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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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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.

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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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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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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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Why Salisbury has too many parking spaces

The Journal reported on January 13 that 61.9% of online respondents to the Salisbury Neighborhood Development Plan consultation opposed plans for housing in the Brown Street car park.

The intention was always, when the five Park and Ride locations opened, to reduce downtown parking.

However, this plan was never implemented, instead the long-term car parks were replaced with short-term car parks, which led to more traffic movements in the city and a failure of the Park and Ride to achieve the traffic reduction for which it was intended.

We are now left with a city that has far too many parking spaces taking up valuable space, an underutilized park and ride, congested streets and poor air quality.

For the past 20 years the intention has remained for Brown Street and Salt Lane car parks to be redeveloped for housing and other commercial uses, but once again Salisbury residents have opposed any restrictions their right to drive and park where they want. and in this they are supported by some of our elected councillors, including the head of the Departmental Council.

I cannot agree with Cllr Clewer’s statement that removing parking on Brown Street would increase travel times and carbon emissions for those who live on the south side of town.

The Culver Street car park is in need of refurbishment, it is directly accessible from the Ring Road and would avoid congestion on Exeter Street which causes poor air quality for residents and schoolchildren along this busy road.

When will Salisbury follow the example of many other cities in this country and move towards streets for people not cars and encourage active travel and public transport for the benefit of all?

We seemed to be heading in the right direction with the central area setting and the friendly streets, both approved by our elected councils, but abandoned due to strident objectors.

Councilors react to the wishes of voters so let’s make our voice heard, the neighborhood plan is that opportunity, we all have a right to clean air and safe streets, if not with more and more housing generating more car journeys, Salisbury is heading for disaster.

Pam Rouquette


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A giant, luminous octopus takes over the parking lot in the city center


One of the largest works of public art ever erected in greater Lansing has quietly crept into the heart of downtown in the final weeks of 2021.

An undulating ribbon of anodized aluminum hundreds of feet long, designed by St. Johns artist Ivan Iler of Netflix “Metal Masters” fame, now spans the colossal west and north faces Capitol Avenue parking ramp between Shiawassee and Ionia streets.

At night, hundreds of LED lights embedded in the aluminum flash in programmed patterns, as if a phosphorescent octopus has taken over the garage for good.

City officials say the unnamed sculpture is meant to distract from the raw concrete brutalism of the huge ramp, built in 1972 in the widely despised style named after raw concrete, or concrete slabs crude cast in place.

“It’s brutal, for sure,” said director of economic development and planning Brian McGrain. “The name speaks for itself.”

Chad Gamble, the city’s parking manager when the project was conceived three years ago, called the garage “monstrous.”

“It breaks up downtown,” Gamble said.

But the artist is not one of the haters.

“There are some very beautiful things about brutalism,” Iler said. “I wanted to contrast with them rather than hide them.”

The Greater Lansing Arts Council and city officials chose Iler’s vision over several competing designs.

“The ramp has all these beautiful architectural lines and a really amazing shape,” Iler said. “He has a simple beauty. At the same time, it’s a lot of straight edges and a lot of straight lines. My thought was to add a more natural element to it.

Iler’s organic vision dovetailed with Lansing’s multi-year, $7 million bond-funded effort to renovate the three downtown parking structures and make them more welcoming to residents and visitors.

Iler already had several huge sculptures to his credit, including a 25-foot-tall leaping fish installed at Baldwin in 2018, billed as the “world’s largest brown trout sculpture” (beating the previous record holder in New York by a few feet). Zealand), and “Portrait of a Dreamer”, also known as “The Gearbox”, a 15-foot-tall bust of a man with gears extending a further 20 feet from his skull above Museum Drive in downtown Lansing.

Iler has just started work on a new sculpture, ‘Bridge Between Banks’, after winning a competition to design the first public sculpture to be installed at Dimondale in December.

But the Capital Avenue octopus is by far the greatest thing he’s ever worked on.

The obvious choice for material was aluminum, which is light (about a third the weight of stainless steel), corrosion resistant and good at reflecting light. It also stands out well, even during the day, when layered on raw concrete.

“The beauty is in the contrast between the two,” Iler said. “We’re not trying to hide either; only to show one using the other.

Iler appreciated the pure geometric shapes of the ramp even more when a colleague created a 3D computer model that he could manipulate.

“I could fly around it like I was Peter Pan, able to look in any direction, from any angle,” he said. “I went over there and took pictures, but realized I wasn’t going to get what I needed out of it.”

He liked to work within the confines of the site.

“It’s the first I’ve ever done that’s been integrated into a building,” he said. “Sometimes having constraints can drive creativity. Without this building, I would never have designed something like this.

Gamble, project manager for the now-retired parking lot renovations, said he was inspired by recent improvements to the campus of nearby Lansing Community College, where former LCC president Brent Knight launched an all-out assault on the brutalist look of campus.

“I had the honor of riding around campus in Dr. Knight’s golf cart, and that was the seed,” Gamble said. Knight added dozens of sculptures, panels, flowerbeds, trees, shrubs and a clock tower, splashing the raw 70s concrete with light and color at every turn.

Gamble pointed out a factor that most people don’t consider when thinking about a parking garage.

“From a visitor perspective, it’s the first and last thing people will see when they come to downtown,” he said.

It took a statewide team of engineers and makers, and numerous Zoom meetings, to bring Iler’s design to life.

Engineers at Walker Consultants, based in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, transformed the design into three dimensions.

“We had electrical engineers looking at configurations and power consumptions, making sure we could power everything,” Gamble said. “You don’t normally think of putting a sculpture on the side of a building.”

The octopus came to life, section by section, in the Detroit workshop of America’s Green Line, an LED lighting company based under the direction of Aaron Mohr.

The lights are about 5 feet apart and the foil tape varies in width from about eight to 14 inches.

“It has to look good when you look at it from the front, but also if you look at it from an angle,” Iler said. “I needed to make it wider and thinner to give it a feeling of fluidity and movement as you walk past it.”

Chris Revis of Detroit and Grand Rapids-based Ram Construction called the sculpture a “descent tape.”

“I’m in the concrete business and I’ve never worked on anything like this,” Revis said. “It was fascinating to see everything come to fruition, from a scratch drawing on a piece of paper to seeing the side of a building. It was a very special project.”

“It was good, like a team effort,” Iler said.

Late in the fall, Revis, McGrain, Iler, and other major players converged in Detroit to view the finished sections and give the go-ahead for delivery to Lansing.

The sculpture was secured to the garage with approximately 500 Tapcon carbon steel screws of the same type that you might use to mount shelves to your cement basement wall.

Revis said the design only needed “a few tweaks here and there” as it goes. The biggest issue the team faced was negotiating the supply chain delays that occurred in the second half of 2021.

“I think it will leave a lasting impression on a lot of people,” he said.

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“Until we have an idea of ​​what it might cost, where it might be built, and what it might yield, it’s impossible to know if this should be a priority among our infrastructure needs,” wrote Gillian in a message to residents and owners on Friday. . “As always, we’ll get the facts first.”

Ten years ago in Atlantic City, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority spent about $30 million on a parking lot near the commercial area of ​​this complex, which included rental spaces and charging stations for electric vehicles.

The potential cost will be an important consideration, Levchuk said. The same will apply to the impact on the neighbors of the chosen site. He said the city is in good financial shape, citing an administration proposal for a multimillion-dollar public safety building.

Reaching consensus on a new headquarters for the police department and completing that project is the priority, Levchuk said Tuesday, but he added that a long-term solution to the parking problem is also important.

“We’re a destination tourist island, and people are driving here,” Levchuk said.

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There are several municipal parking lots near the boardwalk, as well as downtown parking lots.

“The only place to go is upstairs,” Levchuk said. At the same time, he said, the city should not plan for a structure that is too tall, in order to reduce the potential impact on neighborhoods. In the long term, it’s open to building more than one garage, Levchuk said, but added the city should start with one, placed to have the biggest impact.

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Appeal Division Dismisses Parking Garage Lawsuit Against Oneida County

In an announcement on Tuesday, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said one of the lawsuits brought against the county by petitioners in the imprint of the future public parking lot at Wynn Hospital Utica, currently under construction, was dismissed by the New York State Supreme Court, Fourth Department, Appeal Division.

“I am pleased that the Appeal Division has dismissed this baseless lawsuit against Oneida County and that we can continue to move our parking project forward,” Picente said in a statement. “This facility is integral to the success of Wynn Hospital and will provide many other benefits to the continued growth of downtown Utica.”

In a decision dated December 23, 2021, the Fourth Judicial Department of the Appeal Division dismissed allegations by the petitioners in the lawsuit – Brett Truett, Joseph Cerini and 418 Lafayette Street Corporation – that the county had failed to comply. to the requirements of SEQRA. by condemning their properties by eminent domain.

The court further determined that Oneida County had the requisite authority to condemn the applicants’ properties through a prominent estate, that the acquisition of the properties would be for public use, and that the procedure was in accordance with the Constitution.

“(Oneida County) correctly determined that the condemnation of properties will serve the public use of alleviating parking and traffic jams, notwithstanding the fact that the need for parking is, at least in part, due to a proposed private construction nearby, ie the construction of a hospital. We have examined the remaining claims of the petitioners and conclude that they lack merit, “notes the decision in part.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the prominent parking garage lawsuit and its dismissal by the State Appeal Division,” said Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, President / CEO of Mohawk Valley Health System. “The new downtown parking garage is extremely important to the Wynn Hospital project as it will provide convenient and secure parking for our patients, their families and friends. Many of those who use our services are elderly and / or very ill, and we all know the weather in central New York City can be tough, so it was imperative to provide the most accessible and sheltered parking lot. In addition, our staff members and doctors, especially those who work at night, will park in this garage.

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Court allows use of eminent domain

Oneida County could use eminent domain to take control of properties within the footprint of a proposed parking lot next to Wynn Hospital, which is under construction in downtown Utica, according to a recent ruling. of righteousness.

The appeals division of the state Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial Department, on Dec. 23 dismissed a lawsuit filed by Brett Truett, Joseph Cerino and the 418 Lafayette St. Corp. disputing the use of eminent domain in the situation.

The parking garage is planned at Cornelia, Oriskany and Lafayette streets, across Lafayette street from the Mohawk Valley Health System hospital, which is under construction, to provide parking for the hospital and other visitors downtown.

The court rejected the plaintiffs’ claim that the county failed to conduct a proper study of the project under the state’s Environmental Quality Review Act and determined that the Condemnation of properties would serve public use by easing congestion and congestion.

Oneida County has commenced eminent domain proceedings against four properties in the proposed garage footprint, including a home owned by Brett Truett at 442 Lafayette Street; 418 Lafayette Street, a property owned by Joseph Cerini and from which he runs his business, Citation Services; 425-527 Oriskany Street, currently the location of an Enterprise Rent-A-Car; and a vacant lot owned by Dennis Corrigan.

Another lawsuit against the county over eminent domain is still pending. It was filed by 525-527 Oriskany St. LLC, also in the Fourth Division of the State Supreme Court Appellate Division. Oral arguments were heard on October 25.

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The plaintiffs expect to appeal, Brett Truett said via email when asked to comment. “We will continue to oppose,” he said, “the unnecessary demolition of historic buildings and the seizure of personal property.”

He referred anyone interested in a better explanation of the plaintiff’s position to the BetterUticaDowntown website.

Plaintiffs’ attorney has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said he is pleased the parking lot can move forward.

“The facility is integral to the success of Wynn Hospital,” he said in a county statement Tuesday regarding the court’s decision, “and will bring many other benefits to the continued growth of downtown ‘UTICA’.

Darlene Stromstad, president and CEO of the health system, agreed.

“The new downtown parking lot is extremely important to the Wynn Hospital project as it will provide convenient and protected parking for our patients, their families and friends,” she said in the statement.

“Many of those using our services are elderly and/or very ill, and we all know the weather in central New York can be difficult, so providing the most accessible and sheltered parking lot was imperative.”

The garage will also provide parking for hospital workers during the night shift, she said.

Amy Roth is a health and education reporter for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Amy Roth at [email protected]

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Opinion: It’s time for a downtown parking garage

ThisIt has been almost 10 years since the community expressed its disapproval of a parking garage at the entrance to the village and the council withdrew it from consideration. I was among the poo pooers. But oh what a difference a decade makes.

Riverside County, one of Laguna’s main food markets, has grown 10% over the past decade, adding around a quarter of a million people, according to U.S. census data. Orange County has grown 6% over the same period, adding an estimated 177,000 to its already bloated ranks of 3 million. This was during a period when 53% of all US counties were shrinking. Yeah theyare still coming, despite our taxes, the cost of living, homelessness, natural disasters and liberal tolerance for crime.

Additionally, we have now learned empirically that walking walks do improve the quality of our lives, with pleasant downtown streets for strolling, window shopping and al fresco dining. But we need to replace those 43 parking spaces lost in Forest, as well as the spaces displaced by adjacent parklets, and the nine spaces lost due to the $ 11 million village entrance beautification project. And we need the flexibility to eliminate additional parking if we decide to pedestrianize downtown more in the future.

Additionally, the new downtown-specific plan has reduced the amount of on-site parking that merchants need to obtain clearance, meaning its now more necessary than ever to provide replacement parking. One person who opposed the DSP and expressed disapproval of the Coastal Commission was Council member George Weiss. He said that despite advances in alternative transport, cars were there for the foreseeable future and therefore parking needed to be provided. Well, since Coastal approved the DSP, here isThis is your chance, George.

Right herewhat’s thishas also changed. We now have a better design that incorporates and reuses the historic and temperamental building of the digester. Artist and town planning commissioner Jorg Dubin put his volunteer creativity to work and designed a modest and tasteful three-story rendering of a Spanish Mission garage that uses the digester as a staircase and elevator. The garage is on the right and is thus set back discreetly into the side of the hill, and is below our height limit of 36 feet.

But it doesn’tt must be a single-use building, first of all because we have a mandate from the State for more affordable housing. And also because we have failed to provide our talented young athletes with a safe place to skate, despite the fact that we are home to world class skaters, including world number one Nyjah Huston. This structure could be multifunctional – a skateboard park on the top floor – which could be converted into a parking lot during the summer if required. And if we used the ground floor for affordable housing, we’d have a four-way win, or whatis known in the permaculture world as stacked use. A historic drug rehab, skate park, affordable housing and a parking facility. This funding could be obtained from a variety of sources, including state housing subsidies. And whatever the cost, it will eventually be recovered through parking fees and / or rents.

The reason this location makes so much sense is that cars entering through Laguna Canyon Road would never have to drive through our downtown streets looking for parking. Yet hes within walking distance of everything unlike Act V. And imagine how nice and quaint it would be to one day have a slow cart from the garage to the beach, right in the middle of Ocean Avenue, and travel around the other way around to the Sawdust Festival — a connecting line from our arts district to the beach. But I digress. For now letThis makes it our transportation hub, where buses, trolleys and even an e-bike rental kiosk could be cited, making it easy and appealing to ditch the car and get around town effortlessly.

What made other walks such as Pearl Street in Boulder and Third Street in Santa Monica so successful was the addition of parking lots on the outskirts. The Promenade is just one piece of the puzzle to make our downtown area less congested and more community-focused. To anticipate the continued increase in population and popularity of Laguna, we still need more multimodal transport options and safe cycling infrastructure. We still need to bury power lines on Laguna Canyon Road and a dedicated bicycle and transit lane. We still need parking in the north and south of the Laguna, so that arriving tourists can park and ride. This will make Laguna a model city of the future, relieving us of the burden of fossil fuels while making our commute less stressful for us residents. This will dramatically improve the quality of life for generations to come, and achieve an equally important goal for most of you – increasing the value of your home. If not us, who? If not now when?

Mayor Sue Kempf and Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen lead the Senior Parking Subcommittee, which is responsible for developing a parking master plan for the city. If you agree with a downtown parking garage, be sure to express your support.

Billy hosts Laguna Talks Thursday nights on KXFM radio. Hes also the CEO of La Vida Laguna, an e-bike and ocean sports tourism company. E-mail: [email protected]

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Woman shot dead in parking lot in Midtown Sacramento – CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Detectives are investigating after a woman was fatally shot in a downtown parking lot near Sutter Medical Center, the Sacramento Police Department said Wednesday night.

The shooting happened just before 4:50 p.m. in a parking lot at the Fort Sutter Medical Building in the area of ​​K and 28 streets across from the hospital.

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Sacramento police said the woman suffered a single gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe the shooting is an isolated incident and there is no active threat to nearby businesses, the community or the hospital.

“She was crying and she was on the phone with 911,” Leslie Huerta, a medical assistant at the Fort Sutter Medical Building, said of her colleague who witnessed the shooting. “And [she said] that there was a guy pushing a woman in or out of the car, and [him and the victim] interacted a bit and she threatened him to call the police.

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According to Huerta, the man pulled out a gun at that point and shot the woman.

Those working in the building said the shooting happened as many people were leaving work.

“We try to save lives, we go to our offices and we see the police all the time,” said a Sutter Health worker.

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Information about the suspect has not been released, but the search is continuing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The county jail is in need of major repairs.

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

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

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And the endless problems with downtown parking were discussed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of discussions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Merideth said there were no plans to take their property.

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

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

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

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

Maxwell and Alcala voted against.

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

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

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Start of construction of a new car park in downtown Temple

Construction of the buildings began in October and is expected to take around 18 months.

TEMPLE, Texas – Construction on the new Temple downtown parking lot began on November 10, according to a press release.

According to officials, construction of the parking lot is expected to take 13 months.

In addition to the city’s parking garages, visitors to downtown will see a variety of private projects take shape this year, such as the Hawn Hotel, the Arcadia Theater and the Sears Building and several new and expanded businesses.

The City will also make improvements to roads and landscaping from Central Avenue to Adams Avenue.

“As the revitalization of the Downtown Temple continues, we look forward to an increase in the number of visitors to the area,” said City Manager Brynn Myers. “We will be ready with an expanded parking lot to provide a practical and dynamic downtown experience”

On September 23, the City of Temple announced its partnership with real estate developer Waco Turner Behringer Development to transform buildings into apartments, shops and restaurants, offices, as well as a function and event hall.

“The Hawn Hotel and the Arcadia Theater have been mainstays of Temple’s historic downtown for nearly a century, so we are delighted to see these monuments get a second life,” said the Director of Temple City, Brynn Myers. “There have been so many dedicated people who have worked to make this a reality, and we can’t wait to see what the end result will be. “

Turner Behringer plans:

  • 57 one to two bedroom apartments in the Hawn and Sears buildings, totaling approximately 45,000 square feet
  • Approximately 32,000 square feet of commercial retail space, which will include storefronts, new restaurants and offices

“Adaptive reuse refers to the conservation attempt to reuse an existing structure for purposes other than what it was originally built for,” said Shane Turner, partner and broker at Turner Behringer. “We have had great success with our adaptive reuse projects at Waco … and we are excited to be expanding at Temple,” continued Turner.

All projects are expected to be completed by spring 2023.

The real estate developer’s past projects have included the Hippodrome Theater, Madison Apartments and Altura Lofts.

No traffic slowdown is expected at this time. But some road closures are planned as this work progresses. The City will coordinate with local businesses to minimize the impact.

For updates on these and other key downtown construction projects, visit Those with additional questions can contact the Temple City Engineering Department at 254-298-5660.

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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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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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Columbia Shuts Top of Fifth and Walnut Parking Garage During Safety Improvement Project


The City of Columbia installed planks of wood over parking entrances and stairwell doors and closed elevators to the eighth and ninth floors of the parking garage on Fifth and Walnut streets in the downtown area.

City spokeswoman Sydney Olsen said the two upper decks had been closed since last month. “We have blocked off the top two levels of the garage so it is inaccessible by both elevator and vehicle,” said Olsen.

The structure has been a frequent site of suicides. Last month Haven Thomason, a girl from Columbia, committed suicide by jumping out of the garage. City spokeswoman Sydney Olsen said after hearing from Thomason’s residents and family, city officials knew something had to be done.

“We knew we had to take action and we heard from our residents and we had to find something that was safe both for the structure and for all the drivers who will be there,” said Olsen.

Rebekah Thomas is an employee at Tropical Liqueurs next to the downtown parking lot. She said the experience is shocking.

“It’s always a little shocking to know it’s so close to you,” Thomas said.

Thomas also says the garage additions will hopefully make a difference.

The project has two phases. The first phase is to install an 8 foot fence that curves over the land on the top floor. The second will include steel cladding for the openings on the lower level. The first is expected to be completed this year, but Olsen has said COVID-19 is causing delays.

“The problem with the pandemic right now is that it will take us about eight weeks to get the materials to start the process, and then about three weeks to actually install it,” Olsen said.

The city has received offers on the project. The auction closed last month. The contractor for the first phase of the project is Central Fence and the bid was approximately $ 488,000 for the project. The goal is to complete it by the end of the year.

The move towards safety improvements comes as the city faces a suicide lawsuit in 2019. Complainants say the city has been negligent in failing to ensure that the design of the Fifth parking garage and Walnut was safe and did not move faster to resolve the security issues. after suicides.

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Sarasota to Increase Rates for Certain Parking Spaces at St. Armands Circle

The City of Sarasota will slightly increase the rates for some of the parking spaces at St. Armands Circle starting next week. The city is also adjusting the hours people have to pay for on-street parking.

The city says the changes mean that the hours and prices of the St. Armands Parking District will align with those in downtown Sarasota.

“The adjustments to the St. Armands parking lot will ensure consistency with the downtown paid parking and are necessary to meet the tax liability requirements that funded the construction of the St. Armands garage,” the city said in A press release.

All on-street parking spaces in the neighborhood that require payment will have a rate of $ 1.50 per hour. Currently, some of the spaces cost $ 1.50 per hour, while others cost $ 1 per hour.

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As of next week, on-street parking meters will be in service from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, excluding holidays. Currently, the meters are in service from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are moving to a single zone, single rate program in St. Armands,” said Mark Lyons, the city’s general manager of parking, in the press release. “With over 700,000 transactions since start-up, data shows that 85% of on-street parking users in St. Armands currently choose to use spaces at $ 1.50 per hour. The rate change will ensure consistency throughout the St. Armands parking district and downtown system, making it easier to use.

When using the Park Mobile app or pay kiosk, free 10-minute on-street parking will be provided in the St. Armands parking area, according to the press release.

The prices of the St. Armands garage will become consistent with those of the two downtown parking garages. The first two hours will be free, the third hour will be $ 3, and each additional hour will be $ 1 or a portion thereof.

The rate for the Fillmore Lot will be reduced from 75 cents an hour to $ 1 an hour or part thereof.

Approximately 150 free on-street parking spaces along the northern and southern Presidents boulevards will remain free.

Anne Snabes covers city and county government for the Herald-Tribune. You can contact her at [email protected] or (941) 228-3321 and follow her on Twitter at @a_snabes.

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Boscov car park in Binghamton town center will be rebuilt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Kensington hires engineer to assess parking lot

New Kensington retained the services of a structural engineer to assess the condition of the 42-year-old downtown parking garage.

Edward Patton, owner of Patton Engineering, said his inspection would take three to four weeks and cost the city around $ 10,000.

Patton said it would be his first time inspecting the garage, formerly known as the Kensington Plaza Garage, located on Fourth Avenue at Seventh Street.

The garage was opened in December 1979, said city clerk Dennis Scarpiniti. Its construction had been the subject of criticism and hesitation, according to a Dec. 4, 1979 report on the garage’s $ 2.4 million dedication to the Valley News Dispatch. Traders, residents and officials attended the event.

The report states that even the most skeptical of the garage “were burying the hatchet and rallying behind the completed downtown parking lot.” An unnamed city official reportedly said, “There’s no point in bickering now, so let’s do our best. “

The garage and the development below were heralded at the time as a sign of the city’s redevelopment and revitalization. Officials predicted great and good things for the city in comments similar to those heard today, as downtown buildings are being rehabilitated and new businesses open within them.

Patton said his work will include taking core samples to check the strength of the garage’s concrete, visual inspections of the structure and identifying any deficiencies that need to be corrected. His report will cover the general condition of the garage and give recommendations.

The garage is open, but much of it is unused. Garage use declined after the nearby Citizens General Hospital closed in 2000, said city engineer Tony Males.

“The garage needs some work,” Males said.

To the untrained eye, the garage can be described as dark, dirty, and deteriorated.

The entrance to a stairwell is blocked on the first floor. The steps and the metal of the stairwells are rusty. Grass has been seen growing in crumbled concrete on the upper level, where the lines for parking spaces – unnecessary on a recent day when no cars were parked there – have all but disappeared.

The men said the garage’s last structural assessment was done over 20 years ago.

The men said the city was considering applying for grants to pay for the repairs. Patton’s report will help.

“They want to be able to see precisely what needs to be done and the cost estimates for it,” he said.

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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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Car falls from Los Angeles parking lot, authorities respond to find no one at the scene

(KTLA) – A red sedan fell from the seventh floor of a Los Angeles parking lot on Friday, prompting a response from the city police and fire department.

Reports emerged around 5:40 p.m. that the car, a Kia, had plunged from the downtown parking lot onto West Eighth Street, landing on its hood. The car fell about 70 feet, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A Los Angeles fire department representative said there was no driver or passenger in the vehicle when authorities arrived at the scene. The investigation was entrusted to the Los Angeles police on Friday.

A police representative was not available to issue updates on Saturday afternoon. It is not yet clear whether the authorities were able to locate the owner of the vehicle.

The parking lot structure is one of the most recognizable in the city, thanks to its 11,000 square foot “Harbor Freeway Overture” mural depicting members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra circa 1991.

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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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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.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at [email protected]

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Parking spaces for Unfair Steateries

Last week, the subject of the Steateries seemed to be a bone of contention for a few Shawnee City Commissioners as the city continues to implement items that align with its overall plan.

Shawnee City Commissioners Bob Weaver (Ward 2) and Ben Salter (Ward 6) have expressed their opposition to obstructing all parking on Main Street, which Steateries could potentially do. Shawnee city planner Rebecca Blaine said that shouldn’t be a problem because downtown has ample parking.

The guidelines on Steateries go hand-in-hand with the city’s parklet resolution that passed in 2018, Shawnee city planner Rebecca Blaine said. The parklets align with the goals of the Comp Plan, which was adopted in October 2019 and is expected to guide the city’s growth and development over the next 20 years.

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“Since the pandemic hit, different communities have had success adding outdoor dining to their restaurants or cafes and cafes,” she said. “It allows them to do that.”

She said many people don’t know that the area just outside of business windows — including sidewalks and roads — is the city’s grip.

“Technically, before this, we had no way for them to use much of that space, and these guidelines give them that flexibility, as long as they maintain a five-foot-wide path, which the ADA demands,” she said. “I think (the proposed guidelines) should give some parameters on how business owners can deal with it.”

Blaine presented a downtown parking map, which shows that there are 1,562 spaces available.

“It really puts into perspective how many parking spaces we have downtown,” she said.

The parklet resolution talks about how outdoor dining could be on the sidewalk; it could also use between one and three parking spaces, she said.

“We have plenty of parking,” she said, adding that staff took into consideration the seven restaurants and cafes on Main and one on Bell.

A maximum of 24 spaces would be taken at one time if those eight companies decided to use three parking spaces for Streaeries, she explained.

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“They could choose not to use the parking spaces at all and just use the sidewalk in front of their doors,” she said. “I feel like we’re finally seeing some hope out of the pandemic and there are some concerns there, but we’re not clear yet.”

There are studies that show that having outdoor seating has boosted restaurants up to 87% of their revenue, compared to pre-COVID-dollar times, he said. she stated.

“I think whatever we can do right now to support our local businesses, I think it’s important that we try to do those things,” Blaine said.

Weaver said a downtown business owner complained, having issues with the current fleet.

“(The parklet) is not suitable for the public,” he said, explaining that the parklet takes up parking spaces too close to the location of the business owner.

“We have people who have residences, who park on the street all day; we don’t enforce it,” he said. “We have people backing into parking lots the other way; we don’t apply it.

He said there is also a disabled parking spot there which is not enforced.

“Until we take care of these businesses that we say we want to protect – I would hate to see us expand and say there are only 21 spaces because they can park in any of those other 1,400,” he said. “The convenience of parking in front of a store is one of the attractive natures we have in downtown Shawnee; it’s just something we have that we don’t want to take away, we want to improve it.

Blaine said she believes an indicator of downtown’s success is when a storefront’s VIP parking spot is filled.

“I think that means we’re doing really well,” she said.

Weaver said he thinks the city is mistreating merchants, the very people the city says it wants to care about.

“We don’t force them to do anything; I feel like we’re giving them options and flexibility,” Blaine said. “They absolutely don’t have to do that.”

Weaver said nearby business owners who don’t benefit from the parklet have no say in the matter.

Blaine said currently adjacent business owners on either side of a potential sponsor — one applying for a permit for a parklet — must give permission.

Weaver said there was no equity in this because it affected parking further down the street.

Blaine said she thought it was a perception issue, as there was a large parking lot in the neighborhood.

It’s a different environment, she says. Scaled, parking at four spaces in Homeland on Independence is the same distance as eight spaces downtown.

That might seem like a long walk, because the storefronts on Main are only between 50 and 75 feet each, she said.

Not all issues regarding the parklet option have even been resolved yet, as the city continues to tweak the details.

A plan has yet to be formulated on how and who (candidate or city) will move a parklet, once its permit expires — and where to store it, if necessary, Blaine said.

Salter said the city spent $2 million or $3 million improving Streetscape Main Street, and now they want to fill the parking spots.

“Now we’re filling it all in with these Steateries,” he said. “We just can’t keep filling parking spaces after spending so much money getting people downtown.”

Why Strateeries?

A few years ago, Shawnee City Commissioners began discussions about how to encourage residents to physically spend more time in the downtown neighborhood.

The use of parklets, a trend the city has already worked to establish, is gaining momentum across the country.

In late October, the first (and, so far, only) downtown parklet was built and located in two parking spots near 9 E. Main St., where it currently stands.

Open for public use, the purpose of the parklet is to provide additional gathering space outside local storefronts.

Streets are a similar amenity, although they are more directly related to use by a particular business – usually as outdoor dining areas for restaurants.

“A Steatery is essentially an outdoor public space set up in a parking bay or loading area reserved for the use of the adjacent restaurant during their opening hours – similar to a sidewalk cafe but in a parking lot rather than on the sidewalk,” proposed guidelines read. “The aim of the Steatery Guidelines is to create efficient uses of urban space, provide attractive additions to local streetscapes, invite people to sit and stay in public spaces, d improve walkability and encourage business participation in a vibrant streetscape. »

Under the proposed guidelines, a Steatery can occupy the three parking spaces in front of the sponsoring company. Just like the parklet, there are several rules and regulations regarding the construction of a Steatery and what is allowed there, such as lighting, furniture, items used to create shade and block wind, etc.

During service hours, the structure is intended solely for use by corporate customers, but outside of these hours, the Steatery would become open to all.

Permits would be required as the right-of-way (sidewalks) and parking areas are public spaces.

Commissioners deferred the item, intending to have discussions with downtown business owners before moving forward.

Watch for updates.

Here are examples of Steateries.  Guidelines for these types of establishments are being discussed by the Town of Shawnee Commissioners.

For story ideas, questions or concerns, reporter Vicky O. Misa can be reached at [email protected]

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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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Milwaukee Council Requires Safety Plans for Parking Structures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Confusion over building codes keeps hospital parking lot lights in dim light

Dimly lit parking lots aren’t just a backdrop for spooky movie scenes.

Darkness is real in parking lots across the country. And so do the crimes and the dangers that come with it.

This has been the case for decades, even though recent FBI data shows parking lots – in hospitals, hotels, or downtown offices – are the third most common site of homicides, assaults, and other serious crimes.

Why did darkness prevail?

One answer is buried deep in obscure international building code guidelines, in a section that indicates whether buildings are “occupied.” Even though hundreds of people can use the parking structures 24/7, they are classified as “storage” spaces.

Other responses play on the seriousness with which regulators, lawmakers and parking lot owners take responsibility for providing a safe space for visitors and employees who use the structures.

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In Milwaukee, at least two aldermen hope to tackle the problem at the municipal level where lighting plans are being implemented without review by regulators and authorities say they now have limited ability to enforce city codes. parking areas.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation published last month revealed how hospitals, especially across the country, fail to adequately protect employees from parking lot violence, choosing not to monitor cameras, improving the ‘lighting and patrolling, or offering employees convenient escorts to their cars during the tour. – the clock is changing.

Last year, nurse practitioner Carlie Beaudin was beaten to death in a parking lot at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa after completing her shift.

As recently as last week, a doctor in Edina, Minnesota was shot in the head during an attempted robbery in the parking lot of the hospital where he worked.

The Journal Sentinel hired a safety consultant to assess eight parking structures at five hospitals around Milwaukee. The consultant’s spot checks revealed serious security deficiencies and unsafe lighting in every location.

“If they don’t want to provide more lighting, they can opt out of the business,” Ald said. Bob Bauman referring to owners of parking garages. “It comes down to the economy. They would rather settle multi-million dollar lawsuits largely paid for by insurance companies rather than endure day-to-day increases in their operating budgets. “

Froedtert Hospital reached an out-of-court settlement in November with Nick Beaudin, Carlie’s husband of nine years, for an undisclosed sum.

Certain security measures in parking structures – from better lighting to the presence of on-site parking attendants and frequent patrols – could be enforced through licensing requirements, Bauman said.

In 2018, the Common Council passed a law revising the licensing of downtown parking structures, requiring all owners to submit a police-approved safety plan and – if they have more than two incidents of parking. security per month – to implement additional security measures such as improved lighting, video surveillance and other actions directed by the Milwaukee Police Department.

“The Medical College of Wisconsin might solve their problem tomorrow: hire 50 people to patrol the area on foot, by bike on Segways, you name it,” Bauman said.

As for lighting, Bauman and Ald. Legislation co-sponsored by Nik Kovac was introduced on Tuesday to address gaps that have created confusion over lighting requirements and could also force the city to start inspecting lighting plans before construction, Kovac said. at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Mayor Tom Barrett is aware of the problems, according to his spokesperson, Jodie Tabak. “As issues arise, we will respond appropriately,” Tabak said in an email response to questions from Journal Sentinel.

Confusion reigns

One of the reasons authorities struggle to enforce better lighting rules stems from an International Building Code directive that cities often include in their own city codes. It classifies parking structures as “storage” facilities.

Some developers, planners, and garage owners argue that this means they don’t need to adhere to higher artificial lighting requirements for spaces people use.

Occupied buildings should have an average of 10 foot candles of light, according to the International Building Code. The Arcane Sound Foot Candle is the amount of light equivalent to what a candle would illuminate in an area of ​​1 square foot. The light level inside most large grocery stores, for example, is about 30 foot candles. Movie theaters register approximately 0.5 to 1 when darkened during screenings.

Other city regulators and some members of the International Code Council say that when you park your car in a structure and walk to and from a building, you are occupying the structure and it should follow general lighting guidelines. interior.

Still others, including town planners in Milwaukee, say the issue is not so much whether the structure is occupied, but rather whether the structure is closed, like the underground parking ramp where Beaudin was beaten. to death.

Closed structures are interiors and must meet the average standard of 10 foot candle, said David Rhodes, building and building inspection supervisor in the City of Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Services Department.

During a spot check in May 2019, the consultant hired by Journal Sentinel found light readings ranging from 4 to 6.5 foot candles in the area of ​​the Froedtert hospital garage where Beaudin was killed. Surveillance video showed her killer prowled the hospital and garage for more than two hours before Beaudin drove to his car after finishing his shift around 1 a.m. – but no one was watching the cameras .

Rhodes said that “open” garages – those with outside air between floors – are not subject to indoor artificial lighting standards because they let in natural light.

But what about at night?

As it stands, nothing requires that open garages have more than the mandatory one-foot candle in fire codes to find emergency doors, even in the dark of night, a he declared.

“At the moment we have codes that don’t get you closer to what you would like from a security standpoint,” he said.

“It is an emergency rescue device”

Kimberly Paarlberg, senior architect at the International Code Council, stressed that building codes are a bare minimum. Designers and builders can – and often should – go beyond guidelines, she said.

“The guidelines are not intended to protect people from assault,” Paarlberg said. “The building code doesn’t assume a bad guy is there.”

Codes aren’t the only problem behind poor lighting. In Milwaukee, code enforcement supervisors say they’re not allowed to inspect parking lots for light levels or anything else – unless someone drops off a car first. complaint.

Unlike restaurants, which city officials inspect annually, the city does not have the staff to inspect every garage, said Mike Mannan, building code enforcement manager for commercial properties for the City of Milwaukee.

“Every inspection is like a search,” he said. “We cannot search illegally. We need a complaint.

Thomas Smith, healthcare safety consultant, said safety really comes down to the priority choices made by parking structure owners. They often choose to spend more time and money on landscaping and aesthetics than on safe lighting and security, he said.

A broken down emergency call booth is shown in Parking Ramp B on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hired an architectural safety consultant to assess the parking ramps at five Milwaukee hospitals.

Each of the hundreds of hospital parking structures Smith assessed has a percentage of burnt out bulbs and blue light emergency phones that don’t work, he said.

“I always say, ‘Which of you wouldn’t take care of your defibrillator properly? “It is what it is,” he said.

“It’s an emergency rescue device. “

To make a lighting or code complaint about a parking lot in Milwaukee, notify the Commercial Code Enforcement Division of the Department of Neighborhood Services through the complaint line at (414) 286-2268; or use the Click for the action portal:; or complain through a smart phone using an app called the MKE mobile action app where you can also submit photos. Instructions on how to download are here:

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Development of downtown Raleigh means fewer parking spaces, garages

Finding a parking spot in downtown Raleigh will become more difficult this year when two garages are demolished for future development.

But the compression should be temporary.

More parking spaces and garages will open in 2021 and 2022, giving the city more parking than it currently has.

Raleigh City Council was briefed on the downtown parking offer during a meeting on Tuesday.

City officials are hoping to add nearby park-and-ride parking – where people can leave their cars and catch a bus downtown – but the timing and location have yet to be determined.

Raleigh should also consider partnerships with businesses and private organizations to fill the parking gap.

There are 8,000 parking garage spaces, 680 surface parking spaces and 1,550 metered spaces, and the city has approximately 60% of these spaces. This gives the downtown area about 500 more parking spaces than is currently needed to meet demand, said Matthew Currier, Raleigh’s parking manager.

The parking lot at The News & Observer’s former home (near Nash Square) holds around 300 cars, and the Alexander Square parking lot (near the capital) holds around 700. Both will be demolished this year, leaving 500 spaces for short of town. of demand, Currier said.

The first phase of the development of Smokey Hollow is expected to open in 2020, which will add approximately 1,000 spaces. But these spaces are closer to Glenwood South and not in the central part of downtown.

Then in 2021, the city should see a surplus of nearly 3,000 parking spaces with the addition of parking lots at 2 Glenwood, Smokey Hollow phase two and 301 Hillsborough.

This surplus increases to more than 7,000 spaces compared to current demand with the addition of the 400H building, the Nexus, 121 Fayetteville and the development on Carbarrus Street.

In the long term, the city may consider selling some of its parking lots or redeveloping properties.

Turning these parking garages into pedestrianized urban developments should be a priority for the city, said Jonathon Melton, board member.

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New Smyrna Beach could add downtown parking structures

Beachgoers and New Smyrna Beach residents might see more parking options around Flagler Avenue, as the city plans to implement a downtown parking garage.

The City of New Smyrna Beach conducted a survey of residents who asked them about parking and found that almost everyone said there were parking issues around Flagler Avenue.

“Ninety-seven percent of the people who responded said there was a parking problem on Flagler Avenue and they would like that problem resolved,” said Phillip Veski of the City of New Smyrna Beach.

People say parking near the beach can be hectic.

“It’s a bit clustered, a bit chaotic, and if you get there at the wrong time you won’t find parking,” said Laila Costello, who travels to New Smyrna Beach a lot.

The city is working on three potential ideas to alleviate downtown parking problems:

  • A parking garage that would have a store front downstairs and multiple parking levels above. Plants would hide the structure of the parking lot.

  • A Park-and-Ride system that would have a parking lot further away and a shuttle to the beach

  • Metered parking on Flagler Avenue

Currently, parking on Flagler Avenue is free, and people can park on the beach and nearby lots for an additional fee.

Some beach goers say they think providing more parking options will entice people on Flagler Avenue to shop and dine in New Smyrna Beach.

“If you want to get off and maybe just have lunch or something, you might not find parking and you could go somewhere else,” said Eddie McQuillan.

However, not everyone is on board.

Some people tell FOX 35 News that they think parking will take away the uniqueness of New Smyrna Beach.

“Absolutely not,” said resident Jean Reddington. “New Smyrna Beach has always been a wonderful, quaint little town that we all love and if you start putting in parking garages it will take away the historic charm of the town.”

New Smyrna Beach will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 4 p.m. to review the survey results and discuss potential parking options for the city.

They ask residents and others to attend and share their opinions.

The meeting will be held at New Smyrna Beach Town Hall.

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Free parking spaces in the new East Village ramp during the holiday season

DES MOINES, IOWA – Wednesday, November 20 – The City of Des Moines is celebrating the season of giving with the donation of 133 free parking spaces in the East Village until the end of the year. The lower level of the newly constructed parking ramp at E. 4e and Des Moines streets will be free and open to the public from this Friday, November 22.

Free parking on the lower level of the ramp becomes available just in time for the 18the Annual Holiday Walk in the Historic East Village taking place this weekend and Small Business Saturday on November 30. The lower level is accessed by the entrance along the E. 4e Street.

“We are very excited to open these free parking spaces over the holiday season and increase access to our East Village stores, restaurants and amenities,” said City Engineer Steve Naber. “The holidays are a wonderful time to showcase our city and we hope everyone can experience what the Historic East Village has to offer. “

The lower level will be closed from January 1 for the installation of paid parking equipment. The ramp will reopen for public parking at standard parking garage rates after installation is complete. Find more downtown parking options on

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Des Moines will provide free parking in the East Village this holiday season

DES MOINES – The Town of Des Moines announces that it will offer 133 new parking spaces to visitors and residents of the East Village. According to information releases …

DES MOINES – The Town of Des Moines announces that it will offer 133 new parking spaces to visitors and residents of the East Village.

According to information released by municipal authorities, the lower level of the newly constructed parking ramp at 4th E and Des Moines Street will open on Friday, November 22.

The best part? City leaders say these 133 parking spaces will be completely free until the end of 2019!

“We are very excited to open these free parking spaces over the holiday season and increase access to our East Village stores, restaurants and amenities,” said City Engineer Steve Naber. “The holidays are a wonderful time to showcase our city and we hope everyone can experience what the Historic East Village has to offer. ”

After the holiday season, these spaces will no longer be free. The lower level of the parking garage will be closed again as of January 1, 2020 for the installation of revenue-generating parking equipment.

City of Des Moines officials said the ramp will reopen for public parking at standard parking garage rates after installation is complete.

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Vancouver will gain 700 parking spaces

Downtown Vancouver is set to gain more than 700 parking spaces over the next three years, in a series of projects that includes corner parking on wide streets and partnerships with private companies to build parking garages.

The city’s parking strategy also includes getting people out of their cars – expanding public transit options, making downtown more walkable, and increasing parking rates.

The plan indicates an inherent tension in creating a parking strategy. How do planners weigh the immediate needs of drivers against the city’s long-term goal of reducing the number of cars?

“It really is a balancing act. We try to ensure that there are enough parking spaces available, convenient and easy to find, but not so much that it interferes with active uses. We don’t want a sea of ​​parking lots that create dead zones,” said Chad Eiken, director of community and economic development.

During a presentation to City Council Monday evening, Parking Manager Steve Kaspan and Eiken presented the city’s six-point strategy to improve parking conditions in downtown Vancouver.

The plan includes maximizing on-street parking, increasing the supply of on- and off-street spaces where possible, increasing monthly and hourly parking rates, encouraging downtown businesses to reducing parking demand, improving visitor wayfinding and working with contractors to build parking structures.

Increase in supply

This summer, some downtown Vancouver streets wide enough to accommodate corner parking spaces will again be striped, replacing them with less efficient parallel parking for a net gain of about 80 spaces.

The change will add 29 parking spaces on West Evergreen Boulevard and 21 on nearby thoroughfares. Another 22 spaces will be added around King Street, and eight more spaces will be added in a short stretch of West 13th Street near Main Street.

Most of these spaces will be for employees who work at nearby businesses rather than buyers or short-term visitors. The work should be completed by the end of the summer.

“This project would definitely help with employee parking demand downtown,” Kaspan said.

A 121-space municipal parking lot, located just west of City Hall, is also scheduled to be completed this summer. The lot would house city employees, who pay $50 a month for permits. A limited number of monthly permit spaces would be open to the general public.

The city is also exploring the possibility of a partnership with the private sector that would turn empty land at 15th and Main streets into a temporary parking lot for use during construction of a new apartment complex at Providence Academy. The construction would displace approximately 176 private parking spaces, and the lot at 15th and Main could accommodate 126 of them.

In the long term, Vancouver envisions large-scale partnerships with private sector companies. A 740-space, seven-storey car park would be seen on Block 7 of The Waterfront Vancouver development, which is slated to open in late 2021.

“Everything is ripe for redevelopment.” said Eiken. “Now that the waterfront has some momentum, studies suggest the time is right to move forward.”

Another proposal, still in its infancy, would build a garage at Terminal 1, owned by the Port of Vancouver, and create more than 900 parking spaces.

In total, Eiken and Kaspan predicted that the city will add 1,067 parking spaces and lose up to 343 over the next few years.

Reduce demand

Beginning January 1, 2020, monthly public parking rates will begin to increase by $5 per year in an effort to bring city surface lot rates in line with private lot rates.

“If we have waiting lists – which we do – then the price is too low,” Kaspan said.

Another solution to reducing downtown parking demand comes in the form of fast electric vans that already contract with companies to transport employees to satellite lots.

The company Rethink Your Drive, or RYD, is launching an app this month and plans to start promoting public use of the service in August. While the company’s fleet of four vehicles would be busy during peak hours, the service would be free and open to the public at noon.

“During the day, as vehicles are available, it would be a free service and they would transport people to where they want to go downtown,” Eiken said.

The parking discussion is both philosophical and practical. While councilors agreed that the growing population of employees, visitors and residents need a place to park their cars, some wondered what prioritizing parking over other land uses would mean for the Vancouver character.

It’s madness, Councilor Ty Stober said, to think of parking as anything other than one of many tools to increase access.

“That’s about it, do I have access to get there?” Parking is one-way,” Stober said.

“I think we’re at a transition point here in the transport system preferences.”

Eiken agreed that the city is at a crossroads. But ultimately people have to get where they’re going, he added.

“We want the parking system to support a livable downtown, an active downtown that is also sustainable. We know that improvements need to be made to mobility and public transit to provide options for people,” Eiken said. “Right now, if you were to ask people how they get to work if they’re not driving, many would struggle to get from their neighborhood to downtown.

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Knoxville State Street downtown garage expansion opens parking spaces

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

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

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

The entrance to the One State Street garage is still closed

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

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

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

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

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

Where can I park in the city center?

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

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

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

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Massive $133m project in Birmingham adds parking, housing and retail

An ambitious multimillion-dollar plan for Birmingham that would add hundreds of parking spaces, as well as new housing and businesses, is taking shape.

Walbridge/Woodward Bates Partners recently presented their proposed project, which Commissioner Rackeline Hoff called “one of the greatest projects to come to Birmingham”, and Mayor Patty Bordman agreed it would “impact many people in different ways.

In the proposal, the North Old Woodward parking structure would be demolished, a new one built in its place, and retail buildings added to the site, as well as mixed-use buildings on surrounding properties. Bates Street would be extended and a plaza would connect the street to Booth Park.

“In terms of meeting parking needs, this is being done while incorporating planning goals for the downtown core,” City Manager Joe Valentine said. “From the city’s perspective, (the proposal) achieves two key goals with one project: finalizing the implementation of the downtown master plan and expanding downtown parking.

The project has an estimated cost of $133 million between public and private investment. Local voters would have to approve a bond to provide a funding mechanism, but Valentine said taxpayers wouldn’t see an increase because no public money would be used.

Residents at the meeting again expressed concerns about impacts to homes and green spaces in the area.

“If it was just about parking, okay, but that’s a lot of changes,” said Cathy Frank. “Four buildings is a dramatic impact – it will destroy my property values. I look at this design and find it sad…There is wealth in parks and green spaces, and this plan cuts it.”

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The long-term vision to add parking and development to the area through an extension of Bates Street dates back over two decades, to 1996 when ‘Plan Birmingham 2016’ was adopted. Day parking demands which increased significantly around 2013 increased the pressure to implement the plan.

City officials determined through a survey of businesses and property owners that there was a shortage of about 280 parking spaces north of Maple in the city and a shortage of 427 spaces south. They prioritized the north end, which includes the 53-year-old 5-level parking structure on North Old Woodward.

In the proposed plan, the parking structure will be demolished and replaced with a 7-level structure, with three of the levels below ground and four levels above ground level. This, along with further surface parking nearby, would increase overall parking by nearly 500 spaces.

To disguise the parking structure and not make it the center of the area, Valentine said the plan calls for it to be sandwiched between other buildings and disguised as the first floor behind new commercial buildings.

Bates Street Extension

The area’s landscape would also change with plans to expand Bates Street several hundred feet between North Old Woodward and Willits, “integral for entry”, Valentine said. A place in the plan would provide a connection from Bates Street to Booth Park. These are public elements of the plan.

Birmingham is considering a proposal to demolish the parking structure at North Old Woodward and build a new one in its place, as well as extending Bates Street and adding new mixed-use buildings in a massive multi-million project dollars.

Private elements of the project include a new five-story mixed-use building that adjoins the new parking structure, a five-story mixed-use building at the corner of Bates and Willits, and a five-story primarily residential building on the west side of Bates . Street.

“This will result in more parking, there will be more connectivity between downtown and the adjacent park, more pedestrian amenities with a public plaza, more retail and more reasonably priced housing in this downtown area. central city,” Valentine said. “There would be apartments with a price of $3,000 to $4,500 per month for these rentals, which is sorely lacking.”

The City Board will have another update on negotiations with the developer at a meeting on April 15 and a week later, on April 22, staff will present a recommendation to the City Board regarding the proposed project.

“The timeline for the project is 18 to 24 months, whenever completion is approved, to dismantle the old parking structure and build a new one,” Valentine said.

Contact Susan Bromley at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @SusanBromley10.

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Mineola will add 900 parking spaces in two downtown garages

Mineola officials said Friday the village will house a pair of parking lots that will add at least 900 more spaces to a town center that has long lacked many parking options.

Mayor Scott Strauss said the parking garages were part of an agreement the village had with state officials and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In January 2016, the village met with officials from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office about the Long Island Rail Road’s upcoming third track project. During those discussions, village officials negotiated getting more parking spaces for its town center, Strauss said.

A 550-space garage will be at First Street and Third Avenue, Strauss said, and construction will begin around September. A schedule for the other garage has not been decided, but it will be on Second Street between Willis Avenue and Main Street and will have between 350 and 450 spaces, Strauss said.

Finding a downtown parking spot has long been a struggle for Mineola residents, in part because existing parking lots have to accommodate NYU Winthrop hospital employees and patients, commuters boarding trains at the station LIRR nearby, guests visiting downtown restaurants and apartment complex residents. Strauss said it’s easier to find a space downtown in the morning.

“It’s going to be a huge boost for our downtown,” he said. “There will be parking for everyone who comes, whether it’s shopping in the stores or visiting a loved one in hospital.”

The parking garages are part of Mineola’s larger plan to provide more spaces throughout downtown. In a study published in 2016, Old-Bethpage-based Level G Associates told village officials that the town center “experiences by far the highest imbalance between parking supply and demand in the village”. Tier G recommended several fixes for the area, including building a garage at First Street and Third Avenue.

Great Neck Mayor Jean Celender, who is also vice president of the Nassau County Village Officials Association, said parking lots can be a double-edged sword for villages because they alleviate parking problems, but they are also expensive to maintain. Celender noted that his village had a parking lot in 2000 that was leaking and started to collapse.

“So the word to Mineola is, it’s great to have a garage, but make sure it’s sealed with a special membrane and don’t put anything on that membrane,” Celender said.

Strauss said he was glad the MTA would build the First Street garage and actually wanted some unfilled spaces there.

“I hope the first three levels are empty because that means I have plenty of parking for anyone who wants to come to Mineola,” he said.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Downtown under construction

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

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

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Ann Arbor faces potential loss of hundreds of public parking spaces

ANN ARBOR, MI — While plans are underway to add 375 more public parking spaces to downtown Ann Arbor by winter 2019, hundreds more could disappear.

The Downtown Development Authority’s leases for two parking lots in First/Huron and Fifth/Huron end Nov. 30, meaning a loss of 222 spaces from the public parking system starting Dec. 1.

There is still a chance that they may function as short-term private car parks. The city is in discussions with the owner about this, but it is expected that they will eventually be redeveloped.

Additionally, there is talk of closing two city-owned public parking lots at 415 W. Washington and First/William as the city moves forward with its new Treeline urban pathways plan. These lots have long been envisioned as anchor parks along the future trail, although there may also be private development.

The transformation of these two lots could remove an additional 261 spaces from the public parking system, although when this might happen is uncertain at this time. The city is in the process of finalizing the Treeline plan and the implementation phase is next.

City Council and the Downtown Development Authority held a joint meeting Monday evening, Nov. 13, to discuss parking issues, including the planned loss of those 483 public parking spaces.

City leaders are in talks with the owner of the two lots along Huron, Ann Arbor-based developer First Martin Corp., and are considering allowing the company to temporarily operate them as a private parking lot open to the public until the properties are redeveloped. But there are zoning compliance considerations still under consideration.

The DDA has leased the First/Huron and Fifth/Huron lots from First Martin for years, using them as public parking.

DDA executive director Susan Pollay said First Martin was not offering the option of renewing leases now. She said she understood First Martin wanted to redevelop the properties, although she did not know of any specific development plans.

“Not renewing leases is a way to make redevelopment of these lots more possible,” Pollay said, praising First Martin as a developer. “They’re good developers and good community members. So if that’s what it takes to get them redeveloped, that’s a win for everyone.”

Company representatives could not be reached for comment for this story.

The Fifth and Huron lot across from City Hall has been marketed as available real estate for years while being used as a parking lot.

The lot at First and Huron runs the full length of the block from Huron to Washington and from First to Ashley. It is known as Brown Block and is a popular parking spot for downtown visitors, including patrons of Downtown Home and Garden and Main Street restaurants and shops. The lot is often full at peak times.

Pollay said the loss of the Brown Block as a public parking lot from December 1, which is Midnight Madness, the start of the downtown holiday shopping season, would be a bad time, but there are discussions between the city and First Martin on the possibility of allowing the company to operate the lot as a private parking lot at this time. Pollay noted that the use of the Brown Block as a parking lot predates zoning.

City Administrator Howard Lazarus confirmed the city is talking to First Martin about zoning compliance issues.

“And we hope to work together with them,” he said. ‘We do not intend to close these grounds while they work towards full compliance, as the availability of parking – while not a public good – serves a public benefit.

Lazarus said he believes a solution can be found administratively, but he is asking the city attorney to review the case to determine if action by city council is necessary.

“As long as there are good faith efforts to keep moving forward, it is in the public interest to keep these spaces available,” he said.

Councilman Chuck Warpehoski, D-5th Ward, expressed some concern over First Martin’s permission to operate a private parking lot downtown, noting that the city would not allow developer Dennis Dahlmann to do so on the lot Y, even in the short term.

“I think there’s a reason why our D1 zoning doesn’t list parking as an approved primary use,” he said. “So I think if it’s a transition while other things are going on, I guess I can deal with it. The board and the DDA have taken a pretty strong stance on that when we looked at Lot Y. I think we should be consistent regardless of ownership I don’t think we should be playing favorites with that.

Warpehoski said not having private parking in competition with the city’s public parking lot is another consideration.

“And I think we should be consistent with our zoning to make sure we don’t let a primary use that we don’t want take up a lot of our streetscape,” he added.

The DDA said total parking revenue from the two First Martin lots in the prior fiscal year was $536,303, net of rent and taxes. Since the DDA shares 20% with the city, the loss of these lots equates to a loss of $107,260 per year for the city at current rates.

Additionally, the two city-owned lots at 415 W. Washington and First/William generated $367,625. The loss of these would equate to a reduction of $73,525 in city revenue per year at current rates.

Assuming current parking rates, the 375 new spaces expected to be added to the Ann/Ashley Garage could generate nearly $1 million per year in new revenue, including nearly $200,000 per year in new revenue for the city. , according to the DDA. It is estimated that it will cost approximately $18 million to add the three floors.

Council member Jane Lumm, an independent from the 2nd Arrondissement, said she was concerned the public parking system could lose a network of more than 100 spaces given the level of parking demand.

She also noted that the city and DDA agreed to allow a Chicago-based developer to lease 361 public parking spaces in the Library Lane and Fourth and William garages to support a 17-story development on the library lot owned by the city on Fifth Avenue.

Lumm said she thought it would be wise to consider other parking capacity measures beyond the Ann/Ashley addition.

Other options being considered by the DDA include a four-story, 370-space vertical addition above the Liberty Square garage and a 747-space garage on the Kline lot at Ashley and William Streets with a mix of underground and parking garages. area.

Pollay said the DDA is also asking its engineers to explore the possibility of adding more than 375 spaces to Ann/Ashley

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Council member Kirk Westphal, D-2nd Ward, said he was worried about knee-jerk turning to increasing parking capacity. He suggested the city is undervaluing downtown parking and wondered if rate changes could meet parking demand.

City and DDA leaders acknowledge there is no certainty about how much parking will be needed in the future as the way people get around changes and self-driving cars come online .

Lazarus said he thinks it’s critical the city at least moves forward with adding Ann/Ashley now.

Pollay said the DDA is considering raising downtown parking rates, which could help fund the Ann/Ashley addition.

She announced potential rate changes for spring 2018, raising monthly permit costs by $10 to $35 per month, while on-street parking rates would increase by 10 cents per hour. Hourly parking rates would remain unchanged.

The DDA tentatively plans to hold a public hearing on the rate changes in January 2018, followed by board approval in February and implementation of the new rates in April.

Monday night’s meeting presentation also covered potential economic development opportunities, one being to allow private development on city-owned land at 415 W. Washington, a degraded property across from the YMCA, and to use tax raised fundraising revenue to help fund the Treeline Urban Trail.

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County’s deal with Marriott includes 1,200 dedicated parking spaces

Woodmont Corner Garage is currently the largest garage in Downtown Bethesda County with 1,121 spaces

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Marriott International officials said part of the reason the global hotel company is moving its headquarters to downtown Bethesda is to be accessible to the subway, but that doesn’t mean it expects that employees and visitors abandon their cars.

That’s why, as part of Montgomery County’s agreement with the hotel giant, the county will provide Marriott with 1,200 dedicated downtown parking spaces, county spokesman Patrick Lacefield said Wednesday.

Marriott said Tuesday it would build a new $600 million, 700,000 square foot headquarters in downtown Bethesda that would house about 3,500 employees as well as a 200-room hotel. As part of the deal, the company will receive at least $44 million in financial incentives, with the state and county each paying half. The company plans to move to the new headquarters when its lease in its Fernwood Road building expires in 2022. Marriott plans to identify a specific downtown location in the first quarter of 2017, and real estate sources tell Bethesda beat several properties that could meet the company’s requirements. .

Lacefield said the county will provide the parking spaces for $2 million per year or $40 million over 20 years as part of the agreement. He said the spaces could be built in a new county parking garage or be dedicated to Marriott in existing garages depending on the site Marriott chooses. “The precise location of these spaces or their shape depends on the site they end up occupying,” Lacefield said.

He said it was too early to tell whether 1,200 additional vehicles traveling through downtown Bethesda on weekdays would exacerbate traffic problems. He noted that Marriott has already declared the company’s interest in providing its employees with transit options.

If the county were to build a new garage for Marriott, it would be bigger than any of Bethesda County’s nine garages. The Woodmont Corner garage at the intersection of Woodmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road is the largest in Bethesda with 1,121 spaces, while the new Capital Crescent Garage near Bethesda Row has 1,027 spaces, according to the county. transport service website.

The parking agreement was part of the county’s agreement with the state to retain Marriott, which has been headquartered in the county for 60 years. The state and county also agreed to provide the company with $22 million each in economic development funds, conditional on the company building the new headquarters and employing 3,500 people. The deal still needs to be approved by the state legislature and Montgomery County Council.

The company will also be eligible for tax credits of $15 to $18 million, under state law, according to Lacefield. He said the company would receive the credits on the condition that it add a small number of jobs – less than 100 – and build the headquarters. The county would be responsible for $10 million to $12 million of the appropriations, while the state would be responsible for the remaining $5 million to $6 million, Lacefield said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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