 people for some events.

There is also a host of surrounding private commercial developments, either in the construction phase or on the drawing board.

It begs the question, “Where are all these people going to park their cars to eat, shop, and hold events in the arena?”

At a town hall meeting Wednesday at the Roxy Theater, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts and the Clarksville Parking Commission shared some responses.

There are a few new things.

Linda Gerron, director of communications for the City of Clarksville, introduces Mayor Joe Pitts, right, and Michael Palmore, the city's parking officer, at City Hall on Wednesday.

Primarily, Pitts said, a site is chosen for a potential parking garage that would be accessible primarily to Franklin Street and surrounding areas.

The goal, he said, is to have it ready for use by the summer of 2023.

It is still early in this process, but it is now moving forward after discussions with several stakeholders.

“We are talking about making this proposal public after presenting it first to the Parking Commission and then to City Council because they would be required to issue debt,” Pitts said during a full-capacity rally at the Roxy.

“There is a lot of interest in our downtown area. We understand that the arena project and the private development in our downtown area makes it crucial for us to do this and meet our parking needs.”

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After conversations with Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, the county government will be “in some way” involved in the parking lot project, Pitts added.

The county initially paved the way and authorized funding for the F&M Bank Arena.

Pitts also touched on two other topics surrounding the parking lot conversation.

“We’ve spent the last few months brainstorming ideas related to this discussion,” he said. “One idea that we have eliminated is that of building a parking lot in the town hall parking lot.

“We have also eliminated the idea of ​​privatizing our car parks.”

Park Mobile app

City parking manager Michael Palmore provided an update on the new ParkMobile phone app, now available for use downtown.

Through the app, users pay for street or garage parking, find vacancies, track time left in their spot and more, without using a parking meter or kiosk.

Park Mobile app logo

Monthly parking permits will also be issued through ParkMobile’s payment system, making it quick and easy to renew them, according to Palmore.

As part of this partnership, ParkMobile will service 234 on-street and off-street parking spaces throughout the downtown core.

First and Second Streets will be mixed-use, allowing users to pay at the meter or via ParkMobile.

Cumberland Garages in downtown Clarksville will also be mixed-use with new ParkMobile-enabled payment machines, soon to be installed.

With unpaid parking tickets piling up at City Hall, Palmore said he hopes the new systems being implemented, along with a return to “evicting” excessive parking violators, will bring back more great solvency in the Parking Commission and that more motorists would follow the city. parking rules.

Members of the Clarksville Parking Commission include Andrea Herrera, Andy Kean, David Shelton, Ryan Bowie and Councilman Travis Holleman.

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Springfield IL Council Approves Demolition of Parking Lot and Tavern

The entire Springfield City Council unanimously approved a bid to demolish and clear the municipal parking lot at Fourth and Washington streets.

It also includes a dismantling of the former Club Station House which occupied the first floor at 306 E. Washington St. The second and third floors include a number of residential units.

Tim Smith, president of Evan Lloyd Associates Inc., said he had taken a walking tour of the ramp over the summer, reviewed inspection reports and spoken to engineers.

“The degree of deterioration and the amount of stuff we had to remove and rebuild just wasn’t cost effective,” Smith said.

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Smith noted that the decking and framing holding it together are damaged.

“The whole thing is in terrible shape,” added Mark Henderson, structural engineer for Veenstra & Kimm Inc. “Even walking underneath, I was a bit nervous because we could see concrete on the broken floor. It’s a danger. It’s beyond repair.”

The site had been considered for a $56 million project that would have included construction of a 95-room hotel, luxury apartments, ground floor and rooftop retail space and a “one-of-a-kind” rooftop bar facing the State Capitol.

The council referred to committee an additional appropriation for the installation of 13 circulators on Lake Springfield at a cost of $530,000.

Circulators, or “solar bees,” are said to prey on blue-green algae that sometimes makes drinking water taste earthy and musty. They would be anchored to the bottom of the lake.

Todd LaFountain, water division manager for City Water, Light and Power, said the water was still safe to drink.

“It’s an aesthetic issue with the water,” LaFountain said. “It’s not a safety or health issue. It’s perfectly safe, but it’s kind of a nuisance.”

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Mike Christensen of IXOM Watercare Inc., who presented to the board, said the circulators would solve the problem 100%. The North Dakota company has circulators on about 450 lakes across the country.

Ward 1 Ald. Chuck Redpath said he wanted to get more public weighing of residents who live on the lake. A number of them were present at Tuesday’s meeting, but none of them addressed the board.

Funding would come from the American Rescue Plan Act.

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Downtown parking lot heads to market | Local News

The Lavery Transportation Center – the parking garage in downtown Fairbanks – will go on the market following a decisive vote by the city council on Monday evening.

The vote, 4-3, with Mayor Jim Matherly breaking a tie vote, cemented a debate that the garage should go on the market even if there were no buyers. Matherly and council member Aaron Gibson, the ordinance’s sponsor, said the ordinance requires the structure to remain a parking lot once it’s sold.

Gibson, along with board members Jim Clark and Lonny Marney, supported the garage’s listing. Councilors June Rogers, Jerry Cleworth and Valerie Therrien opposed it.

The five-story, 360-space garage was built in 2002 with a combination of federal and state grants. The city must sell it for at least $2 million to repay the feds, or keep it as a parking lot.

In 20 years, its operation cost more than it brought in revenue, according to financial reports. With depreciation, it cost the city $5.4 million over two decades; omitting depreciation, the city still lost $1.8 million, as expenses exceed revenues.

David van den Berg, executive director of the Downtown Association of Fairbanks, asked the council to reconsider its decision.

“This is a critical access feature for downtown businesses,” van den Berg said. He said a quick survey of association members asked what the city’s overall plan would be for downtown parking.

“We believe this order is premature,” van den Berg said.

The city could market the center better, he said, or pitch it as an opportunity to find a new contractor to run it. Selling it, he said, would have ripple effects.

“Parking is a system and if you dislodge part of it, then something is going to happen to street parking that you should think about,” van den Berg said.

Cristina Ackerman, who runs a small business on Second Avenue, said parking remains a major issue.

“There just isn’t enough parking space that I could park a vehicle in and leave it there all winter day,” Ackerman said. “The people I serve also need parking and sometimes it can be difficult to find street parking for them to use the parking lot.”

Jeff Jacobson, director of public works for the city, in his capacity as chairman of the board of directors of the Fairbanks Parking Authority, said the garage has performed well over the past few years.

“Over time, the parking authority found more ways to generate revenue and reduce expenses,” Jacobson said. A new kiosk center will be installed later this year to facilitate entry, exit and payment.

He acknowledged that efforts to market it have been lacking, but the parking authority will implement further measures. Jacobson asked on behalf of the parking authority to delay putting the garage up for sale to conduct a thorough study.

Jacobson added that with the planned demolition of the long-empty Polaris Building, he can see a brighter future for the parking lot.

“You will have prime real estate once the building is demolished and having parking across the street will be attractive to a developer,” Jacobson said. “I could imagine air bridges connecting the two buildings and using it as a central business hub.”

Council member Jerry Cleworth, a volunteer member of the parking authority board, agreed with Jacobson.

“It has the potential to make more money, but it needs to be marketed,” Cleworth said. “The reality is that I don’t know anyone who would bid on it because I don’t see how you would make any money long term once it becomes a taxable entity.”

Councilor Valérie Therrien said she would like a full study of the building’s value and sale parameters before holding a vote to sell it.

“See What It’s Worth”

Matherly expressed his own opinion on the sale of the garage by the city.

“I don’t think the government should own a retail place like this,” Matherly said. “We subsidize this thing and it’s costing the city a lot of money…we don’t have the people to run it or market it all the time.”

Matherly acknowledged his sale was slim for 2022, but said it was worth exploring.

“I think someone could do a lot better owning it and managing it,” Matherly said.

Gibson, like Matherly, wants to see who might be interested in buying the garage.

Gibson added that $1.8 million lost over 20 years in maintaining the building could have benefited more from the city’s permanent fund.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to see if anyone in the community wants to come out and buy it,” Gibson said. “We can still invest to improve it, because it will attract a potential buyer.”

Councilor Jim Clark added that the function of the structure will not change.

“This is a parking lot and will remain a parking lot, the only difference is whether we want to be in charge or whether a private entity takes over,” Clark said.

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City Borrows $3.6 Million to Fund Parking Lot Repairs | News, Sports, Jobs

Warren City Council authorized the borrowing of $3.6 million to pay off previous repairs to the Clark Street parking lot and invest an additional $2.8 million in the structure.

City finance officer Jessica Byler said the city currently has two loans outstanding – one for the 2010 garage and then the downtown streetscape improvement loan with a total balance of 780,424. $.

She told the board that the staff proposal is to consolidate those loans with funding for additional repairs to the garage. She noted that the council received a document on the likely cost of repairs two years ago, but said “Costs have increased. (The) city could face a project of 3 million dollars.

A proposal from KeyBank offered an interest rate of 2.37% which it says will be “Hard to beat.”

She presented proposals for borrowing $3 million or $3.6 million and said the staff would prefer the amount of $3.6 million. The duration discussed was 15 years.

There was some discussion about how many years this would add to the life of the garage. Department of Public Works director Mike Holtz said the upgrades could add 10 years.

“It’s better than a mill and a coating (repaving) but it’s not a reconstruction”, he said, indicating that a rebuild of the garage would cost $10 million.

Holtz said garage usage had regained some form before the pandemic.

“These repairs won’t move anyone out of the garage,” he said.

Mayor Dave Wortman asked if part of the plan for the garage included using dollars from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

“(We) can do a certain amount of work for $2.8 million,” said City Manager Nancy Freenock. “If the state approves the use of RACP, then we can do a better project. We can do more.

He also asked why staff were recommending $3.6 million, and Freenock said the goal was to keep annual debt service amounts similar to current levels.

Holtz said the work would include repairing all spalled and cracked concrete, repairing expansion joints as well as painting and repairing the tubs that hold the concrete in place.

Councilman John Wortman acknowledged the debate that still exists over whether this garage should have been built there.

“The fact is, he’s been there for 15 years. It has become an essential part of our downtown community,” he said. “We have businesses that depend on it.

“We have an opportunity here. This garage is going to be needed for the next few years.

The Board discussed that the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates soon.

“Rates will only continue to rise,” Wortman said, urging action on this item to avoid failing “to act on this loan rate for something that we will already have to do in the future.”

“It’s an interest rate that won’t be there tomorrow in my opinion,” Councilman Maurice Cashman added. “If you lose that garage, I don’t know where those cars will go.

“I think the garage will absorb as much money as we frankly throw at it.”

Wendy McCain was absent from the meeting but John Wortman read her thoughts on the matter.

“Town of Warren taxpayers will repay the loan after the life expectancy of the parking lot,” McCain said. “This loan uses taxpayers’ money to pay for a lemon.”

Holtz said the project is now presented and ready to go, and staff will return to the city engineer to develop bid specifications. He said the staff did not want to do this without the funding secured.

“Right now we have the cart in front of the horse”, said Dave Wortman.

A motion to approve the loan was approved 5-1 with Dave Wortman voting in opposition.

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Progress Street Parking Garage Remains in Blacksburg Plan | Government and politics

BLACKSBURG – The city is expected to make significant additions to its parking capacity over the next few years.

The parking lot at the site of the old Blacksburg Middle School downtown — the bridge is part of a roughly $26 million project that also includes a new police station — is expected to be completed this coming spring.

Blacksburg officials also plan to add another parking lot on Progress Street, which is on the city’s capital improvement program project list for fiscal years 2022-23 through 2026-27. City Council approved the slate in a 7-0 vote last week.

As noted on a city project sheet, the Progress Street parking deck will add to a downtown parking network that includes the soon-to-be-completed structure at the site of the old college and the North End and Kent Square parking garages.

The Progress Street Bridge is expected to cost $16.6 million and its construction schedule is expected to span between the summers of 2025 and 2028, according to the project document.

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However, other details of the projects have yet to be fleshed out.

“As preliminary design is not expected to begin for three years, I cannot answer the specific questions you pose,” Deputy City Manager Chris Lawrence wrote in an email response to a reporter’s questions. from the Roanoke Times. “This will all be part of the feasibility study and detailed design work.

“As this is such a large project, the feasibility and preliminary design work is important and will help guide final decisions on scope, design, cost and final construction schedule.”

Funding for design and construction is limited to state-funded parking, according to the project brief.

“The possibility of other mixed uses and the associated design and construction costs would be pursued through a public/private partnership,” the project brief states. “Form and architectural aspects will also be considered with an emphasis on appropriate interaction with the surrounding neighborhood and Progress Street streetscape.”

The recently approved CIP includes a number of other important projects. These include community center renovations, the Brush Mountain trail system, the Huckleberry Trail bridge at Sheffield Drive and Price Fork Road, and the purchase of electric buses.

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Vienna approves funding for the design of the new Patrick Henry Library and car park

Vienna will contribute to the financing of the construction project of a modernized Patrick Henry library and a parking garage.

Vienna City Council passed a motion yesterday (Monday) to pay Fairfax County $663,000 to have RRMM Architects design a new library and parking structure.

The city and county agreed in 2020 to partner in the demolition and construction project, splitting the costs. A development agreement caps the city’s design costs at $850,000 (or 30% of design costs) and 19% of construction costs, not to exceed $4,200,000.

“At the end of the day, we get a new library, which Fairfax County pays for, and we get parking, which we pay for,” councilman Chuck Anderson said at the town meeting yesterday (Monday). “It’s actually not a bad deal.”

While parking will be reserved for library purposes during the day, the garage will have a total of 209 spaces available to the general public for non-library-related uses when the library is closed, according to Anderson.

The project involves replacing the 13,800 square foot building, which was last renovated in 1995, with a 21,000 square foot library, creating a modern branch with a larger children’s section that could be ready for use. here 2024.

Andrew Jinks, a city transportation engineer, helped the city partner with the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to provide $2.3 million.

City spokeswoman Karen Thayer said the amount was considered part of the city’s share of the project and that it was still working with NVTA to develop a transportation option from the library to DC.

The fixed construction cost of the project is $17.2 million. Voters approved a referendum on $90 million bonds in 2020 for four library projects, including $23 million for Patrick Henry.

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Executives plan to repaint parking lot in downtown Fort Myers


If you’ve been to downtown Fort Myers, you’ve probably seen the bright pink parking lot. But now city leaders are considering repainting it.

Many visitors, even those who frequent downtown, say they don’t mind the bright colors. In fact, people say it reminds them of Florida and helps them and their guests find parking.

Is it pink? Is it coral? Is it salmon? Either way, the brightly colored parking structure in downtown Fort Yers could do with a makeover.

Ilia Ferrand lives in Lee County. “I think it looks good. It’s really a hallmark of Fort Myers,” Ferrand said.

The Fort Myers City Council chose the bright color for the garage. But now the council has decided to accept the offers for the painters.

However, some people like the color as it is. Jack Stoltman also lives in Lee County. “It matches the sky so well. And it’s like such a Florida color,” Stoltman said.

Lee County resident Chris Pulkrabek said, “They can’t change the pink garage. It’s… It’s emblematic here.

Some even see it as a trademark of Fort Myers. “We need to leave it as it is, so we can find it. When we leave, we want to know where we are going. But we can tell by the pink building where we park,” Sue Hielscher said.

Bonnie Daigle agrees. “It must stay pink,” said Daigle.

But some have suggestions of what the new color might be. “In combination with a hotel, an advertisement with all the new businesses they have around, kind of like a color palette,” Ferrand said.

It could be an expensive new paint job costing between $70,000 and $80,000. And the interior of the City of Palms parking structure would also receive a paint update if the Fort Myers City Council approves the project.

However, residents say the parking garage needs more than just a paint job. “The structural upgrades are not…not just a paint job,” said John Ruyman.

Even though the council receives offers, Councilor Liston Bochette says the city still has to decide if spending the money is worth it. The need is based on other ongoing parking and road construction projects.

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Columbia Begins Safety Upgrades at Fifth and Walnut Parking Lot

Construction began last week on stronger security barriers on the upper level of Columbia’s Fifth and Walnut municipal parking lot.

Calls for improved safety in the garage were rekindled after a suicide in September.

The city launched an expedited bidding process the same day as the suicide after Columbia City Council cleared the bidding in July.

The reason for the delay between the $300,000 credit at the end of 2020, the building permit and the tender was related to the COVID-19 pandemic, city spokesperson Sydney Olsen wrote to the Tribune in September.

“During the pandemic, supplies have been very limited for items like steel, making it difficult to get things like custom samples for this project,” she wrote. “The pandemic has also impacted the ability of project partners, such as engineers and the consulting firm, to travel to Colombia to view the structure and engage with the public.”

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Construction is expected to take about three weeks, Public Works Department spokesman John Ogan wrote in an email Friday.

Wyatt Varner, an employee of Vienna's Central Fence LLC, fastens a barrier post on the ninth floor of the Fifth and Walnut municipal parking lot on Friday.

Building materials reached the city the first week of the new year.

Vienna’s Central Fence LLC was contracted for the roof fencing, Ogan wrote.

“The city is still considering its options for the window barrier phase of the project,” Ogan wrote.

The window barriers are part of a second phase of the security project.

“The city believes that barriers of this nature are a deterrent and a lifesaver, and that this fence will give people a chance to think twice,” Ogan wrote.

A barrier with a curved top to prevent people from climbing is installed around the ninth floor of the Fifth and Walnut municipal parking garage.

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Jill Harkavy-Friedman, vice president of research for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, told much the same to the Tribune in 2019.

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

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

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Crisis Resources

There are a growing number of resources available for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

A national resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, which is always open and includes a specific option for veterans.

The Central Missouri Crisis Line is 1-800-395-2132, also monitored 24 hours a day.

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There are additional resources through the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has developed a behavioral and mental health program that is expected to begin providing counseling by February.

“(Catholic Charities) wants to have a faith-informed provider who can combine traditional therapy with faith,” program director Dala Hemeyer said.

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The Oak Center celebrated its first anniversary last Tuesday. He uses dialectical behavior therapy to treat people who have frequent or recurrent suicide attempts and those who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

The center’s mission is to improve the “quality of life for our clients, their family members and the community by increasing access to evidence-based mental health treatment, education and resources”, indicates its website.

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Burrell Behavioral Health will have a rapid response unit in place by July at its Stephens Lake office to respond to people in mental health crisis. This is a temporary solution as Burrell awaits decisions from the Columbia City Council on how he appropriates US bailout funds.

A proposal in the city budget would provide $3 million for a mental health center, like the one Burrell hopes to build in partnership with Phoenix Programs.

Burrell entered into a partnership with Preferred Family Healthcare to provide primary care services to its mental health patients in October. This partnership was finalized at the start of the year, under the new parent company Brightli.

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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.

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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The City offers parking spaces, limitation of the number of scooters in the city center

The city of Corpus Christi may soon add designated parking spaces and limit the number of dockless scooters across the city.

People ride rented motorized scooters along North Shoreline Boulevard on Friday, December 28, 2018.

At a city council briefing on Tuesday evening, the city presented proposed changes to the existing pricing structure for dockless scooters and other changes, including limiting the maximum number of scooters in the city to 1,200 with a limit of 300 scooters parked on the dike of the American bank. Center at Waters Edge Park.

The changes could also limit the scooter speed to 10 miles per hour on the sea wall using geolocation. Scooters have a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour, and the speed of scooters would not be limited elsewhere in the city.

Designated parking corrals would be installed throughout downtown, the SEA neighborhood, the Cole Park seawall at the American Bank Center and other locations identified by the city or requested. The city said it was working with the Downtown Management District, private businesses, parks and recreation, the marina and public works to identify the best locations for scooter corrals.

A survey of 20 downtown business owners showed that 75% wanted dedicated parking corrals for scooters.

Scooters parked along the dike should be parked in a corral using a geo-fence. There could also be no-go zones, depending on how the city looks.

The first reading of the ordinance by the city council is scheduled for January 25.

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Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson NJ to lose parking spots

PATERSON – More than half of the parking lot in the 314-space garage built as part of the renovation of the Hinchliffe stadium has been reserved for tenants of new housing planned in the district.

The developers have said that 85 of Hinchliffe’s parking spaces will be reserved for residents of a 127-unit apartment complex on Totowa Avenue that received approval from the Paterson Planning Council on Monday evening.

The developers at Hinchliffe said they had previously reserved 75 seats in the stadium garage for tenants who will live in the senior citizen building which is part of the $ 94 million stadium project.

Critics have claimed tenant parking leases will create problems by using space in a garage they say was not large enough to accommodate the 7,000-seat stadium from the start.

But supporters of the plan have claimed there will be enough space available in the parking lot for people attending the high school sports that will make up most of the stadium’s activities. They said events that draw larger crowds – like the mayor’s hopes for a Major League Baseball game in honor of Hinchliffe’s legacy in the Black Leagues – would use a network of other parking lots. to Paterson with shuttles.

Paterson’s Director of Economic Development Michael Powell said the parking leases for tenants at Totowa Avenue housing will ensure the viability of the Hinchliffe garage by providing income at times when there is no stadium events.

Hinchliffe Stadium is featured from Maple Street in Paterson.  Thursday 23 December 2021

Powell and Hinchliffe developer Baye Wilson said he didn’t expect the 75 parking spaces reserved for the senior citizen building to be used because older residents are less likely to have cars . Powell and Wilson also said they didn’t expect the stadium’s new garage to provide capacity for everyone attending major events in Hinchliffe.

“People are going to have to walk,” said Powell.

But members of Paterson City Council who represent Ward 1, where Hinchliffe is located, and Ward 2, which is a few blocks away, said they expected mayor issues due to the lack of parking.

“I hope you are joking?” First Ward Councilor Michael Jackson said when told about the arrangement to reserve 85 seats in the stadium garage for the new accommodation. “I’m speechless. The level of poor planning here is numbing.

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Shahin Khalique, city councilor for Ward 2, said allocating seats in what he described as an undersized stadium garage to tenants would make the situation worse.

“It doesn’t make sense to me,” Khalique said.

For more than 18 months, Khalique has been calling for a traffic study on the impact of the stadium on the surrounding streets, which almost all have only one lane in each direction.

Powell said the city recently got a grant of $ 250,000 that can be used to look at traffic issues. He said he doesn’t think Paterson needs big transportation projects to handle Hinchliffe’s customers. He said installing traffic lights at key locations, such as the intersection of Maple and Wayne Avenues, as well as the use of traffic police, might be sufficient.

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The town planning council voted unanimously to approve the new 127-apartment project on Totowa Avenue, one block from Hinchliffe, proposed by Bergen County-based developer Billy Procida. The developer would convert a former industrial building into housing and 6,779 square feet of retail space.

100 Renard Totowa, LLC of Procida bought the property for $ 5.5 million last June from David Garsia, the owner of the Art Factory complex. In 2018, Procida’s investment firm provided Garsia with a $ 12.5 million line of credit to borrow money to renovate the Act Factory complex on Spruce Street. Garsia said the money from the sale of the Totowa Avenue land was used to pay off this previous debt.

Prior to the mixed-use project approved on Monday, developers planned to convert the site into a storage facility. But Mayor Andre Sayegh’s administration was not happy with the plan, as officials said it would not match the mayor’s plans to revitalize the Hinchliffe area.

This rendering shows a planned residential development on Totowa Avenue in Paterson

Wilson, the builder of Hinchliffe, praised the new Totowa Avenue mixed-use plan.

“I think this is a major project not just for Hinchliffe but for all of Paterson,” Wilson said of Procida’s plans.

Powell said the development of Totowa Avenue will help transform the neighborhood. But Jackson said the project represents what he described as the mayor’s latest effort to over-develop the city at the expense of the quality of life of the city’s residents.

“The mayor doesn’t care about the Patersonians,” Jackson said. “All he wants to do is sell the town to anyone who wants to give to his countryside.”

State campaign finance records show no donation from Procida or her company to Sayegh. But the mayor has received tens of thousands of dollars in developer contributions with other projects in Paterson.

Joe Malinconico is editor-in-chief of Paterson Press. E-mail: [email protected]

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Opponents of Amherst parking lot organize petition

Posted: 1/2/2022 19:51:01 PM

Modified: 1/2/2022 19:50:21 PM

AMHERST – A petition calling on city council to reconsider its recent vote creating a new overlay neighborhood for a second parking lot in downtown Amherst is circulating ahead of Monday’s council meeting.

Using the voter veto section of the city’s charter, which gives residents 14 days to collect the signatures of 5% of registered voters in the last municipal election, the petition says residents are “protesting the vote of the December 20, 2021 by Amherst. City Council will rezone Map 14A, Parcel 33.

This 9-4 vote approved a zoning change so that the 0.68 acre municipal parking lot between North Pleasant and North Prospect streets could be the site of a new parking structure. The parking facility overlay district would be on city property bordered by the parish center of St. Brigid’s Church to the north and the CVS Pharmacy parking lot to the south.

An opinion piece published on the Amherst Indy blog in support of the petition, written by Ira Bryck of Strong Street, cites the need for “further exploration” of both the need for parking and where a new garage could be built, adding that those who oppose rezoning are not anti-business or “not in my backyard” activists.

“They think the garage proposal is a big decision, and the wrong way to decide is to tell the planning department to only consider that one site, and regardless of the parking studies,” Bryck writes.

While supported by the business community as part of a Destination Amherst initiative and by a qualified majority of advisers, significant opposition was voiced by those on North Prospect Street who live near the site.

Sarah McKee of Chadwick Court, one of the residents leading the petition campaign, said on Sunday that if 810 signatures were collected it would meet the demands of a voter veto and force a reconsideration. McKee said she did not expect the signatures to be certified until the initial meeting of the new board on Monday.

Still, a preface attached to the petition notes that if five councilors agree to reconsider the topic, the topic could be reconsidered and the stacked district could be canceled because it would no longer have the two-thirds support needed for all zoning changes.

The composition of the council is changing, with two of the main supporters of the overlapping district, District 3 Councilor George Ryan and District 4 Councilor Evan Ross both left. They are among six councilors who are leaving, along with two who voted against the measure, District 5 Councilor Darcy DuMont and District 1 Councilor Sarah Swartz.

This is the second time that the voters’ veto petition has been used. This past April, those concerned with the scale of the renovation and expansion of Jones Library used it, although the city clerk’s office ruled they had not collected enough signatures. The city council submitted the project to a referendum on November 2, in which 65% of voters supported it.

As the city progresses with the building, a lawsuit in Hampshire Superior Court remains active, arguing the project has failed to secure the necessary two-thirds majority.

Scott Merzbach can be contacted at [email protected]

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David Stamps: Comments on the changes to the parking lot | Letters to the Editor

Laconians have always hated using the parking lot. Few of the proposals address this fundamental problem.

The second floor is not designed to facilitate parking; with steel vertical supports, it’s like stepping into a jungle gym. Indoor parking and turning radii are terrible for most cars. That alone will ensure that Laconia will continue to hate parking there.

Without a public toilet, the interior stairs will continue to function as a public urinal.

It’s all well and good to say that there will be better lighting and better security, but within two years the cameras will not work or be removed because the police do not have the staff to monitor. Without cameras, there will be no sense of security and no possibility of examining a problem. The lights will probably not be maintained. At least there should be two public safety kiosks with visible blue light and automatic one-button dialing, as is the case on most college campuses.

On the third floor, without lights or cameras and without 24-hour surveillance, it will continue to be a meeting place for young people, the homeless and drug addicts.

The garage is not in the right place. It acts as a barrier and not as an invitation. The entrance to the ramp is unsafe for pedestrians without a sidewalk on the west side of Beacon Street East. Visually, this confuses motorists who are immediately confronted with a narrow lane obscuring a main street or a sharp S-turn to the right or left. Street parking on Beacon Street helped calm traffic, but overall the structure reveals nothing of the skyline when approached from the south. It’s beautiful from a pedestrian perspective, but motorists don’t have time to appreciate the great work done by parks and recreation.

Signage will not solve the problem of the abruptness of the access ramp. The wide-open Rotary Park takes the eye off the ramp, which also contributes to pedestrian safety concerns.

It seems that Laconia is not shaken up well. Instead of building a parking lot below in the middle of the town hall parking lot with open prestressed concrete floors and ceilings, we are only offered lipstick on a sow. There were several public hearings in 2005, but they were ignored. This is the real box that gets kicked out on the road. Laconia hasn’t done any real planning for downtown traffic and parking since the Big Air ideas were introduced by professional planners for Laconia’s main street.

Consider removing the top story of the existing garage and replacing the ceiling on the second story with a roof that doesn’t require all of the interior steel brackets. Laconia may hate the garage a little less.

Aside from the middle of the holiday season, people may have skipped the public hearing because they didn’t like the ideas forced on them by city council. Why doesn’t the public have the opportunity to review the suggestions before finalizing the design? I never found the plans before the hearing, there should have been an obvious homepage link. Ultimately, parking and traffic should be discussed at the downtown level master plan level given the enormity of all the recent changes.

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When will the repairs to the Buchanan Street parking lot in Lafayette be completed? | News

The first phase of repairs to the downtown Lafayette Buchanan Street parking lot is expected to be completed in January.

The six-story structure built in 1981 was abruptly closed in October 2018 after it was deemed unsafe, exacerbating parking problems for patrons of the nearby Lafayette Parish Courthouse as there is plenty of street parking. near the courthouse were then reserved for courthouse employees who used the garage.

It is not known when the parking garage will reopen.

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The plans for Phase 2 are expected to be delivered in January, unless unforeseen circumstances arise, according to city engineer Fred Trahan.

Phase 1 involves structural repairs to the parking garage, as well as sanding and painting the exterior of the structure and installing an impact resistant cable system.

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Corrosion damaged more than half of the steel beams and columns that support the floors of the 344-vehicle parking garage.

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Mayor-President Josh Guillory signed an emergency declaration in March 2020 after an engineer report revealed advanced to severe corrosion in the latches that connect some of the 200 panels to the garage itself. The panels were removed to lighten the load on the structure.

Phase 1 is expected to cost just over $ 1.6 million.

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Phase 2, Trahan said in an email response to the questions, is expected to include repairs or replacement of elevators, as well as repairs to stairwells and the electrical system, at an estimated cost of $ 1.6 million. of dollars. The second phase can also include interior painting for an estimated cost of $ 500,000 to $ 800.00.

If interior painting is not allowed, he said, the final design of the elevator and stairwell work could allow part of the parking garage to be used during construction. This decision will be made once the final elevator and stairwell designs are completed.

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The parking lot was closed in 2018 shortly after the parish’s former city council rejected a proposal from then-mayor Joel Robideaux that the city buy the structure from the parish. Some council members saw this decision as a way to help the budget of the struggling parish.

Robideaux then issued a request for proposals to redevelop the parking garage and other nearby properties – some not owned by LCG – into a mixed-use development with residences and businesses. It received four proposals in 2019, but took no action after determining that none of the proposals were financially viable.

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Amherst City Council Approves Downtown Parking Lot Zoning

AMHERST – Planning for a second parking garage in downtown Amherst that could be built on existing municipal land between North Pleasant and North Prospect streets may proceed following City Council approval of a ward highly controversial overlay.

In a 9-4 vote on Monday, securing the two-thirds majority needed to pass a zoning change, councilors created the parking overlay for the 0.68-acre site, bordered by the Parish Center of the St. Brigid’s Church to the north and the CVS Pharmacy Parking and Jones Library to the south.

District 4 Councilor Evan Ross, who helped lead the rezoning work, said the approval paves the way for improving the “mishmash” of Amherst’s surface lots and reflects his optimism for a vibrant and vibrant shopping mall.

“This zoning measure is a first step towards creating centralized destination parking in the heart of our downtown, to support our local businesses, to support downtown events and to enable our downtown to grow and thrive,” Ross said.

The zoning change, supported by the business community as part of an initiative by Destination Amherst, was one of two passed at the last inaugural council meeting. The other zoning amendment, passed by a 12-1 vote with only District 5 Councilman Darcy DuMont opposed, will require developers of mixed-use buildings to set aside at least 30% of the ground floor for non-residential purposes.

For the Parking Facilities Recovery District, District 3 Councilwoman Dorothy Pam said she was “proudly” voting against the measure because her constituents, including those who live on North Prospect Street, have strongly opposed it. the presence of a car park near a residential area.

She was joined in opposition by District 1 Councilors Cathy Schoen and Sarah Swartz, and DuMont.

Schoen said the city needs more time to plan and understand the implications of the overlay district. “There’s no need to rush,” Schoen said.

There needs to be better work to establish the need for more parking and to study alternative sites, DuMont said.

If the vote had been postponed, it might not have reached the necessary two-thirds threshold. Ross and District 3 George Ryan, who also led the rezoning campaign, lost their re-election bids in November.

Incoming District 4 Councilwoman Pamela Rooney used public comments to argue for a pause on rezoning and any talk of a parking lot, until the best site is determined.

Several other people who opposed the rezoning also spoke, including Winnifred Manning of Fearing Street. Manning said a no vote would show concern for all residential neighborhoods. But John Sheldon of Sunset Avenue called on council to pass zoning, citing the need for aggressive action and a request for proposal for parking so a project could move forward quickly.

Council President Lynn Griesemer said her affirmative vote does not mean parking at the site is imminent. “I’m not sure that’s the best location,” Griesemer said.

Swartz disputed this, however, describing a garage as a fait accompli. “If we do it now, we’re voting to do it,” Swartz said.

At-Large councilor Alisa Brewer, who voted in favor of the zoning, said it was “patently ridiculous” that supporters of a garage were accused of being in the pockets of developers.

At-Large Councilor Andy Steinberg said more studies are needed and he hopes the Amherst Business Improvement District will support them. Before any projects begin, Steinberg said the city could consider making the existing parking lot more visible, including possibly turning the one-way north prospect into a two-way street so visitors can access the lot from Amity Street. .

Although also controversial, the near-unanimous vote on mixed-use buildings came after Schoen made an amendment, defeated by a majority of councillors, to increase the required commercial space on the first floor to 35%. Schoen said she wanted it to be as high as possible.

At-Large Councilor Mandi Jo Hanneke said that in a perfect world, she would agree with that idea, but exceeding 30% puts Amherst at risk of significant vacancies. “We have to face reality, though,” Hanneke said.

Ross said he hesitantly backed 30% but warned any demands could be too much.

Although she voted for it, Pam said she found it strange that a super majority of councilors wanted a second car park, but not to advocate for more commercial space in the developments.

“I see a huge contradiction in what’s going on,” Pam said.

Scott Merzbach can be contacted at [email protected]

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A decision is imminent regarding the parking garage overlay district in downtown Amherst

AMHERST — City Council is expected to decide on a new parking overlay district for downtown at its final meeting of 2021 next week.

The car park covering area, as well as a modification of the rules for the development of mixed-use buildings and the commercial areas required on the ground floor, will be on the agenda of the meeting on December 20. The meeting is the last for advisers who took office in the fall of 2018. Six new advisers will join seven old ones after a swearing-in ceremony Jan. 3.

Initially postponed by District 5 Councilor Darcy DuMont at the Dec. 6 council meeting, DuMont introduced a motion at a Dec. 9 meeting to further delay zoning changes using a second provision of the city’s charter. city. This article reads as follows: “if, in the next vote on the question, 4 or more members oppose the vote, the question will be further postponed for at least another 5 days”.

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

Council President Lynn Griesemer said that with articles pushed back until Dec. 20, residents and others are encouraged to continue providing input and feedback on the proposals.

The idea of ​​the overlay neighborhood is for the city-owned parking lot between North Pleasant and North Prospect streets to accommodate a private parking garage. The site is next to the private CVS lot. In a 1990 city study, city and CVS lots were recommended for a parking garage, before authorities later decided to build a garage on the site owned by 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 concern.

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

Chamber Executive Director Claudia Pazmany said rezoning is critical as the final piece of a Destination Amherst initiative and is the “most important link to keeping people in town, to spending time, money and enjoy our vibrant downtown Amherst, strengthening our economic footprint. ”

A petition started by the House states that “Parking will concentrate personal vehicles near shops, restaurants and public services such as the town hall, community center, health center and the Jones Library”.

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

“As for the garage, it is far from the best site, will disrupt the quiet enjoyment of a historic neighborhood, goes against the advice of experts who have studied Amherst’s parking situation, is difficult to find and even harder to get in and out of, will require the removal of parking that already works well in a residential area, may have been chosen because of special interests rather than for the good of our community, and will not have setbacks and other restrictions that might make a well-designed garage.

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

At the end of the November 29 council meeting, in which a first reading on the four zoning changes was completed, Pam expressed concern that so many meetings and lengthy conversations were being held on the zoning, and moved a motion not to have such topics. brought up again during the holiday season.

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

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

Griesemer said this month of December would be unusual. “I would like to say never again because I don’t love him any more than you do,” Griesemer said.

But she said the long meetings were the result of advisers talking without regard to time constraints.

“I have to return it to you. Stay in control of your time,” Griesemer said.

District 2 Councilman Pat De Angelis said the zoning changes needed to be voted on. “I’m kind of sick of people saying we don’t need to do this.” De Angelis also criticized those who spoke out against District 4 Councilman Evan Ross and District 3 Councilman George Ryan, top supporters of the overlay district who did not 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 get your point across,” De said. Angelis. “I’m sorry, but I needed to say it.”

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New Town Hall and Parking Garage for Huntsville

Downtown Huntsville will get new jobs and new parking options with construction.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – One of the oldest and most significant buildings in downtown Huntsville is getting a facelift with a new parking lot.

The new Huntsville City Hall will replace the current municipal complex, which opened over 50 years ago at 308 Fountain Circle. The new town hall will be built directly across the street on the site of the current municipal parking lot, which will soon be demolished.

The project took nearly five years, will cost more than $ 78 million, and is expected to create hundreds of jobs in Rocket City. The two-year construction project is scheduled to begin in mid-January when the parking lot along Fountain Circle is demolished, resulting in immediate changes in parking availability.

Huntsville General Service Manager Ricky Wilkinson said, “During construction there will be lane closures along Gates, Fountain Circle and also on Madison Street. We’ve tried, especially on Madison Street and Gates, we’ll only take one lane, so we’ll still have north and south along Madison Street. “

And these jobs? Wilkinson says, “Obviously this will initially provide a lot of opportunities for the construction trades and for hiring people to take care of some of the construction activities on site. and really the city as a whole. “

Why a new city hall for Huntsville?

City administrator John Hamilton said there are many reasons a new city hall is needed, but the main one is simple – better and more efficient use of taxpayer dollars. Due to limited space, some departments operate in buildings rented elsewhere. The current building also has maintenance issues, which become more and more costly every year. Hamilton praised city maintenance crews for keeping it functional with “bubble gum and baling wire.”

The new building will cover one city block and be seven stories tall with clusters of related departments. Hamilton says it will be easier for residents and business owners to renew their permits, pay taxes, obtain building permits or conduct any other activity related to the city.

Construction schedule

Construction of the Town Hall will not begin until after the demolition of the municipal parking lot and the removal of debris, which is expected to take place by the end of 2021. Hamilton anticipates that a construction contract could be submitted to the city ​​council for approval in October.

Construction is expected to take about two years.

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200 parking spaces to be created in the industrial area of ​​Dorset

An office building in an industrial area in East Dorset will be partially demolished to create more than 200 parking spaces on the site.

The clearance will allow a 26 new light industrial unit project to proceed on the Ferndown industrial area adjacent to the Peartree Business Center site – subject to obtaining planning permission.

Dorset Council has approved the partial demolition of the Peartree Business Center south of Vulcan Way and east of Cobham Road, Ferndown.

The application is the first phase of the redevelopment of the area which is expected to see the construction of new industrial units offering more than 2,500 square meters of space. A preliminary application is currently under consideration and public comment was closed a month ago on November 15.

Consent for the demolition of the one-storey section of the north side office building will result in the loss of over 3,200 square meters of office space – but will leave 6,360 square meters of office space in place. The removal of the building will allow access to the brownfield area beyond and the creation of a larger parking lot.

The application also allows the creation of a new internal road on the site and will be developed in parallel with a separate application for 26 new industrial units north of the Peartree Business Center.

The site is close to the recently completed Porsche garage.

Ferndown and Uddens Business Improvement District supported the changes, as did Ferndown City Council in letters to Dorset Council in support of the planning request.

In total, the consent will create 214 parking spaces and 51 bicycle spaces.

The development will result in the loss of some trees although those on the northern and eastern limits of the site will be retained and will need to be protected during the construction phase.

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Evaluation of the proposed parking garage required

Those of us who survived the Boltwood garage mess will recall that a larger, more robust structure was originally planned and approved for this site.

However, a small, self-proclaimed group thought they knew better and filed a lawsuit, costing the city money in legal fees and reducing the size and scope of the garage. This has resulted in a lot less spaces and questions arise as to whether this can support an expansion.

Until we have a professional assessment of the proposed location behind CVS, we will not know if the concerns that have been raised are valid. To ask our City Council to do otherwise and not to respect this measure is to ask them to violate their fiduciary obligation under penalty of legal sanction.

Indeed, under MGL 40A Sec 1a, Zoning Definitions, zoning shall “to the fullest extent of the independent constitutional powers of towns and villages, protect the health, safety and general welfare of their present inhabitants and future ”. Failure to protect future residents would be seen as a breach of their fiduciary duty. Maybe you would like to live in a city where our elected leaders are not under a fiduciary duty, but we voted for it when we got rid of the town hall.

Maybe a few people can kill that garage too, with another lawsuit, and bring Amherst back to the 20th century. I’m sure some will try and our grandchildren will pay the price. Truth.

Kevin collins


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Public Can Submit Parking Suggestions Online | Local news

LACONIA – Members of the public can now submit their ideas online on how to improve downtown parking.

Comments can be submitted using a special form that was posted on the city’s official website on Tuesday.

City authorities want public participation in the parking plan as much as possible, which is why they are soliciting suggestions through the website.

Comments submitted – whether online or through other means – will be reviewed by the City as well as the consulting engineer and architect on the project before the next public meeting to be held in February.

At the first public meeting held last week, the project would involve replacing deteriorating steel brackets in sections of the three-story structure, replacing crumbling concrete on parking lots and ramps between parking levels. , and the construction of a glazed staircase tower with elevator.

The city council asked the city to carry out a full-scale study of the scope and cost of refurbishing the garage that was built 47 years ago during the downtown urban renewal project.

The rough estimate for correcting structural flaws as well as improving lighting, accessibility, and the appearance of the building has been estimated at $ 6.6 million, although the final cost may well increase due to the inflation and other economic factors.

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

The public comments page can be accessed by going to, hover over “Your Government” and click on “Public Works” from the drop-down menu to the right. Once on the Public Works page, click on “Parking garage rehabilitation in the left menu.

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Interesting building in the parking garage of downtown Kalispell

December 15 — Kalispell City Council plans to vote on a downtown parking structure project at its first meeting of the New Year on January 3.

In a working session Monday, council gathered public comment and discussed a proposal to build a parking structure in the city-owned parking lot at First Street and First Avenue West.

The car park is part of Montana Hotel Dev Partners’ proposal to build a boutique hotel in downtown Kalispell. The Charles Hotel would be set up at Third Street West and Main Street, and the proposed parking structure would replace the parking spaces that would disappear to make way for the hotel.

The city approved Montana Hotel Dev Partners LLC’s proposal for the $ 47 million project in September, but exact plans have yet to be finalized.

The car park, as currently envisaged, would contain 250 spaces in total: 90 rented for hotel guests, 112 to replace the spaces displaced by the hotel and 48 additional spaces.

The parking structure is expected to cost around $ 7 million. Additional tax funding, including funds generated by the hotel, would be used to finance the parking structure.

Once built, the parking lot would belong to the city.

HOWEVER, SOME Board members raised concerns on Monday about the funding mechanism for the proposed project.

Council member Sid Daoud, a staunch opponent of government funding, reiterated his disapproval of the Tax Increment Financing District and the concept of government ownership.

“I’m not a fan of this whole process,” Daoud said.

He came up with a solution that could make the project more “palatable” to critics like himself – by adding housing to the plans for the parking lot structure.

Karlene Kohr, a neighboring landlord, supported Daoud’s suggestion during the public comment period of the working session. Kohr has opposed the project since the developer responded to the city’s request for proposals, and she redoubled her concerns about the impacts of construction on the historic buildings on Main Street during the working session. But she was more supportive of a vision for the parking structure that would include housing.

Further concerns about the plans were raised by board member Tim Kluesner, who suspected the calculations estimating the taxes that would be generated by the hotel were inaccurate. He turned to the example of the Hilton Garden Inn to explain a possible shortfall in the city’s tax generation forecast for the project.

Bill Goldberg, one of the developers behind Montana Hotel Dev Partners LLC, said he’s been told the Charles Hotel will generate around $ 1 million in taxes each year.

In addition, City Manager Doug Russell explained that the city would not be “responsible” for the one-off costs if the hotel underperforms on tax generation. The city would simply agree to pay the additional funding generated by the project to the project developer, regardless of the final amount.

Despite these concerns about the project, there was a lot of support during the working session for a downtown parking structure. Several people spoke of the long-standing interest in developing a parking lot in downtown Kalispell.

“Our biggest problem downtown is long-term employee parking,” said planning director Jarod Nygren.

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

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City Council approves changes to new development car and bicycle parking bylaws – City of Toronto

Press release

December 15, 2021

City Council has passed zoning bylaw amendments that will remove most requirements for new developments to provide a minimum number of parking spaces. At the same time, limits on the number of parking spaces that can be built will be added. With the goal of building healthy and sustainable communities, this change helps to better manage automobile dependency and strikes a balance between too much and too little parking.

Adapted regulations – aligned with the City’s Climate Action Strategy, TransformTO and the Provincial Policy Statement and Growth Plan (2019) as amended – propel Toronto forward as it strives to achieve ambitious goals that address environmental sustainability, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving resident livability and creating healthier communities.

These zoning bylaw updates encourage residents to use alternatives to driving such as walking, cycling and public transit, reducing traffic congestion and creating space to improve conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.


“Today the City Council took concrete action for a healthier and more sustainable city. The move means developers will no longer be required to build parking spaces that buyers don’t want, making it easier for residents who live without a car to buy a home.

– Mayor John Tory

“This more strategic and thoughtful management of the parking supply will contribute to the City’s priorities for addressing the climate emergency, improving housing affordability and encouraging alternative forms of mobility for a greater number of people.

– Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão (Davenport), Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee

Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s main economic engine and one of the most diverse and livable cities in the world. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a world leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, and ranks consistently at the top of international rankings thanks to investments supported by its government, residents and businesses. For more information visit the City website or follow us on Twitter, instagram Where Facebook.

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Building of interest in the parking garage of downtown Kalispell

Kalispell City Council plans to vote on a downtown parking structure project at its first meeting of the New Year on January 3.

In a working session Monday, council gathered public comment and discussed a proposal to build a parking structure in the city-owned parking lot at First Street and First Avenue West.

The car park is part of Montana Hotel Dev Partners’ proposal to build a boutique hotel in downtown Kalispell. The Charles Hotel would be set up at Third Street West and Main Street, and the proposed parking structure would replace the parking spaces that would disappear to make way for the hotel.

The city approved Montana Hotel Dev Partners LLC’s proposal for the $ 47 million project in September, but exact plans have yet to be finalized.

The car park, as currently envisaged, would contain 250 spaces in total: 90 rented for hotel guests, 112 to replace the spaces displaced by the hotel and 48 additional spaces.

The parking structure is expected to cost around $ 7 million. Additional tax funding, including funds generated by the hotel, would be used to finance the parking structure.

Once built, the parking lot would belong to the city.

HOWEVER, SOME On Monday, council members raised concerns about the financing mechanism for the proposed project.

Council member Sid Daoud, a staunch opponent of government funding, reiterated his disapproval of the Tax Increment Financing District and the concept of government ownership.

“I’m not a fan of this whole process,” Daoud said.

He came up with a solution that could make the project more “palatable” to critics like himself – by adding housing to the plans for the parking lot structure.

Karlene Kohr, a neighboring landlord, supported Daoud’s suggestion during the public comment period of the working session. Kohr has opposed the project since the developer responded to the city’s request for proposals, and she redoubled her concerns about the construction’s impacts on historic Main Street buildings during the working session. But she was more supportive of a vision for the parking structure that would include housing.

Further concerns about the plans were raised by board member Tim Kluesner, who suspected the calculations estimating the taxes that would be generated by the hotel were inaccurate. He turned to the example of the Hilton Garden Inn to explain a possible shortfall in the city’s tax generation forecast for the project.

Bill Goldberg, one of the developers behind Montana Hotel Dev Partners LLC, said he’s been told the Charles Hotel will generate around $ 1 million in taxes each year.

In addition, City Manager Doug Russell explained that the city would not be “responsible” for the one-off costs if the hotel underperforms on tax generation. The city would simply agree to pay the additional funding generated by the project to the project developer, regardless of the final amount.

Despite these concerns about the project, there was a lot of support during the working session for a downtown parking structure. Several people spoke of the long-standing interest in developing a parking lot in downtown Kalispell.

“Our biggest problem downtown is long-term employee parking,” said planning director Jarod Nygren.

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

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Security addition for downtown parking lot dominates budget talks

“These people leave trash, used needles, furniture, blood and human waste for city crews to clean up in the morning. It is not uncommon to find strangers using intravenous drugs and sleeping in the facility.

The situation in a downtown municipal parking garage is a microcosm of North Bay’s general social problems.

Parking 150 vehicles has become a common source of these issues for its staff, according to a report from the City of North Bay’s parking department.

“These individuals leave trash, used needles, furniture, blood and human waste for city crews to clean up in the morning. It is not uncommon to find strangers using IV drugs and sleeping in the establishment.”

City staff “have been instructed to move people using the facility as shelter and have expressed safety concerns.”

The security and safety of parking for citizens was also called into question in September when a local woman who parks at the facility had a wheel stolen from her vehicle after it was lifted onto blocks of wood while she was at work.

After the vehicle owner contacted police and the City, he was told that all security cameras were operational on the day of the incident, but the image quality of one of the cameras near the vehicle had an “image quality issue”, and patrols were promised to increase and options were being explored.

During discussions surrounding the 2022 operating budget, a budget item of $42,350 to provide nighttime security at the municipal parking garage on McIntyre Street West sparked a respectful debate among members of North Bay City Council on the whether it should be kept or discarded.

From May to mid-October, the security detachment assigned to the municipal marina patrols the parking lot. The parking service is offering to hire a full-time security guard for $42,350 to patrol the parking garage from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., seven days a week, the other 31 weeks of the year.

Some around the table see this as an example of financial investment in the problem without addressing the root causes.

Com. Scott Robertson called the security option a ‘band-aid solution’ to an upstream problem and Deputy Mayor Tanya Vrebosch agreed, noting that moving people seeking shelter doesn’t solve the underlying issues at play. .

Com. Bill Vrebosch suggested the North Bay Police Department adjust patrols to include the parking garage and cut security spending altogether. This week, Police Chief Scott Tod is scheduled to meet with city staff regarding parking and the SPNB budget.

Com. George Maroosis also questioned Ron Melnyk, the City’s Bylaw Enforcement Officer regarding possible patrols by his staff.

A suggestion from the jerk. Mark King about making the garage “secure” so as not to “allow transient traffic”, was acknowledged by City Engineer John Severino as having met resistance from neighboring businesses for fear of losing two hours of free parking for their clients.

Mayor Al McDonald joined the conversation, observing that increasing parking fees to pay for security might be an option. McDonald noted that indoor parking in the winter often costs more than outdoor parking at other centers.

Meanwhile, the con. Dave Mendicino, who sits on the Downtown North Bay board, has been sharing discussions for months about the parking situation. It is hoped that the downtown outreach program and community organizations will help resolve the situation by providing people with options, rather than finding shelter in the parking lot all winter.

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Amherst Councilor Holds Vote Authorizing Parking Garage

AMHERST – Decisions on zoning changes to create a parking overlay district in downtown Amherst and to require mixed-use buildings to have a minimum of commercial space on the ground floor, are delayed to the prerogative of a municipal councillor.

At Monday’s city council meeting, where four zoning amendments were being considered, District 5 Councilman Darcy DuMont asked for two of the items to be deferred.

City Manager Paul Bockelman said on Tuesday that the two postponed zoning changes are on the agenda for a meeting of the City Services and Outreach Committee at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, although he added that he there was uncertainty as to whether votes would be held that evening.

Zoning changes are also on the agenda of a ‘four-town’ meeting on Saturday where regional school issues, including the assessment formula that will determine how much each community will pay towards the regional budget next year, are being discussed by representatives of Amherst, Shutesbury, Leveret and Pelham.

To pass the zoning changes, nine of 13 councilors must vote in favor to meet the necessary two-thirds threshold under state law.

The city charter also provides that after an initial request for a deferral, four councilors en bloc can request a second deferral. If that happens, Bockelman said the vote on the zoning changes would take place on December 20.

At-Large Councilor Alisa Brewer said she was frustrated that DuMont’s actions threw the voting process for or against the zoning amendments into chaos.

City Council unanimously approved the first zoning amendment before it, which will extend temporary Section 14 until December 31, 2022. This allows outdoor dining and other pandemic-era protocols to stay in place to support local businesses.

Councilors also voted 12 to 1, with only DuMont voting against, to approve a series of new parking and access requirements for homes.

The delayed regulations generated the most conversation, with residents on North Prospect Street worrying about the new overlapping ward that would apply to city-owned parking between North Pleasant and North Prospect streets to accommodate the second downtown parking lot .

Harry Peltz of North Prospect Street said the rezoning rush, without the support of neighbors, will hurt the city rather than help it.

Ira Bryck of Strong Street said a parking lot would disturb the tranquility of the neighborhood.

Claudia Pazmany, executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, however, spoke out in favor of the need for parking for businesses.

With respect to changes to mixed-use buildings, councilors appeared to favor requiring that 30% of the ground floor area be commercial.

District 1 Councilor Cathy Schoen said having around half of the ground floor non-residential is a good thing, although an amendment to raise the requirement to 40 per cent has narrowly missed, 7-6.

To Grand Councilor Mandi Jo Hanneke pointed to an analysis of retail, carried out before the pandemic, which found that too much retail space would create empty storefronts, and these vacancies would prove detrimental to city centers and villages. Hanneke said the analysis showed there is a demand for about 12,000 to 15,000 square feet of retail space across the city.

If the bylaw is approved, District 5 Councilwoman Shalini Bahl-Milne said it would improve on existing rules, which require no minimum percentage of commercial area in mixed-use buildings.

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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. ”

Scott Merzbach can be contacted at [email protected]

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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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Amherst council assaulted as parking garage moves forward

AMHERST – A series of zoning changes, including one that could provide the opportunity for a private developer to build the second parking garage in downtown Amherst, continues to move forward.

Despite numerous oral and written calls for city council to stop the rezoning process – one resident comparing the scheduling of many public meetings during the holiday season to Chicago-style politics ‘shenanigans’ – councilors held the premieres readings on zoning changes Monday.

Council President Lynn Griesemer said when voters adopted the city’s new charter in 2018, they wanted full-time, year-round government. The council, Griesemer said, has an obligation to put each of the zoning changes to positive or negative votes, and not wait for the new council to sit in January.

During the public comment period, which lasted approximately 90 minutes, many residents of the North Prospect Street neighborhood objected to a proposed overlay neighborhood for the construction of a parking lot in the parking lot between North Pleasant and North Pleasant Streets. North Prospect, adjacent to the private CVS Pharmacy lot.

Critics have argued that the rezoning is sponsored by District 3 Councilor George Ryan and District 4 Councilor Evan Ross, whose terms will end in January after being defeated in nominations for re-election. Councilors put forward the idea of ​​a second garage to join the Boltwood parking garage as part of a Destination Amherst plan in coordination with the Amherst Business Improvement District and the Area Chamber of Commerce. ‘Amherst.

Griesemer said there was no evidence the community was against the parking lot.

“The argument that people have spoken needs further consideration,” said Griesemer, observing that Ross and Ryan were only 50 votes combined to win a second term.

The parking facility overlay district would not change the underlying general zoning district from the residence to the business headquarters, but would establish specific guidelines for the use of the site only for a parking garage. Other zoning changes under discussion include extending alfresco dining and other pandemic-related initiatives until 2022, lowering the threshold in mixed-use buildings to 30% commercial space, and lowering the threshold in mixed-use buildings to 30% commercial space and have specific parking requirements for all dwellings.

Senior planner Nathaniel Malloy said that with the parking lot rezoning, a 270-space garage could fit on the site and be similar in size to the one in downtown Greenfield.

General Councilor Andy Steinberg said the rezoning was only to allow the site to be used for a garage. Steinberg said if other sites for a garage were looked at it would be the responsibility of a future council.

Centralizing parking is a concept supported by At Large Councilor Mandi Jo Hanneke, who said she wants protections for the city and neighborhoods as well. These could be subject to conditions in the call for tenders for the new car park.

District 4 Councilor Steve Schreiber said a well-designed parking garage could be nicer than a deteriorating paved lot.

But District 3 Councilor Dorothy Pam said she would never accept a parking garage built in front of 19th-century homes.

“There is no way to make a parking structure compatible with a historic district,” Pam said, adding that she saw a flawed process. “It’s ruinous for the adjacent residential neighborhood.”

District 1 Councilor Sarah Swartz said councilors must listen to neighbors and moving parking near homes is hypocritical action after councilors voted to eliminate parking in front of town hall as part of the move. the restoration of North Common.

Many who spoke criticized the council for pursuing zoning changes after the election. Barbara Pearson of Paige Street said the busy schedule of meetings reminded her of Mayor Richard J. Daley’s boss-style Chicago politics. “I can’t think of a good reason why this is happening,” Pearson said.

“It doesn’t have to be,” said Rani Parker of 24 North Prospect, who requested a community impact assessment before the zoning change.

Harry Peltz of 32 North Prospect called the zoning changes “hasty judgment” and said too little research was being done. Likewise, Suzannah Muspratt of 38 North Prospect said the board is shortening normal procedures. and Jay Silverstein of 32 North Prospect said the residents were “cheated”.

Ira Bryck of Strong Street said council is making zoning changes without transparency and should take a break until new councilors are sworn in. He was joined by Ken Rosenthal of Sunset Avenue, who said any action should be delayed until January.

Defenders of the parking lot, including Sharon Povinelli, a North Amherst resident who co-owns AJ Hastings, called on councilors to act. “Businesses need destination parking,” Povinelli said.

BID Executive Director Gabrielle Gould said the zoning change was meant to look to the future and more parking could lead to the success of restaurants, performing arts venues, including the relaunched future Drake. and an expanded Jones library.

At Large Councilor Alisa Brewer said one of the lingering questions was whether the Boltwood Parking Garage, opened in September 2002 with a surface level and a basement level, could easily have additional parking floors . It is understood that the garage was built in such a way that it could accommodate such an extension. Planning director Christine Brestrup said the city would likely need to hire a structural engineer to determine the feasibility of adding floors.

Brewer also noted that the idea of ​​building a parking lot in the Amity Street parking lot across from the Jones Library, where the Amherst Academy once stood, is often mentioned. Brewer said it is possible that the deed restrictions prohibit building a garage there. The poet Emily Dickinson and the founder of Mount Holyoke College, Mary Lyon, were both taught at this school.

Scott Merzbach can be contacted at [email protected]

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New Pittsburgh Legislation Says Designated Bike Lanes Are Not Potential Parking Spaces

Pittsburgh has more than 60 miles of designated bike pathsa number that officials hope increase considerably in the next few years, because helping more people find car-free ways to get where they need to go is a long-term the objective of elected municipal officials. However, it’s not uncommon to find a car or truck – or several – parked in lanes meant for people on bikes and other low-speed modes of travel like stand-up scooters.

Vehicles parked or idling in bike lanes are “a clear problem and a clear safety concern,” said Eric Boerer, advocacy director for Bike Pittsburgh.

But solving the problem turned out to be more obscure.

“I’m like, ‘OK, well, we’ll just contact law enforcement and it’ll be easy, and that’s okay,'” Councilor Bobby Wilson said. “Turns out it’s a bigger lift than we think.”

Pennsylvania law prohibits blocking a lane of traffic, which includes bike lanes, but the rule simply isn’t in Pittsburgh’s municipal code.

“Right now, if the police are going to cite [someone parked in a bike lane] they would like to see a no parking sign right next to the bike path,” Wilson said.

Instead of spending taxpayers’ money installing hundreds of new no-parking signs, Wilson decided to simply add “in a bike lane” to the list of places drivers can’t stop, stand or park under applicable municipal regulations.

Road safety depends on predictability; bike lanes are designed so that drivers and cyclists can reliably anticipate the movements of others, Boerer said. But when someone blocks a bike lane, “it forces cyclists out of the bike lane into traffic, and people don’t expect that,” he said. “It kind of screws up the whole system.”

This is especially true in recently installed bike lanes that travel against the current, such as on Forbes Avenue in Oakland, Boerer said. If cyclists have to exit a bike lane to avoid a vehicle, they face oncoming traffic.

Boerer added that when people park vehicles in bike lanes, it leads to negative feelings and confrontations, “and we just want to get away from that.” He hopes that, if passed, the legislation will clear up confusion about where people can and cannot park. The organization has conducted bike lane assessments and found that some lanes are blocked 25-50% of the time.

“It doesn’t make sense to go and spend taxpayers’ money investing in bike lanes if we don’t make sure the people who use them have access to them,” Wilson said.

The legislation, which the council passed unanimously on Tuesday, would not apply to paratransit vehicles that pick up or drop off passengers. If there is a section of the street where parking in a bike lane is sometimes critical, people can ask the Ministry of Mobility and Infrastructure for an exception and signage.

Wilson said the city generally relies heavily on police to enforce traffic rules, but parking violations really should be the Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s responsibility. Wilson said he’s had conversations with agency management that agree that if agents issue tickets for expired meters, then “we want you to follow up and do everything,” and cite others violations, such as parking in crosswalks or in cycle lanes. .

“Parking in a bike lane is dangerous, don’t do it, cut it off,” Wilson said. “Do better. And everything will be fine.”

Updated: December 7, 2021 at 3:05 p.m. EST

This story has been updated to reflect the passing of the proposal at City Council on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

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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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Amherst council assaulted as parking lot moves forward

AMHERST – A series of zoning changes, including one that could provide the opportunity for a private developer to build the second parking garage in downtown Amherst, continues to move forward.

Despite numerous oral and written calls for city council to stop the rezoning process – one resident comparing the scheduling of many public meetings during the holiday season to Chicago-style politics ‘shenanigans’ – councilors held the premieres readings on zoning changes Monday.

Council President Lynn Griesemer said when voters adopted the city’s new charter in 2018, they wanted full-time, year-round government. The council, Griesemer said, has an obligation to put each of the zoning changes to positive or negative votes, and not wait for the new council to sit in January.

During the public comment period, which lasted approximately 90 minutes, many residents of the North Prospect Street neighborhood objected to a proposed overlay neighborhood for the construction of a parking lot in the parking lot between North Pleasant and North Pleasant Streets. North Prospect, adjacent to the private CVS Pharmacy lot.

Critics have argued that the rezoning is sponsored by District 3 Councilor George Ryan and District 4 Councilor Evan Ross, whose terms will end in January after being defeated in nominations for re-election. Councilors put forward the idea of ​​a second garage to join the Boltwood parking garage as part of a Destination Amherst plan in coordination with the Amherst Business Improvement District and the Area Chamber of Commerce. ‘Amherst.

Griesemer said there was no evidence the community was against the parking lot.

“The argument that people have spoken needs further consideration,” said Griesemer, observing that Ross and Ryan were only 50 votes combined to win a second term.

The parking facility overlay district would not change the underlying general zoning district from the residence to the business headquarters, but would establish specific guidelines for the use of the site only for a parking garage. Other zoning changes under discussion include extending alfresco dining and other pandemic-related initiatives until 2022, lowering the threshold in mixed-use buildings to 30% commercial space, and lowering the threshold in mixed-use buildings to 30% commercial space and have specific parking requirements for all dwellings.

Senior planner Nathaniel Malloy said that with the parking lot rezoning, a 270-space garage could fit on the site and be similar in size to the one in downtown Greenfield.

General Councilor Andy Steinberg said the rezoning was only to allow the site to be used for a garage. Steinberg said if other sites for a garage were looked at it would be the responsibility of a future council.

Centralizing parking is a concept supported by At Large Councilor Mandi Jo Hanneke, who said she wants protections for the city and neighborhoods as well. These could be subject to conditions in the call for tenders for the new car park.

District 4 Councilor Steve Schreiber said a well-designed parking garage could be nicer than a deteriorating paved lot.

But District 3 Councilor Dorothy Pam said she would never accept a parking garage built in front of 19th-century homes.

“There is no way to make a parking structure compatible with a historic district,” Pam said, adding that she saw a flawed process. “It’s ruinous for the adjacent residential neighborhood.”

District 1 Councilor Sarah Swartz said councilors must listen to neighbors and moving parking near homes is hypocritical action after councilors voted to eliminate parking in front of town hall as part of the move. the restoration of North Common.

Many who spoke criticized the council for pursuing zoning changes after the election. Barbara Pearson of Paige Street said the busy schedule of meetings reminded her of Mayor Richard J. Daley’s boss-style Chicago politics. “I can’t think of a good reason why this is happening,” Pearson said.

“It doesn’t have to be,” said Rani Parker of 24 North Prospect, who requested a community impact assessment before the zoning change.

Harry Peltz of 32 North Prospect called the zoning changes “hasty judgment” and said too little research was being done. Likewise, Suzannah Muspratt of 38 North Prospect said the board is shortening normal procedures. and Jay Silverstein of 32 North Prospect said the residents were “cheated”.

Ira Bryck of Strong Street said council is making zoning changes without transparency and should take a break until new councilors are sworn in. He was joined by Ken Rosenthal of Sunset Avenue, who said any action should be delayed until January.

Defenders of the parking lot, including Sharon Povinelli, a North Amherst resident who co-owns AJ Hastings, called on councilors to act. “Businesses need destination parking,” Povinelli said.

BID Executive Director Gabrielle Gould said the zoning change was meant to look to the future and more parking could lead to the success of restaurants, performing arts venues, including the relaunched future Drake. and an expanded Jones library.

At Large Councilor Alisa Brewer said one of the lingering questions was whether the Boltwood Parking Garage, opened in September 2002 with a surface level and a basement level, could easily have additional parking floors . It is understood that the garage was built in such a way that it could accommodate such an extension. Planning director Christine Brestrup said the city would likely need to hire a structural engineer to determine the feasibility of adding floors.

Brewer also noted that the idea of ​​building a parking lot in the Amity Street parking lot across from the Jones Library, where the Amherst Academy once stood, is often mentioned. Brewer said it is possible that the deed restrictions prohibit building a garage there. The poet Emily Dickinson and the founder of Mount Holyoke College, Mary Lyon, were both taught at this school.

Scott Merzbach can be contacted at [email protected]

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Low bid for new downtown Wheeling parking garage is $ 12.3 million | News, Sports, Jobs

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

WHEELING – Bids to build the proposed parking structure on Market Street have been received, and Wheeling City Council members are due to meet today to consider a first reading of an order to award to the lowest bidder saying a contract of nearly $ 12.3 million.

A special council meeting was scheduled to take place today at noon in the council chamber of the City-County building for the sole purpose of discussing the new legislation and holding a first reading of the new ordinance. The legislation allows City Manager Robert Herron to spend $ 12,297,777 with Carl Walker Construction of Pittsburgh on the construction of the new Market Street parking garage on the corner of 11th Street in downtown.

A second reading and final approval of the ordinance is expected to take place at the next regular Wheeling City Council meeting on December 7.

On Monday, Herron said the special meeting was being held because timing is crucial in controlling the costs of large projects like this.

“Due to the current construction market and the potential for price changes, we have a 30-day suspension on bids, so the special meeting for the first reading,” Herron said.

In order to generate funds for the project, the city recently approved legislation allowing the issuance of rental income bonds through the newly activated Wheeling Municipal Building Commission. Project bonds are expected to close on Dec. 16, according to the city manager.

Herron described Carl Walker Construction as a highly regarded contractor who submitted the lowest bid among the four companies that submitted bids for the project. Other offers included an offer of $ 16,730,000 from Thomarios, a contractor with offices in Pittsburgh, Pa., And Akron, Ohio; an offer of $ 15,284,000 from Cps Construction Group of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania; and an offer of $ 17,173,000 from Colaianni Construction of Dillonvale.

“The lowest bidder is an experienced parking structure contractor, and the supply is very good – very close to where we thought it would start out,” Herron said. “The architect’s estimate and our budget for the tenders was $ 13,023,000. “

There are additional costs associated with the construction, the city manager explained. Materials testing costs during construction are estimated at an additional $ 45,000, and garage access and traffic control are expected to cost an additional $ 250,000, he said. This still brings the total construction costs to $ 12,592,000, which is in the original budget.

During recent council meetings, city leaders had received criticism from the public over the escalating costs of the project, which is being completed to facilitate a $ 30 million private investment in the former headquarters. of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel. The vacant 12-story structure is being converted into an apartment complex that will be known as Historic Wheeling-Pitt Lofts, a project by owner Access Infrastructure LLC of Dr John Johnson and developer Steve Coon of Coon Restoration and Sealants.

The six-story parking garage will provide necessary parking for tenants in the 120-apartment complex, and it will provide additional parking for other downtown businesses. The ground floor of the parking garage is expected to have retail units that should eventually be filled with businesses that support the additional influx of downtown residents.

Officials have touted the developers’ claim that there is a great need for new residential options in downtown Wheeling.

Initial projections for the overall cost of the Market Street parking structure ranged from $ 13 million to around $ 17 million, as concerns about construction costs during the supply chain crisis and geotechnical issues on the site have resulted in escalating cost projections.

In addition to construction costs, the City authorized an expenditure of $ 194,800 to hire the Mills Group to perform architectural services for the design of the parking structure. The city has also authorized the expenditure of $ 475,000 with Raze International of Shadyside for the asbestos removal and demolition of the vacant Chase Bank building on Market Street, where part of the new parking structure will be installed.

“Asbestos removal is complete and demolition is imminent,” Herron said Monday, noting that a follow-up meeting with Raze officials had been scheduled this afternoon. “Construction of the parking structure, if approved by city council, should start right after the first of the year. “

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Georgetown asks for feedback on downtown parking – City of Georgetown Texas

The City of Georgetown is asking the public for input on various options for a downtown parking garage, including location, levels, costs, etc.

“As businesses continue to open and expand downtown, parking space is shrinking and we risk losing visitors and customers to our beautiful, vibrant downtown,” said Mayor Josh Schroeder. “We want to hear as many voices as possible before the board makes a decision. If you live, work or visit downtown, you are part of this project and we hope you will share your experiences and preferences with us.

The City has been working for several years to assess and resolve parking issues in the downtown area. Research and recommendations for parking solutions were informed by numerous City Council discussions and presentations, a 2015 downtown parking study, land use codes, public engagement on design, a stakeholder steering committee, our consulting firm, Wantman Group Inc. (WGI), and others.

Potential parking garage locations were also informed by the 2014 Downtown Master Plan Update. The plan identified four potential parking garage locations, including the Tamiro Plaza site and Ninth and Ninth Streets. Main, both of which are currently under investigation (page 8 of chapter 5 of the 2014 plan identifies potential sites of origin).

In 2021, WGI assessed potential parking garage sites on a range of criteria, including:

  • Total cost
  • Number of new parking spaces added
  • Location (relative to square)
  • The concept must support residential, retail or both
  • Access to traffic and impact

On November 9, 2021, City Council identified three potential locations for the parking garage:

  1. Tamiro Plaza, at the southwest corner of Sixth Street and Austin Avenue
  2. Ninth and Main streets, whole block
  3. Sixth and Main streets, southwest corner

People can share their feedback via a digital survey, available from November 27 to December 31, 2021. Until December, garden signs with a QR code for the survey will be displayed around the square, and postcards, with the survey QR code and three short questions will also be available at the Visitor Center, 103 W. Seventh St. People who came to the plaza for Shop Small Saturday also had the opportunity to learn more and to share their comments with city staff.

The survey provides additional details on the proposed locations, including the number of parking spaces won and costs, and asks the public to share their feedback on potential sites, the number of levels they would like to see in a garage , costs and other options. to be considered. Once the investigation is complete, City staff will compile the results and share them with council to help inform their decisions about the project. Council is expected to discuss the parking garage project in early 2022.

For more information on the Downtown Parking Garage Project, visit the project’s website.

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100% Affordable Housing Project and Parking in Downtown Flagstaff Could Be One More Step Toward Realization | Local

After several years of work, Flagstaff is perhaps one step closer to the development of 100% affordable housing development and a downtown parking garage.

The Foundation for Senior Living’s project, which specializes in affordable housing projects across Arizona, is expected to go to Flagstaff City Council early next year and seek several exemptions from the city code.

The project will replace the former Catholic Primary School and historic Babbitt House, and is expected to provide 146 affordable housing units to a city that declared a housing emergency last year. These units and associated parking will be in the form of two buildings, each of four floors, which will largely occupy the entire block.

In a meeting this week, city staff and Steve Hastings of the Foundation for Senior Living detailed the project to city council.

The project is the result of a collaboration between the foundation, Catholic charities and the city of Flagstaff, Hastings told the council.

Hastings said the foundation plans to build the project in two phases, the first starting in June 2022 and the second phase starting in fall 2023.

“I know this project will be a really welcome addition to Flagstaff,” said Deputy Mayor Becky Daggett.

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The first phase of the project will encompass the northern half of the property. Called San Francisco Square, the first phase will be largely intended for seniors and will include 70 units. Of these, 60 would be one-bedroom units while 10 would be two-bedroom units. It will also include 59 parking spaces for residents.

The second phase of the project, called Aspen Lofts, will then be built on the southern half of the property and is part of a collaboration with Catholic Charities. The units built under phase two will target more than just a senior population, but instead will be designed for a wide variety of family types.

Thus, phase two will include 37 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units and 19 three-bedroom units for a total of 76 units. The phase will also provide 55 parking spaces for residents and 97 parking spaces that will be sold to the City of Flagstaff for use by the nearby municipal courthouse and members of the public.

The city currently rents several public parking spaces on the former school property, largely to meet the parking needs of the courthouse. This arrangement will continue until the construction of the first phase.

Once the second phase of the project – which will include the parking lot – is built, the city is expected to purchase these spaces without profit for the developer. In other words, the cost of building those 97 parking spaces will be what the city ultimately pays.

However, much of the parking garage will not be visible from the outside, as the project is designed with the apartments wrapping around the structure and hiding it from view.

Residential use and the density of the project are allowed directly in the area, but the foundation still requests several exemptions from certain parts of the city code.

The foundation’s request comes after city council voted in March to allow developers building 100% affordable projects to ask the council for loopholes in the zoning code. Council approved this measure as a way to encourage the construction of affordable housing in a state that does not allow cities to require the inclusion of affordable units in projects.

Although the foundation project had been in the works for several years before the adoption of this measure, it seems that this development could be the first to benefit from the new cuts.

Planning director Alaxandra Pucciarelli said the foundation has requested nearly 20 exemptions from the city code. Some of these exemptions include lowering the height required for the ceilings on the first floor, as the first floor will be used for residences and not for commercial spaces.

The foundation previously built and still operates the Flagstaff Senior Meadows development on McMillan Mesa.

The project is partially funded through the use of the low-rental housing tax credit, and residents earning at least 80% of the region’s median income will be able to qualify for the units. For a family of four in 2021, that equates to an annual income of $ 61,450.

Adrian Skabelund can be reached by phone at (928) 556-2261, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at @AdrianSkabelund.

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Luton Council boss receives ‘extremely hostile’ reception for car park cuts ‘which will kill business’

The chief executive of Luton Council received a hostile reception from business owners angry at parking cuts, during a trip to High Town.

Robin Porter had visited the conservation area along High Town Road last week after business bosses said plans to drastically reduce their parking spaces for a new housing estate would drive away shoppers.

Estate agent Mohammed Shahid said Mr Porter faced angry shopkeepers.

Barriers around the Ville Haute car park

“It was extremely hostile,” he said. “Business people feel very disappointed.”

He has now started a petition in the area calling on the council to rethink its plans to remove 28 public parking spaces, which businesses fear will drive away customers who cannot park. Merchants will be left with only 12 places for themselves and the customers they say.

“We were not consulted on the plan,” he said. “We were all taken by surprise.

“All businesses have been closed during the shutdowns and some are barely surviving. The loss of parking closes a lifeline, they will close.”

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Mr Shadid said since parking spaces were removed to accommodate a new development of flats, there has been chaos on the road, with people parking in yellow lines or on the pavement.

“The parking lot has been around for 45 years,” he said. “We all have to find somewhere else to park. The general manager has witnessed chaos in the area with people parking on double yellow lines.”

Dorota Bodniewicz lives and works in High Town and said: “It’s ridiculous what’s happened here. They’re literally killing businesses as customers struggle to park. They’re just killing the area.

“The council is keeping its fingers crossed that we get used to it.”

Twenty-eight places were lost

The petition states: “Luton City Council has failed to properly consider the impact of the loss of these car parks and has made no proposals regarding alternative parking arrangements.

“The construction process has already started and is progressing rapidly. This will significantly reduce the level of on-street parking in the area, but will also remove the vast majority of long-term parking in the High Town Road commercial area.

“This long-term parking lot is used by both local residents and people who work in businesses and shops in the upper town. This change will also impact people with reduced mobility and parents with strollers who again rely on the ability to park closer to the store or business they are visiting.”

And he calls on the council to rethink the situation. “We are asking the Upper Town Councilors and the Chief Executive of Luton Council to reconsider LBC’s decision and retain this vital parking resource on High Town Rd / Brunswick Street. Alternatively, to allocate an appropriate number of spaces to accommodate relocation within the local (High Town Road, Brunswick Street and Back Street) at a distance equal to that of the existing Brunswick Street car park.

A council spokesperson said: “The council is committed to investing in redundant sites across Luton to meet the needs of residents. In High Town in particular, we have recently invested £275,000 in improving street lighting and additional funds to facilitate public realm improvements at the junction of High Town Road and Burr Street.

“The new High Town development supplied by Foxhall Homes on the former Taylor Street car park, will improve the area and provide large family homes, which are rare in Luton. There will be 23 homes for sale between individuals and nine homes for rent affordable..

“As part of our aim to make Luton a carbon neutral city by 2040, we are committed to encouraging the use of local facilities that are easily accessible on foot or by bike and believe this development will benefit retailers across the area as it will bring new buyers to the locality.

“Once the work in progress is complete, there will be 12 spaces for public use, accessible from Brunswick Street and the 27 spaces, accessible via Back Street, for private parking.

“There are other pay and display car parks on Wenlock Street and Hitchin Road within a few minutes walk. There is a full bus service and a mainline rail station less than 0.2 mile away.

“We continue to work and engage with local businesses, not just in the Upper Town but across Luton, to achieve our Luton 2040 goal of having a city where everyone thrives and no one lives in poverty.”

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Property of London: the posh city where parking spaces sell for £ 5million

Central London has become so expensive that parking spaces are selling in the millions.

Estate agents in the upscale neighborhoods of Kensington and Chelsea are full of lists of parking spots costing six figures.

A variety of private parking spaces are listed with the real estate agent John D Wood & Co in some of the most luxurious streets of the capital.

A parking space has been put up for sale at Kingston House South in Knightsbridge for £ 350,000.

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But in its last sale in March 2016, it grossed an unimaginable amount of £ 5,050,000.

A four bedroom house in the borough is listed for around £ 5million on Zoopla.

Parking spaces across Kensington and Chelsea cost a staggering amount

The three-meter-wide parking space has its own metal gate and is half a mile from South Kensington Station.

A parking space opposite Harrods costs £ 250,000 and has its own private entrance and 24 hour security.

Luxury buyers can even take a 360-degree virtual reality tour of the location to make sure it’s perfect for their supercar.

The high demand for private parking in central London has also led to much more usual parking spaces costing a tempting sum.

A double parking space next to Gloucester Road tube station is available for £ 150,000.

Potential buyers can get a mortgage to help pay for the place, but it will cost £ 572 per month for the next 25 years.

Meanwhile, at Holland Park, a 10-foot-wide parking spot will set you back £ 119,000.

The dramatic prices of parking spaces are reflected in the prices of housing throughout the borough.

A mansion in Chelsea is listed on Rightmove for £ 35million and the average property in Knightsbridge costs £ 2.83million, according to the Foxtons estate agency.

Kensington and Chelsea council said it was in desperate need of housing due to the borough’s huge prices.

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City Councilor Johnny Thalassites, responsible for environment, planning and venue, said: ‘We are in desperate need of housing and as a borough with some of the most expensive land and property in the UK – it’s very frustrating to see a six-digit number. price tag on a parking space and discouraging for those looking to climb the property ladder.

“This is a major challenge for us as a city council as we seek to build new homes. Despite the challenge, we are making progress, with the first of our 600 new homes – 300 on social rent – currently under construction on Hewer Street and Kensal Road.

John D Wood & Co Director Matthew Harrop said: “These parking spaces have traditionally attracted shoppers with classic cars and motorcycles and expensive or rare cars which, if left on the street, are in danger of falling. ” be stolen or damaged.

“The spaces have excellent security recognized by the Safer Parking Scheme award; with a 24 hour concierge desk, entry barrier, security video cameras throughout, electric gates and an automated key.

“Closed garages that were built in the 1950s-1970s are now often too narrow for modern cars and as such are popular with homeowners who want storage right on their doorstep – which is. more practical than renting a storage room which could be a 30-. minutes by car.

“We have also seen an increase in the popularity of garage spaces as more of these garages have electric charging points that allow owners to safely charge their cars on the main street at night. “

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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.

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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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Parking garage plans to deepen | Local News

LACONIA – Spacious and convenient parking is seen as an essential ingredient in the continued resurgence of the city’s downtown core, giving a sense of urgency to a meeting on Monday to discuss the future of downtown parking.

The city council’s lands and buildings committee is to meet with a design engineer and an architect to discuss options for reconstruction and modernization of the underused and deteriorating structure.

The cost to correct structural flaws in the garage, add modern convenience, and improve its appearance has been valued at $ 6 million, according to a preliminary estimate.

City Manager Scott Myers said a big question is whether the consultants think it’s best to go ahead with the plans that were discussed when talks to upgrade the facility were suspended there five or six years ago, or to consider “new ideas”.

The garage was built to accommodate 250 cars, but can now handle less than half of it. The entire upper level of the three-level structure and parts of the second level are now closed due to deterioration of some of the structural supports.

City Councilor Mark Haynes, who sits on the committee, said he was particularly interested in hearing changes that would encourage more people to use the facility.

Myers said a glass staircase and better lighting were among the ideas suggested to make the garage more user-friendly.

Haynes, stressing that he only spoke as an individual member of the committee, said he wanted to hear not only about the project itself, but also how to plan the ongoing maintenance of the rebuilt garage to ensure its use. keep on going.

“I think we need to have a maintenance program and possibly regular policing for people to use it,” he said.

Haynes said he hopes the project will move forward quickly enough that the city can take advantage of the current low interest rates on municipal bonds.

Myers said if the engineering design work is completed by next June, funding for the project could be included in next year’s city budget, with the city guaranteeing bonds soon after.

The committee meeting with architect Peter Stewart and engineer Bob Durfee is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall. The entire board must receive a report from the committee at the board meeting which will begin at 7 p.m.

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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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Pasadena May End 90 Minute Free Parking City Owned Parking Structures – Pasadena Now

The City of Pasadena may terminate the 90-minute free parking privilege at the nine city-owned public parking structures by charging a minimum charge of $ 1, effective July 2022, to fund repairs and repairs. maintenance of installations.

This is what the Department of Transportation recommends after a recent assessment showed that all City-owned parking structures are in need of repair and that most of the repair work must be completed by the end of the year. year 2024 to maintain these facilities. in operation.

Funds for these repairs are not – and will not be – available unless the City increases parking rates.

The new recommended parking rates are $ 1 for the first two hours, $ 2 for each hour thereafter, and $ 12 for the maximum daily rate.

The assessment by engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner (WJE) Associates Inc. identified more than $ 12.15 million in needed repairs across the city’s entire garage portfolio. About $ 9.5 million of these repairs are expected to be completed in 2024.

The assessment showed that the priority for urgent repairs was based on the age of the current equipment that needs to be replaced and the parts of the structures that need to be repaired to ensure the future viability of the structures.

Some of the work to be done before the end of 2024 includes repairs and updates to carbon monoxide exhaust systems at three city-owned garages, upgrading cars and aging elevator systems. in eight garages, the installation of a new roof covering in a garage, and the improvement of the lighting systems in the nine structures.

The recommendation of the Transport Service will be taken up by the municipal services committee of the municipal council on Tuesday, October 26, before being taken up in plenary meeting of the municipal council on Monday, November 1.

Noting that the City’s Parking Garage Fund (Fund 407) does not have funds available for necessary repairs, the Department said parking rates at City garages have remained stable over the past 20 years. recent years, while spending – mostly on salary increases, materials and supplies, and the cost of repairs and upgrades – has grown by around three percent a year.

“Fund 407 closed fiscal 2020 with a balance of $ 429,186, a decrease of approximately $ 5,000,000. Fund 407 is expected to close fiscal 2022 with a negative fund balance of $ -1,519,796, ”the transportation department said in an agenda report for city council.

The report also states that transportation department staff will work with local businesses near municipal garages to create a validation program so that these businesses can provide parking for their customers. The Ministry has also carried out outreach efforts to engage the local community and business owners and collect inputs to propose recommended actions.

The report says that if the recommended changes are approved, the Parking Garage Fund could potentially increase by about $ 2.9 million per year.

Department of Transportation staff will explain the details of the recommendations at Tuesday’s municipal service committee meeting, which begins at 4 p.m.

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Columbus Council votes in Astor Park parking lot near Crew Stadium

Columbus City Council is due to vote Monday to pay $ 21.82 million for the construction phase of a new parking lot in the new mixed-use Astor Park development adjacent to Columbus Crew’s new field.

The council has already approved at least $ 1.4 million for the design of the city-owned garage by Columbus-based architecture firm Moody Nolan, bringing the total cost to at least $ 23.22 million.

The city had estimated the cost at $ 25 million, but that was based on a garage that could hold up to 750 cars. The final design of the five-story garage provides for 677 spaces to “serve residents, workers and visitors to the Astor Park area,” formerly known as Confluence Village until the team changed the name. in honor of the Astor House Hotel in New York City, where the United States Football Association (now known as the US Soccer Federation) was founded in 1913.

The garage will have a “perforated metal exterior” and vertical glass shaft with two elevators in the southeast corner, according to the ordinance.

The design will include two vehicle entrances with a total of five entry and exit lanes, located at the northeast and southwest corners of the structure, approximately 60 feet from the new stadium in the Arena district. There will be central ramps to access the parking lots, according to the ordinance that will be voted on Monday.

The garage’s utilities will include electric vehicle charging stations, a first-floor “bike center” accessible from an alleyway, and a groundwater reservoir. The garage will also include “openings for direct connection to adjacent residential buildings, built under a separate contract,” the ordinance said.

Why Columbus taxpayers pay for parking

The parking lot was part of what ultimately turned into a dramatic increase in costs to city taxpayers under an agreement between Mayor Andrew J. Ginther of Franklin County, the State and the crew to prevent the Major League Soccer team to leave town for Austin, Texas in late 2018.

While Ginther and other city officials initially said the city’s contribution to the deal was capped at $ 50 million, The Dispatch reported in 2019 that city officials were operating under two sets of books. separate: the public commitment of $ 50 million which included new streets and infrastructure and three cash contributions totaling $ 38 million and another unpublished budget filled with additional projects requested by the team and unforeseen cost overruns.

Following those reports, Ginther announced at a stadium dedication ceremony in 2019 that the city had in fact contributed an additional $ 63.9 million, bringing the total costs to the city’s taxpayers to just a bit. less than $ 114 million. But Ginther said the supplement was for projects not directly related to the stadium, calling it “additional funds for the infrastructure of this incredible new employment center.”

“I didn’t major in math, but the last time I checked, $ 113 million in infrastructure for a new job center leveraging $ 1.04 billion in private investment is a pretty good deal. return for central Ohio taxpayers, ”Ginther said at the event.

However, there were also contractual obligations of the stadium agreement, including the required municipal parking garage.

Meanwhile, the city is still in talks with the state to gain the necessary control of certain Ohio State Fairground parking lots near Historic Crew Stadium for a community sports park that , according to city officials, would be the public interest component of the present, nearly 3-year-old stadium deal.

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Brighton and Hove News »New apartments will need 54 additional parking spaces, developer says

Plans to build dozens of apartments in Brighton will require 54 additional parking spaces, according to the developer.

Hove Spurpoint Ltd has already obtained approval to construct two additional floors on each of the four blocks of Kingsmere, London Road, Brighton.

The additional floors will add 54 apartments to the 120 existing apartments on the estate.

Spurpoint now wants to add additional parking to meet demand from those moving into the new apartments.

Permission has already been granted for 18 additional parking spaces, but a subsequent request for 36 parking spaces was withdrawn after comments from a Brighton and Hove City Council official.

More than 50 neighbors also opposed the parking proposals, prompting Spurpoint to return to the drawing board.

Spurpoint said: “The Planning Officer has raised concerns about the loss of grassed areas to parking… any new parking provided must not come at the expense of open space at Kingsmere.

“Concerns were also raised about… the proximity of the proposed parking spaces to the windows and the negative impact on residents in terms of noise, smoke and light.

“The public comments highlighted objections and concerns about

  • additional traffic
  • negative effects on the (neighboring) conservation area
  • overdevelopment, poor design, detrimental effect on property value
  • impact on residential amenity, including noise and restriction of view
  • impact on trees and loss of green spaces

“In light of the comments received, the application has been withdrawn.

“In response to the comments received, the current revised application details an alternate parking arrangement and is accompanied by parking survey information, a parking management plan and revised landscaping details. “

The latest planning request indicates that the estate currently has 81 parking spaces and 64 garages, although it is not clear how many garages have been used for parking.

The 54 spaces in demand include the 18 that already have a building permit – and four dedicated parking spaces for electric cars with charging points.

The proposal would include the felling of half a dozen trees and a shrub, including a yew, oak, holly, laburnum and a few wart birches.

But new trees could be planted, alongside efforts to encourage Kingsmere residents to use Brighton Bike Share bikes and car club vehicles. The nearest car club bay is approximately 500 meters away.

Spurpoint said: “Bicycle shops are available on site. The existing unit includes 28 Sheffield booths and wall docks.

“Most recently (the council) approved an additional bicycle shop to supply 28 Sheffield stands.”

The site is next to the Sainte-Bernadette Catholic Elementary School which has over 200 students and is highly rated by the official Ofsted watchdog.

Residents have already started to oppose the latest proposal, with one saying, “I strongly oppose this proposal. As a resident of this area the last thing we need is more parking.

“Traffic can already be heavy here due to deliveries and parents of students using the area as a parking lot.

“In addition, we have few green spaces and removing the largest to accommodate concrete makes no sense when it comes to preserving green spaces.

“In addition, apartments which will now have parking spaces right in front of their apartment windows will suffer more from noise and pollution. “

And a neighbor wrote: “I wish to oppose these draft plans. It would be unfair to remove the green space on the estate to make room for other parking spaces.

“There would be pollution and noise from the additional vehicles, and residents would be affected whose apartments would face these parking spaces.

“The estate is not large enough to accommodate these additional parking spaces.”

Spurpoint, of Palmeira Mansions, Church Road, Hove, was founded in 1979 and is run by David Stoner, 82, and Annabel Stoner, 56.

The company is owned by Anstone Securites, which is registered in Jersey, and is reportedly owned by the Stoner family.

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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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Wheeling City Council plans to fund Market Street parking garage | News, Sports, Jobs

This artist’s concept drawing by the Mills Group shows the planned design for the new City of Wheeling parking garage to be built at the corner of 11th and Market streets downtown. (Picture provided)

WHEELING — City of Wheeling officials are moving forward with legislation to put in place funding for the construction of the planned Market Street parking garage.

This week, members of the Wheeling City Council are due to hear a first reading of an ordinance to fund the cost of the new parking lot at Market and 11th streets through the issuance of rental income bonds from an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $19.5 million.

City Manager Robert Herron noted that the ordinance wording for the bonds includes a maximum funding amount relative to the projected cost of the project, which city officials say will likely cost between $16 million and $17 million. dollars.

The new parking structure is being built to accommodate a private investment from Access Infrastructure to create a new apartment complex inside the city’s tallest building, the former headquarters of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel on Market Street. This private investment is expected to exceed $30 million, and city leaders plan to support retail businesses once tenants begin to fill Wheeling-Pitt’s historic lofts.

A portion of the new parking structure will be dedicated to tenants of the new loft apartment complex, while additional parking will be available within the six-story structure for visitors to downtown Wheeling. Street-level retail spaces have been incorporated into the design of the city’s new parking structure.

The new ordinance to establish funding for the parking structure also provides for the property at 1104 and 1114 Market Street to be transferred from the Ohio Valley Area Development Corporation – the nonprofit entity used by the city to facilitate real estate transactions – to the Wheeling Municipal Building Commission – the newly invigorated committee that is responsible for directing major building projects for the city.

A first reading of the new ordinance is expected to take place at Tuesday evening’s council meeting, with a second and final reading of the legislation scheduled for the November 2 council meeting.

Before construction of the new parking structure could begin, the vacant Chase Bank building on Market Street would have to be demolished and removed. Shadyside’s Raze International has been awarded a $475,000 contract to tear down the building where the new parking lot will be. Officials said asbestos removal was being completed at the site and the building was due to be razed before the end of the year.

During the last meeting of the municipal council, a citizen spoke out against the involvement of the City in the construction of a new parking lot for private development. Wheeling resident Julia Chaplin asked why Coon Restoration and Sealants – the developer of the Historic Wheeling-Pitt Lofts project by Dr. John Johnson and Access Infrastructure – did not pay for the parking needed by their tenants.

“Why didn’t they include in their proposal to build the installation plans for a garage?” Chaplin asked city leaders. “Basically, we’re as a city paying for its garage that won’t be self-funding, as the mayor said. As taxpayers, we subsidize this development corporation.

Another ordinance involving tax liabilities for a city-owned parking lot is also expected to be introduced on Tuesday. The legislation – described in legal language very similar to the Market Street Parking Garage Project Ordinance – provides for the issuance of rental income bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $3 million for the Center Wheeling parking garage project.

On Friday, Herron explained that planned improvements to Center Wheeling’s parking structure had been underway for some time, and when the Ohio Valley Medical Center was operating, the tax increment funding district around the property generated a potential pool over $4. million for investment. However, after OVMC ownership changed hands from Alecto to MPT and eventually to the City of Wheeling, the TIF District stopped generating the revenue that would be needed to repay the money if it was used for improvements to the car park.

The TIF district is still in place at the OVMC site, and if the buildings are sold to a private developer, additional funding would again be generated, the city manager said.

City leaders continue to seek potential tenants and buyers for vacant buildings on the OVMC campus. A tenant who had maintained occupancy after the city acquired the property last year recently moved out, Herron noted. This summer, Northwood Health Systems opened its new, state-of-the-art, 28,000 square foot behavioral health clinic adjacent to the company’s administrative offices at the corner of 19th and Wood streets. Herron reported earlier this month that Northwood had officially moved out of the space he used at OVMC after moving into his newly built facility.

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Redlands may require 25% less parking for homes near railroad tracks – Redlands Daily Facts

Developers of homes near Redlands’ upcoming rail line may not have to build as many parking lots if the city approves the changes proposed by staff.

The Redlands Planning Commission agreed this week 4-1 to recommend that City Council adopt the proposed changes to the parking requirement rules for mixed-use developments within a half-mile radius of a train station. . Commissioner Karah Shaw was dissenting and Commissioner Steven Frasher was absent.

The change only applies to C-3 zoned properties, which are commercial, and those in the specific downtown plan, planning director Brian Foote told the commission.

On Tuesday, October 12, the Redlands Planning Commission recommended that City Council change the rate of parking spaces required for mixed-use development within a half-mile radius of upcoming stations. The changes would apply primarily to the specific downtown plan area, teal, and C-3 zoned properties, primarily south of Redlands Boulevard. (Courtesy City of Redlands)

The city’s largest contiguous C-3 zoning area is south and west of Redlands Boulevard, east of Center Street, and primarily north of Vine Street. The few other C-3 areas are smaller and already developed, he said.

New York Street Station doesn’t have a C-3 zoning nearby, he said, nor does the University Station area, so the parking changes would really only apply to downtown.

The proposal is to determine the number of parking spaces required to be built per the square footage of the residential unit. One parking space would be required for each unit up to 999 square feet, 1.5 spaces for each unit up to 1,499 square feet and 2 spaces for each unit larger than that. Guest space would be required for all 4 units. Living / working units and business units would have different requirements.

The proposed changes also mean that within half a mile of the station, mixed-use projects could share all guest spaces with commercial spaces.

The City currently requires one parking space for one bedroom units, 1.5 spaces for 2 bedroom units and 2 spaces for units with 3 or more bedrooms.

Studies from Washington, DC to Pasadena found that transit-focused development reduced the need for car trips and parking by 20 to 60 percent, Foote told commissioners.

“Essentially, a mixed-use project doesn’t require as much parking as would be assumed with a parking rate determined by the Institute of Transportation Engineers,” which most city codes are typically based on, Foote said. during a meeting. “In general, ITE tends to overestimate the amount of parking needed for mixed-use projects in transit-oriented development, especially around a major transit stop like a train station. “

Larger reductions occurred in large, high-density cities, but in suburban areas the reduction rates were closer to 20-30%, he said.

“It seems reasonable to think that a 20% to 30% reduction in travel and a reduction in parking would work, should work, in a suburban area around a train station, a major transit stop, with development in mixed use designed as a public transport. type of development oriented, ”Foote said.

The proposed mixed-use project for the Redlands Mall site offers 20% less residential parking than the existing code requires, he said, and is about 25% less than the code for commercial parking.

Since the need for parking will likely be lower, this should be acceptable, he said.

Shaw said she was not sure the cities mentioned in the studies compare to Redlands.

“You can hop on the train and go to work in LA… but when you come back here you still have to have a car to get to Target,” she said.

She said she was uncomfortable reducing the number of spaces required by 25-30%.

“Parking is already kind of a mess,” she said.

President Conrad Guzkowski noted that even if the rule changes are passed, there are checks and balances.

Projects will still have to be approved by the city, and project investors “have a vested interest in success, and that is also control over this system,” Guzkowski.

Commissioner Matt Endsley questioned “what could be the potential unanticipated impacts”, but called it a “bold and necessary decision”.

The city council will make the final decision on the changes at a later date.

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Fifth and Walnut parking garage security upgrades blocked for delivery

The top two levels of the Fifth and Walnut Parking Garage are closed as the City of Columbia prepares for the construction of additional security barriers.

The timeline for the project depends on when supplies are delivered, but the first phase of safety upgrades should be completed by the end of the year, city spokesman Sydney Olsen said.

The city is proceeding with the gradual construction of the barriers, the first being fences at the upper level of the garage. The city conducted an accelerated bidding process last month following another suicide from the top of the structure. Access to the upper levels was closed on September 10.

Since City Manager John Glascock gave his approval for the project to go ahead, he didn’t need Columbia City Council’s approval, Olsen said.

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Suicide prevention signs with counselors' phone numbers were placed in the elevators and stairwells of the Fifth and Walnut Parking Garage.

The city has approved a $488,000 offer from Central Fence LLC in Vienna, Missouri. A call to Central Fence regarding the status of the supplies order was not returned by press time.

“The city paid half the cost of the materials so that work on the first phase of the project could begin as soon as possible,” Olsen said.

Once Central Fence is able to order supplies, it could take up to eight weeks for them to arrive and then another three weeks for construction, Olsen said. The delay is related to access to supplies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she said last month.

“Based on how long it will take for materials to arrive during the pandemic and the weather we see changing, we expect construction to be complete by the end of the year,” she said. Wednesday.

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The second phase of the project will include the installation of steel cladding on the windows.

There have been more than half a dozen suicides in the garage since it opened in 2011.

There are a growing number of resources available for people experiencing a mental health crisis. A national resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, which is always open and includes a specific option for veterans. The Central Missouri Crisis Line is 1-800-395-2132, also monitored 24 hours a day.

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Colonial Condo Parking Issue Receives Further Consideration | Local news

LACONIA – The rental conditions for parking spaces for residents of the Colonial Theater condominiums are being revised, in reaction to the reluctance of downtown businesses and some city councilors.

The problem is the rental plan for 18 spaces – 10 in the town hall parking lot on Beacon Street East and eight in the lot between Main and Pleasant streets.

Downtown businesses, as well as commercial property owners, are opposed because the original plan would reallocate spaces that downtown establishments say are crucial equipment in attracting customers who want parking. convenient.

As part of a revised plan presented at Tuesday’s city council meeting, spaces were moved back in both lots, so “front row” spaces would continue to be accessible to the general public.

Bob Sawyer, who owns a commercial building at 50-62 Canal St., said he was happy with the change.

“The companies that understand the practicality are the companies that are going to be successful,” he said.

Other people who spoke during the 45-minute public hearing said that instead of renting spaces in the two lots for 99 years, the city should give condominium residents the option of renting out spaces. spaces in the downtown parking garage once the major renovation of this facility is complete. .

Residents of condominiums would find the parking garage a more attractive option because the spaces would be covered, they said.

Several council members, including councilors Bruce Cheney, Bob Soucy and Bob Hamel, said the 99-year lease term was too long.

Acknowledging that the $ 14 million colonial restoration project was “a huge boon” to the city, Hamel said: “I have a problem with the 99-year lease.

Councilor Henry Lipman, who favors the rental of parking spaces for condominium residents, recommended that council file the file to review the details, including the terms of the lease. After further discussion, the vote to table the question was carried 6-0.

City Manager Scott Myers told council that Meredith’s contractor Rusty McLear’s decision to commit to building residential condominiums on the second and third floors of the building that faces the Colonial was key to “getting a project put on hold ”.

Lipman said the city would have to live up to the reserved parking space commitment it made with McLear, but that some changes could be made to the proposal that would address concerns raised about the location of the spaces or the length of the parking lot. lease.

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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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The future home of the proposed parking garage on Market Street in Wheeling

Wheeling, WV (WTRF) – The proposed parking lot in downtown Wheeling is one step closer to reality.

Tonight City Council approved funds to demolish the old Chase Bank building on 11th and Market Streets: a new space for the parking garage.

This is all part of the redevelopment of the Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Building. The parking structure will also have 10,000 square feet of retail space on both sides of the street.

And Mayor Glenn Elliott can’t wait to see how that turns this block.

“Right now you’re looking at one block on Market Street between 11th and 12th. It’s really not really a contributing block right now. We have an office building. We have a retail outlet. We have a lot of vacant spaces. By eliminating the Chase Bank and putting the new parking structure in motion, we will reactivate the Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel building. “

Mayor Glenn Elliott, Wheelie Town

The mayor says retail space will run from where the Chris Miller building ends to the corner of 11th Street. He adds that the space can be filled with cafes, bagel shops and things like that.

Meanwhile, the demolition of the old Chase Bank building is expected to continue in the coming weeks. But the mayor says the actual construction of the parking structure won’t start until 2022 and will take about a year before it’s all done.

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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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Columbia Gets Security Update Offer For Parking Lot Known For Suicides

On the same day, a suicide occurred in downtown Fifth and Walnut Parking Garage, the city of Columbia calling for tenders for safety measures to help prevent them.

The nomination process has been expedited, with the nomination period ending on Thursday, city spokesman Sydney Olsen wrote in an email to the Tribune.

The city received an offer.

In October 2020, Columbia City Council held a special hearing regarding suicide prevention measures for the parking lot first built in 2011. Since its construction, there have been more than half a dozen suicides in the structure.

The city had also researched prevention options in 2019.

Council allocated $ 300,000 to the project following the October hearing of last year.

An organizer posted a community petition online shortly after the September 1 suicide, imploring the city to act to improve garage security. As of Friday, it had 1,063 signatures out of a target of 10,000 signatures. Of those who signed, 699 were from Colombia.

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“The petition calling for safety measures emphasizes the importance of the city continuing its efforts to modify the garage in the most efficient way possible,” Olsen wrote. “The city is committed to making improvements to the garage while working with our community partners to ensure we have safe facilities.

Temporary measures taken

Besides the week-long tender, the last action taken by the city council on security measures was in July, when the council authorized the construction and the tender through the purchasing division. from the city.

The reason for the delay between appropriation, construction authorization and tender is linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, Olsen wrote.

“During the pandemic, supplies were very limited for items like steel, making it difficult to get things like custom samples for this project,” she wrote. “The pandemic also had an impact on the ability of project partners, such as engineers and the consulting firm, to travel to Colombia to see the structure and engage with the public. “

In the meantime, the city is working on the installation of temporary barricades on levels eight and nine of the parking lot.

One of the barrier styles offered for Fifth and Walnut parking garages is an Aegis II High Security Industrial Ornamental Fence.

The garage security improvements will come in two phases, Olsen wrote. The first will be the installation of fencing on the upper level.

Fences and other barriers can help prevent a person from committing suicide, says Jill Harkavy-Friedman, vice president of research for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

“The barriers give time. It gives the crisis time to slow down a bit so the person can think a bit more,” Harkavy-Friedman told the Tribune in 2019.

An attachment to the July 6 city council agenda provides an example of what the fence might look like. The construction and tender authorization was first read on July 6 and was approved through the consent agenda on July 19.

The next step will be to install steel panels on the windows of the upper levels of the garage.

“With the two phases of the project, the city is striving to implement the best long-term solution that provides optimum security,” Olsen wrote.

The city’s public works department budgeted an additional $ 300,000 for fiscal 2022 “as a safety net to increase costs during the pandemic,” she added.

Crisis resources

There are a growing number of resources available for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

A national resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, which is always open and includes a specific option for veterans.

The central Missouri crisis line is 1-800-395-2132, also monitored 24 hours a day.

There are additional resources through the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Burrell Behavioral Health announced to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on August 11 its goal of opening a crisis mental health and addiction center in Colombia in partnership with Phoenix Programs.  Columbia's city council planned to allocate $ 3 million in US bailout funds to establish the facility at its August 19 budget meeting.

Burrell Behavioral Health and Phoenix Programs announced last month their partnership to eventually open a 24/7 crisis center in Colombia. The cost of running such a center is estimated at between 2 and 3 million dollars per year.

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The implementation and success of a crisis center will depend on community and financial support, Burrell President and CEO CJ Davis said last month.

“Burrell has a plan. He has the partnerships. And now what we need to do is get enough civic engagement that we can say, ‘It’s not the Burrell program, it’s the community program,'” he said at the time.

The company promotes measures to prevent driving-related deaths, but “why not mental health and suicide? Mat Gass, president of the Central Burrell region, wrote in a Tribune op-ed last month.

“The most effective model is a walk-in crisis center (think emergency care, but devoted only to behavioral and substance use needs),” he wrote. “These facilities exhibit an interaction between public health and safety systems, including community mental health centers like Burrell Behavioral Health. “

At its August 19 budget meeting, city council planned to allocate $ 3 million in US bailout funds to the crisis center to help create it.

Ongoing community support will also be necessary.

“Yes, behavioral crisis centers are proven lifesavers; they are also prohibitively expensive to operate without a concerted and collaborative community effort, due to the range of services and the 24/7 environment. “Gass wrote last month. “Burrell is ready and willing to work with the city to provide this vital service to the people of central Missouri.”

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More parking spaces among the list of upgrades to come on the south lot of LIRR station in Huntington

There is good news and bad news for motorists parking in the south parking lot at LIRR station in Huntington.

Good news: the 224 space lot will expand to 253 spaces with renovations starting on September 13.

Bad news: Construction will require the land, south of the railroad tracks and adjacent to the south garage, to be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for up to three months, city officials said in a press release .

Access between the south platform of the Long Island Rail Road station and the parking lot will also be closed.

“This complete overhaul of the south parking lot will add improvements to parking and public safety for our commuters,” said City Supervisor Chad Lupinacci. “These upgrades are just one of many upgrades to our suburban parking lots at Huntington LIRR Station, which are happening concurrently with the MTA LIRR’s project to replace the East Pedestrian Bridge.” ”

The project will add 29 parking spaces, an ADA accessible sidewalk on the east side of Fairground Avenue, drainage improvements, lighting improvements, resurfacing with new asphalt paving, traffic in the two directions in each alley, new plantings around the land and the reconstruction of the southern retaining wall, city officials said.

Access to the south platform from the south car park will remain open. Vehicles should access the South Parking Garage through the South Entrance of Second Street and the East Entrance of Lenox Road. There will be no access to the garage from Fairground Avenue.

In February, funding for the construction of improvements to the city-owned north parking garage and west pedestrian bridge was approved by city council. Huntington’s Department of Engineering Services is expected to issue a request for proposal in about a month, city officials said.

The MTA began work on August 30 on the east pedestrian bridge. During construction, commuters must board and exit all trains from the first six cars and note changes in parking availability and parking garage access points, city officials have advised.

Construction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022.

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VyStar Launches $ 22 Million Downtown Parking Garage | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

When VyStar Credit Union decided to build and own a seven-story parking lot valued at $ 22 million to support its growing downtown corporate campus, CEO Brian Wolfburg said the organization “didn’t want to not build just any parking lot “.

“Downtown Jacksonville is our home and we know that investing in Jacksonville’s infrastructure will help it thrive, help it grow,” Wolfburg said.

“We have invested time and energy to come up with top-notch design. “

Wolfburg and VyStar board members were joined on August 11 by city and JAX Chamber officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the 807-space structure at 28 W. Forsyth St.

The garage, designed by Dasher Hurst Architects, features fabric sails, VyStar-branded blue lighting and 12,000 square feet of retail space on the main level.

The credit union purchased the nearby 23-story VyStar Tower at 76 S. Laura St. in July 2018 for $ 59 million. It has acquired an adjacent parking garage and is renovating a seven-story building next door at 100 W. Bay St. with three restaurant concepts by The Bread and Board.

Part of the retail plan

The contractor for the Danis project expects construction of the garage to be completed in 12 months.

Danis vice president of operations David Kottmyer said work on the site would begin Aug. 16 and the cranes could be in the air within four to six weeks.

Wolfburg told reporters he was “very confident” that the 8,000 to 9,000 square foot garage retail space on Laura Street will be leased when the parking lot is operational.

VyStar management has not defined what will be in this space or the remaining 3,000 to 4,000 square foot shopping area facing Main Street, which Wolfburg says could be leased for “experimental” or pop-up stores.

A tear in the parking lot of the VyStar Credit Union. The $ 22 million structure will have seven levels and 807 spaces.

Wolfburg said the credit union is considering restaurants, daycares and pet services.

“We try to think about things that our employee base would need, as well as other people when they make the choice to move downtown,” he said.

Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer said VyStar and his agency are aligned with their strategy to build street-level business in the central core.

“It’s a beautiful building. It’s not just a parking lot that creates dead space along the street, ”Boyer said. “It will not be.”

VyStar took over the garage project in September 2019 from developer Laura Street Trio SouthEast Development Group LLC.

The garage was part of SouthEast’s original agreement with the city to restore and renovate the historic Barnett and Trio National Bank building across Forsyth Street.

SouthEast was unable to begin construction on the garage before the deadline with the city.

City Council has approved an agreement to sell 0.77 acre municipal land to VyStar for the parking garage.

VyStar also contracted with Regions Bank to purchase 0.26 acre parking at 54 W. Forsyth St. for the garage.

Boyer said on Aug. 11 that the garage’s earliest designs date back to 2016.

Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer speaks at the inauguration.

VyStar Growth

With the outbreak of the delta variant of COVID-19, Wolfburg said VyStar has postponed the return of its office workers from August 2 to September 7.

VyStar will have nearly 1,200 of its 2,100 employees working at its downtown Jacksonville campus and Wolfburg expects this to increase over the next two years. Originally, VyStar expected 700 to 800 employees.

The additional employees created a need for the 500 to 600 parking spaces. Wolfburg said VyStar plans to add office and retail space as the credit union grows.

“I think we’re approaching the capacity of our buildings and we’re talking about where we place people as we continue to grow,” Wolfburg said.

According to Boyer, VyStar’s garage will free up its surface parking lot near the former Jacksonville Landing for private development.

Wolfburg said this is not a location VyStar plans to develop.

The credit union has 775,000 members and over $ 11 billion in assets.

VyStar will become the 13th largest credit union in the United States and gain a headquarters in South Atlanta with its acquisition of Georgia-based Heritage Southeast Bank announced on March 31.

Wolfburg said employees can also be based at its Orlando and Tallahassee offices, but added that VyStar executives want a bigger footprint in downtown Jacksonville.

Boyer said VyStar’s decision to maintain employee presence in the office after the pandemic may be linked to the growth of the downtown area.

“This downtown workforce is critical to the success of retail establishments and the growth of restaurant corridors and the growth of downtown retail,” she said.

Representatives from VyStar, city officials and others inaugurated the credit union’s seven-story parking lot at 28 W. Forsyth St. Downtown on August 11. Left to Right: Danis Chairman Steve Betz; Jax Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis; Lori Boyer, CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority; VyStar Senior Vice President Installations and Safety Brian Kitchens; Chad Meadows, Executive Vice President and COO of VyStar; VyStar President and CEO Brian Wolfburg; VyStar board members George Berry and Diane Fears; Danis vice president of operations Dave Kottmyer; Tom Hurst, director of Dasher Hurst Architects; and Jake Gordon, CEO of Downtown Vision Inc ..

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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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Kansas City Hall needs fire sprinklers and parking garage repairs


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As city officials plan to repair or rebuild the crumbling underground garage at Kansas City’s nearly 100-year-old Town Hall, workers inside the building should be concerned that 21 of the 29 floors of the building do not have a sprinkler system.

Learning about the lack of fire safety in the building clearly concerns Mayor Quinton Lucas, whose office is on the top floor.

“How did we get to the point where this building doesn’t have a fire extinguisher?” Lucas asked at a recent council committee meeting where the city architect discussed the condition of the building. “I just don’t feel good having construction workers today without 21 story fire suppression. City staff “should knock on the door of the City Manager’s office to meet this critical need.” In fact, they shouldn’t need to, especially after the recent condo collapse in Surfside, Florida reminded us of how tragic it can be to ignore safety concerns.

It will cost at least $ 15 million to fix these two problems. But as painful as this expense is, it will not only be money well spent, but money necessarily spent. No one wants to look back and say yes, I guess we should have taken fire safety or structural integrity issues more seriously.

The Town Hall is the town’s house, and like any house, it hurts to spend a lot on unexpected repairs and safety issues. But you still have to do it. Deferred maintenance always costs more in the long run. And what the city certainly can’t afford is a fire in the building or the collapse of the garage under the south plaza.

City officials have known for years about the deterioration of the concrete in the garage; constant leaks and falling pieces of rock were very good indications. Barney Allis Plaza’s town center and garage were also in danger of collapsing before the town moved in March to rebuild them.

A 2018 structural engineering inspection of the town hall garage identified “widespread deterioration of concrete in the form of chloride-induced corrosion.” The guilty? All the years of winter salting seeping into the ground above the garage and rotting the concrete below.

Until a tragic building collapse in Florida last month – 98 people were killed – Kansas City officials thought they might be able to fix it at some point.

But after the Surfside fiasco – believed to have been caused by corrosion of the load-bearing concrete in a closed garage attached to the building – the problem with the town hall garage became more of a concern.

Staff proposed a resolution, which city council is expected to approve next week, that the structural integrity of city hall and various other city-owned structures should be reviewed and repairs prioritized. Likewise, leaders of other cities, including Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Jersey City, New Jersey, are taking a closer look at their structures, wondering if a crisis could loom.

Since Kansas City’s rickety garage is located under the south entrance to City Hall – where the Lincoln Statue is located – this area has been fenced off to foot traffic.

The fountains on the lawn have been drained to lighten the weight on the garage ceiling.

The city has a few options. He could spend $ 5 million to waterproof and extend the life of the garage by about 25 years. It could spend $ 17 million on work that would include replacing the main staircase leading to City Hall. Or, he could spend almost $ 40 million to rebuild the entire garage.

Even though the town hall doesn’t really need this garage, since the employees have other parking lots right across the street, doing nothing is not an option. Corrosion and spalling will not repair itself, and the public square above will not be safe.

As for the sprinklers, Lucas is right to be uncomfortable. Not having a building-wide sprinkler system would be a code violation in a younger structure. When Town Hall was built in 1937, sprinkler systems did not exist, said Deputy Chief James Dean, the town’s fire marshal. But the current situation is not certain.

As it is, Dean said something as simple as “a coffee maker left on overnight could start a fire.” A sprinkler would stop it right away. No sprinkler presents “a problem of life and safety”.

Before the pandemic, 600 people worked in this building every day.

The price for the peace of mind that the sprinklers would provide would be roughly $ 10.5 million on a budget of $ 1.5 billion. But the alternative is too irresponsible to be considered.

This story was originally published July 28, 2021 5:00 a.m.

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Council Moves Forward With Removal Of Two Covered Parking Spaces Requirement When Building ADU – Pasadena Now

The city council proceeded to the second reading of an ordinance which will remove the obligation to provide two covered parking spaces during the construction of an accessory housing (ADU) of more than 150 square feet.

The new construction of an ADU requires two covered parking spaces with a carport or a closed garage. Small additions of up to 150 square feet to single family dwellings are exempt from this requirement.

City Manager Steve Mermell initiated a zoning code change “to eliminate the requirement to provide two covered parking spaces when constructing any addition, regardless of size, to an existing single-family home,” according to a report municipal staff.

Recently enacted state laws limit the types of parking requirements that local agencies can place on ADUs, whether they are detached or converted from existing structures. The zoning code requires two covered parking spaces in a garage or carport. A special arrangement allows for additions of a maximum total of 150 square feet without requiring the requirement of covered parking for two cars.

Therefore, any addition to an existing residence, including the construction of an accessory structure such as a pool house or workshop of more than 150 square feet, results in the requirement to provide two covered spaces inside. a garage or a carport.

The code provides an exception for designated historic resources, in which an owner can request a waiver of the covered parking requirement when adding a floor area if an existing one-car garage contributes to the importance of property and / or neighborhood and is in good condition. or will be restored to good condition as part of the work to add floor space to the dwelling.

The current rules create an injustice for homeowners looking to build additions that often do not generate additional parking demand.

The ordinance removes significant financial barriers for homeowners looking to modernize and improve their properties and bring parking regulations into line with those imposed by state law for ADUs.

State law exempts ADUs from the requirement to construct covered parking and permits the use of driveways to meet off-street parking requirements.

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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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San Jose parking reduction proposal gets mixed reactions – NBC Bay Area

Parking is always a hot commodity.

But starting next week, the city of San Jose will begin publicizing a plan to potentially reduce the number of parking spaces in the city.

Since the 1930s, San José has been a city built for cars with plenty of parking spaces to accommodate them.

But now we live with concerns about the rising cost of living, traffic jams and climate change.

Justin Wang is with the Greenbelt Alliance, one of the groups helping the City of San Jose contact residents about a proposal to reduce the number of parking spaces developers currently need to incorporate into their projects. .

Wang said the current costs of building all of that parking lot are passed on to tenants or home buyers.

“We need to reframe our mindset and instead of spending millions and millions in parking lots,” he said. “How about investing in ways to help people get around that are just as efficient but are better for greenhouse gas emissions. Better for the miles people travel.

Wang said that all of these parking spaces make people buy vehicles and drive more.

So, theoretically, if you build fewer spaces, people will own fewer cars. This would ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This is a theory that not everyone agrees with.

“For example, the state of San Jose is a suburban school. People don’t really live here and don’t go to school here. They come from different cities, ”said Mike Duong, a San Jose resident. “So reducing parking, not having places to park. It won’t be easy for a lot of people.

To be clear, the proposal is not intended to reduce the parking lot currently available.

San Jose has some limitations, like a less developed transportation system, including a light rail system that hasn’t been running for over a month.

Yet there are people who are open to change.

“Once the ATV is back in service, we have a lot of options for bike sharing, local transit. We use Cal Train quite frequently, ”said Luke Reilly, a San Jose resident.

San Jose City Council could make a decision later this year.

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A new pedestrian promenade could accompany the Edwardsville parking lot

EDWARDSVILLE – Now that the city has secured ownership of the right-of-way access from Main Street North as well as its original access from Hillsboro Avenue for a possible parking garage, City Council members have approved the next step in the process Tuesday.

Aldermen approved spending of $ 140,566 for a professional services agreement with Horner and Shifrin, Inc., for a study on the downtown boardwalk and parking lot. The objective of the study is to improve parking in the northeast corner of North Main and Vandalia streets. Funding will come from the city’s TIF # 2 account.

Many questions about downtown parking solutions remain unanswered:

• Where exactly would a parking garage go and how big would it be?

• How many levels of parking would be required?

• Where would employees and customers park during its construction?

• How long would it take to build and what would the construction schedule be?

• Would it cost to park in the new garage and if so, how much and who receives these revenues?

• Would there be retail or residential businesses on the ground floor to help offset the cost?

• What about green options – electric charging stations; solar panels; Wind mill; a green roof?

• Are there alternatives to building a huge parking lot and what are they?

Horner and Shifrin will explore a new opportunity to create a downtown destination in this corner, with a linear park and nearby parking structure built near existing parking lots behind buildings on the east side of North Main.

“This is an exciting development in the history of our community and our downtown core,” said Alderman SJ Morrison. “It’s not just for downtown parking, but also for what it would look like for an iconic pedestrian plaza in our community.

“Obviously, we know downtown needs parking. We have to solve this problem which has been a problem for 50 years in Edwardsville, ”he said.

He said the consultant will do a full needs assessment – talk to stakeholders, businesses and landowners to determine what the needs are, and the consultant will develop financing concepts and models.

“I saw the concept today and I really like it,” Alderman Jack Burns said. “I think with this proposal, if we can see where it’s doable, I think these developers will pay, in part, for the garage itself just by setting up [retail/residential] space. I think it’s a great concept.

The consultants will assess all aspects of the opportunity and present their findings in a position paper, which should be completed by the end of November, Public Works Director Eric Williams said on Friday.

He said it was too early in the process for renderings of the walkway or garage, a construction schedule or a final cost for the project.

“It’s very exciting and very transformative for downtown and for all of Edwardsville,” said Williams. He agreed that the parking problem has been around for decades, but it’s a good problem for a city to tackle because it means it attracts employees, customers, and visitors who want to be in that area.

In the first phase, the project engineer will design and plan a promenade or linear park that passes behind the current chain of businesses, creating a place where visitors can dine, stroll, visit and connect. This promenade would run north-south between the existing buildings and the neighboring parking lot.

Two kick-off meetings are planned. One is a city and partner forum, while the other is for the steering committee. Horner and Shifrin recommend that city officials create such a committee and assign these people to guide the project.

Next, plans call for an operator / business owner focus group meeting with subsequent follow-up meetings. Additionally, there will be monthly virtual meetings with the city to discuss project details and get status updates.

For the second phase, data will be defined and collected using maps and research – property maintenance, speed limits, traffic volumes, utility maps, stormwater mapping, soil information, assessment environment and conditions existing today.

The next phase will use the available data to assess existing conditions against the mission, vision, goals and technical analysis of the program. Then, a parking study will be carried out.

With all this information, the engineer will consider two to three options for financing and operating a new parking lot, depending on the determined parking space needs and the final scale of the garage. No more than three sitemap alternatives will be prepared, including number of parking lots, ADA access, amenities and more, based on feedback from upcoming meetings.

In addition, on Tuesday, the council unanimously approved the following points:

• A resolution authorizing the submission of an application to the Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD) for a community planning grant to help develop a master plan for bicycles and pedestrians. The grant would cover up to 40 percent of the cost of the plan, not to exceed $ 40,000

• A resolution allocating funds from the fuel tax (MFT) to take into account the city’s share of the 157 shared use trails project, ie $ 207,800. The path runs along Route 157 from Enclave Boulevard to Lewis Road

• Approval of a local public agency agreement for federal funds to assist in the construction of the shared-use trail on Route 157 between Enclave Boulevard and Lewis Road.

The next city council meeting is July 20 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 118 Hillsboro Ave.

Contact reporter Charles Bolinger at 618-659-5735

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Column: Will the reduction in parking spaces transform San Diego, other cities for the better?

The highly controversial removal of parking spaces on 30th Street in North Park to make way for cycle lanes is part of a national trend to rethink the need for vehicle parking in an effort to remake metropolitan areas for the better .

San Diego and many other cities have reduced and eliminated parking requirements that, for decades, have been mandatory for development of almost every kind. At the same time, they replaced parking spaces and vehicle lanes with more pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, open-air restaurant seating, cycle paths and, in some cases, housing.

Urban planners and other supporters of this approach have high expectations for the results: moderating climate change, facilitating lower-cost housing, improving road safety, encouraging healthier lifestyles and increasing social interaction.

Since policies to relax parking mandates are still relatively new across the country – truly in the last few years – not enough time has passed to judge their success in achieving these lofty goals. .

Michael Smolens on the San Diego fix:

Certainly, the idea that less parking will mean all of these good things to its skeptics. Just ask the business owners along 30th Street and their community customers.

“We barely survived COVID, and now that pretty much puts the nail in the coffin,” Liz Saba, owner of Presley & Co., a 30th Street jewelry store, said during a recent protest after the city painted the curbs red in advance of setting up cycle paths.

The 30th Street Protected Bikeways Mobility Project is installing bike lanes from Juniper Street to Adams Avenue. To do this, the city is getting rid of 450 curb parking spaces.

“The city has been pushing projects all over the city, trying to improve safety, and this is just a continuation of that,” Everett Hauser, program manager in the city’s transportation department, told Andrea Lopez-Villafaña of the Union-Tribune of San Diego. .

”. . . This ties in with the other major policy objective, the Climate Action Plan, which has. . . the ultimate goal of reducing our dependence on vehicle travel. (This reduces) emissions and improved bike paths are that perfect candidate, especially in a community like North Park, which is very dense and has destinations close to you.

He added that a limited number of on-street parking will still be available and an underutilized parking garage in North Park will still be available. The city plans to eventually study the economic impact of cycle paths.

Overall, San Diego has eliminated parking requirements for subdivisions within half a mile of transit lanes and reduced them elsewhere. There are no parking requirements for secondary suites, formerly known as “granny flats”, anywhere, which has caused dismay in some suburban neighborhoods.

San Diego is also considering lift parking warrants for businesses in certain regions.

This does not mean that subdivisions and businesses cannot provide parking, but that would be largely left to market forces. As elsewhere, San Diego is preparing to make parking an optional accessory, likely to cost the user directly.

Already, parking spaces are very expensive and occupy valuable real estate.

The city has estimated that parking needs add $ 40,000 to $ 90,000 to the cost of building a home, which can increase rents and mortgages.

Some city planners, like Donald Shoup at UCLA, point out that mandatory parking usually forces people to pay for it even if they aren’t using it. He adds that the so-called “free parking” – in parking lots and on city streets – simply encourages driving while depriving cities of more land use and increased tax revenues. arise.

Limiting parking and making it more expensive, for example through higher meter charges at certain times of the day, is not universally supported. Nor does the notion of limiting when and where people can drive or charging congestion charges for driving in specific areas during rush hour.

Experts say such disincentives only work if there are practical transportation alternatives. San Diego and many other cities don’t, at least not to the extent that it drastically changes the way people travel.

There is a lot of ambition for a great expansion of public transit at the municipal, state and federal levels. We won’t know how these plans unfold for years to come. Meanwhile, the age-old political battle of roads versus public transportation doesn’t seem to be going away.

What also doesn’t seem to be going away, however, is the tendency to revamp the parking strategy. Buffalo, NY, became the first city in the United States stop requiring that development projects include at least a minimum number of parking spaces, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Other cities across the country, including San Diego, have adopted similar measures.

The California legislature has grappled with parking requirements in past legislation, and more are on the way. Many policies, like the one in San Diego, do away with warrants within half a mile of transit. It doesn’t sound like much, but it can be a long walk if a bike or other alternative isn’t available or feasible.

One of the big concerns in getting people to stop using their cars has been to fill the so-called “first mile, last mile” gap that many face in getting from home to transit to their destination and back. . The same problem arises for half a mile. In San Diego, smart cars, scooters, and dockless bike rentals haven’t been the answer so far.

American car culture really exploded after WWII, with the growth of suburbs and highways. That was over half a century ago.

As government leaders and planners seek to move towards denser housing with access to nearby commercial, recreational and social spaces, the discussion tends to focus on zoning redesigns and transit solutions.

But the fate of the small parking lot can play a disproportionate role in all of this.

In 2018, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit District The board agreed to build affordable housing in its parking lots which officials said were not being used enough. It could be a sign of things to come.

Tweet of the week

Go to the San Diego Union-Tribune (@sdut), referring to a story that highlights the state of local politics.

“Republicans who want to keep just one seat on San Diego city council still need to find a candidate.”

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VyStar Credit Union Calls for Construction of $ 21 Million Downtown Parking Garage | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

The city is considering a permit application for VyStar Credit Union to construct a proposed parking garage at 28 W. Forsyth St. Downtown at a cost of $ 21 million.

The seven-storey, 807-space structure is planned for 1.04 acres behind Regions Bank. It includes shell tenant spaces.

Danis Builders LLC is listed as the contractor. Dasher Hurst Architects is the architect.

Atlantic Engineering Services is the structural engineer and Almond Engineering is the civil engineer.

Dasher Hurst Architects is the architect of the parking lot.

A spokesperson for a credit union previously said that 250 parking spaces will be leased to the city.

VyStar President and CEO Brian Wolfburg said in March that the downtown-based credit union will innovate within the next six to 12 weeks on the garage.

VyStar increased the retail space on the ground floor in the garage design to 19,516 square feet after taking over the project in September 2019 from Laura Street Trio developer SouthEast Development Group LLC.

Wolfburg said in March that five to six tenants were interested in the garage retail space facing Laura and Main streets.

Coffee vendors, breweries and a doggy day care center have contacted VyStar but no contracts have been signed, he said.

New VyStar parking is planned at 28 W. Forsyth St. Downtown.

“We have over a year on this build. So once we get the shovel in the ground I think we’ll turn our in-house facilities team to that, ”Wolfburg said.

VyStar agreed to build the garage after developers at Laura Street Trio missed their construction start deadline under a city redevelopment deal.

The garage will support the 1,000 employees that VyStar relocates to the campus from its downtown headquarters.

VyStar has contracted with Regions Bank to purchase 0.26 acre parking at 54 W. Forsyth St. for the parking garage design expansion.

The credit union purchased the 23-story VyStar Tower at 76 S. Laura Street in July 2018 for $ 59 million. It has acquired an adjacent parking garage and is renovating a neighboring seven-story building at 100 W. Bay St.

City Council has approved an agreement to sell 0.77 acre municipal land to VyStar for the parking garage. VyStar has contracted with Regions Bank to purchase 0.26 acre parking at 54 W. Forsyth St. for the parking garage design expansion.

Editor-in-Chief Mike Mendenhall contributed to this report.

The garage will support the 1,000 employees that VyStar relocates to the campus from its downtown headquarters.

VyStar included 19,516 square feet of downstairs retail space in the design, but no tenants were announced.

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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.)

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“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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For Sale: 450 Parking Spaces On Clearwater Beach For At Least $ 12 Million | Clear water

CLEARWATER – At certain times of the year, finding a single parking spot in Clearwater Beach can be a challenge.

But, for $ 12 million, someone can now buy 450 in a popular business district just off Mandalay Avenue.

In 2014, when the city approved construction of the North Beach seven-level parking lot, officials said a study predicted the city’s 450 spaces at this facility would be profitable.

It didn’t, so on June 17, city council voted to declare its share of the garage surplus and invited bidders to bid, starting at $ 12 million.

The garage was built as part of a public-private partnership with Paradise Group LLC of Safety Harbor, who built the garage on approximately 1 acre of land at 490 Poinsettia St. adjacent to Pelican Walk Plaza. In 2016, the city agreed to buy 450 of the approximately 700 garage spaces for about $ 11.3 million, or about $ 25,000 per space.

These spaces, however, are on levels 3-7 and have not generated the benefits the city hoped for.

“Of course the majority of people when they park they park on the first two floors, so they (Paradise) receive constant income,” parking manager Jeremy Alleshouse told council members in a session. working June 14. “We get sporadic income. “

The pandemic has exacerbated this problem, as revenues did not cover expenses and were in deficit last year.

City staff recommended that the minimum bid required be $ 11.58 million, the city’s total investment in the property.

The city also received two appraisals on its part of the garage, one valuing it at $ 11.16 million and the other at $ 13.24 million.

Therefore, Deputy Mayor Hoyt Hamilton said he would be more comfortable if the minimum bid fell somewhere in between.

“I think we should be able to get $ 12 million without a problem,” he said.

Mayor Frank Hibbard said he did not believe the deal with Paradise was in the city’s best interest and supported either the sale of the spaces or the purchase of the entire structure, which includes around 18,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

It might not even be an option, however.

Hamilton said Paradise already has a buyer in place for the rest of the site for around $ 20 million.

“Do we want to spend $ 20 million and own the whole shooting game?” I wouldn’t recommend this, ”he said.

“If we agree to sell ours for $ 12 million, we won’t lose any parking on the beach, but we have $ 12 million in our parking fund which gives us the ability to eventually meet future parking needs.”

Hibbard agreed that the extra money in the city’s parking fund could be used more productively.

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There are downsides to selling the spaces, Alleshouse said.

“The big downside to the garage sale is that we sell a lot of monthly beach employee passes which is way below the market,” he said.

In fact, the city sold 436 passes, each for just $ 40 a month.

Hibbard said parking for beach employees was important, but felt the reduced rate was too generous and one reason the city was losing money.

“If you work 160 hours a month and pay a quarter of an hour, I think that’s a little ridiculous,” he said. “I think we are subsidizing too much, but that’s my personal opinion.

He said beach business owners had expressed concerns about the loss of affordable parking for their employees, but Hibbard said he was assured the structure would remain a parking lot and the new owner would continue. to provide parking for employees.

Hamilton, whose family owns the Palm Pavilion, said he understood the concerns and that his establishment was paying $ 20 out of $ 40 for employee parking passes.

“Without employees, you don’t have a business. Without businesses, you have no destinations. So there is a balance here that we have to try to find, ”he said.

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Town of Normal loses revenue on parking structures due to pandemic

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) – Parking structures were the subject of a debate on Monday evening at the Normal City Council meeting.

Council member Stan Nord questioned the fees and said the city was constantly losing money to reimburse the management company for the management fees.

In Uptown Normal parking structures, parking is free for the first hour and any additional hour costs $ 1 per hour. However, for the past year, the Town of Normal has experienced a loss of revenue for the town specifically at this structure.

On Monday night at the council meeting and on social media Tuesday, administrator Stan Nord said the city should reconsider charging parking fees at city-owned garages after the city paid more than $ 8. $ 000 in lost revenue refunds to Heartland Parking Inc.

“The total is $ 56,000 which we lost due to the collection of parking fees. So if it costs us more to collect, we have to look at that because it’s an overall net loss, ”said Nord.

The city reimburses Heartland Parking, which manages the collection of fees. But the money used to pay is not made on the structures. Nord said the parking fee should cost taxpayers nothing.

“Taxpayers lose. All this money is coming out of taxpayers’ pockets. All the money that we don’t get because of parking, taxpayers pay to cover it, ”said Nord. “If we cut spending anyway, then it’s a net gain all around, but we have to think about it. We need to have this conversation.

Normal City communications director Cathy Oloffson said fees exist for the interview and deter students from filling bridges, avoiding fees elsewhere.

“These are costs that are fixed costs. They are not leaving. We want to make sure the bridges are clean, safe and well lit and the fees we collect help offset those operational costs, ”said Oloffson.

Oloffson said COVID-19 primarily caused a loss of people using Uptown parking and in the non-COVID years the city broke even, preventing taxpayer dollars from reimbursing Heartland Parking.

“We are starting to see traffic picking up from Uptown station. For many months at the start of the year, Amtrak did not have a full train schedule, so these numbers are reflected in what has been shared so far, ”said Oloffson.

Oloffson also said the city does not operate the parking lots as a revenue generator, but only as a place where residents and visitors can park their cars and “dine, shop and play” in Uptown.

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Vancouver plans to sell parking garage back to developer

Vancouver City Council plans to sell a parking garage back to its developer for $ 3.44 million, more than 20 years after the city initially bought the structure to boost the downtown economy.

Councilors heard from Director of Community and Economic Development Chad Eiken during their remote meeting Monday night about the proposed sale of the parking lot next to Columbia Bank at 500 Broadway. The structure would fall to Broadway Investors LLC, its initial developer.

“The garage was bought by the city to catalyze the redevelopment of the lower downtown area. It was in 1999, ”said Eiken.

The purchase of the garage “was one of the city’s many major investments to spur development” in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he added.

According to Eiken, a key part of the 1999 deal was a guarantee that Broadway Investors would retain the exclusive right to buy back the property, depending on the timing and pricing conditions. The business leaders submitted their official request to buy the structure from the city on May 19.

“The garage was not purchased as a district parking asset for the surrounding areas,” Eiken said. “It was always meant to be sold back to the developer.”

While the ivy-covered garage has 233 parking spaces, only 27 are used for short-term public parking. The rest of the spaces are occupied by employees who work in the two buildings adjacent to the structure – Columbia Bank and The Hudson, a three-story office and retail building.

As a condition of the sale, city staff are asking Broadway Investors to maintain 25 parking spaces for short-term customer parking.

Currently, Vancouver operates the parking structure at a loss. Between operation, maintenance, and debt payment, it costs $ 291,000 per year to operate, while it averages $ 258,000 in revenue per year in daily fees and parking passes, for a loss of about $ 33,000 per year. The city is also still paying an outstanding balance related to the original purchase of $ 1.35 million.

Proceeds from the sale – about $ 2.3 million, after Vancouver paid off its remaining debt on the structure – would be donated to the City Parking Fund and used for other parking related projects around Vancouver, Eiken said.

The first garage purchase was a product of the Esther Short Sub-Zone Redevelopment Plan of 1997, which saw the city pour millions of dollars into projects that invigorated the downtown area and would attract employers to the area.

This same plan was the catalyst for Vancouver’s purchase of the Vancouvercenter garage in 2004; sweeping improvements to Esther Short Park; and investments in nearby streets, sidewalks, lighting and utility infrastructure.

Eiken said the then city council achieved what it set out to buy the garage more than two decades ago: he estimates the purchase directly resulted in a private investment of $ 30 million. dollars, because it enabled the construction and staffing of Columbia Bank. and the Hudson.

“This added office workers, residents, retail sales, property taxes – and finally, the garage will be added to the tax roll once it is sold,” Eiken said.

Advisors are expected to vote on the sale at their next meeting on June 28.

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Copenhagen cuts parking spaces in city-center trial

June 14, 2021

by Christophe Carey

Copenhagen pedestrians and cyclists will have priority over cars on five historic downtown streets, as part of a pilot project to transform the medieval district of the Danish capital.

The parking spaces will be replaced by trees and benches during the experiments, which will run until the end of September.

The projects stem from a number of recommendations that a citizens’ assembly presented to city council in 2019 and which the mayor of technology and environment, Ninna Hedeager Olsen, also supported.

“It has long been a great wish for me and many residents of Copenhagen to keep as many cars as possible away from the streets of the medieval city, where the narrow streets and comfortable squares are not suitable for cars.

“By reducing car traffic to what is strictly necessary, we can create a much more attractive neighborhood. With the experiences, this will become concrete, and I look forward to becoming wiser about how we can make life and travel in the medieval city more pleasant.

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A total of 66 parking spaces will be removed during the trial period, with motorists encouraged to use the surrounding car parks.

Throughout the project, the municipality will collect data and work with residents, businesses and visitors to the area to learn how to incorporate the results into future planning.

The five projects will explore different outcomes based on the characteristics of each street, with roads marked to indicate pedestrian priority.

  • Vestergade: This essay focuses on nightlife and behavior. It will study how the design of urban space can help prevent and limit noise from nightlife and cars in collaboration with the police, the Culture and Leisure Administration and local pubs. Up to 13 parking spaces will be closed during the trial period.
  • Skindergade: Examines how to balance pedestrians, bicycles and cars with commercial and non-commercial use of urban space, with 13 parking spaces to close.
  • Dyrkûb: Investigate the possibility of using trees and temporary benches to create a sense of tranquility in Cathedral Square, with 19 closed parking spaces during the trial period.
  • Klosterstrde – Hyskenstrde: Examines how to manage the space between pedestrians, cyclists and goods delivery vehicles in a very narrow urban space while engaging with residents on the creation of a temporary green space. Twelve parking spaces will be closed during the trial.
  • Lille Kongensgade – Kirkestræde store. Tests the operation of a priority pedestrian street with limited driving, with biking and car use by authorized residents as well as transporting goods at certain times. Nine parking spaces will be closed during the trial period.

“I hope that many will engage in the dialogue and provide their perspective on what works and what does not. The experiments are aimed precisely at making us aware of how car traffic and the number of parking spaces can be reduced in order to create good development for the medieval town, ”said Hedeager Olsen.

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Some Albemarle Officials Say Parking Not Necessary To Keep Courts Agreement Intact | Local government

Supervisor Liz Palmer, who has always supported keeping the courts downtown, said she understands city council wants to wait and see parking needs after COVID.

“We were very careful to come up with alternatives because, quite frankly, we didn’t know what the city would look like in the future,” she said. “Today’s board cannot require a future board to do something specific, just like with the supervisory board.”

Palmer said she was concerned about the age of the Market Street Garage and its long-term viability.

“I want more information on the state of the Market Street Garage, what its future is, in order to give preference to alternatives… we need to investigate,” she said.

Almost $ 500,000 was spent by the city in fiscal 2016 to refurbish components of the Market Street garage, including repointing mortar, some brick replacements, ADA upgrades and gasket replacements. vertical expansion.

Supervisors Donna Price and Bea LaPisto-Kirtley both said they were confident that even if the parking garage was not built, the county would still have the parking spaces needed under the deal.

“If the garage is not to be built, before I say whether I prefer door number two or door number three, I want to get advice from county staff who would help me feel better knowing what the circumstances are and the terms today, not what they were when we made the deal in the past, ”Price said.

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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.

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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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Amherst councilors support rezoning of downtown parking garage

AMHERST— City Council is laying the groundwork for a private parking garage, or one built in partnership with the city, on a downtown surface lot between North Pleasant and North Prospect streets.

Councilors voted 11-2 Monday in favor of the recommendation to rezone the city-owned portion of the CVS pharmacy parking lot, where there are 70 spaces, after receiving a written appeal to take action from District 4 Councilor Evan. Ross and District 3 Councilors George Ryan and Dorothée Pam.

“The high-profile nature of a parking structure can alleviate the Amherst parking lot perception problem, relieve other parking lots that often reach capacity during peak hours, and relieve the residential streets adjacent to downtown,” wrote the advisers.

District 1 Councilor Sarah Swartz and District 5 Councilor Darcy DuMont voted against the measure.

Under the proposal, 0.68 acre “parcel 14A-33”, as known from assessors’ maps, would be rezoned from general residence to general business. The current land is considered non-compliant with the city’s zoning because the general residence does not allow “commercial or public parking” or a parking garage.

The adjoining land that CVS owns, with several free parking spaces for customers, would not be part of the rezoning.

Ross said the idea is to get a garage with no investment from the city.

“The city would provide the land to a developer, but the developer would put in the money to build and operate the garage themselves,” Ross said.

The vote requires the planning board and community resource committee to hold hearings by July 28, and then submit written recommendations within 21 days of the hearings.

The Amherst Business Improvement District, which has partnered with the city to unveil a Destination Amherst plan that included the possibility of a new downtown parking garage in early 2020, supports the change in zoning.

BID Executive Director Gabrielle Gould said if rezoning was approved and then a request for proposals for a public-private partnership, sometimes called a PPP, began, the hope would be to have a long-term lease. limited to the sole development of a Parking Garage.

“If the city council does this, the BID intends to submit its own proposal to develop a garage in a P3 with the city, funded and operated by the BID with the support of local stakeholders,” said Gould.

Gould said other private entities could apply as well and that it would pick up a long-overdue conversation that will address concerns about parking, development, commerce and rebuilding Amherst after the downtown pandemic.

The only parking structure in Amherst is the 188-space Boltwood Parking Garage, opened in 2002 at a cost of $ 5 million.

Numerous parking studies have been carried out over the years with concerns that mixed-use buildings constructed in the municipal parking district, and not required to provide on-site parking for tenants, create a demand for parking. Boltwood Place, Kendrick Place, and One East Pleasant have all been opened in recent years, and two new buildings with apartments and commercial space on the ground floor are under construction or in the permitting phase at 26 Spring St. and 11 East Pleasant St.

At-Large Councilor Alisa Brewer said she understood the zoning change was concerned that the property could be used for other purposes. But with the city retaining control of the land, Brewer said she couldn’t imagine a circumstance in which a parking lot for renters would be built.

Pam said the stops will play a role in the development process. Residents of North Prospect Street have previously expressed concern about the increase in traffic on the residential street from a garage. DuMont said she is concerned that the city may have to incur expenses even if the city’s money is not used to build a garage.

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City continues to plan for parking lot demolition

Santa Monica Housing Commissioners first declared their support for the demolition of Parking Structure 3 to make way for affordable housing in 2018, but the project was put on hold following backlash from residents and of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, two significant developments in the past few weeks have prompted city leaders to re-express their enthusiasm for the proposed affordable housing project.

Housing Commission chairman Michael Soloff said recently that the project has been going steadily since the city agreed to issue a request for proposals. The delay has frustrated many of his local commission peers, Soloff said, but a recent coastal commission decision and the city’s proposed budget have restored confidence that the project will one day come to fruition.

After hearing from dozens of local residents and stakeholders at a meeting earlier this month, the Coastal Commission unanimously upheld the city’s right to demolish the structure. Soloff said the move also enabled the city to obtain tax credits in the future that will allow it to provide a clean site for any non-profit housing provider selected to create the project.

“So that was a very important step forward in making this a reality,” Soloff said, noting that at least four different members of the Coast Commission have expressed their appreciation for Santa Monica for being willing to build affordable housing. in the coastal zone.

City staff said the next step in the process depends on restoring the Covid-related cuts to the Planning Department which could finalize the assessment of the various proposals and make a recommendation to city council. After learning that the city’s proposed budget includes funds to restore one of the two positions that were cut during the pandemic, Soloff pointed out how commissioners had already passed a motion calling for the parking structure to be a top priority. for whoever is selected for the job.

A resident who phoned the meeting commented on the need for parking in the area, but Commissioner Todd Flora described criticism as a thinly veiled attack on Parking Structure 3.

“The people pushing this petition to prevent affordable housing for former homeless people in parking structure 3 are the same cranks trying to call the school board back and they are never happy with anything,” said Flora. “And I have to tell you, it’s so frustrating because their petition literally says language like ‘We support low-income housing and housing for the homeless – but not downtown’, which means that “They don’t want black, brown, and mentally ill people downtown. Let’s go out and say it.

Flora added that it is incredibly frustrating to hear people fighting against a project that he says will clearly be of use to a number of the city’s residents as people want to hang on to a parking structure. .

“Remember, we had to cling wholeheartedly to the structure of the parking lot because we were going to put a theater there,” said Flora. “Well, the theater has become The ArcLight at the end of Santa Monica Place and it’s not even going to stay open.”

Soloff reminded Commissioners that people have the right to have a certain opinion before Commissioners Leonora Camner and René Jean Buchanan take the time to share their thoughts.

“This is an issue that I feel like Santa Monica provides a role model to be proud of,” Camner said. “I think it’s really exciting and it’s something I talk about a lot.”

Buchanon agreed.

“My initial excitement when (city council) decided to use this location for affordable housing, primarily for the homeless, which was later canceled during the pandemic, is back,” Buchanan said. “But I think the thing that’s most exciting for me…. has there been so much talk about doing something about the homeless situation, about housing the homeless; and we’ve been talking for years, and the problem has only gotten worse. For me, I think it’s a big step that the city, in this case, is going to put its money where its mouth is and actually build the housing for the only group in this community that we haven’t built a building for. housing – people who live on the streets.

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Construction of the new Blacksburg car park, police station in progress | Local news

BLACKSBURG – Construction of a new police station and parking lot is underway at the site of the city’s former college.

The estimated $ 26.3 million project – $ 16.5 million for the police station and $ 9.8 million for the parking lot – is expected to be completed at some point in the spring of 2022 and will be part of the redevelopment over major downtown area of ​​approximately 20 acres of Blacksburg. site.

The parking lot and police station complex will be part of the payable site structures and will be owned by the city, with the remainder of the development to involve a mix of residential and private commercial properties.

The whole project, which was finally given the green light in 2019 after years of debate and planning between developers and several governments, is expected to further transform downtown Blacksburg.

Mayor Leslie Hager-Smith specifically addressed the need for a new police station and garage.

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“As everyone knows, it took over a decade for this project to get started,” she said. “We have needed a modernized police station for probably 20 years. If someone goes there, they will understand how inadequate the facilities are. We owe it to the people who protect and serve us. I am delighted that this is about to happen.

The parking lot, Hager-Smith said, will primarily serve two needs: more parking for the general public and parking for business customers who are expected to occupy the site.

“I would dispute how many minutes are you willing to go around and look for a free parking space,” the mayor said in reference to the need to provide more parking for the general public.

Hager-Smith said part of the success of the business entities that will occupy the site – officially called Midtown after the development partnership – will depend on the provision of structured parking.

Parking will also help reduce the need for surface or on-street, which in turn will open up more opportunities for trails, gathering space and biking, Hager-Smith said.

When complete, the parking lot and police station complex will be located at the corner of Clay Street and New Church Street, a road that will be added to the old middle school site as part of the project.

The two-story police station will partially surround the parking lot, which is expected to be five stories high and provide 300 spaces, according to plans provided by the city.

Blacksburg plans to use the money he has budgeted over the years to pay for the new police station.

The parking lot will be amortized over time with new revenue generated from development taxes – taxes on meals and lodging and business licenses – and a tax district for special services that will exclusively cover the site of the old college.

The Special Tax District will require all private landlords at the site to pay an additional 20 cents over their city property tax rate.

Blacksburg homeowners currently pay a tax rate of 26 cents per $ 100 of assessed value, which translates into an annual bill of $ 260 for the owner of a home assessed at $ 100,000. This is in addition to Montgomery County’s 89-cent rate, which is an annual county bill of $ 890 for a home of the same value.

The special district will remain in place until the principal of $ 2.6 million is collected, along with the additional amount owed in interest, according to the measure approved by Blacksburg city council last fall.

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Cut in the looms of Auckland public parking spaces


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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City reserves more parking spaces for carsharing

This Cobble Hill parking space is, as the lettering indicates, for “carpool parking only”. The “Z” is the Zipcar logo. Photo courtesy of the New York Department of Transportation

The city’s pilot project to provide parking on streets and on municipal lots for ride-sharing services was successful and the program would become permanent, the city’s transportation ministry said.

On Smith Street and Butler Street in Cobble Hill, the site of two on-street ridesharing spaces on Earth Day, DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman announced the program would expand from 14 pilot areas to neighborhoods across the country. city.

This would allow car-sharing companies, the best-known of which is probably Zipcar, to offer new spaces in areas today poorly served by carsharing, with the anticipation that hundreds of new spaces will be created beyond 285 driver’s original.

City Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman at the podium announces the expansion of the city’s pilot project to provide more parking spaces for carsharing services. Photo courtesy of the New York Department of Transportation

“Almost three years ago, this administration predicted that New Yorkers would embrace the cleaner, greener alternative to more convenient ridesharing offers – and 150,000 rides later, our pilot’s unqualified success. proved right, ”DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman said. “I especially thank City Council for their leadership around this program – and I sincerely thank the DOT team who so carefully crafted a program that New Yorkers have truly embraced.”

Carsharing is a service that gives members access to an automobile for short-term use typically by the hour or day at a cost that includes gasoline and insurance. With cars parked in publicly accessible neighborhood locations, members can reserve, then walk to a car and walk away, then return to the same reserved spot later.

The pilot project expanded carpooling, previously limited to private garages, more visible public places, and low and moderate income neighborhoods. Among these neighborhoods were Red Hook, Washington Heights-Inwood, Parkchester, Jamaica, Harlem and the Rockaways..

Among the major results of the pilot:

  • Carpool users made approximately 160,000 trips in total during the pilot, with an average of 24 trips per month per space.
  • Using detailed customer surveys, the researchers concluded that for every car shared in the city, four personal vehicles were either scrapped or sold.
  • Annual vehicle miles (VMT) were reduced by approximately 38.7 million miles and produced a net annual reduction of minus 12,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.
  • By comparing their behavior before carsharing, the pilot project’s carsharing users drove fewer kilometers and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The pilot project dramatically increased diversity: the number of black / Latino members doubled to around 30% of the total number of carpool users.
  • After the first year of the pilot, the unauthorized use of street carpool parking spaces has significantly decreased.

As part of the new DOT initiative, companies will be able to offer specific DOT parking spaces. The the agency will review them against siting guidelines – for example, spaces should be located outside of areas with significant off-street parking. DOT will assess these requests for space with feedback from the local community.

Additionally, 20% of all spaces must be located in low- and middle-income neighborhoods, and businesses must offer a new discount to low-income users.

The president of the main carsharing company approved. “At Zipcar, we’re committed to making cities better places to live and that starts with reducing reliance on personal cars,” said Tracey Zhen, President of Zipcar. “With the support of Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Gutman, we are able to provide more New Yorkers across town with vehicle access, without the burden of owning a car. “

Brooklyn Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon shows her endorsement of the carsharing program. Photo courtesy of the New York Department of Transportation

“Especially on Earth Day, I am very happy that the city’s carpooling pilot project has helped reduce car use and emissions and has met its equity goals,” said the member of the ‘Assembly Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn Heights-Downtown-Cobble Hill-DUMBO-Gowanus-Park Slope).

“Ridesharing programs have proven time and time again to reduce the need to own a car, reduce greenhouse gases and reduce the kilometers traveled by vehicles,” said Eric Adams, Borough President from Brooklyn. “Making this program permanent will ensure that New York City benefits from these improvements in climate and quality of life. “

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Columbia restaurants can use the parking spaces but will have to pay for them


Columbia restaurants will have to pay to seat customers in blocked parking lots, but supporters are hoping the new law will still help businesses generate more revenue as social distancing requirements continue.

Columbia City Council on Monday approved an ordinance that will allow restaurants to use parking spaces for additional seating.

Temporary permits cannot last more than 90 days before the restaurant must apply for an extension. Ward 1 Councilor Pat Fowler successfully added an amendment to extend the period to 90 days – permits would expire after 20 days under the original order.

The measure is seen by many as a way to help restaurants as the pandemic continues. Restaurants had been subject to group size restrictions for several months. Those requirements are gone, but current health ordinances still require tables to be socially distant, limiting the number of customers that can be served at a time.

“We can support our businesses after COVID and get our restaurants and diners out safely and support our businesses, that’s what we need to do,” New Ward 2 Councilor Andrea Waner said during the debate. advice.

Waner said if there is a way to keep restaurants operating safely and to continue to reward them for their good work, the city has to do it.

It was made clear during the meeting that restaurants will have to pay for parking spaces so that the city does not lose revenue from parking meters.

Nickie Davis, of the Downtown Community Improvement District, requested 90 days for the length of time allowed because of the cost for restaurants to renew permits after 20 days and the need to hire more staff.

Davis said that many restaurants are now interested in this option and that the extended deadline is essential to maintain that interest. She said restaurants can fit around three tables in each parking space while maintaining social distancing. Each company would be entitled to two spaces.

“Can you imagine spending $ 3,000 for 20 days, let alone paying for those parking spots and potentially needing another employee, so 20 to 90 days is huge,” Davis said.

Davis said companies will need to have a platform built in the flesh to make it accessible to the ADA. She said there will also need to be barriers not only for security reasons, but also for the fact that people will not feel like they are eating on the streets.

Permits must be submitted 21 days before restaurants plan to begin outdoor seating. No permit shall be approved in areas where the speed limit is greater than 20 mph or for spaces less than 19 feet from the edge of a curb, a marked lane or the center line of a Street.

Restaurants will have to pay $ 10 per day for parking meters blocked by the outdoor dining room. If approved, barricades should be put in place around the area.

Tera Eckerle, director of Tellers Downtown, said the restaurant has no plans to use this option. The biggest problem with cashiers isn’t sitting – it’s the staff.

“When we set up our patio it’s already so chaotic and when we had events in the summer we brought in more tables. It was so painful to get everything out and everything in,” Eckerle said.

Billy Giordano, owner of Room 38 Bar and Lounge, said they won’t be using the parking spaces, but he thinks it will be a great opportunity for some businesses.

In addition to owning Room 38, Giordano also has staffing software that helps companies hire. He said he had seen the negative effects of stimulus packages on businesses in Colombia.

“A lot of people are just not willing to work right now with all the money they can make on unemployment and through stimulus checks,” Giordano said.

Eckerle said parking is already limited along Broadway, and if businesses start using it, the only parking available will be in parking garages.

“We also see so many accidents around the corner of Ninth and Broadway that it seems like it wouldn’t be safe or feasible,” Eckerle said.

St. Louis and Kansas City took similar steps in 2020 to help restaurants weather the pandemic.

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Fewer parking spaces for new California homes, stores? It could happen

Would fewer parking spaces mean new, cheaper homes and shops? Or more drivers swearing while turning for a free seat?

Housing advocates support a state bill to ban cities from imposing minimum parking requirements on new apartments and stores within a half-mile of train stations and bus routes. The bill is designed to encourage public transit use and limit city mandates for large, expensive parking lots, which can make building apartments and commercial projects unattractive to developers.

“Cars and parking have a huge environmental cost,” said Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, who co-authored the bill with Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. “The cost of our housing has gone up because of the huge costs that parking adds to a housing estate.”

But naysayers have long warned of the horrors of traffic and congestion if residents and shoppers continue to use vehicles instead of public transport. The League of California Cities is taking a wait-and-see approach, while the slow-growing group Livable California is considering a formal stance on the bill.

The law project, AB 1401, is one of many measures aimed at addressing the state’s housing crisis. After a series of setbacks last year, pro-housing groups have returned with individual bills asking for smaller measures to spur development.

Other bills would allow underutilized commercial properties to be redeveloped for homes and apartments, let landlords divide lots and build homes on the new parcel, and speed up environmental review of some major projects.

But parking reform could hit a true third rail of suburban politics, where the definition of “adequate parking” is often a flashpoint at public hearings. Owners oppose new developments due to additional traffic and concerns that on-street parking is unsightly and can make navigating narrow streets difficult. Developers say on-site parking requirements increase costs and make it difficult to build affordable housing and innovative commercial buildings.

Recently, many Bay Area cities have struggled to manage parking for growing RV camps, filling the curbs of major roads and spilling into suburban neighborhoods. Parking restrictions and safe parking sites have sparked intense debate in East of Palo AltoMountain View, Fremont and other Bay Area cities.

Researchers from UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation have found that parking needs can add up to $36,000 to the cost of a single affordable home, more than the cost of using eco-friendly materials. environment or payment of city development costs. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, parking needs can be as high as $75,000 per unit.

The measure would limit a city or county’s ability to require parking spaces based on the number of units or the size of certain developments. The bill would cover new projects within a half-mile walk of a transit stop.

Some cities have already taken action. San Francisco eliminated parking requirements and Oakland eliminated minimums near public transportation. The Berkeley City Council voted in January to remove off-street requirements.

Supporters of the bill include California YIMBY, San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), and affordable housing developers. Proponents say the costs of parking requirements fall most heavily on communities of color, which are more likely to rent and use public transportation.

Meea Kang, an affordable housing developer with Related California, said new state standards are needed to replace parking requirements established decades ago.

Most jurisdictions have parking requirements, driving up development costs that are passed on to tenants and homebuyers, she said. “Frankly, it will lower the cost of housing for people who don’t own a car or choose to have a car-free lifestyle,” Kang said.

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South Side Renaissance: City Considering $ 9.1 Million Parking Lot for Village on Park Mall | Local government

“Investing in South Madison is equity in action,” he said. “We can talk, talk, talk about racial equity, and we often do, but that’s how we go.”

In March, the city, Urban League and its partners announced the creation of the Black Business Hub, a three-story 50,000 to 60,000 square foot office building envisioned as a national model for boosting minority businesses. Tenants at the hub range from startups to established businesses looking to expand or occupy stores for the first time, officials said. The project could start as early as 2022.

“Creating an economically viable hub is essential to fuel the renaissance happening in South Madison,” said Urban League President Ruben Anthony. “This initiative will give 15 or more small businesses the opportunity to have affordable space, support services and other resources that will stabilize and put their businesses in the best position to be sustainable and grow over time.” The support of the city is essential to carry out this project.

The changes to the TIF District project plan, which would increase total spending from $ 12.1 million to $ 28.2 million, would require approval from city council and the Joint Tax Entity Review Committee, including Madison School District, Dane County, and Madison Area Technical College. The $ 12.1 million would include $ 9.1 million in loans and a $ 3 million donation from another TIF district.

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Amherst Town Hall Renovation Will Impact Parking Spaces

Posted: 03/14/2021 20:07:58 PM

AMHERST – Premier parking in downtown Amherst will either be removed entirely or reduced when the North Common in front of City Hall is renovated.

After several years of planning, presentations and discussions, city council will likely vote later this month on the project which CEO Paul Bockelman says could leave more than half of the 32 parking spaces, according to one scenario. , or eliminate vehicles from the site. entirely.

Bockelman said the vote at the March 22 meeting will be for plans that include a landscaped plaza and a lot more green space, even though there are 22 parking spaces left. The project could cost between $ 1.5 million and $ 1.9 million and depends on the injection of $ 500,000 from the Community Preservation Act account.

According to the proposals, there would also be changes to Boltwood Avenue in front of City Hall and Grace Episcopal Church that would make the street one-way south of Main Street. There are also various ways to add more parking if the spaces in the Main Street parking lot disappear.

The council’s municipal services and outreach committee, which in January reviewed plans made by Weston & Sampson of Rocky Hill, Connecticut and the city’s Department of Public Works, is not making a recommendation on the exact plan to follow because he could not reach a consensus. .

Ahead of the vote, the Amherst Business Improvement District surveyed businesses near the Main Street, Amity and South Pleasant parking lot, gathering their thoughts on catering. Amherst Business Improvement District Executive Director Gabrielle Gould wrote in a letter that restoration is important “to the health of our community and to the post COVID-19 economic success of our small businesses.” The deterioration over the years has resulted in what we consider to be a dangerous horror in the heart of our downtown core. ”

But for 63% of the 27 companies that responded to the survey, parking should stay, with the rest preferring not to park on the North Common, but also explaining that the city should do something to encourage space for art. and music and add tables for outside dining.

“The parking ban looks better, but the lack of parking worries me as a business owner,” wrote Rachael Moran, owner of Pasta e Basta restaurant at 26 Main Street.

A similar sentiment came from Lindsey Matarazzo, owner of Russell’s Liquors at 18 Main Street.

“People don’t want to fight to find parking and I don’t think they’re going to park in a garage and come to Russell,” Matarazzo wrote.

Joyce Austin of J. Austin Jewelers, 31 South Pleasant Street, wanted the parking lot removed. “It’s welcoming and much more appealing without the automobiles taking up space,” Austin wrote.

The plans also gained support from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. John Page, its Director of Marketing and Membership, wrote last fall that “the revitalization of the North Common and Main Street lot will contribute to a vibrant downtown, attracting visitors, customers and permanent residents.”

Scott Merzbach can be contacted at [email protected]

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Should blind people in Berkeley be forced to buy parking spaces? – Streetsblog California

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Berkeley City Council is expected to address the subject of parking regulations. The reforms recommended by the Planning Commission would remove the minimum parking requirements for all residential land uses, with the exception of certain lots located on roads less than 26 feet wide in hillside areas. The Planning Commission also recommends the adoption of maximum parking limits and the establishment of requirements for managing transport demand for residential uses.

City Councilor Sophie Hahn proposed to maintain the current minimum parking requirements in all Hillside Overlay areas, which would mean continuing to force the inclusion of parking in residential buildings adjacent to UC Berkeley, where residents ( mostly students) are the least likely to own a car. It also recommends continuing to require disabled parking spaces in large residential buildings.

What is the best approach? To understand this, think about what minimum parking laws do, who pays the cost of complying with them, and how they affect people with disabilities.

Minimum parking regulations specify the minimum number of parking spaces that must be provided for each land use. The cost of bringing them into compliance is high. In the Bay Area, the cost of constructing, operating and maintaining a parking garage typically exceeds $ 300 per month per parking space, annually, for the expected 35-year useful life of the parking garage. the structure.

Builders pay for this parking lot, but they pass the cost on in the form of higher rents. Researched by CJ Gabbe from the University of Santa Clara and Gregory Pierce from UCLA found that nationally, bundling the cost of a garage space into rents adds about 17 percent to a unit’s rent.

“Minimum parking requirements create a major equity issue for car-less households,” write the study’s authors. Regulations force people without a car – usually on low incomes – to pay higher rents for parking that they do not need and cannot use.

For people with disabilities, the charges imposed by minimum parking regulations can be particularly significant. This is because people with disabilities are less likely to drive. At national scale, only about 65 percent of people with disabilities drive a car, compared to 88 percent of able-bodied people. Blind people and those who cannot drive often live in urban areas where they can meet many of their daily needs on foot, by public transport or by taxi. In many parts of the city, for example, less than half of people with disabilities drive.

The minimum parking requirements act like a matching grant program – limited to those who can find a way to match the grant. The high cost of keeping them raises rents for everyone, but only those who are wealthy enough to buy, insure, refuel and maintain an automobile benefit.

In addition, you must be able to pass a driving license test. For millions of Americans with disabilities, these two barriers are too many. About 13% of American adults say they have difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Many more Americans cannot drive because of strokes, developmental disabilities, or other disabilities. Others cannot afford a car.

Minimum parking regulations often increase rents for people with disabilities who cannot drive, mistakenly thinking that this creates “free” parking for everyone – but especially for able-bodied people with higher incomes.

In the worst case, rent increases caused by minimum parking regulations lead to homelessness. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development Annual Homelessness Assessment Report 2008 found that about 43 percent of people in homeless shelters had some form of disability. Too often Americans with disabilities end up sleeping in doorways, under freeways, or in unheated garages.

Cities across America have now recognized the unintentional damage caused by minimum parking regulations and have adopted reforms to repair the damage. Two key reforms are:

1. Remove minimum parking regulations. Progressive cities like Buffalo, Edmonton, Emeryville, Hartford, Hudson (NY) and San Francisco have removed minimum parking requirements throughout the city. Many others, including Fremont, Hayward, Lancaster, Los Angeles, Mountain View, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, and Santa Monica have removed them in some neighborhoods.

Removing parking minimums benefits people with disabilities in several ways. For some, this can make home ownership possible. UC Berkeley researchers Wenyu Jia and Martin Wachs found that in San Francisco, twenty percent more households could qualify for loans on condominiums that do not include parking.

Others may convert unused garages into homes. The average rent for a studio in Berkeley is around $ 1,800 per month. A Berkeley homeowner with a failing eyesight or other disability that makes owning a car unnecessary could use a home equity loan to convert their garage into an apartment. This could pay for many taxi rides, while still providing modest accommodation for someone in need.

Removing mandatory requirements for the construction of parking lots does not mean that new developments will not have parking. It just makes parking an optional convenience, rather than a mandatory purchase. This gives everyone the opportunity to save money by owning fewer cars.

Provision and use of off-street parking in Berkeley subdivisions.  Source: Nelson  Nygaard Associates
Provision and use of off-street parking in existing Berkeley subdivisions. Source: Nelson Nygaard Associates

It also opens up new parking possibilities. In San Francisco, new car-free homes often offer the option of renting excess parking in neighboring buildings. If Berkeley removes the minimum parking laws, the same phenomenon is likely to emerge.

A recent study commissioned by the City of Berkeley found that minimum parking regulations created so much excess parking that in the average Berkeley apartment building, 45 percent of the off-street parking supply is vacant during the hours when it is most in demand. In apartment buildings below the market price, 58 percent of off-street parking is vacant – unused and unnecessary – during peak hours. Removing minimum parking regulations will allow this existing but wasted space to be used or converted to better use.

2. Place the housing first. San Francisco no longer spends meager public money to build parking lots in its below-market real estate developments.

Octavia Court, for example, offers fifteen affordable housing units for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Making the project a car-free building served three purposes: it reduced the cost per house, allowing the city to build more houses with its limited funds; he maximized the number of apartments that could fit on the constrained site; and it has avoided spending money on expensive equipment – parking – that its residents with developmental disabilities will never be able to use. San Francisco realized a simple truth: When thousands of Americans with disabilities live on the streets, the meager funds allocated to affordable housing should not be used to subsidize cars.

Some Americans – including some of my family – have disabilities and drive. It is important to meet their needs, allowing new apartment buildings to include parking for those who want it. But people who can’t afford or choose not to own a car should never have to pay for a parking space they can’t use.

And blind people shouldn’t have to pay for parking spaces they don’t need and can’t use.

Patrick Siegman is a transportation planner and economist. While a director at Nelson Nygaard Consulting, he led the Parking and Transportation Demand Management Study in Downtown Berkeley and the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation Demand Management Master Plan.

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Des Moines could buy foreclosed The Fifth parking garage for $ 40.5 million

The city of Des Moines could shell out around $ 40.5 million to buy a 751-space parking lot, part of a downtown complex called The Fifth that is in foreclosure after developers fail to pay a loan to construction.

Des Moines has offered to buy the 11-story parking lot, which is now “essentially complete,” at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Walnut Street, according to a petition filed Friday night. The final price will vary as the loan earns $ 3,306.40 in interest daily. The actual value of the structure is also unclear as far fewer employees work and park downtown during the pandemic, and it’s unclear how many will return.

The garage is the first of three buildings, including a 40-story skyscraper, planned for the complex. The future of The Fifth is uncertain amid ongoing legal action.

Bankers Trust Co. and Christensen Development, whom a court appointed to oversee the completion of the garage, filed a fast-track application to have the court allow the sale because “the delays increase costs at a substantial rate given the amounts owed. “, indicates the query. Christensen Development was granted permission to sell the garage when it was appointed receiver in October.

The city also requested an expedited hearing on Monday, according to a statement from City Manager Scott Sanders.

It’s unclear whether the city would operate the parking garage to recoup the $ 40.5 million spent to buy the property or attempt to sell it to another owner.

Sanders declined to comment further.

The progress of the $ 170 million project has been marred by delays, which is the main point of contention for the ongoing legal proceedings.

Plans call for the garage to form the base of the 40-story tower, which would house apartments, a 21C hotel-museum. and a bar. A separate five-story building would house an Alamo Drafthouse cinema as well as two floors of offices and a restaurant on the ground floor.

Mandelbaum Properties won a bid in 2017 to develop the city-owned site, which previously housed a dilapidated parking lot. Under a complex development agreement, the company had to have completed the garage by August 16, 2020 and have started construction of the tower by October 31, 2019. In return, the city granted it a forgivable loan of $ 4 million and up to $ 10 million in tax rebates.

Des Moines filed a notice of default against the developer in June for failing to meet these deadlines.

In September, Bankers Trust Co. filed a foreclosure petition against Justin and Sean Mandelbaum and 5th and Walnut LLC, alleging that they had failed to pay a $ 48 million loan for the garage that was due the previous month. The property was to go up for sale immediately – with the city listed as a junior lien holder – unless the developers ask for a delay, according to the petition.

A week after the lockdown, the Mandelbaum brothers filed a counterclaim seeking $ 101 million in damages from the city. They alleged that Des Moines officials committed “flagrant violations” of the development agreement, falsely declaring the project in default and ultimately triggering the foreclosure petition. The cross-claim seeks a temporary injunction preventing the city from recovering the property.

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Todd Lantz, attorney for the Mandelbaums, said in a statement that the proposed sale “comes as no surprise.”

“In fact, it confirms exactly what our clients alleged in their lawsuit against the city last fall – that the city’s multiple and inexcusable violations of its development agreement were designed to get the project back in hand,” said Lantz.

A rendering of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema in "The fifth" in downtown Des Moines.

Justin Mandelbaum previously told the Des Moines Register that his company had requested time extensions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous negotiations for the extensions, carried out in late 2019 and throughout 2020 as Justin Mandelbaum said construction documents were being finalized, never resulted in formal agreements approved by city council. The city even offered an additional payment of $ 2 million after the tower was completed, although that provision never received a council vote.

If the sale is approved, the foreclosure petition against the Mandelbaums would be dismissed and Christensen Development would no longer act as receiver.

In the sale proposal, Bankers Trust attorney Mark Rice wrote that neither the bank nor Christensen Development believed they could sell the garage for a higher price if they were to proceed with a foreclosure sale.

The real estate market for this type of property is limited, they argue in the motion. The two declined to comment when contacted by the Registry.

Des Moines currently has seven downtown parking garages. A 2016 analysis showed that aging ramps saw their annual revenues fall by $ 3 million over five years, and garages had a deficit of $ 19.1 million over a decade.

At the time, city leaders talked about reducing the number of city-owned spaces, increasing parking fees, and even subsidizing bus passes and Uber riders. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the number of workers driving downtown, as many businesses have moved to virtual operations. A major downtown employer, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., offered one of their buildings for rent.

It is not known what impact additional parking would have on the city budget, especially one of this price. By comparison, a 600-space parking garage at 402 E. Second St. cost about $ 20 million to build.

Des Moines City Council is expected to authorize the purchase of The Fifth parking lot and a judge is expected to approve the motion before it can go to council. This approval is expected to arrive before January 21 to be included on the January 25 meeting agenda.

The bank hopes to finalize the sale by March 31.

Meanwhile, Lantz, the Mandelbaums’ attorney, said the developers hope to continue working on the rest of the project, including the hotel and the apartment tower. The garage’s sale price is about $ 8 million less than the original loan, which “confirms that the Mandelbaums were on track to complete the parking lot several million dollars less than budget,” he said. -he declares.

“The city’s actions last summer and now are focused on confiscating these savings, even though the savings were contractually promised to the developer,” Lantz said in a statement. “The Mandelbaums expect similar success if they are allowed to build the remainder of this large mixed-use project downtown. “

Kim Norvell covers Growth and Development for the Registry. Contact her at [email protected] or 515-284-8259. Follow her on twitter @KimNorvellDMR.

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New municipal ordinance allows restaurants to set tables in parking lots

City Councilor Amir Farokhi said: “We have seen this succeed in cities across the country and are delighted that it is now an option.

A new ordinance passed by Atlanta City Council on Monday, December 7, gives restaurants a way to serve more diners, allowing them to apply for a permit to place tables on the sides of streets where parking spaces are currently available. .

“I hope this is a small thing we can do to increase the chances that restaurants will survive the pandemic,” said Amir Farokhi, city councilor for the 2nd arrondissement. “We have seen this succeed in cities across the country and are delighted that it is now an option.”

Al fresco dining in Atlanta is nothing new, and even sidewalk dining has been allowed, but it takes that to another level.

“What this essentially does is create a formal mechanism for restaurants to ask the city to allow them to use a public parking lot to dine outside of their restaurant,” Farokhi said.

He adds that the loss of parking spaces was not a deterrent for so many people using carpooling services or walking or cycling. Plus, he said drivers have plenty of other options for parking.

“There is a large parking lot in the city of Atlanta,” he said. “It’s usually just a parking lot, so you need to know where to look.”

The Farokhi neighborhood covers parts of downtown, Midtown, Inman Park, Candler Park, and Virginia-Highland, areas densely populated with restaurants trying to survive.

“I hear from them all the time, looking for ways for them to expand beyond their own four walls,” Farokhi said. “I am excited about the life it (the new concept) will bring to our sidewalks, streets and streetscape.”

Farokhi says restaurants that wish to participate must register with the city’s transportation department. He says the order is temporary but hopes that if successful it can be made permanent in 2021.

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With three times more parking spaces than parking spaces, Wilmington is looking to revise its parking requirements

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The city of Wilmington has about three times more parking spaces than green space, but changes could be made to the city’s land development code to prevent the trend from continuing .

On Monday morning, Wilmington City Council heard a presentation on the results of a parking study conducted between 2019 and 2020. The study analyzed parking lots across the city at various locations, including grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores and apartment complexes. .

“There’s about 2,076 acres of parking, or about 3 square miles within our city limits and we only have about 700 and something of park space/open space…we have three times that.” parking space we. park space in our city,” said Ron Satterfield, Deputy Director of Planning.

the The City of Wilmington continues to work on updating its LDC, a massive project that is happening in phases, and parking standards will be revised and presented to city council in mid-November, he said.

The parking study results showed that, for the most part, parking lots in Wilmington are not reaching capacity, in fact, the majority of parking lots surveyed had an average of no more than 50% of capacity.

There are, of course, exceptions to this. Olive Garden reached 100% capacity on weekends and average capacity of 81% during the week and 77% on weekends; Chick-fil-A, on the other hand, peaked at 92% on weekends and averaged 45% and 47% on weekdays and weekends, respectively.

Note: Most of the study was done in 2019, before the pandemic. Only Lowe’s and Home Depot parking trends were studied in 2020.

Most of the parking study was done in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic.(City of Wilmington)

Each parking lot in the study was observed for a total of six hours at different times of the day, weekends and weekdays, associate planner Megan Upchurch said.

Restaurants weren’t the only parking lots studied, the city also looked at Lowe’s and Home Depot as well as several apartment complexes in Wilmington and the results were similar, businesses and developers are installing far more parking spaces than meets the eye. is used.

City staff are suggesting removing minimum parking standards for all uses except some residential uses, Satterfield said, and changing the maximum number of spaces for different uses.

Parking is an important part of developments, particularly in relation to retail stores, and members of council have expressed at least some concerns about the reduction in the maximum number of parking spaces allowed, as retailers often schedule seasons loaded and peaks like Black Friday and Christmas shopping.

City council will be presented with the proposed changes in about two weeks, Satterfield said.

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With new parking lot, Palo Alto seeks to oust workers from residential neighborhoods | News

When the new Palo Alto parking lot near California Avenue opens to the public next month, it will stand out both as one of the largest structures in the city’s “second downtown” and as a visible symbol of the city. the city’s changing approach to parking space management.

For area employees, the new focus will mean paying significantly more for parking permits in public lots and garages and potentially losing the right to park on neighborhood streets for more than two hours in total.

For residents of the adjacent neighborhoods of Evergreen Park and Mayfield, this will create a new requirement that they will have to purchase residential permits to park near their homes – permits that are free since the Residential Preferential Parking Program (RPP ) debuted in early 2017.

The policy changes, which the city council plans to discuss on Nov. 9, call for a reduction of 120 in the number of preferential residential parking permits the city sells to employees in the California Avenue area in March, when the new sales cycle. will begin. A new report from the Office of Transportation says the move will be part of a multi-year process to eliminate all employee permits and create a system in which only residents are allowed to park on neighborhood streets for longer. two hours.

The new report notes that staff are beginning a “phased process to potentially eliminate all remaining employee permits” in the Evergreen Park and Mayfield neighborhoods and plan to recommend further reductions in March 2022.

Once the process is complete, the California Avenue area will shift from the downtown model, where employees and residents can each obtain permits to park on the streets – to the College Terrace model, where only residents can obtain permits. and everyone is subject to two hour deadlines.

The new plan represents the most significant change to Evergreen Park-Mayfield’s permitting program since council adopted it in response to years of complaints from residents about the high number of employees parked on their streets. Since then, the council has made numerous changes to the program, implementing and then refining a zone system with a specified number of work permits in each zone in an attempt to distribute the impact throughout the RPP zone.

The new six-story garage at 350 Sherman Ave. offers the city an opportunity for even more radical change. The $ 37 million structure will bring 636 spaces to a neighborhood historically hampered by parking shortages and long waiting lists for employees seeking permits to park in existing garages. According to transportation staff, the waiting list now numbers around 228 employees.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has effectively eliminated this problem, with many employees now working from home and the city not enforcing parking restrictions in the shopping area, the new report says the city is staying the course with its plan to move more employees out of neighborhoods and in off-street parking lots, including the new garage.

According to a city proposal, the two upper levels of the new garage will be reserved for employees on weekdays until 11 a.m., after which visitors will also be allowed to park there. The approach, according to staff, provides space for the 120 employees who would no longer be allowed to park in the Evergreen Park and Mayfield neighborhoods and for those on the waiting list for garage permits.

The Sherman Avenue garage will have sensors on the upper levels to monitor all entrances and exits. If a car does not have a valid license, the system can automatically send an alert to enforcement personnel, according to the report.

The proposed change to the Evergreen Park-Mayfield program is part of Palo Alto’s larger change to make it more difficult for employees to park on residential streets. Last year, the council responded to concerns about parking shortages in a section of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood near California Avenue by enacting a new RPP program area that does not include employee permits. While the Old Palo Alto program was introduced on a “pilot” basis for 12 months, city council voted on October 5 to make it permanent. In doing so, the council rejected a staff recommendation to extend the pilot program for one year in order to collect accurate data on vehicle occupancy.

Transportation chief Philip Kamhi told the council the pandemic has made it impossible for staff to assess the results of the program, which the city stopped implementing in March.

“The initial community contribution was mostly positive, but COVID-19 prevented staff from carrying out the promised assessments as was done for previous RPP programs,” Kamhi said.

Neighborhood residents overwhelmingly supported making the program permanent without any further extension of the trial.

“The residents are happy with it,” Chris Robell, who lives in the area and helped establish the program, told council. “They are happy to be protected from not being commercial parking. We ask that you please approve it and be done with it.”

While three council members – Mayor Adrian Fine, Alison Cormack and Liz Kniss – initially supported expanding the pilot program, the other four members preferred to make it permanent without further evaluation. City Councilor Lydia Kou said it would give “peace of mind” to residents who have gone through the process of implementing the program.

“I don’t think they should live with that thought, wondering as they get closer to the end of this year in October… if this is going to become an ongoing program or if it is going to be phased out.”

The board ultimately voted 6-1, with Fine dissenting, to make the program permanent.

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Nichols rushes to buy Cherry Creek parking spots in town, complicating redevelopment plans

An entrance to the parking structure at Clayton Lane in Cherry Creek. (BizDen file photo)

The city of Denver sold its share of a parking lot in Cherry Creek – but not to the city council-approved buyer in early 2019.

On June 22, 18 months after city leaders signed a sale of 198 parking spaces in the garage north of Whole Foods to Clayton Lane Investors LLC – which owns the rest of the structure – the city instead sold the places at Nichols Partnership, based in Denver.

The sale complicates long-discussed plans to redevelop the area, and public records show Clayton Lane Investors made a last-minute effort in court to prevent the sale. But it was a failure.


The 198 parking spaces in the center of the case are on the two upper levels of the garage along 2nd Avenue, next to the grocery store.

The city bought the parking spaces in March 2003 for $ 4.7 million, according to public records. Jeff Steinberg, the city’s real estate manager, told city council members in 2018 that the sites had been purchased so the city could rent them cheaply to Cherry Creek retail employees. At the time, the shopping district had few parking meters, so workers parked on the street, making it difficult for shoppers to find a spot.

The idea didn’t work out as well as expected, Steinberg said at the time.

The 198 spaces only include part of the garage. The rest is owned by Clayton Lane Investors, a partnership between Brookfield and Invesco Real Estate. This entity owns a large portion of the property between 1st and 2nd avenues from Josephine Street to Detroit Street. Its holdings include the building used by Whole Foods and the former Sears store, which has been vacant since 2015. The neighborhood is known as Clayton Lane.

Clayton Lane Investors had previously indicated that he wanted to redevelop the site. In 2016, at a national real estate conference in Las Vegas, OliverMcMillan – which Brookfield acquired in 2018 – presented renderings showing a new Whole Foods erected on what is currently the store’s parking lot.

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A rendering of the planned Whole Foods. (BizDen file)

In 2018, city staff asked council members to approve the sale of the 198 spaces for $ 6 million to Clayton Lane Investors. Steinberg said the garage was to be demolished as part of the planned redevelopment and that Clayton Lane Investors was to buy back parts of the site that it did not own. A spokesperson for the company disputed this characterization at the time, saying there was “no current plan to demolish the structure” and that the company planned to purchase the spaces so that it could “exploit structure more efficiently “.

The Council approved the agreement on January 2, 2019.

The sale

In the end, the city did not sell the parking spaces to Clayton Lane Investors.

Instead, on June 22, Nichols Partnership, acting as Clayton Street Associates LLC, purchased the spaces for $ 6 million, the same price Clayton Lane had planned to pay, according to public records.

Nichols is a leading Denver development company. The company has developed an office building on Platte Street, where coworking company Galvanize operates, and earlier this year opened a second a short distance away. The company is also planning to redevelop the old Art Institute of Colorado building on Capitol Hill.

Nichols is also the original developer of Clayton Lane and built the parking garage.

The trial

Court documents provide details of what happened between January 2019 and June 22.

On June 15, a week before the sale to Nichols closed, Clayton Lane Investors sued both the company and the city in an attempt to stop the transaction.

The lawsuit indicates that Clayton Lane Investors are still planning to redevelop the area and portray this as something that will significantly benefit the city.

“The redeveloped property will include, among other things,…. residential and new retail and will replace current Whole Foods with state-of-the-art Whole Foods, ”the lawsuit said. “The unsightly surface parking currently on the property will be moved underground as the development will have approximately 1,500 underground parking spaces, which will increase the number of parking spaces at Cherry Creek… In addition, the development includes redevelopment and use of the now vacant building that uses (d) to house Sears.

In the lawsuit, Clayton Lane Investors said the sale did not go through because the city determined that, as part of the deal it acquired the spaces in 2003, if the city wanted to sell the spaces , it was to give Nichols Partnership the first opportunity to purchase them – a concept known as the right of first refusal.

Clayton Lane Investors argued in the lawsuit that the sale to Nichols should not be allowed because, while the board had approved a sale of the spaces to Clayton Lane Investors, the agency had not directly approved a sale to Nichols. And a sale to Nichols would not incentivize a redevelopment that would benefit the city, as Nichols would only own part of the structure.

Brookfield did not respond to a request for comment. Lawyers Lawrence Katz and Jason Spitalnick of Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher represented Clayton Lane Investors in the litigation. Katz did not respond to a request for comment.

The city’s response

In an affidavit filed in court, Josh Laipply, director of projects for the City of Denver, said Clayton Lane Investors was made aware of the right of first refusal in October 2018, prior to council approval of the deal. Clayton Lane said at the time “that they bought all the rights and they will compensate them in a purchase contract,” he said.

Clayton Lane Investors signed a contract to purchase the parking spaces in January 2019, days after the board approved the deal. The purchase contract gave Clayton Lane the responsibility of handling the right of first refusal, Laipply said.

Laipply said the city has granted Clayton Lane Investors 11 extensions lasting about eight months “to resolve issues with” the right of first refusal. But on October 11, 2019, the city told the entity it was unwilling to expand further. Clayton Lane Investors sent a letter terminating the purchase contract that day, he said.

In February 2020, Nichols Partnership “chose to exercise its rights” to purchase the spaces for the $ 6 million that Clayton Lane Investors would have paid, Laipply said.

The deal with Nichols was not submitted to council because, in reality, it had already been approved by city leaders in 2002, when the city initially agreed to purchase the spaces, Laipply said.

Clayton Lane Investors’ argument failed to sway a judge and the deal with Nichols was made on schedule.

Nichols on the case

Randy Nichols

Randy Nichols

Randy Nichols, president and founder of Nichols Partners, told BusinessDen he closed the deal for one simple reason: it was a good deal.

“We had that right of first refusal, and we looked at the price and felt it was a good deal, knowing the cost of building a parking lot in an area like Cherry Creek,” he said.

Nichols said Clayton Lane Investors “was probably unaware” of her company’s right of first refusal when she initially purchased Whole Foods and part of the parking lot because the town spaces were not part of it. ‘OK.

“They did a title search on the property they bought, but had no reason to do a title search on the property they weren’t buying,” he said.

Nichols agreed the city had informed Clayton Lane Investors of the right of first refusal before the deal was presented to council. But he said the company never contacted him about it until the board approved the sale in January 2019.

The deal puts Nichols in a strong position. The garage cannot be demolished unless it agrees to sell its spaces, or some other sort of agreement.

“We did not come to a common understanding on what might happen,” he said. “They would obviously like to control it.”

But Nichols said he’s not the only one Clayton Lane investors need to woo. Whole Foods is in the middle of a long-term lease on its existing building, and as far as he knows, the grocer has not accepted a deal either.

“They have a few different areas that they need to consolidate… They are obviously not ready to move forward,” Nichols said.

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New 364-space municipal parking lot expected to be completed before Thanksgiving | Local News

Crews continue to work on the construction of a new five-story parking structure east of the city post office on Eighth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets that is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving.

“This project, although we have discovered some unforeseen conditions at the site, we still expect the structure to be complete by November 19, with final closure by the end of December,” said Brian Cater, MP city ​​audience. director of works, said Monday at the meeting of the public works committee.

Cater said workers discovered footings from old buildings they hadn’t anticipated when groundbreaking this spring.

“So we had to work around those issues, which the contractor, the design team and the construction team did,” he said.

Cater said crews also found an underground storage tank during excavation that they were previously unaware of.

“We had it removed. It turned out there was just water in it. It took a little extra effort,” he said.

He said the precast “limbs,” or concrete for the structure, are expected to start going up on July 20, in line with the original construction schedule.

Aldus. David Bogdala wondered if the overall cost projections would be affected by unforeseen items excavated and removed from the site earlier.

“We are still working on the foundations. Our foundation is not fully integrated, so we don’t have any end cost or additional cost with that,” Cater said. “We always expect everything to fall under the contingency we have on the project.”

The $8 million garage, which is being built by JH Findorff & Sons, was approved by city council on January 22. When completed, it will have 364 parking spaces and will include free public parking, as well as rented stalls. This is one of three car parks planned for the city centre.

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Many SUVs, trucks do not fit in garages, municipal parking spaces

United States today interrogates the automotive landscape and took note of the number of full-size SUVs and pickup trucks that do not fit our midsize world. Buyers are finding it harder to integrate their chassis-mounted body purchases into their standard residential garages and municipal parking spaces, and the problem is likely to get worse. Danley’s, which builds garages, told the newspaper that the typical four dimensions of a home garage are 18 feet wide by 20 feet deep, a square 20 feet by 20 feet, 20 feet by 22 feet or a square. even taller at 22 feet by 22 feet. If an F-150 buyer has a home with the second largest garage, they’ll want to take the truck home for a test drive – the F-150 Lariat with a 6.5-foot bed is 209.3 inches long, leaving just under 15.5 inches of clearance at both ends, the eight-foot bed reduces that to six inches of clearance at each end, and an F-250 Super Cab or larger is prohibited. Twitter user Owen described the situation in the following words: “Full size? The prices are insane and most don’t even fit a full size garage.”

There are similar issues with SUVs, a dealership president told USA Today, “The Tahoe is the new Suburban and the new Suburban is a school bus.” The 2021 Suburban would leave about 7.2 inches of headroom at both ends in a 20-foot-deep garage. These examples of pickup trucks and SUVs assume that owners are not trying to store anything along the back wall of the garage and that the pickup trucks are not lifted; even though the length is correct, a truck owner said his 88-inch tall Ford couldn’t fit through the door opening. The problem is not limited to what we think of as large vehicles, especially when so many homes have garages designed for when cars were much smaller. The problem is not new either, the San Diego Union-Tribune editing a story in 2007 about a guy having problems with his Ford Explorer and Acura MDX. In this case, part of the problem was that the city council recommended that builders put two doors in two-car garages, as council members found it more aesthetic than a large door.

Some owners today don’t care about the gap, just park their trucks in the driveway or on the street. Others, especially buyers looking at upcoming electric trucks, don’t like compromises. Two reservation holders for the 231.7-inch-long Tesla Cybertruck have said they will give serious consideration to making the deals if the truck does not fit into their garages. One of them said, “I’m not going to spend $ 50,000, $ 60,000, $ 70,000, $ 80,000 on a vehicle and then have to run an extension cord outside the garage or outside socket. ” Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that engineers were considering reducing some dimensions of the truck and adding air suspension to help lower the height.

Parking garage operators are starting to see this and take action. In New York City, some garages charge oversize fees for large vehicles and “super oversize” fees for body-on-chassis vans and SUVs.

But with cheap gasoline, lengthening loan terms, and buyers increasingly clamoring for more space or amenities, vehicles are likely to continue to grow, leaving more garages to be used as storage units and man caves. .

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