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What is the worst parking lot in Atlanta? Name your (least) favourite!

In a city like Atlanta, where public transportation options are limited, parking lots are still considered a necessary evil.

That doesn’t mean they aren’t outdated, unsightly, soulless, disengaging, off-putting, and uninspired trash of the primo urban space. Especially when they seem to be rotting.

In the spirit of March Madness and fun competitive tournaments, it’s time to determine which of Atlanta’s parking lots is the most horrible of them all. (There’s no shortage of car closets to choose from here, unfortunately, especially downtown.)

But first, dear readers, we need your help in determining the inglorious field of candidates!

Serious contender for a No. 1 seed at 31 Baker Street. Google Maps

Feel free to name any parking structure within the Atlanta city limits, or very close to the city limits, that irritates you for some reason. Think of structures that are the opposite of inviting, the antithesis of bustling storefronts and parks, built only to inhale vehicles and spit them out.

Bonus points if you include a clear photo of the parking pile or podium you hate. At the very least, please provide the (approximate) address and a description, to ensure we are on the same page.

Put the nominations in the comments below, email the advice line or contact us via Twitter or facebook.

The nominations will determine the size of the field and the structure of the tournament. Tentative plans are to start the elimination rounds early next week. Cheers!

• Best Neighborhood in Atlanta 2021, Championship: Summerhill vs. Mozley Park (Urbanize Atlanta)

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In 2021, Boston planners approved more parking spaces than homes – StreetsblogMASS

According to year-end statistics compiled by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), Boston city planners have approved dozens of construction projects in 2021 that could give the city 7,887 new homes, 6 million square feet of new commercial space and enough parking to store 8,668 more cars.

Nearly three-quarters of this new parking lot — 6,441 spaces — would be built in transit-accessible neighborhoods within a quarter-mile of an MBTA station.

During 2021, the BPDA approved 71 new development projects which include a combined total of 17.1 million square feet of real estate within the city limits.

Most of these new projects include a housing component, either in purely residential apartment buildings or in mixed projects:

BPDA 2021 project approvals for mixed-use and residential developments

“TOD” indicates “transit-oriented development” – projects located within a quarter mile of an MBTA rapid transit or commuter rail station. Source: BPDA

Purely residential projects Total in TOD % TOD
Number of projects 29 12 41%
Housing units 2,352 1,226 52%
Parking spaces 1,114 481 43%
Mixed-use projects Total in TOD % TOD
Projects 29 20 69%
Housing units 5,535 4,550 82%
Residential Square Feet 5,305,476 4,390,132 83%
Commercial sq.ft. 2,503,372 1,364,697 55%
Parking spaces 3,620 2,615 72%

Of the 29 purely residential developments the BPDA has approved in 2021, developers plan to build 2,352 new apartments and 1,114 new parking spaces – roughly one parking space for every 2 apartments.

But among the subset of 12 subdivisions that would be within a quarter-mile of an MBTA rapid transit or commuter rail station, the parking ratio was slightly lower: a total of 481 new spaces. parking space for 1,226 apartments (approximately 0.4 spaces per dwelling unit).


StreetsblogUSA: Apartments with free parking reduce transit ridership

The BPDA also approved 29 mixed-use projects in 2021, and collectively those projects could give Boston about 5,535 new homes, 2.6 million square feet of office, retail and other non-residential space, and 3,620 parking spaces – approximately two parking spaces for every three apartments. However, it is likely that some of these parking spaces will be reserved for the commercial tenants of these buildings.

Compared to previous years, the parking ratio per dwelling for residential and mixed-use projects has decreased.

In 2019, the agency approved 4,762 new homes as well as sufficient parking for 4,773 cars in residential and mixed-use projects – approximately one parking space for each apartment.

In 2020, this ratio fell slightly, to around 0.9 parking spaces per dwelling.


Boston planners approved more than 11,000 new parking spaces in 2020

However, BPDA non-residential project approvals in 2021 had significantly more associated parking than in previous years.

The agency has approved 10 office and laboratory projects as well as three institutional projects that collectively propose to build 3,934 new parking spaces:

BPDA 2021 Project Approvals for Commercial and Institutional Developments

“TOD” indicates projects located in transit-oriented neighbourhoods. Source: BPDA

Purely commercial projects
Total in TOD % TOD
Projects ten 8 80%
Total square footage 2,178,420 1,934,233 89%
Parking spaces 2,454 2,368 96%
Purely institutional projects
Total in TOD % TOD
Projects 3 2 67%
Total square footage 2,282,252 1,816,150 80%
Parking spaces 1,480 977 66%

In 2019, the BPDA approved 9 commercial or institutional projects with 2.4 million square feet of space and only 237 new parking spaces. And in 2020, the BPDA approved 2.3 million square feet of non-residential projects that collectively had only 200 attached parking spaces.

The increase in non-residential parking garage approvals this year can be partly explained by the types of applicants seeking BPDA approvals in 2021. While many non-residential projects in 2019 and 2020 were associated with universities, which tend to have lower parking demands, the BPDA’s program in 2021 included two large hospital expansions that insisted on spending health care dollars on large on-site parking lots.

One of the largest institutional project approvals this year was the Massachusetts General Hospital Expansion near Charles Circle. This project proposes to build a massive six-level underground parking garage for 977 cars next to traffic-congested Charles Circle in Boston’s West End (the project would also help build a proposed new subway platform for an extension of the MBTA blue line).

A handful of projects the BPDA has approved in 2021 would avoid building any on-site parking. The Boston Housing Authority final phase of the development of the HLM Old Colony districtwhich the BPDA Board approved in April, would replace 208 existing apartments and add an additional 134 affordable apartments in three new buildings with no off-street parking at the east end of the neighborhood, adjacent to Moakley Park.

And in Jamaica Plain, a short walk from the Green Street Orange Line stop, the BPDA has approved a new 5-story building (see rendering at the top of this article) that would provide housing for 38 low-income senior households. , plus a new street-level dining space for the El Embajador restaurant.

However, the owners of the adjacent Turtle Swamp Brewery sued to block this accommodation, specifically citing its lack of parking in their complaint.

Partly in response to lawsuits like that, the BPDA and the City of Boston passed two significant parking reforms late last year that could further reduce the number of parking lots that future developments can build.

End DecemberMayor Wu signed a new zoning ordinance that will eliminate minimum parking mandates for residential projects where at least 60% of new homes would be limited income for low- and middle-income households.

And in October, the BPDA passed new planning guidelines that will impose maximum parking limits for large developments, with stricter limits applying in the most walkable and transit-accessible areas of the city.

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Covington begins mandating metered parking spaces on nights and weekends to protect small businesses

Seeking to preserve on-street parking for small businesses that need it to survive, the City of Covington will begin enforcing parking meters in the evenings and on Saturdays.

The long-awaited change brings Covington in line with surrounding towns and responds in part to complaints from business owners about spaces being monopolized by drivers who leave their cars parked throughout the weekend and into the evening.

(Photo by City of Covington)

“As downtown grows and gets busier, we want to make sure our businesses have parking available for their patrons and customers,” City Manager Ken Smith said. “These metered spotlights are designed for constant rolling. This is their goal. If a car is left in one place every late afternoon or from Friday afternoon to Monday morning, it harms surrounding businesses.

The change takes effect immediately, although there will be a grace period – i.e. “courtesy tickets” or warnings – while the public gets used to the new rules and meters are recalibrated and relabeled. The City will work with merchants near metered parking lots to find ways to educate their customers.

The new hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Previously, meters were not applied on Saturdays and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The new app was approved by the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening as part of a series of parking-related changes. These changes include:

• Increase in metered rates from $1.10 to $1.50 per hour, matching the rate in other urban areas this side of the Ohio River. Drivers will be able to continue to pay in cash at meters or via the free PassportParking® app available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

• $5 increase in monthly passes at many public parking lots and surface lots (bringing most to $55 or $60 per month).

• “Clean up” the language in the ordinances to continue to refine the authority of the Covington Motor Vehicle Parking Authority and its legal status as “owner” and manager of parking lots. (The authority was established in 2018 to operate and maintain public on- and off-street parking in Covington. Its five members are approved by the Board of Commissioners. The City contracts with ABM Parking Services for day-to-day operation. )

• Hired a first-ever Executive Director to handle the administrative duties of the parking authority and help the City take a more strategic and analytical approach to its parking issues. Kyle Snyder will split his duties between this position and his duties as the City’s infrastructure development specialist.

Other changes are possible on the road, including the return of parking meters in commercial areas like the MainStrasse Village, and better signage.

The changes were recommended by consultants who undertook a comprehensive analysis of the City’s parking, by the parking authority itself, and by City staff working in areas such as economic development and public works.

(Photo by City of Covington)

The City is in the process of updating a web page at to reflect changes and show available public parking locations in Covington.

Invest in the future

Although modest, the fee increases will allow the city to begin making more robust investments in improving its parking lot, Smith said.

“We definitely need more parking space, and we need to improve amenities, such as kiosks,” he said. “But you can’t upgrade or add facilities and options without revenue, and we’ve fallen behind.”

The perceived lack of parking is an ongoing source of complaints in Covington. As in urban areas across the country, however, some of the complaints are based on unrealistic expectations that parking should be free and always available right outside a destination. For example, people who are comfortable walking from the confines of a mall parking lot are not willing to walk the same distance from a garage or lot to a restaurant or bar.

“Street parking is a commodity, plain and simple,” Smith said. “We have plenty of parking spaces downtown, if you know where to look, but there will never be enough spaces along a busy street to accommodate three to four cars per household, the more visitors, the more customers entering and leaving stores.

The city manager called the parking changes “growing pains” as Covington’s economy continues to grow.

“If you have an abundance of parking spaces downtown, that’s a sign of a ‘dead’ city,” he said.

From the town of Covington

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Parking garage replacement will impact Westmoreland County Courthouse

A $7 million project will have a major impact on downtown Greensburg starting Wednesday. Watch the full report in the video player above. Westmoreland County Commissioners on Tuesday approved emergency funding to replace parking under the Westmoreland County Courthouse Yard. The project comes after commissioners said engineers had discovered structural flaws in the structure. The issues with the garage started in 2019. The courtyard outside the courthouse and the main entrance to the courthouse will be closed. An alternate entrance along Main Street will open to the public wishing to enter the courthouse. Commissioners said more than 170 people parked in the county parking lot, mostly county employees and elected officials. The county has secured leases in nearby parking lots for people using the garage, which could limit parking for people traveling to downtown Greensburg. Commissioners said they are still working on potential solutions to these issues, particularly on days when residents are called to the courthouse for jury selection. County commissioners said funding for the project came from the US bailout. The goal is to complete the project by next winter.

A $7 million project will have a major impact on downtown Greensburg starting Wednesday.

Watch the full report in the video player above.

Westmoreland County Commissioners on Tuesday approved emergency funding to replace parking under the Westmoreland County Courthouse Yard.

The project comes after commissioners said engineers had discovered structural flaws in the structure. The problems with the garage started in 2019.

The outer courtyard of the courthouse and the main entrance to the courthouse will be closed. Another entrance along Main Street will be open to the public wishing to enter the courthouse.

Commissioners said more than 170 people were parked in the county parking lot, mostly county employees and elected officials. The county has secured leases in nearby parking lots for people using the garage, which could limit parking for people traveling to downtown Greensburg. Commissioners said they are still working on potential solutions to these issues, particularly on days when residents are called to the courthouse for jury selection.

County commissioners said funding for the project came from the US bailout. The goal is to complete the project by next winter.

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The West New York Planning Board reviews plans for a parking garage on the 57th Street lot

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A rendering of what the parking lot will look like when completed.

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The architect incorporated embroidery designs into the brick facade as a tribute to WNY’s history.

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Another view of the 57th Street parking lot.

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The parking garage could have three or four stories depending on how contractors place bids to build the project.


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A rendering of what the parking lot will look like when completed.

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The architect incorporated embroidery designs into the brick facade as a tribute to WNY’s history.

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Another view of the 57th Street parking lot.

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The parking garage could have three or four stories depending on how contractors place bids to build the project.

The West New York Planning Board reviewed city plans to build a parking lot on the site of the surface parking lot on 57th Street. The garage is one of the few the city plans to build on its current municipal lands to alleviate parking issues, including at 51st Street and 54th Street.

Michael Nelson, project architect, presented the preliminary plans for the parking garage to council. The presentation was a courtesy review and discussion, and no action was taken other than a draft letter confirming to the Western New York Board of Commissioners that the Planning Board had reviewed the project.

The existing car park is approximately 94 parking spaces. The planned new garage will contain approximately 197 parking spaces.

“Planned structure parking is 197 parking spaces with potentially spaces beyond pending the supply environment and if we are able to award an alternative supply to the project,” Nelson said.

North of the parking lot is 58and Street, to the west is Bergenline Avenue, to the south is 57and Street, and to the east are buildings. The entrance would be at 57and Street. Under the ramp to the first floor is storage space for the city, according to Nelson. The three-storey car park has several stairs and an elevator.

Three or four floors depending on the offers

While the current render and plans call for three stories, West New York is also exploring the possibility of a four-story parking lot. The city asked the architects of the project to study an alternative offer for an additional floor.

“There is this option, if the numbers are competitive enough, to have another floor,” Nelson said. “This has been incorporated into the tender documents.”

The architect incorporated embroidery designs into the brick facade as a tribute to WNY’s history.

However, the number of floors selected for the parking garage will depend on the nature of the bids received for the project. According to Nelson, the structure can be built to have additional floors in the future, but the road layout would prevent this.

“The difficulty of adding floors to parking lots is the very tight logistics,” Nelson said. “This site in particular is very constrained due to the tight fabric of the street… We could design the structure to support future seams, but the reality is that it is not possible to get a crane from the order of magnitude required to lift the additional loads 120 foot pieces on the building.

Integrate the history of the textile industry

According to Nelson, the city’s history was considered when designing the parking lot’s facade.

“When we started working on the project, one of our first efforts was to review the site in the context of the neighborhood, as well as the building’s relevance to the city. We were inspired by the city’s rich textile industry and history. This began to blend in with some of the neighborhood’s residential vernacular, brick structures and brick patterns.

Another view of the 57th Street parking lot.

The brick design is intended to highlight Western New York’s history as a former center of the textile industry. The brick patterns aim to mimic this and the surrounding neighborhood.

“The precast concrete structure with brick veneer, brick patterns, tones and colors was derived from early studies spent in the neighborhood and research into the city’s history,” Nelson said.

Pedestrian walkways approximately 13 feet wide will run around the perimeter of the building.

Council promotes parking plans

President Clara Brito Herrera praised the project, but was in favor of the larger car park option.

“Nice project,” said Herrera. “It’s definitely going to improve the neighborhood and it’s very much needed… One of the things I love the most about the design is the safety with the glass as you walk through the building and the walkways from street to street. other. It’s easy to get to and it’s a great project.

Vice President Jorge Gomez echoed Herrera that the rendering of the parking lot was “beautiful” and that he was also in favor of the larger option.

“If there’s a way to add more parking to it, like another level, that would be even better,” Gomez said. “But it looks great and it’s excited for the city.”

The parking garage could have three or four stories depending on how contractors place bids to build the project.

Commissioner Marguerite Guzman expressed his enthusiasm for the project.

“I really like the embroidery pattern,” Guzman said. “I know this is going to be very well received by the community as one of the issues we are facing is parking. And that’s one of our promises and we keep it.

Commissioner Andrea Bounsiar noted: “It’s aesthetically pleasing, very necessary, and I like the features of glass for safety.”

Commissioner Jonathon Castaneda called him a “gbig project” and Commissioner Ignacio Amaro added that it was “very beautiful”.

Project timeline

According to Nelson, in terms of chronology, tThe aim is to present bids for the project to the council of commissioners on April 20. He added that the structure and aesthetics of the building are the drivers of the program.

“Once the project has been tendered, the contractor will mobilize shortly thereafter,” Nelson said. “Hopefully in June the schedule would start with early tenders with the contractor eventually awarding the project to whoever is needed to fabricate the precast concrete components in the works.”

Nelson said the city is “save the calendar so that the site does not remain inactive for a period of time.”

He added that he expects completion by mid-November 2023. This garage, along with the others, aims to add hundreds of parking spaces in Western New York.

For updates on this story and others, visit and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at [email protected]

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🌱 Two dead in bed fire + lawmakers oppose parking spaces

Hello, brooklyn! I’m your host, Patrick Murray here with three new stories to start your day.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Partly cloudy with highs of 49 and lows of 40.

Here are the top stories in Brooklyn today:

  1. A young mother and her toddler died of injuries sustained in an apartment fire early Tuesday morning. 9:49 a.m. March 1, FDNY firefighters responded to a fire at 6 Agate Court, and were greeted by heavy smoke and fire issuing from the brownstone. Three victims were pulled from the fire, including the 22-year-old mother and her 1-year-old son. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. (NAMI)
  2. Park Slope Council Member Shahana Hanif doubled down on her demand, along with other Brooklyn lawmakers, that developers stop building parking lots in new buildings. The letter sent to the planning agency, endorsed by Hanif and nine other local leaders, cited climate change and the need for more affordable housing as key concerns. These lawmakers argue that the city would be able to build more affordable housing, reduce carbon emissions and create additional commercial space if it reduced the minimum parking requirements. (Room)
  3. Sydney and Michael Hursa, owners of Synful Eats, announced the expansion of their delivery service to Brooklyn and Queens. Their sophisticated candy delivery service has been hugely popular in Manhattan and the Hamptons and will now be available to residents of Brooklyn. Synful Eats supports Every mother matters, an organization dedicated to the safety of mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. by donating 1% of its total profits. (NAMI)

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More private residential parking spaces to get EV chargers

Electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in 140,000 parking spaces in 700 private residential buildings, Paul Chan announced.

The government launched a HK$2 billion home electric vehicle charging grant program in October 2020 to promote the installation of charging stations in parking lots of existing private residential buildings.

Given the overwhelming response, an additional HK$1.5 billion will be injected to extend the program for four years until the 2027-28 financial year.

The program will support the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in around 140,000 parking spaces in 700 residential buildings, or almost half of the eligible parking spaces in Hong Kong.

A government source said Hong Kong has seen rapid growth in electric vehicles, with one in four electric vehicles of newly registered passenger cars last year.

The source said authorities found it necessary to allocate more funds as they had already received 560 applications as of the end of last month, which were for around 115,000 parking spaces, while the initial funding of $2 billion HK for the program could only cover about 60,000 parking spaces.

About 240 of the 560 applications have been approved. The additional HK$1.5 billion may provide more room for new applications, the source said.

The first installation work should begin within the week. The source said it is expected that installation works will be completed for around 100 private car parks by March next year.

Meanwhile, Chan said the government is preparing to gradually convert some gasoline or liquefied petroleum gas filling stations into fast charging stations, to support the provision of charging services for more diverse types of vehicles. .

“We will also explore the feasibility of developing larger service station sites under the ‘single site, multiple use’ model,” he added.

In innovation and technology, HK$10 billion will be injected to promote the development of life and health technologies. The funding will be used to support equipment, research talent, clinical trials and data application so that universities and institutions can improve their capabilities and capacities.

An InnoLife Healthtech Hub will be set up in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park, which will include 16 life science and health laboratories established under the flagship project of “InnoHK Research Clusters”.

Universities will see their grant amount under the Technology Startup Support Program for Universities doubled to HK$16 million. It’s about helping them create their own start-ups and commercialize their research and development results.

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Electric vehicle charging facilities to be added to 140,000 parking spaces: FS

Electric vehicle charging facilities will be added to 140,000 parking spaces in 700 existing private residential buildings, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po announced in his budget.

The government launched a HK$2 billion home electric vehicle charging grant program in October 2020 to promote the installation of charging stations in parking lots of existing private residential buildings.

Given the overwhelming response, an additional HK$1.5 billion will be injected to extend the program for four years to the financial year 2027-28. The program will support the installation of infrastructure for charging electric vehicles for a total of approximately 140,000 parking spaces, or nearly half of the eligible parking spaces in Hong Kong.

To advance innovation and technology, the FS will inject an additional HK$10 billion to promote the development of life and health technologies.

The funding will be used to support areas such as equipment, research talent, clinical trials and data application so that institutions like universities can improve their capabilities and capabilities in life and health technologies. health and strengthen the industrial chain.

An InnoLife Healthtech Hub will also be set up in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park, which will include 16 life sciences and health laboratories established under the flagship project of “InnoHK Research Clusters”. and eight relevant state key laboratories.

The Hospital Authority will also help more institutions explore how to better use their hospitals to conduct research and clinical trials, as well as the valuable clinical data they have accumulated for research and development.

“Our goal is to promote multi-faceted collaboration in scientific research and industry development, to make Hong Kong a major center for research and development in life and health disciplines, and to connect industrial clusters related,” Chan said.

Meanwhile, universities will see their grant amount under the Technology Startup Support Program for Universities doubled to HK$16 million to help universities create their own start-ups and commercialize their research results and development.

The increased grant will be awarded to start-ups from universities with private investment on a one-to-one matching basis, and each start-up can receive an annual grant of up to HK$1.5 million for up to three years.

On the other hand, a new “Digital Economy Development Committee” will be set up to facilitate Hong Kong’s progress in the digital economy.

The proposed committee will be made up of experts and academics, industry elites and relevant government officials, Chan said, after describing digitalization as an “inevitable trend” for Hong Kong.

To strengthen Hong Kong’s intellectual property regime, a total of approximately HK$85 million will be allocated to the Department of Intellectual Property over the next three fiscal years to enhance the city’s ability to conduct substantive examination. in the processing of original patent applications.

As the Copyright Ordinance Amendment consultation period ends today, Chan said the government will “carefully consider” the views gathered before the Copyright Ordinance Amendment Bill the amended Copyright Ordinance is submitted to LegCo in the first half of this year.

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Proposed parking lot in downtown Clarksville polarizes community

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parking cost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This heavily criticized option is now irrelevant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ellis Hospital gets approval for replacement parking – The Daily Gazette

SCHENECTADY — A new $30 million parking structure is coming to the Ellis Hospital campus after the city’s Planning Commission approved plans for the project on Wednesday.

The new structure will be built in the same location as the existing car park built 44 years ago at the corner of Nott Street and Ulster Avenue that hospital officials say has outgrown and requires thousands of dollars in maintenance costs each year.

“There is a real need at the Ellis Hospital site for a new parking structure,” said hospital spokesman Philip Schwartz.

The new structure will be narrower than the existing structure and will include eight levels and a total of 1,200 parking spaces, nearly doubling the 740 spaces of the existing four-story structure.

Additional green space will be added along Ulster Avenue to reduce stormwater runoff and improve curb appeal. The structure will also mirror the facade of the hospital’s Rosa Road parking garage.

Demolition of the current structure is expected to begin later this summer and the new precast concrete structure will be installed using a crane that will remain on site throughout the construction process, which is expected to take 16 months.

Hospital officials have been in communication with city school officials to ensure the safety of students at Oneida Middle School. The school is directly across Ulster Avenue from the construction site.

The hospital is also working on parking plans to ensure minimal disruption to local neighborhoods. Plans currently call for employees to be shuttled to the hospital from nearby parking lots, including a hospital-owned parking lot on Hillside Avenue. Ellis Medicine also has parking adjacent to the parking garage on Ulster Avenue.

Schwartz said the hospital plans to continue its outreach activities in the coming months.

Contact journalist Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

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Construction of new parking lot displaces students and staff

The surprisingly good weather for a Wyoming winter means that Sampson Construction and the construction of the Ivinson parking garage continue to stay on track. (Photo by L. Hoffman.)

Students and staff are torn between frustration and excitement over the new Ivinson parking garage.

“I’m really looking forward to finding good parking options on campus,” said Miranda Perry, a journalism student. “This will ease the frustration we all feel when paying for parking permits,”

With a unique position as a student and employee, Perry describes how limited parking availability disrupts both her school and work schedule.

“Last semester I had to plan things around the parking lot,” Perry said, “I have to avoid setting up meetings or appointments that require me to leave [work] in the afternoon.”

Perry notes that the University of Wyoming has not announced to students and staff the closings of grounds and parking spaces.

“Recently, I found out that some co-workers didn’t realize that some parking lots had been redesignated,” Perry said. “I don’t think it was communicated very well that there were more parking options.”

“Behind the Ag building they put in some new green space, which was confusing because there are specific requirements for green space,” Perry said. “They could have used it as a temporary parking space while they started other construction projects.”

With the combination of parking issues and mass construction, students and staff are experiencing a new disconnect.

“That’s what people at other universities struggle with, and it was something different when I came to UW,” Perry said. “There was this open space and a sense of movement. Looks like a bit of that has been lost recently.

Keeping construction projects on track has also proven difficult.

“Construction of a concrete structure at 7,200 feet during the winter always poses the problem of weather conditions,” said Jennifer Coast, deputy director of Capital Construction and Safety. “Sampson Construction is responsible for temporary heating and has built several parking lots in the Rockies.”

The university expects the parking garage to alleviate on-campus parking issues when complete.

“Parking has always been in high demand at UW,” said Paul Kunkel, director of transportation services at UW. “The campus community is thrilled with this addition of a multi-level parking structure near the heart of campus.”

The new three-level structure will be a mix between short-term parking and permit parking during regular UW hours

This contradicts some students’ hopes of free parking on Ivinson for better access to places like The Union and Guthrie House.

“Ivinson’s ground was nice to get to for Reece Hall, and nothing really came together to replace him,” Perry said.

“There hasn’t been student parking near Gutherie House in the past, so the current situation is really nothing new,” Kunkel said. “The parking lots east of Union and west of the Cooper lot both had available capacity when the Ivinson lot closed in October.”

With the Ivinson car park well underway and the possible approval of more car parks in the future, students and staff are concerned about which locations will be affected and how their access to campus will be adjusted.

“I know the faculty don’t use ‘A’ parking permits because it’s not worth it because depending on where you work on campus there are a lot of ‘death zones’ for parking,” Perry said.


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New parking spaces at GK, Lajpat, Nizamuddin, Punjabi Bagh coming soon

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation would construct several new parking facilities near Gk-1 Market, Nizamuddin, Gk-2 Market, Amar Settlement, Lajpat Nagar and Punjabi Bagh, Mayor Mukesh Suryan said on Tuesday.

He said space to construct multi-level car parks had been identified at Punjabi Bagh Club Road and Janakpuri.

Suryan also said that the construction of a parking lot with a capacity of 399 cars at GK-1 market and another parking lot with a capacity of 86 cars at Nizamuddin are in full swing.

Work on the parking lot that can accommodate 238 cars at GK-2 market, 81 cars at Amar Colony-Lajpat Nagar and 225 cars near the cremation center at Punjabi Bagh has also started.

According to a 2017 government report, the number of registered vehicles in the nation’s capital has crossed the crore mark.

Delhi government transport department data puts the total number of registered vehicles at 1,05,67,712. There are 31,72,842 registered cars in the city. The numbers have increased several since then.

Suryan said that currently, fully automated multi-level car parks are operational at Green Park with a capacity of 136 cars, Lajpat Nagar-3 with a capacity of 246 cars and Adhchini Village with a capacity of 246 cars. a capacity of 56 cars.

He also said that the SDMC has tried to strengthen the parking system in all areas and more spaces will be identified to build modern parking lots in the future.

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DU faces an acute parking space management problem

Dhaka’s century-old university has a lot of problems; shortage of dormitories for students, housing for teachers, poor water supply and waste management. Add parking problems to the list.

Cars, motorbikes and bicycles, parked on the road in front of and around the arts building, are a common scenario. Without officially designated spaces, many are forced to park their vehicles haphazardly, UNB reports.

“Usually the university administration doesn’t allow us to park here, but exceptions are made for special guests and visitors,” said driver Abu Hanif, who parked his car in front of the building. Arts.

Asked about car parking at Shadow, a corridor next to the arts building where a space is reserved for parking, Abu Hanif said the space was too small to accommodate the growing number of vehicles.

Another driver, Saiff Kader, said: “It’s a decent space for us to park here. But the university administration does not allow us to stay here long.

“Sometimes they also file complaints,” he added.

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However, it should be mentioned that only 15 cars can be parked in the shade at a time and this is the only parking area in the Faculty of Arts. In addition, Shadow is reserved for teachers’ vehicles. And there is no parking area for student and tutor vehicles.

On the other hand, the parking lots of the Faculty of Business Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Institute of Business Administration and the Faculty of Science are a bit different.

The Faculty of Commerce has two parking lots, one for teachers and the other for students. Most of the time, in the faculties of commerce, the vehicles are systematically parked.

Meanwhile, the Faculty of Social Sciences has its parking lot in its basement but the facilities are not sufficient.

Also, University vehicles to transport students, teachers and staff can be seen parked on the road on Mall Chattor and on the north side of the Jagannath Hall Playground.

Due to the lack of proper parking facilities, parking anywhere on campus has become a problem not only in the academic parts of campus, but also in dormitories and in the central library.

Bicycles and motorbikes are seen parked in hallways and lobby passageways as there is no allocated space for parking.

In addition, the facade of the libraries is cluttered with student bicycles and motorbikes.

The suffering of students

Anis Hossen, a 2nd year student in the Department of Management Information Systems, said, “Sometimes it looks like the whole campus is a parking zone, because you can see cars, motorbikes and buses are parked. anywhere on campus.”

Imon Hasan, a 2nd year student in the Tourism and Hospitality Management department, regretted that the campus has become a highway where there is no one to monitor the parking of vehicles.

“I’ve never seen the front of the Teacher-Student Center (TSC) area empty. I don’t know when it turned into a rickshaw stand!” he added.

Students cannot navigate campus roads easily due to unauthorized parking and excessive traffic from outside vehicles, the students said.

What the relevant authorities say

“We do our best to maintain discipline but we also have to be human. We have to admit that we don’t have enough space to park but we have to park our cars, buses and other vehicles,” the vice said. -Chancellor (Admin) Pr Dr Abdus Samad.

“Also, foreign vehicles such as secretarial cars are parked on campus. We all know that public transport should not be allowed on campus, but we have to allow it because it is a problem. national.” he added.

He also said, “Before making a difficult decision, we should think twice about our ability.”

“This issue will take a long time to resolve. We have to deal with this parking issue until the ‘Master Plan’ is implemented,” Prof Samad added.

Professor DU Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani said: “Whenever we see cars in a no-parking zone, we chase them away”,

Shafiqur Rahman, one of the managers of the university’s transport management office, said: “Actually, we don’t have enough space to park, even though we have a total of 23 vehicles at our disposal. .”

When contacted, the University of Dhaka property manager, Fatema Binte Mustafa, refused to speak by mobile phone about the matter.

Master plan to improve parking

Apart from the new high-rise university buildings, the Tk 90 billion master plan, marking the university’s 100th anniversary, includes the development of transport services with parking facilities. It also contains new roads with bike lanes and overpasses.

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Some Downtown Boise Parking Permit Prices May Rise


A car parks in the Ninth and Main parking lot in downtown Boise. It is one of Boise’s busiest parking lots, and usage has recently returned to pre-pandemic levels.

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Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, downtown Boise parking lot usage is finally close to where it was at the start of 2020.

Increased usage means parking rates may soon increase.

But don’t sweat yet. The hourly rate will remain at $3 and the first hour will always be free. The proposal from staff at Capital City Development Corp., Boise’s urban renewal agency, which owns and operates the six downtown ParkBoi garages, is primarily for monthly permits.

The proposal, which was presented to the agency’s board on Tuesday, includes a price increase of 5% to 10% for most monthly permits. At the Ninth and Main garage and the Capitol and Main garage – the two busiest parking garages in ParkBoi – the monthly permit rate would increase by 9%, from $175 per month to $190 per month. In these two garages, the hourly maximum on weekdays would increase from $15 to $20.

The monthly permit price for the 11th and front garage would increase by 25% from $100 to $125, but would still be the lowest priced permit available. Any other proposed increase in permit rate is 10% or less.

The proposal includes increasing the weekend daily maximum at all garages to $8 from $6.

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This table shows the proposed price increases for ParkBoi Monthly Garage Permits. The Ninth and Main Garage and the Capitol and Main Garage are the two busiest in ParkBoi. Now that usage is back to pre-pandemic levels, the CCDC is considering raising parking prices. CCDC

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This table outlines the proposed parking rate increases for ParkBoi parking garages in downtown Boise. The weekday maximum for hourly users could increase at ParkBoi’s two busiest garages. Utilization of these two garages (Ninth and Main Garage and Capitol and Main Garage) has exceeded pre-pandemic levels in recent months. CCDC

Potential price increases are expected to be reviewed by the board on March 14. The agency plans to launch an online survey this week at and keep it open until February 28. It also plans to inform customers and publish a public notice. before the March 14 meeting. If the rate increases are approved, they will take effect on May 1.

“We’re trying to employ demand-based pricing,” Parking and Mobility Manager Matt Edmond said during Tuesday’s meeting. “We like to say in the business world (that) parking can be convenient, cheap and/or available, but it can’t be all three. You basically have to choose two. Thus, the goal of rate adjustments is generally to target higher rates to maintain availability at these high-demand facilities and to direct some of that demand to areas where availability is generally not an issue.

The increases would also offset rising operating and maintenance costs and help pay for parking and mobility initiatives to improve the customer experience, Edmond said.

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Rates for monthly users of two of downtown Boise’s most popular parking garages, including the one at 9th and Main streets, could increase in May 2022 if proposed increases are approved by the Boise Board of Directors. municipal agency that operates the garages. David Stats [email protected]

Part of Edmond’s explanation for the price increases was to find a way to keep people away from the two most popular garages. The Ninth and Main Garage and the Capitol and Main Garages have filled up recently while other garages have more space available.

“Maximum daily users could potentially displace these people coming downtown for a very short period of time,” Edmond said.

From November 2019 to February 2020, the Ninth and Main Garage reached a peak occupancy rate of 89.4%. In November and December 2021, the garage was at 86%.

At the Capitol and main garage, peak occupancy hit 84.4% before the pandemic, down from 93.9% in the past two months.

A parking facility is generally considered to be at full capacity when 85% or more of its spaces are occupied, according to the agency.

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This graph shows ParkBoi garage usage in downtown Boise each month from December 2019 through December 2021. After a steep decline at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, usage has returned to pre-COVID levels. pandemic in recent months. CCDC

The new proposal also provides an option for employers to pay for a number of parking spaces at any given time rather than a number of permits for individual users. Edmond said this is based on companies adopting hybrid models in which employees work from home part-time and in the office part-time. For example, instead of paying for 50 permits, an employer could pay for 25 places.

Edmond said his department was considering rate increases before March 2020, but those plans were “rendered moot” when the pandemic hit and garage usage plummeted.

The recovery has been slow, but agency statistics show that demand is about to return. Hourly revenue is around 80-85% where it was before the pandemic and overall garage inflows are around 90-95%. At the two busiest garages, usage exceeded pre-pandemic levels by 1% to 2%, Edmond said.

“It’s great to see our numbers are back,” said CCDC Board Chair Dana Zuckerman. “I hope this means businesses in downtown Boise are doing well. That’s what I read here.

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This graph shows usage at ParkBoi’s Ninth and Main garage and Capitol and Main garage in downtown Boise. Usage in recent months has exceeded pre-pandemic levels. These are the two busiest garages in ParkBoi. CCDC

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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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‘Reduce the number of parking spaces to discourage car ownership,’ committee says

The number of parking spaces should be reduced to encourage more people to give up their cars, DTs and senators will be told today.

he National Economic and Social Council (NESC) will today tell the Oireachtas Housing Committee that car use and ownership should be discouraged.

The committee will discuss urban development and in particular housing developments that are transport oriented.

According to the NESC, this can be done by reducing parking spaces or by setting up parking lots farther from dwellings.

“Transport-oriented development also means actively discouraging car use and ownership, by reducing the availability of parking spaces or locating parking away from dwellings, in garages on the outskirts of development,” NESC’s Dr. Cathal FitzGerald will tell the committee.

Meanwhile Conn Donovan from the Cork Cycling Campaign will tell the committee there should be a move away from private cars and towards public transport, walking and cycling in the development of the city.

In his opening remarks, Mr Donovan will say that communities are suffering from “increased risk of death and disease” due to heavy car use.

“We know that when urban areas are dominated by cars, communities suffer. Less social interaction, increased risk of death and disease, sleep disturbances and developmental delays in children have all been associated with living near busy roads,” he will tell the committee. .

He will also claim that cycling to work reduces “the risk of developing heart disease and cancer by 40%” and that if there was access to a drug that did just that “governments around the world would rush to ensure that their citizens had access to it”.

The committee will today discuss urban regeneration and the role of transport-oriented development.

Mr Donovan will argue that the government should use a ‘carrot and stick approach’ to get more people to cycle, with the carrot approaches being ‘safe cycle paths, high quality cycle parking and compact neighborhoods.

The ‘stick’ includes higher parking fees, limiting car access in built-up areas and ‘repurposing road space’.

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These are the three most expensive parking spots in Toronto right now

For most residents of downtown Toronto, a car is more of a luxury than a necessity. Sure, you might need to move a couch on the subway once in a while, but you can probably manage your day-to-day life without investing in a car.

But if you just can’t live without that luxury, then be prepared to cough up luxury prices accordingly to own a place to store that car, with those lines painted on the asphalt now costing some buyers way more of $100,000.

Turns out there are three such spaces that currently exceed the six-figure mark in Toronto, and a look at the three most expensive parking spaces listed on offers a window into the madness unfolding in condo parking lots across the city.

197 Yonge Street – $125,000

A regular on the lists of the most expensive car parks in the city, 197 Yongeknown as Massey Tower, tops the list through 2022, with a space listed for $125,000. And that’s not even taking into account the $211 monthly maintenance fee.

It was one of three buildings with a parking space that exceeded the $100,000 mark in 2020, and if that wasn’t enough, the building had space listed for a whopping $120,000 in 2021.

If you’re wondering why this slim condo tower charged such high parking prices, it’s more than the building’s central location just steps from the Queen subway station.

The tight Massey Tower site required a complex automated parking garage with car lifts, stacks and turntable systems, hidden behind the tower’s sculptural Yonge Street facade.

89 McGill Street – $100,000

This condo tower at the corner of Church and McGill has a space listed for the modest sum of $100,000and as 197 Yonge, Alter on Church at 89 McGill Street is a relatively new condominium building.

And while it’s not quite the fancy high-tech garage seen at Massey Tower, this place comes with an electric charging station and a much more reasonable monthly maintenance fee of just under $87.

49 Liberty Street East – $100,000

The Liberty Central condo complex in 49 Liberty Street East in the King West Village neighborhood seems like a rather unexpected place for a parking space with so many zeros at the end.

The area may be less central and the condo tower less glitzy than the other places on this list, but this space comes with an extra storage locker and a very cheap monthly fee of just over $30.

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Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson NJ to lose parking spots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Improvements to government building ‘stone age’ parking lot get green light

January 9 – It’s been seven years since the Government Service Center parking garage was dubbed a ‘Stone Age’ structure, but in a few months, drivers will be able to use it 24/7 and pay in cash or by credit card.

During budget hearings in 2015, Commissioner Cindy Carpenter dubbed the five-story structure at the corner of Court Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard their “Stone Age” garage, but it still took several years for the wheels to turn to automate it. , in part because of the cost.

Now Carpenter is calling it their “new age” garage since she and her fellow Commissioners have given the green light to spend $ 200,000 to fully automate the garage which will be open 24/7 and drivers can use money or credit to pay. The project, which generates more income, is expected to be completed by the end of this quarter.

“I think the key to success is just to make it easy to use, if we achieve that goal we have done something very beneficial to the public…” said Carpenter. “I’m not as worried about the source of income as I want to make it convenient for the public as we were able to generate enough income to maintain this garage.”

The 600-space garage is currently cash-only, payable at the door. Proposals over the years to automate the garage, make it more user-friendly, and generate income through community events several years ago ranged from $ 100,000 to $ 400,000.

Chris Hacker, the county’s director of assets, purchasing and projects, said he didn’t need to bid on the project because the software system that operates the garage systems was already in place. The entrance and exits will look the same, except that there will no longer be a garage attendant to run the stand on Court Street.

There will be a payment kiosk that takes cash or credit in the lobby on the first floor of the garage and another inside the CGC near the covered passage that connects the two buildings on the second floor.

There are a number of different parking arrangements at the garage. People can pay $ 40 per month for a reserved spot, county jurisdiction jurors, law enforcement and firefighters and others park for free, then daily parking lots that pay a maximum of $ 6.50 . There will be an online payment option for monthly parking.

Hacker has said now that they can eliminate the separate daily rate and the monthly parking lanes that go down to the exit, they can add additional parking spaces along that ramp, which will improve the bottom line.

Previously, there were two part-time mechanics who collectively made $ 31,000. According to county administrator Judi Boyko, one has retired and the other has filled a vacant position in the county mail room.

The full-time parking attendant will always be there to “troubleshoot” and make sure everything is working properly.

The other commissioners said early on that the automation project must have a decent return on investment. Boyko said the county estimates “a five-year return on investment based on the cost of automation, increased revenue and reduced costs.” She said she expects earnings to increase by about 18 to 20 percent, or about $ 35,000 per year.

Entertainment and events have intensified dramatically in Hamilton since the county began discussing automation, such as the giant sports and convention site Spooky Nook which is under construction. Commissioner TC Rogers said having a fully automated garage will allow them to capitalize on all the activity.

“I think it’s a solid investment, especially with what’s going on in the city of Hamilton,” said Rogers. “Parking will be more important outside of office hours. “

Another sign of the times that makes automation a particularly interesting project is the severe labor shortage everyone faces due to the fallout from the pandemic, according to Commissioner Don Dixon. He said “it makes sense to take the one headache out” of finding people to work in the garage and the price was right.

Hacker said that once the automation project is completed, the “cash only” signs will drop and there will be a lot of signs to inform people about the new parking process.

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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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DC Srinagar Reviews Measures for Adequate Parking, City Traffic Decongestion – India Education | Latest Education News | Global education news

SRINAGAR: To ensure adequate parking in the heavily congested areas of Srinagar city, Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad chaired a joint meeting of all stakeholders on Friday in the meeting room of the Srinagar office complex. DC, here.

During the meeting, a tense discussion took place regarding providing adequate parking space for traders in Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Poloview, Batmaloo, Hari Sing High Street, Goni Khan, Shaheed Gunj and other adjacent areas to overcome traffic jams. in the city.

The meeting also discussed measures taken to streamline and improve the traffic system, in addition to measures taken to reduce nuisance due to poor parking and roadside encroachments in the city.

On occasion, the deputy commissioner insisted on coordinating the efforts of the district administration, traffic police, SMC, SDA and all stakeholders, including traders and customers. , strictly following the traffic rules in letter and spirit for the greater good of the public.

The DC also insisted on the optimal use of the existing car park and on the simultaneous identification and development of new parking spaces to accommodate the vehicles of traders and customers. He also asked to reserve adequate parking spaces for traders for a reasonable monthly fee.

While interacting with the representatives of the various professional bodies, the DC asked them to cooperate with the Administration to ensure a good regulation of the traffic in the city in particular on the congested and heavy traffic axes to overcome the traffic jams.

The DC also asked them to motivate other traders and the general public to use paid parking lots to overcome traffic jams.

Regarding the demand of traders to provide parking spaces to traders at preferential rates, the deputy commissioner asked the relevant SDA authorities to examine the trader’s request as a priority and to review the parking fees for traders because they must use on a daily basis.

The deputy commissioner also asked the SDA authorities to submit land allocation requests for new parking sites in the city so that sufficient parking space is available to accommodate more vehicles.

The Vice President of Srinagar Development Authority also spoke on this occasion and briefed the President on the current parking capacity available in Srinagar.

The Vice President, SDA, Bashir Ahmad, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Hanief Balkhi, SP Traffic, Zaffar Ahmad, Director of Planning, Secretary SDA, Tehsildar South and others concerned were present at the meeting .

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DC Srinagar reviews measures for adequate parking, decongestion of traffic in the city

To ensure adequate parking in the heavily congested areas of Srinagar city, Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad chaired a joint meeting of all stakeholders in the meeting room of the DC office complex here on Friday.

During the meeting, a tense discussion took place regarding providing adequate parking space for traders in Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Poloview, Batmaloo, Hari Sing High Street, Goni Khan, Shaheed Gunj and other adjacent areas to overcome traffic jams. in the city.

The meeting also discussed measures taken to streamline and improve the traffic system, in addition to measures taken to reduce nuisance due to poor parking and roadside encroachments in the city.

On occasion, the deputy commissioner insisted on coordinating the efforts of the district administration, traffic police, SMC, SDA and all stakeholders, including traders and customers. , strictly following the traffic rules in letter and spirit for the greater good of the public.

The DC also insisted on the optimal use of the existing car park and on the simultaneous identification and development of new parking spaces to accommodate the vehicles of traders and customers. He also asked to reserve adequate parking spaces for traders for a reasonable monthly fee.

While interacting with the representatives of the various professional bodies, the DC asked them to cooperate with the Administration to ensure a good regulation of the traffic in the city in particular on the congested and heavy traffic axes to overcome the traffic jams.

The DC also asked them to motivate other traders and the general public to use paid parking lots to overcome traffic jams.

Regarding the demand of traders to provide parking spaces to traders at preferential rates, the deputy commissioner asked the relevant SDA authorities to examine the trader’s request as a priority and to review the parking fees for traders because they must use on a daily basis.

The deputy commissioner also asked the SDA authorities to submit land allocation requests for new parking sites in the city so that sufficient parking space is available to accommodate more vehicles.

The Vice President of Srinagar Development Authority also spoke on this occasion and briefed the President on the current parking capacity available in Srinagar.

The Vice President, SDA, Bashir Ahmad, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Hanief Balkhi, SP Traffic, Zaffar Ahmad, Director of Planning, Secretary SDA, Tehsildar South and others concerned were present at the meeting .

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DC Srinagar reviews measures for adequate parking facilities, traffic decongestion in the city

To ensure adequate parking facilities in highly congested areas of Srinagar city, Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad on Friday chaired a joint meeting of all stakeholders at the meeting hall of the office complex of Srinagar. DC here.

During the meeting, a discussion took place on the issue of providing adequate parking space for traders in Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Poloview, Batmaloo, Hari Sing High Street, Goni Khan, Shaheed Gunj and other adjacent areas to overcome traffic congestion. in the city.

The meeting also discussed the measure undertaken to streamline and improve the traffic system, apart from the measures taken to reduce the nuisances of improper parking and road encroachments in the city.

On occasion, the Deputy Commissioner stressed the need to coordinate the efforts of the district administration, traffic police, SMC, SDA and all stakeholders including traders and customers , strictly following traffic rules in letter and spirit for the greater good of the public.

The DC has also focused on making the best use of existing parking and simultaneously identifying and developing new parking spaces to accommodate merchant and customer vehicles. He also asked to reserve adequate parking spaces for traders at a reasonable monthly fee.

While interacting with the representatives of various trades, the DC asked them to cooperate with the Administration to ensure smooth regulation of traffic in the city especially on congested and dense traffic lanes to overcome traffic jams.

The DC also asked them to motivate other traders and the general public to use paid parking lots to overcome traffic jams.

Regarding the merchants’ request to provide parking for merchants at preferential rates, the Deputy Commissioner requested the concerned authorities of SDA to consider the merchants’ demand as a matter of priority and review the parking fees for merchants because they must use daily.

The Deputy Commissioner also requested the SDA authorities to submit the land allocation requisitions for new parking sites in the city so that enough parking space is made available to accommodate more vehicles.

The Deputy Chairman of Srinagar Development Authority also addressed the occasion and briefed the Chairman on the current parking capacity available in Srinagar.

Vice President, SDA, Bashir Ahmad, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr. Syed Hanief Balkhi, SP Traffic, Zaffar Ahmad, Director of Planning, SDA Secretary, Tehsildar South and other concerned persons were present at the meeting.

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Toora Township horse parking spaces entice Gippsland riders to stay awhile

It’s straight out of an old western.

Anna Hopkins and her friends saddle up and ride to town, although in this scene there is no shooting or sheriffs.

Toora in eastern Victoria is more of a coffee and art place.

Until recently, if you rode around town, you had to hold the reins while waiting for your latte.

From now on, the municipality has parking lots for horses. Six enclosures along the shopping street of Toora.

The South Gippsland Shire Council has built public stables along the Great Southern Rail Trail, not far from the Toora pub.

Your horse can drink and lodge for free while you ride through the township.

Anna Hopkins regularly rides Toora on her black and white mare Indi.

“I ride around town all the time. Last weekend I passed by and the cafe had just opened, so I passed by and had a coffee,” she said.

Friends Kylie Beaumont, Sarah Reeves and Anna Hopkins with Sarah Dunsty’s son and horses Oaky, Catory, Minx and Indy.(Provided: Kylie Beaumont)

“Before horse parks, we usually couldn’t stop unless you were standing there holding your horse.”

Ms. Hopkins, chair of the Toora Community Action Team, was one of the driving forces behind the horse paddock project.

“We hope it will bring opportunities to our city, bring in different people who normally couldn’t stop.”

South Gippsland infrastructure planning officer Tony Peterson said that if the Toora Horse Parking Lots brought tourism to the town and were a success, the council would build more horse facilities along the track.

Riders enjoy a beer at the Toora pub with horses in the background.
The riders enjoy a beer at the Toora Pub, but don’t let go of the reins!(Provided: Kylie Beaumont)

“The local railroad is like a backbone that runs through our community. It’s no more than about 10 kilometers before another town,” he said.

“We plan to build more hitch bays along the way, determining which cities would have enough space.”

Mr Peterson said the people of Toora were involved in the design process.

“Local pony clubs and riders were key in the planning so that we could meet their needs. It works out really well,” he said.

Wood parks under the gum trees, horse paddocks.
New stables built to ‘park’ mounted horses in Toora, Victoria. (Provided: Kylie Beaumont)

Anne Roussac-Hoyne, who owns Rare Earth Studio Gallery in Toora, said she looked forward to more people visiting her town.

“I see so many bikes going up and down the street off the rail trail and the horse lessons mean people on horseback can do the same,” Ms Roussac-Hoyne said.

“It should definitely be good for Toora’s businesses.”

And the bigger question, what about all the horse poop?

“People can put it in their gardens,” said Toora local Ms Hopkins.

Horse parking spaces are located at Sagassa Park in Toora, South Gippsland, Eastern Victoria.


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How Oslo is recycling its old parking spaces for cyclists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Noida will get digital parking lots by the end of December this year

The Noida Authority will soon operate all parking lots in the city, including the multi-level parking lot, through a mobile app (not yet named) that will launch by the end of December.

This will help ensure transparency and make the parking process easier for all users. (Representative image)

The Noida Authority has released a statement saying it will operate all parking lots in the city, including the multi-level parking lot, through a mobile app (not yet named) to be launched by the end of December.

This will help ensure transparency and make the parking process easier for all users.

Vehicle parking spaces in sectors 18 and 38A, and Film City, and underground parking lots in sectors 1, 3 and 5 are under the authority of Noida, as well as at least 60 parking sites – managed by different private entrepreneurs – across town.

The authority is in the final stages of launching the app and once the app is up and running, people will be able to book parking spaces through digital payment, saving them time, officials said.

The Noida authority will also open an escrow account, connected to the app, so that the collected revenue goes to this account and information about it is recorded from each parking site.

The Noida Film City car park has a capacity of 1,400 vehicles and areas 38A (7,000), 1 (534), 3 (565) and 5 (262). The others in the city are surface parking lots.

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More than 60 additional parking spaces arrive at the TPP in time for Christmas

Vance Lewis

Management at the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park (TPP) is creating an additional 60 parking spaces to accommodate more visitors to the multimillion-dollar facility as the holiday season and cruise ship arrivals gear up.

According to TPP CEO Vance Lewis there have been complaints over the years about the lack of adequate parking spaces at the pier park and he and his team have sought to address this issue with the new car park which is expected to be ready soon.

“You know, because Christmas is coming up, we’re kicking things into high gear. We’re in the process of making sure we have improved parking. Improved parking means we have additional parking options. One of the perennial complaints that we had in the pier park is that parking is limited so just at the entrance there is a space which is cleared, rolled and paved and it is going to be marked to provide some 60 additional parking spaces” , Lewis said.

“Then we will open the gate to allow people to enter the park directly from the pier. Thus, you will be literally a stone’s throw from the park of the pier. This is in addition to the parking we currently have at the facilities,” added the CEO.

Lewis noted that the holiday season, which includes TPP’s annual three-day Christmas event, means there will be a greater influx of patrons into the park. He said that means more and safer parking lots are needed to make park users feel comfortable while they shop and have fun.

The CEO added that the reopening of the cruise ship has also led to increased activity in the pier park, which also requires additional parking spaces for taxi operators; therefore the area is being prepared in time for Christmas.

Lewis hopes the parking lot will be ready for vehicles next week as the postponed three-day Christmas celebration kicks off on Tuesday.

The event, which was to take place from Thursday December 16 to Saturday December 18, has been postponed due to bad weather.

However, according to management, everything should go as planned on December 21.

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Noida Authority to digitally operate all parking lots by end of December

The Noida authority will operate all parking lots in the city, including the multi-level parking lot, through a mobile app (not yet named) that will launch by the end of December, officials said on Sunday.

The authority wants to ensure transparency and make the parking process easy for users. Once the app is up and running, people will be able to book parking spaces through digital payment, which will save them time, officials said.

“We will probably start operations via the app in all the main parking lots in the city by the end of December. We are in the final phase of launching the application. Once the application is operational, the parking services will become completely digital and this will help to maintain transparency, ”said SP Singh, deputy general manager of the Noida authority, who also heads the Noida traffic cell.

Vehicle parking spaces in sectors 18 and 38A, and Film City, and underground parking lots in sectors 1, 3 and 5 are under the authority of Noida, as well as at least 60 parking sites – managed by different private entrepreneurs – across town.

Many times people complain that parking attendants misbehave with them and overload the space. “When the app is up and running, people won’t face such problems. They can easily get the service through the app, ”Singh said.

The Noida authority will also open an escrow account, connected to the app, so that the collected revenue goes to this account and information about it is recorded from each parking site.

The Noida Film City car park has a capacity of 1,400 vehicles and areas 38A (7,000), 1 (534), 3 (565) and 5 (262). The others in the city are surface parking lots.

“The Noida Authority keeps talking about transparency and ease of use, but nothing like this has happened so far. We hope that this service starts as soon as possible, without delay … Many private contractors for the service are overloaded, and sometimes their behavior is not appropriate either, ”said Kummu Joshi Bhatnagar, a social activist from the Noida sector 77.

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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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Lukewarm Grief Falls Board at Parking Garage | Local government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunflower parking spaces ‘make life easier’ for people with hidden disabilities – Clarke

Deputy Sorca Clarke wants the council to introduce Sunflower parking spaces in Blackhall and other public car parks in the county.

Longford Westmeath Sinn Féin TD Sorca Clarke has asked Westmeath County Council to introduce Sunflower parking spaces in all major towns and villages.

The purpose of Sunflower Spaces, Deputy Clarke explained, is to “make life a little easier for people living with hidden disabilities and have them available in parking lots for people who don’t have a license. blue badge, making local facilities and amenities more accessible.”

“Hidden disabilities can include learning disabilities, mental health issues as well as mobility, speech, sight or hearing impairments. They can also include conditions such as asthma, COPD and other debilitating lung conditions as well as chronic conditions such as kidney failure, diabetes and sleep disturbances, all of which can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life.

“Living with these types of conditions can make everyday life more demanding for many people. They affect each person in different ways and can be painful, exhausting and isolating. Without visible evidence of a hidden disability, it is often difficult for others to recognize the challenges people face, which means that sympathy and understanding can often be in short supply.

“Similar pilot projects are underway in other local authorities across the country and there is no reason why, at very little cost, it cannot be implemented in Westmeath,” the report concluded. Deputy Clarke.

Sinn Féin local representative for the town of Mullingar, Hazel Behan, echoed Deputy Clarke’s calls for the council to introduce sunflower spaces across the county.

“I think it is imperative that Westmeath recognize people living in our community with hidden disabilities and follow the progressive example of other local authorities who have successfully implemented this system in public car parks.

“Having Sunflower Spaces raises awareness and greatly helps people with hidden disabilities who may face significant challenges in their daily lives. Making sure everyone knows what the sunflower means shows that someone who has chosen to park in this type of designated space may need extra support and lead to understanding and tolerance additional.

“I look forward to Westmeath County Council taking the necessary steps to make our communities more inclusive and the lives of hidden disabled people more tolerable by implementing this relatively cheap and sensible measure,” Ms Behan said.

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According to recent accounts, many parking spaces are not in use

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Many of those who drive to campus every day may not be aware of some parking options that aren’t as crowded as those closer to the heart of campus.

During the first days of November, Transit and Parking counted empty parking spaces in specific areas of the campus that included student lots, commuter parking, and faculty and staff lots. The tally revealed that of the more than 14,000 parking spaces on campus, more than 2,000 spaces are open during the busiest times.

Students may find plenty of space available in Lot 56, while faculty and staff will find open parking in areas such as Lots 54, 78 and 78A.

Lot 99, with 1,100 parking spaces, also has many spaces open every day. It is located south of the main part of the campus and is open to any current holder of a parking permit.

Razorback Transit serves lots 56 and 99, as well as several other parking areas on campus. You can see the campus parking plan for details.

The recent tally reminds us that the numbers don’t exactly support the claim that there isn’t enough parking at the university.

In order to determine a minimum number of available parking spaces, the count was made on Monday and Tuesday mornings (when the largest number of classes meet and the campus is most crowded).

Obviously, more parking is available at other times when fewer people are on campus.

Specifically, the count of vacant parking spaces showed that 1,638 parking spaces were not used in the student parking lot and in the commuter parking lots.

During the same period, 438 parking spaces for professors and staff were available (in the yellow lots on campus).

This means that during the busiest times, 35% of parking lots for students and commuters and 24% of parking lots for teachers and staff are vacant.

They finished the count on the mornings of November 1, 2, 8 and 9. It included the count of vacant spaces in lots 1, 15, 15A, 36, 36B, 37, 38, 41, 42, 44, 45A, 45B, 45C. , 46E, 47N, 47W, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 56D, 57, 57A, 58, 62, 62A, 69, 74, 75, 78, 78A, 78B, 80, 83 and 99. Vacant Spaces for teachers and staff have also been counted in the Meadow Street parking garage. You can see them on the campus parking plan.

Naturally, most of the open parking spaces are in the parking lots farthest from the center of the campus.

This does not mean that some parking lots are not full, as some are. This also does not mean that the covered car park and the reserved car park are never close to their capacity because they are (the count does not include the main garages and the reserved car park).

Those who park further away often take the Razorback Transit buses that go to the parking lot. For more information, you can consult the bus lines schedule or use the Go GO! application.

Transit and Parking understands the unique logistical issues that affect the parking and morning commutes of thousands of people, and is always open to feedback from motorists on campus. Slight changes are made every year. The university regularly reviews parking availability, along with ideas and suggestions, and if a change is warranted and feasible, it can be implemented.

For more information on campus parking issues, you can check out Transit and Parking’s Frequently Asked Questions.

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Several shopping malls open their parking spaces to the public at night in Mumbai

About eight malls in the city will offer their parking lots to car owners overnight, for a weekly or overnight fee.

Bringing relief to Mumbaikars, vehicle owners in the city will soon be able to park their cars overnight at no less than 8 multiplexes, spread across the city.

According to the Times of India (TOI) report, the Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA) has recently unveiled its plan to provide parking lots for companies and buildings near several shopping malls. About eight malls such as Growels 101 Mall in Kandivli (E), Infiniti Mall in Andheri (W) and Malad (W), Inorbit Mall (Malad), Phoenix Market City Mall (Kurla), R-City Mall (Ghatkopar), RMall (Mulund) and Phoenix Mall (Lower Parel) will have parking lots for residents.

The report says malls will charge between Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,500 per month for installation. For the uninitiated, around 6,500 vehicles can be parked in the eight malls each night. It will be available between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. and some malls will only offer weekly passes.

The official said, “Malls will also be open to accommodate Ola/Uber fleet owners for this facility.”

“This will be especially beneficial for crowded residential settlements where adequate parking is not available and people park their vehicles on the street or at the side of the road,” he added.

City planner Prachi Merchant, a member of the proposed MPA, told TOI, “The plan is ready and the facility should be launched soon. It will take off organically as people learn about it.”

“This effort is part of the proposed MPA’s efforts to create a City Parking Pool (CPP), where all city parking lots will be accessible through a common IT platform in the future. Until then, the BMC is working to get private and commercial entities, residential corporations and government organizations to share their parking spaces for public parking,” she added.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The county jail is in need of major repairs.

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

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

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And the endless problems with downtown parking were discussed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of discussions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parking history

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Where are the affordable parking spaces near Camperdown Plaza in Greenville?

Juniper, the rooftop space of the AC Hotel Greenville Downtown at Camperdown Plaza.

Question: Where is Greenville affordable public parking for Camperdown Plaza? The Falls Park lots are identified as hotel and Juniper only. Valet parking costs $ 30! The Broad Street pop-up bundle costs $ 10. Didn’t the city help fund this project? Where is their public parking lot?

Reply: Camperdown’s large mixed-use development on Main and Broad streets has public improvement costs of nearly $ 20 million funded by taxpayers, according to a Greenville News article from September 2020.

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Beth Brotherton, a spokesperson for the City of Greenville, said there were several city-owned parking lots within walking distance of Camperdown Plaza.

They are as follows:

Poinsett Garage: 0.1 mile (less than 3 minutes on foot)

Riverplace Garage: 0.2 mile (less than 5 minutes on foot)

River Street Garage: 2 miles

Broad Street Garage: 0.2 miles

Spring Street Garage: 0.3 mile (5 minute walk)

This map shows the public parking lots near Camperdown on South Main Street

This map shows the public parking lots near Camperdown on South Main Street

(Walking distance and map information were extracted using Google Maps, according to Brotherton.)

There is no charge for the first hour in the garages. The cost for the second hour is $ 2. Each additional hour costs $ 1 with a daily maximum of $ 7, according to Brotherton.

Do you have a question you want answered? Email it to me at [email protected] or mail it to Angelia Davis, 32 E. Broad St., Greenville, SC 29601.

This article originally appeared on Greenville News: Ask Angelia: Where To Find Affordable Parking Near Camperdown

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Lack of security in paid parking places angers SHC – Pakistan

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday expressed its anger at the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) for charging money for parking cars and motorcycles in different areas without providing any security and other facilities.

A bench of two judges led by Judge Zafar Ahmed Rajput objected to the failure of the parking lot instructed by the director of the District Municipal Corporation-South to file comments despite the court’s earlier directives.

He ordered her to be present on December 1 and to file paralegal comments on the next hearing without fail.

The bench noted that despite the collection of parking fees, there was no facility or protection for vehicles, which were stolen from these parking spaces.

Bench points out that people’s vehicles are stolen despite paying parking fees

A petition has been filed against provincial, road and local authorities asking for directions to remove illegal and illegal parking spaces and keep traffic flowing on the roads of the provincial metropolis.

The petitioner also sought an injunction against the respondents to charge high and excess charges for the parking of vehicles.

He argued that “double parking” was illegally permitted on various arteries in the city, causing massive traffic jams.

Citing the Chief Secretary of Sindh, Commissioner of Karachi, DIG Traffic Police, KMC, Paid Parking, DMC-Sud and others as defendants, the petitioner added that there were many illegal parking lots being managed. by private parties in collusion with the defendants. without any auction or legal route.

Just last month, another CHS bench, at the hearing of another petition filed against paid parking, ordered DIG Traffic and all DMCs to file comments on November 29 and also help the court whether there was any structure available to regulate paid parking in Karachi.

The bench also asked the authorities under which law parking fees were charged to citizens and who had authorized the parking of vehicles on the roads because in several areas both sides of the lanes were used for parking disrupting traffic.

A citizen filed a petition stating that the Supreme Court clearly prohibited relevant authorities from charging fees under the guise of parking, but respondents still charged such fees in different parts of the city using public spaces in violation of the Supreme Court . order.

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Nashville Zoo wants city-funded parking lot

Why the Nashville Zoo wants city-funded parking

the Nashville Zoo; Graphic: Jacques Schrag / Axios

For the past 24 years, visitors have flocked to the Nashville Zoo in Grassmere to pet kangaroos, stand a few feet from an Andean bear, or play in the city’s best jungle gym.

  • The zoo has become one of Nashville’s main tourist attractions and has won industry awards for its creative exhibits and financial management.
  • To help fuel more growth, Nashville Mayor John Cooper offered $ 15 million for a new parking lot, but the idea was strongly rejected by the Metro Council.

Why is this important: Zoo president and CEO Rick Schwartz told Axios that the new parking lot is the keystone of its ambitious $ 185 million expansion that will include a one-of-a-kind African river safari in which visitors will board a ‘a boat to float among the animals.

  • Continued growth is impossible without the new 1,044-space parking structure, says Schwartz. And the zoo’s plans for a fundraising campaign to help finance its expansion depend on the garage being built.

The context: While Nashville struggles with its tourist reputation, the South Nashville Family Zoo offers a completely independent option of light beer and George Strait blankets.

  • Between 2009 and 2019, zoo attendance more than doubled from 615,086 to over 1.2 million visitors, more than the combined attendance at the Predators and Titans home games in 2019. Attendance fell to 544,000 last year in the midst of the pandemic.
  • Schwartz tells Axios they expect 2 million visitors a year by 2027.
  • The zoo has not received funding from Metro since Mayor Karl Dean committed a total of $ 26 million to infrastructure projects during his eight-year tenure, which ended in 2015.

What he says : On the zoo’s busiest days, vehicles overwhelm its current parking lots. It’s not uncommon for traffic jams to pile up in Nolensville Pike.

  • “Without this parking lot, we can’t just fail to grow, we can’t sustain what we’re doing now,” said Schwartz.

The other side: Some Metro Council members, led by Freddie O’Connell, questioned the large capital investment for the zoo’s parking lot.

  • O’Connell tells Axios he’s “very pro-zoo.” But he says he is “appalled” that Metro is not spending more on bike paths, sidewalks and bus lines.
  • He tabled an amendment to redirect the funds Cooper allocated to the zoo parking lot to be spent on those modes of transportation instead.
  • A potential compromise would add $ 15 million to the capital spending plan for these priorities while retaining funding for zoo parking.


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Here’s why you should back up in perpendicular parking spaces

It happened once on Facebook. The question was rhetorical, I think. It was something like “People going back to parking lots: Why? I don’t think this friend expected genuine answers, but genuine answers did exist. Ultimately, I’m not sure if this person has adopted the backing method before, but they clearly understood and sympathized with those of us who do it most often. There are good reasons why support is a best practice.

The implication is that you have to wait for the person to do such a maneuver. Guess if you’re in a rush to park it could be frustrating, especially if the driver hasn’t made enough of their intentions.

I haven’t looked at any studies on this phenomenon, and I’m not sure they exist. But, for the record, here is my experience, as well as the reasons why I believe that in the vast majority of situations it is both for the individual and for the greater good to back up in a perpendicular parking space. .

Parking can be about as quick when backing up. Having wheels that swivel backwards facilitates the sharp angle in reverse, reducing or eliminating the need to back up and straighten up.

Leaving the parking space is much faster because you are registering another multi-part turn. More than likely, you’re saving more time on your exit than you sacrificed to come back. It also saves everyone around you time. This is especially true for event parking when everyone is leaving at the same time.

It’s safer for you and yours. Getting out of a perpendicular parking spot in a narrow parking structure meant I was putting my child (or anyone in the back seat) in danger before I could even assess the situation. The proliferation of backup cameras has helped. Rear cross-traffic alerts and automatic rear braking help even more, but we shouldn’t put ourselves in positions where we totally rely on this technology or, worse yet, others to see you or anticipate your recoil.

It is also safer for everyone around you. You can actually see this person pass in the way of their own car, and you can see this vehicle waiting for someone else to back up.

It can save from bumps or scrapes. No matter what car I drive, it’s more likely to have a rear view camera than to have one up front. With this camera, I can make sure that I won’t scratch a divider on a sidewalk or hit a sign or other car with my bumper. If I pull forward I often allow myself enough distance to know that my front is not going to be mauled by its surroundings, which can leave my rear sticking out where it is most likely to be hit. By backing up and using the camera, I can close that gap as much as I want, stowing my car in its parking space as deep as possible. But hey, you don’t have to take my word for it.

What if someone encroaches too close that you can’t back up? Well what do you do when you parallel park on a street? You had your turn signal on (please tell me you had your turn signal on) to indicate where you planned to park. They should have been careful, and it’s up to them to find out. They can decide whether they should back up to give you the room (assuming they can) or bypass you.

Of course, there are times when it doesn’t make sense to back down. Maybe you need some extra space to load the rear cargo space. With some electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf, it sometimes makes more sense to park your nose forward for easier access to the charger. And obviously, if a sign or guard asks you to park face to face, you should listen, even if it’s a stupid rule … James.

So get started. Just as I will leave room for you to merge at an actual melting point, I will happily wait for you to come back to your parking space so that I don’t have to wait for you to blindly remove it later. This is the way.

UPDATE: I contacted Dr William Van Tassel, AAA Manager of Driver Training Programs, on this issue. He told me that the organization recommends the forward reverse / retreat method of perpendicular parking. He even sent me a link with scientific research this suggests that it is indeed the safest way to park, being associated with fewer accidents than parking forward and out of the parking space. In fact, in North Carolina, where the study was conducted, 90 percent of fatal and serious parking injuries occurred while backing up. Stay safe there.

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Parking lots still ban Chevy Bolts due to fire risk

Knowing that a car could spontaneously catch fire is far from a comforting thought, but until General Motors rolls out a fix for its Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV models, that’s exactly what they can continue to do. to do. GM recommends that before the fix (likely a battery replacement) is applied to affected vehicles, owners be instructed to keep the state of charge within certain limits and not to park the vehicle indoors.

And now, various parking lots across the United States are targeting electric bolts with a ban. Signs have appeared in many places explicitly stating that a given parking location prohibits these vehicles from being parked there, citing obvious concerns about the risk of fire and the ongoing recall of these models.

People are now reporting that such signs are being installed in places like Nashville, Tennessee, where such a sign is present in the parking lot of the public library. Another was reported outside a parking lot in Charleston, South Carolina, and another was spotted in Long Beach, California, in the parking lot next to the city courthouse. We also covered an older report from San Francisco.

There are probably many more in the area, but they have not been photographed. The ones in Nashville and Charleston have been broken and they explicitly say that for safety reasons or because of the battery fire recall they do not allow any bolts to enter. It also appears to be all parking garages, places where GM told Bolt EV and Bolt EUV owners not to take their vehicles anyway, but it seems the manufacturer’s recommendation was not enough.

More recently, GM has also asked Bolt owners to park at least 50 feet from other parked vehicles, in an effort to prevent larger-scale fires. In mid-September, it was announced that GM and battery maker LG Chem were working together on a solution to the problem, most likely a new battery that eliminates the risk of fire; all affected bolts should get this free battery replacement once it becomes available.

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GM Chevy Bolts production to resume in November | Some car parks still prohibit the EV model?

GM Chevy Bolts could resume production soon in November. Recently, Tesla’s giant competitor announced that it was stopping manufacturing its advanced EV model due to fire hazards.

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The General Motors logo is displayed on a car at a Chevrolet dealership on July 25, 2018 in Colma, California. General Motors lowered its profit forecast citing higher costs for steel and aluminum due to tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

The problem started when some consumers complained that the batteries in their Chevy Bolts caught fire, which forced General Motors to recall its electric cars.

Now GM has said production of its popular Chevy Bolts will be back on track on November 1. The announcement came weeks after the giant automaker received nearly $ 2 billion from South Korean battery developer LG Electronics.

“LG is a valued and respected supplier to GM, and we are delighted to enter into this agreement,” said Shilpan Amin, GM’s vice president of global purchasing and supply chain.

He added that they are GM and LG Electronics are now working together to replace the affected batteries with new ones.

GM Chevy Bolts to resume production

According to The edgeAccording to GM’s latest report, GM’s decision to bring back production from Chevy Bolts would greatly help the company as more and more consumers now prefer EV models over traditional cars.

GM Chevy Bolts production to resume in November |  Some car parks still prohibit the EV model?

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A vehicle is welded by robot arms as it traverses the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant March 10, 2010 in Lansing, Michigan. The Delta plant has more than 3,000 workers spread over two shifts and is expected to add a third shift of 900 to 1,000 workers in April. The plant produces the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia crossover SUVs.

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General Motors recalled its Chevy Bolts models in 2017, 2019, as well as 2020. Due to the reported fire issues, GM decided to issue a so-called preventive fix in May.

This solution involves installing software that would watch for the first signs of fire in the back of the battery. General Motors is also doing other things to improve its EV service.

These include GM’s new plans to overtake Tesla in electric vehicle distribution in the United States and Canada. On the other hand, the new GM Ultium electric motors are also expected to be integrated into Buick Electra, as well as Hummer EV.

GM Chevy Bolts still banned in parking lots?

Inside electric vehicles reported that some parking lots still ban GM’s Chevy Bolts due to the risk of fire.

These parking lots include those in Nashville, Charleston, and other locations in the United States. Consumers posted photos showing that parking spaces in the mentioned areas have already put up warning signs to ban General Motors’ popular EV model.

For more updates on GM and other giant electric car makers, always keep an eye out here at TechTimes.

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Columbus Council votes in Astor Park parking lot near Crew Stadium

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Columbus taxpayers pay for parking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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St. Pete’s Streetside Eating Places Become Parking Lots Again

This is your last chance to enjoy street food in St. Pete. After today, most of the city’s temporary curbside food courts will revert to parking lots.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city allowed restaurants to use parking lots to set up additional outdoor tables. The program was a great success; neighbors say they love the extra outdoor seating and some restaurants say they’ve even had to hire more staff just to cope with all the extra customers.

But not all businesses along Central and Beach liked the loss of parking spaces. Mayor Rick Kriseman said last month that 61% of businesses had asked to return to normal and let parking spaces be parking spaces.

The special program was due to expire on Monday and the city decided not to extend it again.

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Fewer than two dozen restaurants still use the special permits that allow them to set up shop on the street, and these businesses don’t want to give it up. The Bandit Coffee on Central Ave started a petition to try to convince city leaders to reconsider, totaling nearly 1,300 signatures.

The city says it is currently working on a proposal for a long-term permanent program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A futuristic look at parking structures

“No Parking” certainly does not need to imply a negative connotation, according to a recent report by JLL who describes four ways parking garages prepare for fewer cars.

Land conversions, parking technology pilots, EV stations and autonomous vehicle hubs are some of the creative and innovative ways to evolve these important elements of commercial real estate.

The rise of VTCs, autonomous vehicles and micro-mobility devices such as electric scooters should lower motorization rates among younger generations.

This, along with the increase in electric vehicle ownership, has caused building owners and architects to think about parking lots and how they will need to adapt.

“The forecasted demand for electric vehicles is increasing,” says Mike Bammel, general manager and national practice manager, Renewable Energy, JLL. “Existing properties may not have the capacity or capabilities to manage it. “

Turn it into a retail space

Parking garages are built for a future where people drive less, which means designing structures that can support the possibility that they can be turned into something else, like a retail space or a theater.

For example, a garage in AvalonBay Communities Inc.’s 475-unit multi-family complex in the Los Angeles Arts District will have higher than average ceilings; flat floors, unlike the sloped foundations found in most parking garages; and the elevators and stairs are in the middle of the structure, not on the perimeter. The project is expected to be completed in 2022, according to JLL.

In Shenzhen, Kohn Pedersen is designing a complex with underground parking lots that could be converted into retail space.

The Cincinnati headquarters of data analytics firm 84.51 ° was designed with three floors of above ground parking that could be converted into offices, JLL also reports.

Technical parking experiments in progress

To prepare the car parks of the future, new technologies must be tested. The current structures are already part of the experiment.

Inside the Detroit Smart Parking Lab, which opened in August, smart mobility and infrastructure companies are testing parking-related mobility, logistics and electric vehicle charging technologies, with help from Michigan state grants.

Enterprise, the rental car company, will test automated valet parking technology that can improve the rental car return process in the Detroit space.

The proliferation of EV charging stations

In 2020, the share of global sales of electric cars increased by 70% to a record 5%, according to the International Energy Agency.

And by some estimates, electricity adoption could increase by 25% per year over the next five years, according to Bammel. There are tax advantages in some areas for building charging stations to meet this demand. AvalonBay has increased the number of electric car charging stations in its buildings in West Hollywood and Hollywood, as have many multi-family owners.

“Coordinating with infrastructure teams to ensure they have the capabilities to execute and deliver sustainability options will be critical to deploying this programming successfully and on time to meet demand,” said Bammel .

In California, tech company EVmatch is installing 120 electric vehicle chargers in apartment complexes with a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The company plans to target properties in poorer communities where residents typically face major barriers to owning and charging electric vehicles.

Autonomous fleets fit into tight compression

Many building owners envision their current car parks as future transport hubs for driverless taxi fleets.

The Kohn Pedersen complex in Shenzhen, for example, has an elevated loop that could be dedicated to autonomous vehicle drop-offs and pick-ups.

A 2018 render from the National Parking Association in the United States shows a garage with stacked parking for autonomous vehicles and separate entry lanes for cars driven by humans. The absence of drivers allows them to squeeze more tightly than typical cars.

“It might sound like a long way off, but it really isn’t,” Bammel says. “Building owners are best prepared to adapt to changes as they occur. “

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Now LGBTQ People Can Get Better Parking Spaces And Straight Line People Are Losing Their Minds / LGBTQ Nation

ROSEVILLE, CA, USA – SEPT. December 19, 2021: A pink haired youth smiles and a person wearing a rainbow mask makes waves behind the wheel of a “Protect Trans Children” car in the Placer Pride trailer.Photo: Shutterstock / Chris Allan

A German company that operates parking lots in the city of Hanau has sparked controversy online after announcing it would dedicate some of its main parking spaces to LGBTQ people and migrants.

The three rainbow scalloped spots are located near the entrance and are monitored by special security cameras. And based on the reactions online to the benign nod to the challenges facing minority groups, the additional surveillance may be smart.

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Twitter was in turmoil as users around the world stepped in and criticized the company for adding additional placeholders to those already reserved for pregnant people, people with disabilities and the elderly.

The outraged righteous protested against “unnecessary” spaces by demanding spaces reserved for groups such as those “who have to live off bottle depots and leftover garbage cans” and must park outside the grocery store.

Other very concerned Americans intervened, such as the former president of the Nevada State Republican Party who insisted on “how are they going to verify this?”

Ken Ham, the founder of the “Creation Museum” which features a giant replica of Noah’s bow, made sure to note that LGBTQ people have been doomed to hell by quoting the Bible and adding, “God will provide also a separate place for some people. “

The idea that the publicity stunt was designed to get people to talk about their biases and the invisible hardships other groups might face may not have been recorded, but it got them talking.

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$ 4 million New Hope parking garage: dozens of people ask questions and offer feedback

NEW HOPE, PA – The New Hope Borough Council hosted the first public forum on a four-story parking garage project in the borough on Wednesday evening. Dozens of residents came to view current plans and offer feedback in a one-on-one discussion with consulting and design professionals.

Plans for the proposed $ 4.5 million parking garage began in December, when New Hope acquired a $ 1.75 million grant from the state’s capital redevelopment assistance program. New Hope hired THA Consulting to write an engineering and architectural proposal.

At present, the scope of the project will include approximately 325 spaces, a possible reception floor on the roof, a potential loading and unloading area on the ground floor and various utilities within the structure for future uses. , including provision for recharging electric cars.

The parcel is bounded by Stockton Avenue, Hardy Bush Way, and Union Square, accessible from Route 202. The company also provided possible measurements for the structure, claiming that the height of the building would be approximately 28 feet on the east sides and south, about 38 feet on the west side, and between 28 and 38 feet on the north side. As proposed, the building’s elevator tower will extend approximately 17 feet above the parapet.

The parking lot was proposed in part to deal with the high tourist traffic in New Hope, and the THA believes it could reduce the flow of cars on North Main Street. Street parking in the borough can be difficult to find.

“We lose reservations, we lose tables because it takes people 45 minutes and then they decide to go home and lose the table,” said Graham Lundeen, front desk and bar manager at Martine’s RiverHouse restaurant on Ferry Street at Bucks County Courier. Times. “And I know that is true in all areas.”

However, some residents have expressed concerns that the garage could lead to unwanted crowding or interfere with the city’s aesthetic sensibilities.

David Minno, of the architecture firm of Lambertville Minno & Wasko, offered possibilities that can make a large industrial structure less of an eyesore.

“We understand New Hope is a historic town, but garages are not historic structures,” he said. “There were no parking lots 100 years ago.”

Minno provided reference photos of historic, contemporary and transitional parking garage designs for residents to review and comment on.

“We can try to implement some of these ideas in the final design of the structure,” he explained.

Designs of historic garages can use brick materials, arches and paneling; contemporary garages can use an offset screen with a graphic to cover the scaffolding and create a more aesthetic building; transitional designs use stucco and false windows to bridge the gap between traditional and modern sensibilities.

(Kate Fishman / Patch)

One participant, Joe Balderston, remains skeptical whether the demand for a parking garage is worth the scale of the project. He brought a notice board with him to the meeting, displaying photos of an existing borough parking lot near the proposed site, taken during the weekend afternoons in August and early September of This year.

Joe Balderston presented these photos of Gordon H. Nieburg at the meeting. (Kate Fishman / Patch)

Balderston claimed the parking lot was empty in each of those photographs. He would prefer the existing lot to be extended on the west side or for the garage to have one story instead of four.

“It will drastically reduce costs,” he said. “We don’t know what the maintenance of a parking lot will be.”

A resident asked if the parking garage could be transformed into another type of building, such as apartments, if it was not in use. Minno said this possibility had not been discussed.

The borough intends to use the comments of the residents of the evening to inform the direction of the project. Stronger designs will be presented at future city meetings, which will include opportunities for public comment.

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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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Parking structures will be key to Bushnell South’s development in Hartford

Parking structures will be a key component of Bushnell South, a development that aims to replace acres of parking lots with up to 1,200 new housing units and 60,000 square feet of retail and commercial space.

“The main objective is to take advantage of the [Capital Region Development Authority’s] are working in some critical properties and the investments they’ve already made in the Clinton Street parking lot, ”said Ben Carlson, director of urban design for Goody Clancy, a Boston-based architecture and planning firm, in a statement. updated September 16 at CRDA. plank.

As the existing supply of above-ground parking declines, Carlson said they will need to create more parking structures and then operate them in a shared-use format that will allow residents, office workers and theatergoers to use them at different times of the day and week.

“We minimize the costs and the square footage required and this opens up opportunities for development,” said Carlson.

The project focuses on approximately 20 acres bordered by Capitol Avenue and Elm, Trinity and Main streets near the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.

CRDA built the new $ 16 million parking lot on Clinton Street. It is also contributing $ 13.5 million to the conversion of the former state office building at 55 Elm St., into 164 residential units, a $ 63 million project that is part of the first phase of the development. from Bushnell South. In total, the first phase will have 278 housing units.

CRDA executive director Michael Freimuth said the authority owns several plots in the area and plans to endorse other projects in line with the plan prepared by Goody Clancy.

The second and third phases take advantage of adding two levels and approximately 135 spaces to a CRDA parking structure by creating a mixed-use building facing the state office building, Carlson said.

Phases two and three represent half of the housing potential of the project, 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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Opinion: Fewer parking spaces are forcing commuters to cross campus on foot | Opinion

Our university spans over a thousand acres and educates more than 34,000 students, yet there is one unifying belief among those who have ever had to park a car here: the university really hates its commuters.

If you are one of the 26,407 students living off campus, you’ve probably noticed less parking, as a former suburban lot has been converted to residential land.

As a result, commuters found it frustrating and difficult to find parking within a reasonable distance of their classrooms. The closest spots fill up quickly, leaving many departures on foot much on the ruthless treeless road Skip Bertman.

It might not have been a big deal last year with the majority of courses being online, but this year the campus is alive again.

A sea of ​​students rush across campus trying to readjust to in-person classes. They must find the best seat in the class, preferably away from the noisy mechanical monsters that filter the air, and brave the student union queues for lunch. Pandemic or not, it’s a lot to deal with.

Now we also have to deal with our arrival to class blowing, panting and sweaty, as the only available parking spot was in the completely opposite direction from where you needed to be.

Add to that the extremely unpredictable weather in Louisiana, and it’s no wonder students are starting to think that the university maybe really hates its commuters.

Forget your umbrella? Have fun walking for 30 minutes in the downpour, praying that your laptop will survive water damage free. Heat warning? Hope you are ready for some relaxation to stroll at 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

The university has a lot to do, so I don’t expect the administration to prioritize building new parking lots or promoting a better commuter experience. I would like them to care a little more about our well-being.

I understand the financial and geographic difficulties of creating a new parking lot. Instead, maybe offer some extra services that don’t add to our already high tuition fees.

Simple changes like a more reliable bus system to get people from the farthest parking spots to the Quad, or water stations that provide free water on hot days, would go a long way in showing that the university really cares about his students.

These are just small ideas that I had on the spot while writing this. The university pays people for it and has the funds to generate ideas and execute them.

I don’t expect a bold move like opening a parking lot. I just want an ounce of effort, just an inch of movement in the right direction, to see that this college really doesn’t hate its commuters.

Anthony Bui is a 21-year-old English senior from Opelousas.

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Delhi to get two multi-level bus parking lots

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  • Construction of these multi-level bus depots, the first of their kind, will begin by the end of this year.
  • The construction of these depots will be completed in a phased manner by 2024.
  • Hari Nagar and Vasant Vihar depots can accommodate 100 and 230 buses each respectively.

New Delhi: Soon there will be two multi-level bus parking lots in Delhi. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Thursday announced that two multi-level bus parking lots will soon be constructed at Hari Nagar and Vasant Vihar bus depots in the national capital of the Delhi Transport Corporation.

“This multi-tiered bus parking lot will be another world-class state-of-the-art public transport infrastructure that Arvind Kejriwal’s governance model will deliver to the people of Delhi,” said the India time Gahlot quoted in a statement. “This facility, built on a stand-alone model, will undoubtedly place Delhi in the list of best cities in the world when it comes to public transport and transportation infrastructure,” he added.

The project, which aims to develop these two depots at prime locations into world-class depots with up to three times the current parking capacity as well as retail spaces, will be executed by National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC ). Construction of the multi-level bus depots, the first of their kind, will begin by the end of this year and be completed in stages by 2024, the statement said.

Hari Nagar and Vasant Vihar depots can accommodate 100 and 230 buses each respectively. The Delhi government said in a statement that these depots could accommodate 330 and 400 buses each over four and seven floors after the redevelopment. These depots will also represent an underground car park of over 2.6 lakh square feet, accommodating over 690 cars and retail spaces.

It is worth mentioning here that last year in October, DTC had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NBCC, whereby NBCC will act as project management consultants for the development of its main plots of land at various locations in across Delhi, for multi-level bus parking depots, redevelopment of DTC residential settlements and more commercial facilities. DTC’s residential settlements in Shadipur and Hari Nagar are also being redeveloped into residential units as well as commercial and retail facilities, according to the publication.

According to the statement, these deposits are designed with a vibration isolation system through the use of steel coil springs, after noise and vibration impact analyzes and a 45 degree angle for maximum parking efficiency. Various other features such as washing pits and electric charging stations will also be incorporated into these sites, the government said.

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More parking spaces among the list of upgrades to come on the south lot of LIRR station in Huntington

There is good news and bad news for motorists parking in the south parking lot at LIRR station in Huntington.

Good news: the 224 space lot will expand to 253 spaces with renovations starting on September 13.

Bad news: Construction will require the land, south of the railroad tracks and adjacent to the south garage, to be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for up to three months, city officials said in a press release .

Access between the south platform of the Long Island Rail Road station and the parking lot will also be closed.

“This complete overhaul of the south parking lot will add improvements to parking and public safety for our commuters,” said City Supervisor Chad Lupinacci. “These upgrades are just one of many upgrades to our suburban parking lots at Huntington LIRR Station, which are happening concurrently with the MTA LIRR’s project to replace the East Pedestrian Bridge.” ”

The project will add 29 parking spaces, an ADA accessible sidewalk on the east side of Fairground Avenue, drainage improvements, lighting improvements, resurfacing with new asphalt paving, traffic in the two directions in each alley, new plantings around the land and the reconstruction of the southern retaining wall, city officials said.

Access to the south platform from the south car park will remain open. Vehicles should access the South Parking Garage through the South Entrance of Second Street and the East Entrance of Lenox Road. There will be no access to the garage from Fairground Avenue.

In February, funding for the construction of improvements to the city-owned north parking garage and west pedestrian bridge was approved by city council. Huntington’s Department of Engineering Services is expected to issue a request for proposal in about a month, city officials said.

The MTA began work on August 30 on the east pedestrian bridge. During construction, commuters must board and exit all trains from the first six cars and note changes in parking availability and parking garage access points, city officials have advised.

Construction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022.

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LIRR South Lot to close as town adds parking spaces – Huntington Now

The southern parking lot of Long Island Rail Road will be closed starting September 14 as the City of Huntington will add more parking spaces.

Scheduled to start on September 13, the project will add 29 new parking spaces, from 224 spaces to 253 spaces, a new accessible sidewalk on the east side of Fairground Avenue, drainage and lighting improvements, a resurfacing with a new asphalt paving, two-way traffic down each lane, new planting around the lot and reconstruction of the south retaining wall.

Land use at the station is around 25% of what it was before the Covid-19 outbreak, city spokeswoman Lauren Lembo said. The south lot will be closed to car and pedestrian traffic for about 2-3 months, as will the access between the south platform of the station and the parking lot. Access to the south platform from the south parking garage will remain open. Vehicles should access the south parking garage through the south entrance on Second Street and the east entrance on Lennox Road; there will be no access to the garage from Fairground Avenue.

“This complete redesign of the south parking lot will add improvements to parking and public safety for our commuters,” said supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. “These upgrades are just one of many upgrades to our suburban parking lots at Huntington LIRR Station, in parallel with the MTA LIRR’s project to replace the East Pedestrian Bridge.”

The city also approved funding in February for construction of improvements to the north parking garage and west pedestrian bridge (owned by the city).

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Students complain about lack of parking spaces

At the start of the fall semester, students begin the annual struggle to find parking spaces on campus.

Delaney McKeown, a psychology student at Weatherford, said it took her 10 to 15 minutes to find a parking space and an extra 10 minutes to walk to class because she had to park so far away.

“It’s almost impossible to be on time in class,” McKeown said. “There are not enough parking spaces in enough on-campus destinations where there are classes.”

McKeown isn’t the only one to notice a lack of parking. Many off-campus students complain about how long it takes them to find parking and walk to class.

Although students are noticing the problem now, ACUPD Lt. Randy Motz said students having difficulty finding parking is nothing new, or exclusive to ACU. Motz said all universities struggled to provide enough parking spaces for their students.

“Almost every university in the state of Texas, or the country, will have parking issues,” Motz said. “If they don’t have parking problems, that means the university is failing.”

Motz said full parking lots are actually a good sign, showing that ACU is a thriving university, equating full parking lots with high enrollment. Although construction around campus is contributing to the lack of parking, Motz said the facility renovations are also a good sign for the university.

“We’ve turned a corner and we’re not Abilene Christian College anymore,” Motz said. “We have become a nationally recognized university. That comes with success, and success often means finding parking spots is difficult.

Motz recommends that students arrive on campus early before their classes start to ensure they find a place to park and allow themselves plenty of time to walk to class in case available spaces are tight. away from their building.

For some students, however, remote parking outweighs the inconvenience and raises safety concerns, as the lack of parking in the Residents’ Hall can mean traveling long distances late at night.

Motz said ACUPD is working with the University Church of Christ to install better lighting in the parking lot for students living at Bullock Hall to make the lot safer. Additionally, if students find themselves in a situation that they feel is unsafe, ACUPD is available to escort students safely to their car or dormitory.

ACUPD can be reached at (325)-674-2911.

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Seattle’s first robotic parking lot opens

Residents of this luxury Seattle tower drive their cars onto a platform, get out of the car, and enter a code. Then their car disappears into a hole.

This is called the “parking lot” at the Spire.

Seeing the technology demonstrated for the first time, most people say, “Whoa”. And then they want to see what’s in the hole.

“We are the only ones who have the key to this door, because the parking system is a building-sized machine and no one should be in the lower basements while the machine is running, down the road. ‘except qualified technicians and engineers,’ said Michael Dennison with the American company that distributes Swiss-made robotic parking equipment.

Seattle’s first automated parking system is part of the Spire, a 41-story luxury condominium tower built on the outskirts of Belltown, not far from the Space Needle.

Robotic garages like this may be new to Seattle, but they’re an old hat in Switzerland.

Related: This Seattle robot garage can be taken apart like LEGOs

The next level from the surface is called the “transfer floor,” and is reminiscent of the interior of a cuckoo clock. Cars went up and down on three different pistons, while residents upstairs above us picked up and dropped off their cars. Robotic carts transported these cars to and from a central elevator, which descended another eight floors, each with its own system of carts, wrapping the cars in slots, like an underground beehive.

“I’d love to take a picture of this,” I said, leaning over the hole with my camera.

“You can,” Dennison said. “The only thing is… you will die, if you fall into the hole. So don’t fall into the hole.

“I won’t fall into the hole,” I promised.

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Paul Menzies is the CEO of Laconia, who developed the project. He says the automated garage takes up much less space. It doesn’t need ramps or other lanes. Vertical circulation is very efficient.

“This particular site is very small – 10,660 square feet,” he said. “It’s about a quarter of an acre. So, to give an idea, it’s about as much for a single family home in the suburbs.

To complicate matters even more, the site is triangular. Many local engineers told him that you cannot install underground parking at this site. But a young engineer in Switzerland, working for robotic parking company Sotefin, had studied Seattle’s land use code and asked to tackle it.

“So he was gone for half an hour and he came back with a set of drawings in his hand showing how, in fact, it could work when a lot of people said it couldn’t be done,” Menzies said. . “That’s one of the reasons. I love working with young people. They don’t know what can’t be done, so they do it anyway.

Caption: Amazon HQ, seen from the Arrow

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This site is just two blocks from Amazon, so Menzies says many software engineers have requested garage tours. He hopes that will translate into condo sales in Speyer, which range from half a million to almost $ 4 million.

But demand was not as strong as he had hoped. This spring, he had to cut prices by 10%.

Lots of buildings are being built in Seattle without parking garages these days. In dense Seattle neighborhoods, city regulations no longer require them because they add to traffic congestion and cost money to build.

Michael Anderson of the Sightline Institute estimates that underground parking spaces in deep parking garages today cost an average of around $ 100,000 per space to build, including financing costs. Previous analyzes from Sightline have determined that the downtown area has excess parking that goes unused during the day.

At least in the luxury condo market, “most of the people who live in the residential tower want to park in the building,” Menzies said.

Caption: Paul Menzies poses for a portrait on the Speyer roof terrace.

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Remarkably, robotic technology doesn’t seem to have increased the cost of parking spaces, at least in this case. The parking spaces in this building sell for $ 75,000. The robotic garage technology itself adds $ 8 million to the project, and the concrete work is more expensive because it has to be poured with more precision than in a normal garage. But efficient use of space means there is much less soil to excavate, which saves huge amounts of money. Whether this completely offsets the additional costs associated with robots, Menzies couldn’t tell.

While this may be the first to open, Seattle will soon see more robotic parking lots. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will finish pouring concrete on its robotic parking lot site on Friday, August 27. This building is slated to open in 2023. And unlike the Speyer parking lot, the SCCA system is designed in such a way that it can be converted to another use, such as a lab space, should the parking lot become obsolete in the distant future.

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First look at the parking available on Market Street in Wheeling

OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) – The public got their first glimpse of a parking structure proposed to support the ongoing Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Building Project. For this project to work, the city needed more parking lots nearby. So they took a look at Chase Bank’s former location on Market Street.

The city worked with architect Vic Greco and the Mills Group, who gave Council a presentation tonight using a CGI type of rendering of what the location might look like when complete. Details are not finalized, but they hope to have around 250 parking spaces, as well as several retail locations on the ground floor.

But the cost of the project is an issue for the city and the taxpayers. There are some architectural issues with building a foundation for a parking lot there, and the pandemic is pushing up construction prices across the country.

“We started talking about this project in 2018-2019 or so, and since then the costs have increased. So we will try to reduce the costs, between 13 and 14 million dollars will be the cost of the project when all is said and done, at least that is what we hope. “

Mayor Glenn Elliott, Wheeling

Mayor Elliott explained that a project like this would typically be run by the private sector in a big city like Pittsburgh, where they can charge more for parking. He says that in small towns like Wheeling, parking garages are usually subsidized by local governments.

“In the state of West Virginia and the town of Wheeling, you know, parking garages usually don’t pay off. He will collect money, he will bring income every year. Not only parking spaces but first floor retail rentals but it probably won’t pay off as you can’t charge enough in the town of Wheeling to make sense of a project like this.

Mayor Glenn Elliott, Wheeling

Officials hope the cost of the project will drop as prices normalize after the pandemic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Condo Smarts: parking spaces in the common property cannot be purchased by owners

Dear Tony: Our Condominium Board Chairman recently posted a notice in our building that there are 10 additional parking spaces available for sale at the Condominium Corporation’s rate of $15,000.

Dear Tony: Our Condominium Board Chairman recently posted a notice in our building that there are 10 additional parking spaces available for sale at the Condominium Corporation rate of $15,000.

Our building is five years old and many of us have purchased a parking space from the developer. All parking is presented as common property, so how do we purchase a parking space that is part of our condominium lot and secure for our future use?

Daniella J. Vancouver

When parking is shown as common property on the condominium plan, an owner/purchaser is not purchasing a parking space. In most transactions, this is some sort of license that gives the owner of the condominium lot exclusive use of those identified parking spaces for a prescribed period, usually 99 years.

Parking spaces can also be designated as limited common property by the owner developer, which provides a better definition of security in the process of a future sale of your condominium lot.

Strata companies are essentially in the same position as the owner-developer. They do not sell the common property parking space; they can grant some sort of license in exchange for the long-term allocation of the parking space to the designated strata lot. These types of transactions do not fall within the jurisdiction of the condominium board. The condominium corporation must approve these transactions by a 3/4 vote resolution at a general meeting and may also authorize a material change in the use of the property.

Although this may be an opportunity for the condominium company to raise additional funds, legal advice is essential to ensure that the condominium company and potential buyers clearly understand the implications of the agreement and the allocation of allocation of parking space.

Additional parking spaces can be a substantial added value asset for a condominium lot. Attribution and use are subject to the bylaws and rules of the Company and any agreements or licenses that may have been created by the Proponent Owner. Developers will frequently issue notices to owners of remaining parking lots that are available for transfer or purchase rights. Before you buy, talk to your lawyer to fully understand if the agreements are valid, how spaces are regulated, if there are any limitations or restrictions on conversions to charging stations, how space allocations are transacted at new owners, how the property is designated, whether there is reliable documentation to verify assignments, and whether it is possible to have parking spaces designated on limited common property.

The parking lot designated by the owner-developer as limited common property can only be changed by the condominium corporation by unanimous vote. In new developments, a developer-owner may, at any time before the first annual general meeting of the condominium corporation, amend the condominium plan to designate parking spaces as common property limited to the exclusive use of the owners of lots. condominium in the condominium plan. The developer-owner may amend the condominium plan to designate up to two additional parking spaces as common property limited to the exclusive use of the owners of each condominium lot in the condominium plan. This is the ideal option for condominium lot owners as it secures their purchase/transaction to land documents.

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Neighbors welcome more parking in part of Bestwood used by hospital staff

Residents of Bestwood have spoken about the benefits of having more parking in an area where staff park to get to Nottingham City Hospital.

No less than 10 garages were demolished in Wyton Close, creating more parking spaces for residents.

Neighbors said the area is now much nicer and easier to park.

Carl Thomson, 50, of Wyton Close, said hospital staff tended to park in the area to use a cut through Nottingham City Hospital.

“We find a lot of employees park here to park for free instead of parking at the hospital,” he said.

“It created a lot of parking, it makes it look a lot nicer than it was when the garages were up there.”

He added, “We were thinking ‘where do you want to park.’ You don’t want to park in front because you might have an accident with a passing car.

Wyton Close, Bestwood.

“I saw it coming, cars are turning too fast around the corner and it caught up with one of the cars which is parked.”

Mr Thomson said there was now always a place to park, saying the program had “taken a week or two before people started using” the new parking lot.

He added: “There were 10 garages up there, half of them had nothing in there anyway when they emptied them.”

Local neighborhood councilors worked with Nottingham City Homes to demolish the disused garage and create additional parking.

Mercy Kamau, 35, who works part-time and lives in Wyton Close, said: “It’s good to have more parking lots – and that’s for sure.

“Sometimes you find it is [existing parking facilities] full.

“Sometimes there are two of you and maybe two of us have cars, there is not enough parking space.”

A 50-year-old woman, who lives nearby and asked not to be named, said the double yellow lines could be of benefit in the larger area, saying: “Some people don’t know the rules of the road” .

She said residents tend to park on sidewalks.

“You see people walking in the middle of the road with strollers and mobility scooters because they cannot get on the sidewalks because the cars are parked there.

“Even though it’s 20 miles an hour here, they [drivers] going at 30/40 miles per hour. They have no regard for anyone. “

She added, “You have people parking here for the hospital and the hospital staff as well.”

New parking spaces have also been created at Winterton Rise, Bestwood Park.

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Kansas City Hall needs fire sprinklers and parking garage repairs


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As city officials plan to repair or rebuild the crumbling underground garage at Kansas City’s nearly 100-year-old Town Hall, workers inside the building should be concerned that 21 of the 29 floors of the building do not have a sprinkler system.

Learning about the lack of fire safety in the building clearly concerns Mayor Quinton Lucas, whose office is on the top floor.

“How did we get to the point where this building doesn’t have a fire extinguisher?” Lucas asked at a recent council committee meeting where the city architect discussed the condition of the building. “I just don’t feel good having construction workers today without 21 story fire suppression. City staff “should knock on the door of the City Manager’s office to meet this critical need.” In fact, they shouldn’t need to, especially after the recent condo collapse in Surfside, Florida reminded us of how tragic it can be to ignore safety concerns.

It will cost at least $ 15 million to fix these two problems. But as painful as this expense is, it will not only be money well spent, but money necessarily spent. No one wants to look back and say yes, I guess we should have taken fire safety or structural integrity issues more seriously.

The Town Hall is the town’s house, and like any house, it hurts to spend a lot on unexpected repairs and safety issues. But you still have to do it. Deferred maintenance always costs more in the long run. And what the city certainly can’t afford is a fire in the building or the collapse of the garage under the south plaza.

City officials have known for years about the deterioration of the concrete in the garage; constant leaks and falling pieces of rock were very good indications. Barney Allis Plaza’s town center and garage were also in danger of collapsing before the town moved in March to rebuild them.

A 2018 structural engineering inspection of the town hall garage identified “widespread deterioration of concrete in the form of chloride-induced corrosion.” The guilty? All the years of winter salting seeping into the ground above the garage and rotting the concrete below.

Until a tragic building collapse in Florida last month – 98 people were killed – Kansas City officials thought they might be able to fix it at some point.

But after the Surfside fiasco – believed to have been caused by corrosion of the load-bearing concrete in a closed garage attached to the building – the problem with the town hall garage became more of a concern.

Staff proposed a resolution, which city council is expected to approve next week, that the structural integrity of city hall and various other city-owned structures should be reviewed and repairs prioritized. Likewise, leaders of other cities, including Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Jersey City, New Jersey, are taking a closer look at their structures, wondering if a crisis could loom.

Since Kansas City’s rickety garage is located under the south entrance to City Hall – where the Lincoln Statue is located – this area has been fenced off to foot traffic.

The fountains on the lawn have been drained to lighten the weight on the garage ceiling.

The city has a few options. He could spend $ 5 million to waterproof and extend the life of the garage by about 25 years. It could spend $ 17 million on work that would include replacing the main staircase leading to City Hall. Or, he could spend almost $ 40 million to rebuild the entire garage.

Even though the town hall doesn’t really need this garage, since the employees have other parking lots right across the street, doing nothing is not an option. Corrosion and spalling will not repair itself, and the public square above will not be safe.

As for the sprinklers, Lucas is right to be uncomfortable. Not having a building-wide sprinkler system would be a code violation in a younger structure. When Town Hall was built in 1937, sprinkler systems did not exist, said Deputy Chief James Dean, the town’s fire marshal. But the current situation is not certain.

As it is, Dean said something as simple as “a coffee maker left on overnight could start a fire.” A sprinkler would stop it right away. No sprinkler presents “a problem of life and safety”.

Before the pandemic, 600 people worked in this building every day.

The price for the peace of mind that the sprinklers would provide would be roughly $ 10.5 million on a budget of $ 1.5 billion. But the alternative is too irresponsible to be considered.

This story was originally published July 28, 2021 5:00 a.m.

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Downtown Clarksville parking garage closed due to “possible structural damage”

CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – The Cumberland Plaza garage in downtown Clarksville was closed after an inspection revealed “possible structural damage,” a city spokesperson said Wednesday.

Richard Stevens, the city’s communications director, said TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc. visited the parking lot, located on Commerce Street, Monday afternoon to begin preparing a proposal for an assessment of the structure.

During this visit, Stevens said the TRC observed severe cracking of the concrete slabs at the columns above the slab and cracking at the bottom of the slab mid-span in both directions.

“Based on observations made on Monday, we believe the garage is not safe to occupy and should be evacuated immediately,” TRC said in a letter to the city’s project manager.

People who have rented the 262 parking spaces must park in the parking lots of the First Baptist Church on Franklin Street and on Hiter and Commerce streets.

Clarksville Transit System will provide a downtown shuttle service to transport commuters from First Baptist grounds to downtown destinations, such as the court complex, government offices and businesses.

The city said the above ground parking lot across Second Street from the county courthouse was still in use.

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Calm bull moose, moved from Vail parking lot

The young bull moose was tranquilized and released outside Craig, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

VAIL, Colorado – Wildlife officers had to carry a heavy load in the wild after a moose ended up in a parking lot in Vail.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said a young bull moose believed to be around two or three years old was discovered Tuesday morning in a garage in Lionshead Village.

Officers tranquilized the moose, moved the animal estimated to be 750 pounds to a remote area of ​​Craig, northern Colorado, and released it to suitable moose habitat on Tuesday afternoon.

CPW said officers decided to move the moose after noticing it had grown used to the area and was reluctant to go on its own.

“We were definitely in this area of ​​human health and safety where there could be injury to a human or animal,” said Wildlife Officer Devin Duval. “This is the reason why we decided to move it.”

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CPW said it started receiving calls about moose frequenting a few neighborhoods in the area about a month ago.

Officers have monitored him ever since and CPW said they noticed he frequented the lower level of parking lots for the past 10 days.

Despite working with Vail to remove residual salts that may have attracted the moose, CPW said the moose continued to stay in the area.

“This moose did not choose to spend time elsewhere, but now people can comfortably walk to work in this garage and the moose will be moved to more suitable habitat,” said Duval.

Vail Firefighters, Vail Police and Vail Public Works crews were involved in the move.

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Park Harrisburg announces rate increase for metered parking spaces

Hourly metered parking rates will drop from $ 3 to $ 4 in the Capital Building District and from $ 1.50 to $ 2 an hour in the non-CBD zone, effective August 2.

HARRISBURG, Pa .– Starting Monday, hourly rates for designated parking lots at Harrisburg Park will drop from $ 3 to $ 4 an hour in the Capital’s business district and from $ 1.50 to $ 2 an hour in the non-capital business district.

The increase was due to be implemented in mid-2020 but was suspended due to Covid-19.

Some people think this is not necessary, especially since we are only just beginning to emerge from a pandemic.

“I think that’s ridiculous. We’re paying a lot of money right now for all this parking lot to make people come and have fun,” said Miguel Andujar.

“It’s unnecessary and unwarranted. It doesn’t help any business in this area,” said Stefan Hawkins, owner of Good Brothas Good Cafe.

Park Harrisburg says the increase will provide additional revenue to cover current and future system expenses.

The increase in the meter tariff has been under discussion for several years and they say the increase is in line with the original projections from 2013.

“When I go out I have to pay four dollars just to hang out and I could just be here, you know, 30 minutes. It really doesn’t make sense, an extra dollar, an extra dollar twice a week, an extra three dollar. times a week, you know, that adds up over time, ”Hawkins said.

Park Harrisburg says when fares increased in 2014 there was also concern that people might not want to come downtown, but over time they say the fare increase was accepted.

They add that the county, city and Harrisburg DID’s 5-7 free parking program has been a helpful approach in providing parking for businesses and restaurants.

And Miguel Andujar thinks that won’t stop people from coming downtown

“No, people love the city. People love the city no matter what, even if they have to walk,” Andujar said.

It will soon cost a little more to park in downtown Harrisburg.

Park Harrisburg announced Monday that hourly metered parking rates would drop from $ 3 to $ 4 in the Capital Building District and from $ 1.50 to $ 2 an hour in the non-CBD area.

The new rates will take effect Monday, August 2, Park Harrisburg said.

Information on parking areas is available at

“This is the first meter rate increase since Park Harrisburg assumed responsibility for parking spaces and garages with specified meters from the City of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Parking Authority in 2013,” said John Gass , Managing Director of PK Harris Advisors, the asset management company for the parking system. “The new rates, reflecting a 3% increase over a 10-year period, have been under consideration for some time to provide sufficient cash flow to sustain the expense associated with the parking system. “

In 2013, Park Harrisburg purchased spaces and garages from the City of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Parking Authority. Proceeds from a $ 286 million bond issue were used for bonds and expenses that enabled the City to exit from receivership.

The reprogramming of the individual meters is expected to take place during the week of August 2 to reflect the new tariffs, Park Harrisburg said.

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San Jose parking reduction proposal gets mixed reactions – NBC Bay Area

Parking is always a hot commodity.

But starting next week, the city of San Jose will begin publicizing a plan to potentially reduce the number of parking spaces in the city.

Since the 1930s, San José has been a city built for cars with plenty of parking spaces to accommodate them.

But now we live with concerns about the rising cost of living, traffic jams and climate change.

Justin Wang is with the Greenbelt Alliance, one of the groups helping the City of San Jose contact residents about a proposal to reduce the number of parking spaces developers currently need to incorporate into their projects. .

Wang said the current costs of building all of that parking lot are passed on to tenants or home buyers.

“We need to reframe our mindset and instead of spending millions and millions in parking lots,” he said. “How about investing in ways to help people get around that are just as efficient but are better for greenhouse gas emissions. Better for the miles people travel.

Wang said that all of these parking spaces make people buy vehicles and drive more.

So, theoretically, if you build fewer spaces, people will own fewer cars. This would ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This is a theory that not everyone agrees with.

“For example, the state of San Jose is a suburban school. People don’t really live here and don’t go to school here. They come from different cities, ”said Mike Duong, a San Jose resident. “So reducing parking, not having places to park. It won’t be easy for a lot of people.

To be clear, the proposal is not intended to reduce the parking lot currently available.

San Jose has some limitations, like a less developed transportation system, including a light rail system that hasn’t been running for over a month.

Yet there are people who are open to change.

“Once the ATV is back in service, we have a lot of options for bike sharing, local transit. We use Cal Train quite frequently, ”said Luke Reilly, a San Jose resident.

San Jose City Council could make a decision later this year.

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UToledo speeds up parking lot demolition after Florida collapse

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The University of Toledo is accelerating plans to demolish its parking lots in response to the nationwide conversation within concrete structures following the tragedy of the Surfside Condominium collapse in Florida and recent inspections for annual repairs.

The east and west ramp garages were due to be demolished next year, but demolition is now taking place this summer on garages built in 1976.

On its website, the administration explains that with all car parks, damage caused by de-icing salts, snow removal, winter freezes and exposure to the sun and water affects the life of the structures.

In a statement posted on the university’s website, Jason Toth, senior associate vice president for administration, said, “Garage degradation continues at an accelerated rate compared to what we have seen in recent years. and for the safety of our community on campus, we had to go up our timeline to eliminate them.

As a precaution, the two parking structures will henceforth be replaced by land with paved surfaces. A nonprofit called SP +, from Chicago, will also take over day-to-day operations. The university is expected to spend $ 9 million demolishing the east and west garages, as well as paving, tripping, resurfacing and repairs over the next few years.

“Despite our best efforts to extend the structural integrity of garages, they have reached the end of their useful life. … we are convinced that these short-term drawbacks are necessary for the positive long-term impacts on the University, ”Toth said.

“I never really used the parking garages so it’s not too bad for me. I don’t know a lot of people who use the parking lots, but I’m sure for safety it’s a good idea, ”says Toledo student Molly Ryan.

“I mean, if they wanted to demolish it anyway and it protects everyone, then yeah, I think that’s a good idea,” says Amid Gahadrad, a junior at Toledo.

909 spaces in the east ramp and 750 spaces in the west ramp will be eliminated, but once the garages are removed there will still be over 6,700 parking spaces on the main campus and 4,400 spaces on the health sciences campus . The university says it will also factor in forecasted parking demands based on enrollment and employment trends, it expects to have excess parking spaces.

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A new pedestrian promenade could accompany the Edwardsville parking lot

EDWARDSVILLE – Now that the city has secured ownership of the right-of-way access from Main Street North as well as its original access from Hillsboro Avenue for a possible parking garage, City Council members have approved the next step in the process Tuesday.

Aldermen approved spending of $ 140,566 for a professional services agreement with Horner and Shifrin, Inc., for a study on the downtown boardwalk and parking lot. The objective of the study is to improve parking in the northeast corner of North Main and Vandalia streets. Funding will come from the city’s TIF # 2 account.

Many questions about downtown parking solutions remain unanswered:

• Where exactly would a parking garage go and how big would it be?

• How many levels of parking would be required?

• Where would employees and customers park during its construction?

• How long would it take to build and what would the construction schedule be?

• Would it cost to park in the new garage and if so, how much and who receives these revenues?

• Would there be retail or residential businesses on the ground floor to help offset the cost?

• What about green options – electric charging stations; solar panels; Wind mill; a green roof?

• Are there alternatives to building a huge parking lot and what are they?

Horner and Shifrin will explore a new opportunity to create a downtown destination in this corner, with a linear park and nearby parking structure built near existing parking lots behind buildings on the east side of North Main.

“This is an exciting development in the history of our community and our downtown core,” said Alderman SJ Morrison. “It’s not just for downtown parking, but also for what it would look like for an iconic pedestrian plaza in our community.

“Obviously, we know downtown needs parking. We have to solve this problem which has been a problem for 50 years in Edwardsville, ”he said.

He said the consultant will do a full needs assessment – talk to stakeholders, businesses and landowners to determine what the needs are, and the consultant will develop financing concepts and models.

“I saw the concept today and I really like it,” Alderman Jack Burns said. “I think with this proposal, if we can see where it’s doable, I think these developers will pay, in part, for the garage itself just by setting up [retail/residential] space. I think it’s a great concept.

The consultants will assess all aspects of the opportunity and present their findings in a position paper, which should be completed by the end of November, Public Works Director Eric Williams said on Friday.

He said it was too early in the process for renderings of the walkway or garage, a construction schedule or a final cost for the project.

“It’s very exciting and very transformative for downtown and for all of Edwardsville,” said Williams. He agreed that the parking problem has been around for decades, but it’s a good problem for a city to tackle because it means it attracts employees, customers, and visitors who want to be in that area.

In the first phase, the project engineer will design and plan a promenade or linear park that passes behind the current chain of businesses, creating a place where visitors can dine, stroll, visit and connect. This promenade would run north-south between the existing buildings and the neighboring parking lot.

Two kick-off meetings are planned. One is a city and partner forum, while the other is for the steering committee. Horner and Shifrin recommend that city officials create such a committee and assign these people to guide the project.

Next, plans call for an operator / business owner focus group meeting with subsequent follow-up meetings. Additionally, there will be monthly virtual meetings with the city to discuss project details and get status updates.

For the second phase, data will be defined and collected using maps and research – property maintenance, speed limits, traffic volumes, utility maps, stormwater mapping, soil information, assessment environment and conditions existing today.

The next phase will use the available data to assess existing conditions against the mission, vision, goals and technical analysis of the program. Then, a parking study will be carried out.

With all this information, the engineer will consider two to three options for financing and operating a new parking lot, depending on the determined parking space needs and the final scale of the garage. No more than three sitemap alternatives will be prepared, including number of parking lots, ADA access, amenities and more, based on feedback from upcoming meetings.

In addition, on Tuesday, the council unanimously approved the following points:

• A resolution authorizing the submission of an application to the Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD) for a community planning grant to help develop a master plan for bicycles and pedestrians. The grant would cover up to 40 percent of the cost of the plan, not to exceed $ 40,000

• A resolution allocating funds from the fuel tax (MFT) to take into account the city’s share of the 157 shared use trails project, ie $ 207,800. The path runs along Route 157 from Enclave Boulevard to Lewis Road

• Approval of a local public agency agreement for federal funds to assist in the construction of the shared-use trail on Route 157 between Enclave Boulevard and Lewis Road.

The next city council meeting is July 20 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 118 Hillsboro Ave.

Contact reporter Charles Bolinger at 618-659-5735

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Column: Will the reduction in parking spaces transform San Diego, other cities for the better?

The highly controversial removal of parking spaces on 30th Street in North Park to make way for cycle lanes is part of a national trend to rethink the need for vehicle parking in an effort to remake metropolitan areas for the better .

San Diego and many other cities have reduced and eliminated parking requirements that, for decades, have been mandatory for development of almost every kind. At the same time, they replaced parking spaces and vehicle lanes with more pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, open-air restaurant seating, cycle paths and, in some cases, housing.

Urban planners and other supporters of this approach have high expectations for the results: moderating climate change, facilitating lower-cost housing, improving road safety, encouraging healthier lifestyles and increasing social interaction.

Since policies to relax parking mandates are still relatively new across the country – truly in the last few years – not enough time has passed to judge their success in achieving these lofty goals. .

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Certainly, the idea that less parking will mean all of these good things to its skeptics. Just ask the business owners along 30th Street and their community customers.

“We barely survived COVID, and now that pretty much puts the nail in the coffin,” Liz Saba, owner of Presley & Co., a 30th Street jewelry store, said during a recent protest after the city painted the curbs red in advance of setting up cycle paths.

The 30th Street Protected Bikeways Mobility Project is installing bike lanes from Juniper Street to Adams Avenue. To do this, the city is getting rid of 450 curb parking spaces.

“The city has been pushing projects all over the city, trying to improve safety, and this is just a continuation of that,” Everett Hauser, program manager in the city’s transportation department, told Andrea Lopez-Villafaña of the Union-Tribune of San Diego. .

”. . . This ties in with the other major policy objective, the Climate Action Plan, which has. . . the ultimate goal of reducing our dependence on vehicle travel. (This reduces) emissions and improved bike paths are that perfect candidate, especially in a community like North Park, which is very dense and has destinations close to you.

He added that a limited number of on-street parking will still be available and an underutilized parking garage in North Park will still be available. The city plans to eventually study the economic impact of cycle paths.

Overall, San Diego has eliminated parking requirements for subdivisions within half a mile of transit lanes and reduced them elsewhere. There are no parking requirements for secondary suites, formerly known as “granny flats”, anywhere, which has caused dismay in some suburban neighborhoods.

San Diego is also considering lift parking warrants for businesses in certain regions.

This does not mean that subdivisions and businesses cannot provide parking, but that would be largely left to market forces. As elsewhere, San Diego is preparing to make parking an optional accessory, likely to cost the user directly.

Already, parking spaces are very expensive and occupy valuable real estate.

The city has estimated that parking needs add $ 40,000 to $ 90,000 to the cost of building a home, which can increase rents and mortgages.

Some city planners, like Donald Shoup at UCLA, point out that mandatory parking usually forces people to pay for it even if they aren’t using it. He adds that the so-called “free parking” – in parking lots and on city streets – simply encourages driving while depriving cities of more land use and increased tax revenues. arise.

Limiting parking and making it more expensive, for example through higher meter charges at certain times of the day, is not universally supported. Nor does the notion of limiting when and where people can drive or charging congestion charges for driving in specific areas during rush hour.

Experts say such disincentives only work if there are practical transportation alternatives. San Diego and many other cities don’t, at least not to the extent that it drastically changes the way people travel.

There is a lot of ambition for a great expansion of public transit at the municipal, state and federal levels. We won’t know how these plans unfold for years to come. Meanwhile, the age-old political battle of roads versus public transportation doesn’t seem to be going away.

What also doesn’t seem to be going away, however, is the tendency to revamp the parking strategy. Buffalo, NY, became the first city in the United States stop requiring that development projects include at least a minimum number of parking spaces, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Other cities across the country, including San Diego, have adopted similar measures.

The California legislature has grappled with parking requirements in past legislation, and more are on the way. Many policies, like the one in San Diego, do away with warrants within half a mile of transit. It doesn’t sound like much, but it can be a long walk if a bike or other alternative isn’t available or feasible.

One of the big concerns in getting people to stop using their cars has been to fill the so-called “first mile, last mile” gap that many face in getting from home to transit to their destination and back. . The same problem arises for half a mile. In San Diego, smart cars, scooters, and dockless bike rentals haven’t been the answer so far.

American car culture really exploded after WWII, with the growth of suburbs and highways. That was over half a century ago.

As government leaders and planners seek to move towards denser housing with access to nearby commercial, recreational and social spaces, the discussion tends to focus on zoning redesigns and transit solutions.

But the fate of the small parking lot can play a disproportionate role in all of this.

In 2018, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit District The board agreed to build affordable housing in its parking lots which officials said were not being used enough. It could be a sign of things to come.

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Cash is no longer accepted in RDU parking lots as ParkRDU becomes cashless

MORRISVILLE, NC (WNCN) – Your money’s no longer good in parking lots at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Airport parking lots officially went cashless on Wednesday morning.

ParkRDU now offers contactless technology that allows travelers to pay for parking without having to come into contact with a cash register.

RDU officials say customers must reserve parking at least 24 hours in advance via the airport reservation system.

Entrances to the car park now open with a QR code and a license plate reader will automatically open the door when travelers leave, according to RDU.

Credit card scanners are now located at each entry and exit lane so customers can pay with mobile apps if they choose. Payment terminals on foot are also set up for all those who wish to pay with their smartphone or watch outside their vehicle.

Online reservation is not mandatory for parking, but it is the best way to ensure you have a place.

All major credit cards are accepted, and travelers without a card can use the “ReadySTATION” kiosks in Terminal 2, according to RDU officials.

According to RDU, the benefits of cashless are contactless payment, reduced waiting times and effortless online booking.

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Does Klyde Warren Park Really Need Parking?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boston gave up hundreds of parking spots to sit outside. Good riddance.

In all neighborhoods, cars were driven out for lounging and eating. Good riddance.

North End Terrace photo by Erin Clark/The boston globe via Getty Images

A friend of mine moved to Philadelphia early last year, so he hadn’t seen the New North End – what it looks like in 2021, completely covered in parklets and curbside patios, with hundreds of cheerful diners huddled together where there were once rows of idle cars. “Holy shit,” he said, as we drove through the neighborhood on a recent hot Sunday evening. “Is it always like this?”

We have all become so accustomed to the total renovation of the streets of Boston over the last year and a half, as we have sacrificed street parking spaces for outdoor dining and shopping, that this drastic change in the use of public space is no longer really noticeable. This is always like that now, and it was not the case before.

We’re going to keep it that way for at least a little longer. Even though the state of emergency was lifted earlier this month, that particular pandemic benefit lives on, extended by state law as part of a host of other COVID-era novelties that people have grown to love, including expanded mail-in voting and cocktails to-go. Major improvements to Boston life, all of them, and we should do everything we can to carry that fervor for patio seating into the future. Boston will be a better, more beautiful and more welcoming place if we do.

It’s hard to say exactly how many parking spots in Boston have been converted in this way. The city does not track this particular data point, a Department of Transportation spokeswoman tells me. The city also did not ask stores and restaurants to specify exactly how many parking spaces each would claim for their curbside patio space in license applications created under the Licensing Commission. Outdoor dining pilot program.

What we do know is this: so far, the city has granted 556 restaurants permits to host outdoor dining. Of these, 205 use off-street spaces like wide sidewalks, public rest areas, or private property like tarmacs and parking lots. The other 351 planted their patios directly on the road, nudging cars in the process. These new patios vary a lot in terms of size. A review of the city’s new policies on this matter shows that the main limitation to the number of parking spaces a restaurant can gobble up is its length. With few exceptions, anything “adjoining” the property is up for grabs.

Amazing how good things bloom when the city makes it a point to make it easy and doesn’t let bureaucratic roadblocks get in its way. Hundreds, if not more, of street parking spaces have been sacrificed for this cause, without causing headaches for restaurateurs. We are undeniably better at it.

There are strong economic reasons to maintain these good times. Some restaurants have not only been able to match their pre-pandemic headcount despite capacity restrictions, but to augment the number of customers they could serve in one night – a much-needed revenue boost after a year of mandatory closures. Imagine the ground they could make up for if they were allowed to keep street patios open indefinitely.

Outdoor dining has also led to the spread of a new DIY art form, as restaurant staff have dressed up their small street seating plots with flowers and lights, building wooden structures and by draping them with artificial ivy. Parklets, as these spaces are often called, have been popular for years in cities like Montreal, and now they’ve finally had their big breakout moment in Boston.

They have now made their way to every neighborhood in Boston. Foodie destinations like the North and South Ends, Fenway and Back Bay, naturally, have plenty of them. Plenty of curbside seating can also be found in Mattapan and Hyde Park, places where previous efforts to boost the food scene had been less successful. By simply letting diners spill out into the open air, people have new reasons to patronize local small businesses and enjoy the relaxing Vaccine Summer parties that linger longer than ever in the midst of these neighborhoods.

That before all this these beautiful places could be occupied by a mere car, in a prime location outside a bustling restaurant, for hours at a time, and for the owner’s pocket change, now seems absurd. . This is absurd.

How we deal with parking in the future is important. The traffic is, terrifying, back to 2019 levels already, and most white-collar workers aren’t even back to work in their offices yet.

Before COVID, the city was talking about dipping its toes into the debate over ban cars from city centers. If and when we get serious about the concept, think of it this way: imagine if all of our beloved new patios weren’t limited to space the size of an eight-and-a-half-foot parking spot. from the sidewalk. What if the whole street was up for grabs, in the warmer months and in winter? What if the streets were not only dotted with dining tables, but also with parks, handcarts, pop-up shops, public art or even stages for artists?

Generally speaking, Boston would be better off with less street parking. Parking spaces are often what stand in the way of buses and protected cycle paths that would make getting around easier and reduce traffic jams. Parking requirements may also add unnecessary speed bumps housing development for underprivileged Bostonians. Generally, a space used for parking would be more useful, to more people, than just about anything else. Outdoor dining reminds us that every plot of land wasted on giving cars space to park has the potential to be something much better, something beautiful, something useful. Continuing down a path that sees us removing parking spaces and replacing them with outdoor seating, we’ll get rid of something bad and replace it with something good, like scraping off the lead paint and applying a fresh coat. In the years to come, we should keep this in mind.

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Town of Normal loses revenue on parking structures due to pandemic

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) – Parking structures were the subject of a debate on Monday evening at the Normal City Council meeting.

Council member Stan Nord questioned the fees and said the city was constantly losing money to reimburse the management company for the management fees.

In Uptown Normal parking structures, parking is free for the first hour and any additional hour costs $ 1 per hour. However, for the past year, the Town of Normal has experienced a loss of revenue for the town specifically at this structure.

On Monday night at the council meeting and on social media Tuesday, administrator Stan Nord said the city should reconsider charging parking fees at city-owned garages after the city paid more than $ 8. $ 000 in lost revenue refunds to Heartland Parking Inc.

“The total is $ 56,000 which we lost due to the collection of parking fees. So if it costs us more to collect, we have to look at that because it’s an overall net loss, ”said Nord.

The city reimburses Heartland Parking, which manages the collection of fees. But the money used to pay is not made on the structures. Nord said the parking fee should cost taxpayers nothing.

“Taxpayers lose. All this money is coming out of taxpayers’ pockets. All the money that we don’t get because of parking, taxpayers pay to cover it, ”said Nord. “If we cut spending anyway, then it’s a net gain all around, but we have to think about it. We need to have this conversation.

Normal City communications director Cathy Oloffson said fees exist for the interview and deter students from filling bridges, avoiding fees elsewhere.

“These are costs that are fixed costs. They are not leaving. We want to make sure the bridges are clean, safe and well lit and the fees we collect help offset those operational costs, ”said Oloffson.

Oloffson said COVID-19 primarily caused a loss of people using Uptown parking and in the non-COVID years the city broke even, preventing taxpayer dollars from reimbursing Heartland Parking.

“We are starting to see traffic picking up from Uptown station. For many months at the start of the year, Amtrak did not have a full train schedule, so these numbers are reflected in what has been shared so far, ”said Oloffson.

Oloffson also said the city does not operate the parking lots as a revenue generator, but only as a place where residents and visitors can park their cars and “dine, shop and play” in Uptown.

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Growth required more parking spaces in suburban malls and downtown stores

Getting the perfect parking spot is always a satisfying victory, but we often take for granted what that parking spot, parking lot or garage means to our city and our history. These photographs of the cars parked around the old City Market building and Ellis Square show how the need to park has changed our urban environment.

Automobiles have revolutionized nearly every facet of American culture, providing unprecedented convenience and accessibility, but perhaps with them too much has come. Historic cities like Savannah were not originally designed with the automobile in mind, so the need for a place to store them forced creative solutions at best, and destruction of sites and sites at worst. of historical monuments.

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Parking Park & ​​Shop in Ellis Square surrounded by on-street and above-ground parking, August 1970. MPC Historic Preservation Photo Collection, item 8126-006_01-4-0119.

Downtown businesses at risk of losing customers to suburban malls have argued for more and more parking. Unused lots were converted to surface parking lots, and multi-level parking garages were eventually deemed necessary to house the glut of vehicles that flooded downtown streets.

When it was built in the 1870s, shoppers used to tour the city’s old market building on foot, horseback, and wagon or streetcar. In the 1950s, vehicles were piling up around him on the street. When the market was demolished in the 1950s, it was replaced by the Park & ​​Shop multi-level garage. While the increased parking density offered by Park & ​​Shop has surely made life more convenient for downtown shoppers, Savannah has lost one of its most important landmarks.

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Cars parked around the old City Market building on Ellis Square, undated.  MPC Historical Preservation Photograph Collection, item 8126-006_01-4-0124.

Another proposal in the 1960s suggested that River Street be turned into an additional parking lot for Broughton Street shoppers. Lucky for us today, architects Eric Meyerhoff and Robert Gunn instead envisioned a pedestrian plaza that transformed the waterfront from a neglected and abandoned harbor into an international destination thanks to the Riverfront Urban Renewal Project.

When the Park & ​​Shop lease expired in 2004, the garage was demolished and, through an extensive public-private partnership, Ellis Square was renovated into a vibrant public gathering place with parking moved to a large underground lot. opened to the public in 2007.

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Kingston, Ont. planners propose to reduce parking spaces in new developments – Kingston

Kingston has a parking problem.

It’s been a familiar complaint among downtown shopkeepers, customers and employees over the years, especially during pre-pandemic times.

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But a new report suggests the real problem lies in the ‘excessive’ oversupply of privately built vehicle space, particularly around large residential buildings, offices and shopping malls, and that zoning rules municipal should be amended to limit it in the future.

“We have way too many parking lots in the city,” says Brent Toderian, a Vancouver-based urban design consultant.

The City of Kingston’s planning department worked with Toderian to produce a ‘call to action’, a sweeping overhaul of the number of future parking spaces that should be created.

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In short, much less.

A planning report suggests developers have much more flexibility in deciding how many parking spaces to build to help the city meet its goals of promoting public transit and responding to a climate emergency.


Their solution, which may prove controversial when presented to the public and local politicians, is to move away from car-driven development.

The report acknowledges that the city has been its own biggest enemy in the past by requiring developers to provide more parking spaces than necessary.

City planners pointed to this aerial view of the Kingston Center shopping mall as an example of a parking oversupply.

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The key solution touted by planners is to change city rules and give developers the flexibility to drastically reduce the number of parking spaces they want to provide to owners, customers or tenants, while ensuring they don’t not provide an oversupply of spaces for new apartments and condominiums.

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Currently, the city requires a minimum number of building spaces for new commercial and residential projects.

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The general rule is that a builder must construct one parking space for each unit of an apartment or condominium, unless concessions are negotiated and approved by the city council, such as providing payment instead of parking.

But in the new working paper, titled “The Power of Parking – A New Parking Paradigm for Kingston? city ​​planners are proposing to sharply reduce minimum parking supply standards, and even impose new maximum standards to avoid too much paved space around or under multi-unit residential buildings.

The policy would also eliminate any parking requirements for all new affordable and heritage housing developments.

Community Services Commissioner Paige Agnew calls it one of the most “exciting and transformative” strategies ever produced by planning staff.

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“It takes things to a whole new level.”

She acknowledges that overturning the longstanding status quo of giving priority to cars could be a tough sell among drivers in a city where the car is still the preferred mode of transport for at least two-thirds of regular commuters. It is not uncommon to see two, three or four vehicles parked in the driveways of suburban homes.

Asked if the proposed guidelines would encourage developers to reduce on-site parking to the point where an overflow of vehicles could occur onto nearby streets, she says this could be managed through law enforcement on the parking.

Kingston’s Community Services Commissioner says any overflow of street parking can be handled by law enforcement.


Although the discussion paper makes no formal recommendations, Agnew says their hope is to turn some, if not all, of these proposals into a comprehensive new citywide zoning bylaw.

City planners say they are also looking at the new bylaw, guiding future development rules, to make other major changes in terms of allowing commercial uses in churches, creating more small homes and shipping containers shipping, and additional green ribbon environmental protections.

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Parking is the last part of the by-law to be put under the microscope.

“We dramatically underestimated the complex costs and consequences of how we deal with parking,” says Agnew.

As the zoning regulator of private parking lot developments, Agnew says it’s time for the city to deregulate a bit and let developers decide how much parking is right for their sites.

She says the past drive to create more parking has actually made it much harder for Kingston to achieve some of its stated public goals, such as improving affordability and mitigating climate change.

According to the 152-page Agnew-Toderian report, reducing parking requirements will demonstrate leadership in climate action, support housing affordability, promote active transportation and transit, ensure urban health and equity social and streamline the often confusing parking construction requirements.

The parking flexibility suggested to developers could also encourage them to create more short- and long-term bicycle storage and electric vehicle charging stations, planners said.

Toderian, who was hired by the city to help rethink its planning policies, says the more parking lots you build, the more people are tempted to drive and buy vehicles, which goes against the city’s own city’s climate emergency declaration.

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He suggested that requiring developers to build a pre-defined minimum number of parking spaces drove up urban housing costs by 12.5% ​​to 25%, in part because of the large amounts of concrete materials or required for parking lots and structures, and in the building design process itself.

The report estimates that the cost of constructing a parking space ranges from $6,000 for a paved surface to $45,000 for an underground space, and given Kingston’s geographic nature as a “limestone” city, developers tend to build parking structures above ground which can make it even more expensive.

Toderian says the hidden costs of parking oversupply not only translate into higher development costs, but also trickle down to higher rents, lower wages and more gas emissions. greenhouse for parking structure materials.

He estimates that 36% of Kingston’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector.

A discussion paper on parking indicates that Kingston’s transportation sector is responsible for 36% of greenhouse gas emissions.


“It’s more than just money when it comes to costs and consequences.”

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Planners stressed that the drive to reduce vehicle parking requirements in certain types of new developments will not impact current or future accessible parking supply, nor override previous zoning approvals that allowed large-scale parking lots, such as those around businesses and retail. shopping centers.

Planners say they want the public to comment on the working document before any changes are written into the new zoning bylaw.

“We don’t make recommendations and our decisions aren’t made,” explains Laura Flaherty, project manager in the planning department.

The discussion paper will be the subject of a virtual public meeting of the planning committee on June 23.

The revamped, harmonized and simplified Kingston-wide zoning by-law is expected to be completed and ready for council approval early next year.

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Amherst councilors support rezoning of downtown parking garage

AMHERST— City Council is laying the groundwork for a private parking garage, or one built in partnership with the city, on a downtown surface lot between North Pleasant and North Prospect streets.

Councilors voted 11-2 Monday in favor of the recommendation to rezone the city-owned portion of the CVS pharmacy parking lot, where there are 70 spaces, after receiving a written appeal to take action from District 4 Councilor Evan. Ross and District 3 Councilors George Ryan and Dorothée Pam.

“The high-profile nature of a parking structure can alleviate the Amherst parking lot perception problem, relieve other parking lots that often reach capacity during peak hours, and relieve the residential streets adjacent to downtown,” wrote the advisers.

District 1 Councilor Sarah Swartz and District 5 Councilor Darcy DuMont voted against the measure.

Under the proposal, 0.68 acre “parcel 14A-33”, as known from assessors’ maps, would be rezoned from general residence to general business. The current land is considered non-compliant with the city’s zoning because the general residence does not allow “commercial or public parking” or a parking garage.

The adjoining land that CVS owns, with several free parking spaces for customers, would not be part of the rezoning.

Ross said the idea is to get a garage with no investment from the city.

“The city would provide the land to a developer, but the developer would put in the money to build and operate the garage themselves,” Ross said.

The vote requires the planning board and community resource committee to hold hearings by July 28, and then submit written recommendations within 21 days of the hearings.

The Amherst Business Improvement District, which has partnered with the city to unveil a Destination Amherst plan that included the possibility of a new downtown parking garage in early 2020, supports the change in zoning.

BID Executive Director Gabrielle Gould said if rezoning was approved and then a request for proposals for a public-private partnership, sometimes called a PPP, began, the hope would be to have a long-term lease. limited to the sole development of a Parking Garage.

“If the city council does this, the BID intends to submit its own proposal to develop a garage in a P3 with the city, funded and operated by the BID with the support of local stakeholders,” said Gould.

Gould said other private entities could apply as well and that it would pick up a long-overdue conversation that will address concerns about parking, development, commerce and rebuilding Amherst after the downtown pandemic.

The only parking structure in Amherst is the 188-space Boltwood Parking Garage, opened in 2002 at a cost of $ 5 million.

Numerous parking studies have been carried out over the years with concerns that mixed-use buildings constructed in the municipal parking district, and not required to provide on-site parking for tenants, create a demand for parking. Boltwood Place, Kendrick Place, and One East Pleasant have all been opened in recent years, and two new buildings with apartments and commercial space on the ground floor are under construction or in the permitting phase at 26 Spring St. and 11 East Pleasant St.

At-Large Councilor Alisa Brewer said she understood the zoning change was concerned that the property could be used for other purposes. But with the city retaining control of the land, Brewer said she couldn’t imagine a circumstance in which a parking lot for renters would be built.

Pam said the stops will play a role in the development process. Residents of North Prospect Street have previously expressed concern about the increase in traffic on the residential street from a garage. DuMont said she is concerned that the city may have to incur expenses even if the city’s money is not used to build a garage.

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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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Wall Street Parking Garage to close for repairs

The Wall Street parking garage, 45 Wall Street, will be closed for repairs May 27-31.

For this reason, Asheville Parking Services is requesting that all cars parked in the garage be removed by 8 p.m. on May 26. Cars that remain in the garage will not be towed, but there may be a delay in the exit process, due to construction. Anyone needing help getting out of the garage should dial 828-778-3216.

Several structural joints will be replaced on the northeast side of the garage. In order to complete the maintenance, both exit lanes will need to be closed for a period of time. This will take place from 8 a.m. on May 27 with the reopening scheduled for 8 a.m. on May 31.

Monthly parking lots were notified of the Wall Street garage closing and were directed to the Harrah’s Cherokee Center parking garage.

In addition, the elevators at the Wall Street Parking Garage have been repaired and are being inspected. They should be operational soon.

The city of Asheville offers many other parking options in the downtown area, including:

  • Biltmore Avenue garage: 404 spaces
  • Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Garage Asheville: 550 spaces
  • Rankin Avenue garage: 262 spaces

To find out the parking spaces available in real time, consult the Where is the parking page from the City of Asheville website or download The Asheville app.

For more information, visit the Parking Services Page on the City of Asheville website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cut in the looms of Auckland public parking spaces


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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Military women say service is often overlooked in priority parking spots for veterans

When someone says “service member” or “veteran”, what image comes to mind?

For the most part, he’s a man in uniform. But did you know that three million women served in the US military?

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FOX 5’s Melanie Alnwick spoke with Lt. Col. Olivia Nun, a local military member who shared her story of how her service is sometimes overlooked in parking lots at retailers who offer priority parking spots to military veterans .

LTC Nunn says she really appreciates the perk, but tends to avoid taking advantage of it due to the backlash she often receives from other customers.

“I get a lot of secondary eyes and sometimes there are those who are ready to say something — and they’re not being nice,” LTC Nunn said. “I get everything from ‘Hey, you shouldn’t park there, you have to wait for your husband’ to come, or ‘Hey, you know you can’t park there because that’s only where the heroes go. park.'”

Military women say parking issues are a common occurrence and a daily example of how they are often overlooked.

Earlier this year, the Military Women’s Memorial launched a national recording campaign to preserve the stories of the millions of women who have served the United States since the American Revolution.

LTC Nunn has served 20 years around the world and will soon be ending her career as Director of Communications for the US Army’s Soldier for Life program. Her only unfulfilled wish was to be part of a tank crew – a role that was not open to women when she enlisted in 2001.

Encouraging female veterans to share their stories of service is part of the Military Women’s Memorial’s campaign goal. When servicewomen stand up and demand to be counted, it can mean a change in policy, Alnwick said, like getting a body armor that actually fits a woman’s body.

Collecting more personal stories can also change perception. “So women can share their stories. So little girls can look up and want to serve because they saw someone sharing their story,” says LTC Nunn. “Our American people can understand that when you say service member, they mean not only a man, but also a woman.”

The Military Women’s Memorial wants to spread the word for all women in service and veterans to register on their site and tell their stories.

The memorial is open seven days a week, right at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.

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Watch: New open space that includes parking lots inaugurated in Dingli

A new open space which is also equipped with parking lots has been inaugurated in Dingli.

The open space is located near the grounds of Dingli Swallows FC and has received an investment of around € 600,000. The work was carried out by the Public Works Department.

The project, which is located on land in Triq Ġużè Ellul Mercer, Triq il-Mediterran, Triq Carmelo Buġeja and Triq Pawlu Ebejer, has an area of ​​2,000 square meters.

Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg explained that € 120,000 has been used in the construction of a large reservoir for water storage which will be used to water the trees around the locality.

The car park has a total of 25 car parks, some of which also have electric charging stations for electric vehicles.

“It is a government in favor of green infrastructure and therefore, from abandoned land, we have transformed it into an accessible garden, with native trees and plants, gym equipment and a bus shelter for bus passengers. also.

We also saw that this space should be accessible by ramps and paving materials specially designed for people with disabilities, ”said Borg.

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Columbia restaurants can use the parking spaces but will have to pay for them


Columbia restaurants will have to pay to seat customers in blocked parking lots, but supporters are hoping the new law will still help businesses generate more revenue as social distancing requirements continue.

Columbia City Council on Monday approved an ordinance that will allow restaurants to use parking spaces for additional seating.

Temporary permits cannot last more than 90 days before the restaurant must apply for an extension. Ward 1 Councilor Pat Fowler successfully added an amendment to extend the period to 90 days – permits would expire after 20 days under the original order.

The measure is seen by many as a way to help restaurants as the pandemic continues. Restaurants had been subject to group size restrictions for several months. Those requirements are gone, but current health ordinances still require tables to be socially distant, limiting the number of customers that can be served at a time.

“We can support our businesses after COVID and get our restaurants and diners out safely and support our businesses, that’s what we need to do,” New Ward 2 Councilor Andrea Waner said during the debate. advice.

Waner said if there is a way to keep restaurants operating safely and to continue to reward them for their good work, the city has to do it.

It was made clear during the meeting that restaurants will have to pay for parking spaces so that the city does not lose revenue from parking meters.

Nickie Davis, of the Downtown Community Improvement District, requested 90 days for the length of time allowed because of the cost for restaurants to renew permits after 20 days and the need to hire more staff.

Davis said that many restaurants are now interested in this option and that the extended deadline is essential to maintain that interest. She said restaurants can fit around three tables in each parking space while maintaining social distancing. Each company would be entitled to two spaces.

“Can you imagine spending $ 3,000 for 20 days, let alone paying for those parking spots and potentially needing another employee, so 20 to 90 days is huge,” Davis said.

Davis said companies will need to have a platform built in the flesh to make it accessible to the ADA. She said there will also need to be barriers not only for security reasons, but also for the fact that people will not feel like they are eating on the streets.

Permits must be submitted 21 days before restaurants plan to begin outdoor seating. No permit shall be approved in areas where the speed limit is greater than 20 mph or for spaces less than 19 feet from the edge of a curb, a marked lane or the center line of a Street.

Restaurants will have to pay $ 10 per day for parking meters blocked by the outdoor dining room. If approved, barricades should be put in place around the area.

Tera Eckerle, director of Tellers Downtown, said the restaurant has no plans to use this option. The biggest problem with cashiers isn’t sitting – it’s the staff.

“When we set up our patio it’s already so chaotic and when we had events in the summer we brought in more tables. It was so painful to get everything out and everything in,” Eckerle said.

Billy Giordano, owner of Room 38 Bar and Lounge, said they won’t be using the parking spaces, but he thinks it will be a great opportunity for some businesses.

In addition to owning Room 38, Giordano also has staffing software that helps companies hire. He said he had seen the negative effects of stimulus packages on businesses in Colombia.

“A lot of people are just not willing to work right now with all the money they can make on unemployment and through stimulus checks,” Giordano said.

Eckerle said parking is already limited along Broadway, and if businesses start using it, the only parking available will be in parking garages.

“We also see so many accidents around the corner of Ninth and Broadway that it seems like it wouldn’t be safe or feasible,” Eckerle said.

St. Louis and Kansas City took similar steps in 2020 to help restaurants weather the pandemic.

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A $ 20 million project to build 200 new semi-parking spaces on I-80 in Wyoming will impact travel starting Monday

Traffic was blocked on Wednesday January 13 when I-80 was temporarily closed between Laramie and Rawlins due to the vehicle overturning. (WYDOT)

CASPER, Wyoming – A $ 20 million “winter freight” project along Interstate 80 between Laramie and Rawlins is resuming after a winter hiatus, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

“Traffic on I-80 will begin to impact Monday as crews begin structural work and begin building climbing routes on I-80,” WYDOT said. “The work will impact eastbound lanes above Halleck Ridge (250.5 to 252.5 mile markers) west of Elk Mountain and westbound lanes between Quealy Dome and Cooper. Cove (beacons 281.5 to 279.5) near the Albany / Carbon County line. ”

“Watch for lane closures, reduced speed limits and other traffic changes during construction. Avoid distractions like cell phones when driving in work areas.

The project began in the fall of 2020 and Simon Contractors is resuming efforts to build approximately 100 new tractor-trailer parking spaces in the Fort Steele rest area east of Rawlins and 100 new parking spaces in the area. Quealy Dome parking lot west of Laramie.

“This additional truck parking is essential,” said Wes Bybee, WYDOT District 1 construction engineer. “The additional parking lots can help reduce the number of fall-asleep accidents, reduce accidents and operating costs for trucks looking for parking, and give truck drivers another place to stay.” to park and wait for bad weather conditions. “

The Fort Steele rest area, including parking areas, will be closed during construction.

“Flaggers may be present to direct local traffic through the area,” WYDOT said. “Please avoid parking on the Fort Steele interchange on and off ramps as this will likely interfere with work on the rest area. Once the project is complete, the rest area will reopen.

The project is funded by a federal Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant. WYDOT says it should be finished in October 2022.

“Project planning is subject to change, particularly due to inclement weather and the availability of material or equipment,” notes WYDOT

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Fewer parking spaces for new California homes, stores? It could happen

Would fewer parking spaces mean new, cheaper homes and shops? Or more drivers swearing while turning for a free seat?

Housing advocates support a state bill to ban cities from imposing minimum parking requirements on new apartments and stores within a half-mile of train stations and bus routes. The bill is designed to encourage public transit use and limit city mandates for large, expensive parking lots, which can make building apartments and commercial projects unattractive to developers.

“Cars and parking have a huge environmental cost,” said Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, who co-authored the bill with Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. “The cost of our housing has gone up because of the huge costs that parking adds to a housing estate.”

But naysayers have long warned of the horrors of traffic and congestion if residents and shoppers continue to use vehicles instead of public transport. The League of California Cities is taking a wait-and-see approach, while the slow-growing group Livable California is considering a formal stance on the bill.

The law project, AB 1401, is one of many measures aimed at addressing the state’s housing crisis. After a series of setbacks last year, pro-housing groups have returned with individual bills asking for smaller measures to spur development.

Other bills would allow underutilized commercial properties to be redeveloped for homes and apartments, let landlords divide lots and build homes on the new parcel, and speed up environmental review of some major projects.

But parking reform could hit a true third rail of suburban politics, where the definition of “adequate parking” is often a flashpoint at public hearings. Owners oppose new developments due to additional traffic and concerns that on-street parking is unsightly and can make navigating narrow streets difficult. Developers say on-site parking requirements increase costs and make it difficult to build affordable housing and innovative commercial buildings.

Recently, many Bay Area cities have struggled to manage parking for growing RV camps, filling the curbs of major roads and spilling into suburban neighborhoods. Parking restrictions and safe parking sites have sparked intense debate in East of Palo AltoMountain View, Fremont and other Bay Area cities.

Researchers from UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation have found that parking needs can add up to $36,000 to the cost of a single affordable home, more than the cost of using eco-friendly materials. environment or payment of city development costs. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, parking needs can be as high as $75,000 per unit.

The measure would limit a city or county’s ability to require parking spaces based on the number of units or the size of certain developments. The bill would cover new projects within a half-mile walk of a transit stop.

Some cities have already taken action. San Francisco eliminated parking requirements and Oakland eliminated minimums near public transportation. The Berkeley City Council voted in January to remove off-street requirements.

Supporters of the bill include California YIMBY, San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), and affordable housing developers. Proponents say the costs of parking requirements fall most heavily on communities of color, which are more likely to rent and use public transportation.

Meea Kang, an affordable housing developer with Related California, said new state standards are needed to replace parking requirements established decades ago.

Most jurisdictions have parking requirements, driving up development costs that are passed on to tenants and homebuyers, she said. “Frankly, it will lower the cost of housing for people who don’t own a car or choose to have a car-free lifestyle,” Kang said.

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Monaco and its coveted car parks

Car parks and parking spaces have long been a hot topic of discussion in Monaco. Waiting lists are long and some residents have to wait years to finally get one of the coveted spots. At the same time, the Prince’s Government encourages the use of public transport and other modes of transport that respect the environment.

In Monaco, there are 17,000 public parking spaces, but with the increase in demand for spaces from residents, the authorities are finding it increasingly difficult to meet everyone’s needs. Indeed, the Public Parkings Office currently has 6,000 requests from residents on its waiting list.

“Every month, I write to the parking department to inquire about my request and they tell me that they are currently processing requests for 2016”, explains Corinne, a 60-year-old resident who desperately needs a place to park her. . auto. “I managed to get a card that I top up as I go, but the daily parking fee is costing me so much money with the current parking rates.”

Parking somewhere for several days is still very delicate in Monaco and it is practically illegal in France

More than 6,000 requests put on the waiting list

“I think Monaco Car Parks or the town hall should make sure that each apartment has at least one parking space, if they are in a building that does not have a garage or private parking”, explains Riccardo , 40 years. -olders with heart failure. “I am in no way a priority because of my health problems,” explains the local who always tries to obtain his own parking space. For now, he has decided to rent a box in France, more than four kilometers from his home, as well as to sell one of his three cars. “Parking somewhere for several days is still very delicate in Monaco and it is practically illegal in France… my car was impounded even though I had only parked it for a few days in a car park in Cap d’Ail.

It is important to find the balance between equity and the general interest

The issue of cars left in public parking lots for long periods of time

In Monaco, some vehicles are parked for long periods and others cannot use these spaces. The Principality is currently trying to solve the problem of vehicles, whose owners seem to have permanently “reserved” a few parking spaces. At present, almost 400 vehicles fall into this category.

Earlier this year, the Prince’s Government wanted to make this case an offense punishable by a fine of 60 euros, but finally decided that such a measure would not be applied. “I hope that a constructive dialogue can be established”, declares Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Equipment, Environment and Town Planning, explaining her desire to reassess the measure. “It is important to find the balance between equity and the general interest.

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Use your car, but no more than 15 times!

In Monaco, people who do not use their car more than 15 times a month benefit from a reduction of 10 euros on their monthly bill. However, with reward programs and sanctions being used at the same time, sometimes drivers got a bit lost and took to social media with their reviews. “I have seen these comments and received letters from drivers expressing their incomprehension”, says Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, before recalling that “using your car all the time cannot be the only option for getting around: Government policies continue to strongly favor the use of public transport and promote soft mobility, in particular walking, which is facilitated by a large network of mechanical installations and the development of the Monabike bicycle service.

>> READ ALSO: Sustainable travel in Monaco: welcoming the new Monabike

“Living in Monaco without a car is very easy, but in my opinion it is essential to have one for shopping, going to appointments outside the Principality, as well as for all other emergencies”, explains a man from 49 years. elderly resident, who has a gasoline-powered car and is patiently waiting for her own parking space. She has been on the waiting list as an employee in Monaco for seven years, and for three years as a resident. “I thought that the government’s desire to make people pay more for a place, if they did not use their vehicle at least once a month, was very fair, but after negative responses from certain selfish people, the measure no has never been introduced, which is a great shame.

Some residents, like Gianfranco, are investing in hybrid vehicles, which are more respectful of the environment. “I asked the Monaco Public Parking if it was possible for me to have a place, because I could not charge my electric car at home and the other charging points were far from my home. Grianfranco had no choice but to fill his car with gasoline: “it’s a shame that the Principality supports eco-responsible initiatives, but the inhabitants of here cannot always take advantage of them.

>> READ ALSO: Monaco launches purchasing aid for electric and hybrid vehicles

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SpotHero IQ now offers dynamic pricing in more than 1,000 car parks

CHICAGO–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) –SpotHero, the leader in digital parking in North America, today achieved a first in the parking industry by launching dynamic pricing capabilities in more than 1,000 parking lots. SpotHero IQ delivers the most comprehensive North American parking industry demand dataset, valued at $ 36 billion, integrating real-time demand data for the most comprehensive view of behavior of consumers.

Now living in over 65 cities with 100 operators in over 1,000 parking lots, SpotHero IQ provides parking operators with automated rate recommendations and inventory management solutions. SpotHero IQ automates the once-manual task of adjusting parking rates online by providing parking operators with dynamic, data-driven rates. This allows operators to determine the optimal pricing in high and low demand environments using real-time data. For drivers, this responds to the SpotHero mission to facilitate travel everywhere at the right price.

“As we approach recovery from COVID, it has never been more important to make data-informed decisions about how to price inventory,” said Mark Lawrence, co-founder and CEO of SpotHero. “SpotHero IQ allows operators to proactively manage demand volatility, whether it’s a lull due to foreclosure or a spike once cities are back on the boom again. In doing so, we help optimize online sales for maximum income for our partners.

Partner operators leveraging the platform see an average increase in revenue of over 40%. One Parking, a national parking operator with more than 80,000 spaces under management, saw its revenues increase by 44% at 19 sites through SpotHero IQ.

“By having real-time data on where and when parking is needed, all the inventory and pricing decisions we make are supported by valuable numbers,” said Rosario Palella, vice president of One Car park. “It has been a game-changer, allowing us to capture parkers in timescales that we wouldn’t have previously. We are thrilled to join SpotHero at the forefront of the parking industry’s evolution towards digital pricing. and dynamic.

SpotHero IQ consists of a larger family of products for the unique needs of each partner. The suite’s namesake product, SpotHero IQ, offers demand-based pricing for online inventory at all parking lots at no cost to operators. SpotHero IQ + integrates with PARCS to overlay parking occupancy data on demand online and provides robust business intelligence tools. Future developments will provide full yield management for all parking inventory.

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SpotHero is the leader in digital parking and the only independent off-street parking market in North America. Millions of drivers use SpotHero’s mobile apps and website to find, reserve and access off-street parking at more than 7,500 locations in 300 cities across the United States and Canada. Major carrier partners leverage SpotHero IQ, SpotHero’s AI-powered dynamic pricing platform to make data-driven decisions. For more information visit

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State College: Parking Garage Repair and Construction Overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garage on avenue des Castors

Built: 2005 (Precast concrete of normal weight)

Parking spaces: 529 (195,000 square feet)

Estimated costs over 3 years: $ 1.21 million

Estimated costs over 10 years: $ 3.28 million

Walker Consultants Condition Assessment Report

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

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

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

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

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

Fraser Street Garage

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

Parking spaces: 335 (154,000 square feet)

Estimated costs over 3 years: $ 564,000

Estimated costs over 10 years: $ 929,000

Walker Consultants Condition Assessment Report

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

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

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

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

McAllister Street Garage

Built: 1991 (Precast concrete of normal weight)

Parking spaces: 218 (66,000 square feet)

Estimated costs over 3 years: $ 645,000

Estimated costs over 10 years: $ 1.1 million

Walker Consultants Condition Assessment Report

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

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

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

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

Pugh Street Garage

Built: 1972 (CIP P / T lightweight concrete)

Parking spaces: 491 (158,000 square feet)

Estimated costs over 3 years: $ 1.43 million

Estimated costs over 10 years: $ 1.98 million

Walker Consultants Condition Assessment Report

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Should blind people in Berkeley be forced to buy parking spaces? – Streetsblog California

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Berkeley City Council is expected to address the subject of parking regulations. The reforms recommended by the Planning Commission would remove the minimum parking requirements for all residential land uses, with the exception of certain lots located on roads less than 26 feet wide in hillside areas. The Planning Commission also recommends the adoption of maximum parking limits and the establishment of requirements for managing transport demand for residential uses.

City Councilor Sophie Hahn proposed to maintain the current minimum parking requirements in all Hillside Overlay areas, which would mean continuing to force the inclusion of parking in residential buildings adjacent to UC Berkeley, where residents ( mostly students) are the least likely to own a car. It also recommends continuing to require disabled parking spaces in large residential buildings.

What is the best approach? To understand this, think about what minimum parking laws do, who pays the cost of complying with them, and how they affect people with disabilities.

Minimum parking regulations specify the minimum number of parking spaces that must be provided for each land use. The cost of bringing them into compliance is high. In the Bay Area, the cost of constructing, operating and maintaining a parking garage typically exceeds $ 300 per month per parking space, annually, for the expected 35-year useful life of the parking garage. the structure.

Builders pay for this parking lot, but they pass the cost on in the form of higher rents. Researched by CJ Gabbe from the University of Santa Clara and Gregory Pierce from UCLA found that nationally, bundling the cost of a garage space into rents adds about 17 percent to a unit’s rent.

“Minimum parking requirements create a major equity issue for car-less households,” write the study’s authors. Regulations force people without a car – usually on low incomes – to pay higher rents for parking that they do not need and cannot use.

For people with disabilities, the charges imposed by minimum parking regulations can be particularly significant. This is because people with disabilities are less likely to drive. At national scale, only about 65 percent of people with disabilities drive a car, compared to 88 percent of able-bodied people. Blind people and those who cannot drive often live in urban areas where they can meet many of their daily needs on foot, by public transport or by taxi. In many parts of the city, for example, less than half of people with disabilities drive.

The minimum parking requirements act like a matching grant program – limited to those who can find a way to match the grant. The high cost of keeping them raises rents for everyone, but only those who are wealthy enough to buy, insure, refuel and maintain an automobile benefit.

In addition, you must be able to pass a driving license test. For millions of Americans with disabilities, these two barriers are too many. About 13% of American adults say they have difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Many more Americans cannot drive because of strokes, developmental disabilities, or other disabilities. Others cannot afford a car.

Minimum parking regulations often increase rents for people with disabilities who cannot drive, mistakenly thinking that this creates “free” parking for everyone – but especially for able-bodied people with higher incomes.

In the worst case, rent increases caused by minimum parking regulations lead to homelessness. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development Annual Homelessness Assessment Report 2008 found that about 43 percent of people in homeless shelters had some form of disability. Too often Americans with disabilities end up sleeping in doorways, under freeways, or in unheated garages.

Cities across America have now recognized the unintentional damage caused by minimum parking regulations and have adopted reforms to repair the damage. Two key reforms are:

1. Remove minimum parking regulations. Progressive cities like Buffalo, Edmonton, Emeryville, Hartford, Hudson (NY) and San Francisco have removed minimum parking requirements throughout the city. Many others, including Fremont, Hayward, Lancaster, Los Angeles, Mountain View, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, and Santa Monica have removed them in some neighborhoods.

Removing parking minimums benefits people with disabilities in several ways. For some, this can make home ownership possible. UC Berkeley researchers Wenyu Jia and Martin Wachs found that in San Francisco, twenty percent more households could qualify for loans on condominiums that do not include parking.

Others may convert unused garages into homes. The average rent for a studio in Berkeley is around $ 1,800 per month. A Berkeley homeowner with a failing eyesight or other disability that makes owning a car unnecessary could use a home equity loan to convert their garage into an apartment. This could pay for many taxi rides, while still providing modest accommodation for someone in need.

Removing mandatory requirements for the construction of parking lots does not mean that new developments will not have parking. It just makes parking an optional convenience, rather than a mandatory purchase. This gives everyone the opportunity to save money by owning fewer cars.

Provision and use of off-street parking in Berkeley subdivisions.  Source: Nelson  Nygaard Associates
Provision and use of off-street parking in existing Berkeley subdivisions. Source: Nelson Nygaard Associates

It also opens up new parking possibilities. In San Francisco, new car-free homes often offer the option of renting excess parking in neighboring buildings. If Berkeley removes the minimum parking laws, the same phenomenon is likely to emerge.

A recent study commissioned by the City of Berkeley found that minimum parking regulations created so much excess parking that in the average Berkeley apartment building, 45 percent of the off-street parking supply is vacant during the hours when it is most in demand. In apartment buildings below the market price, 58 percent of off-street parking is vacant – unused and unnecessary – during peak hours. Removing minimum parking regulations will allow this existing but wasted space to be used or converted to better use.

2. Place the housing first. San Francisco no longer spends meager public money to build parking lots in its below-market real estate developments.

Octavia Court, for example, offers fifteen affordable housing units for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Making the project a car-free building served three purposes: it reduced the cost per house, allowing the city to build more houses with its limited funds; he maximized the number of apartments that could fit on the constrained site; and it has avoided spending money on expensive equipment – parking – that its residents with developmental disabilities will never be able to use. San Francisco realized a simple truth: When thousands of Americans with disabilities live on the streets, the meager funds allocated to affordable housing should not be used to subsidize cars.

Some Americans – including some of my family – have disabilities and drive. It is important to meet their needs, allowing new apartment buildings to include parking for those who want it. But people who can’t afford or choose not to own a car should never have to pay for a parking space they can’t use.

And blind people shouldn’t have to pay for parking spaces they don’t need and can’t use.

Patrick Siegman is a transportation planner and economist. While a director at Nelson Nygaard Consulting, he led the Parking and Transportation Demand Management Study in Downtown Berkeley and the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation Demand Management Master Plan.

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Spacious condo unit includes 2 parking spaces

On the market for the first time since the original owners bought it over 45 years ago, unit 343 at 65 Grove St. offers the opportunity to own a spacious condo in the immaculately maintained Wellesley Green complex .

The 1,815 square foot unit has the largest floor plan available in the complex and offers serene views over the manicured grounds. The two bedroom, two bathroom unit has excellent storage and an office adjoining the living room provides a desirable private space for working from home. The unit also includes two notarized parking spaces in the underground garage.

Joanne Baron of The Shulkin Wilk Group / Compass is marketing the unit for $ 950,000.

Wellesley Green is located next to Fuller Brook Park and a two minute walk to the shops, restaurants, train and Wellesley Square public library.

The condo development was built in three phases from 1972 to 1974 and has 149 units spread over three four-story residential buildings on seven acres of land surrounding a central courtyard. There is also a pool and club room for residents.

Early one morning in December after a heavy snowfall, workers were out in force at the well-managed Wellesley Green condo complex. The sidewalks were cleared, the outdoor parking lots and the roadways were cleared of snow and a manager walked around the site to supervise the work. Wellesley Green’s on-site staff consists of an on-site manager, a building maintenance superintendent and building cleaning staff. The entrance to the caretaker’s house is open 24 hours a day.

The building's glass doors open into an attractive lobby.

The building’s glass doors open onto a huge four-story atrium. Open balconies overlook the lobby to create an airy and modern atmosphere in the building. The individual mailboxes of the residences are located in the vestibule of each building which has an elevator and a staircase to access each floor.

There are six units per floor.

Unit 343 is on the third floor of the quiet building and is sunny, spacious and ready to welcome owners to add a sophisticated and fresh decor to make it their own.

The front door opens into a hall with wooden floors which leads to a carpeted living room. There is an entrance to the kitchen on the left. A large closet in the foyer is one of the condo’s many generous storage spaces.

The office is next to the living room and includes a picture window with lovely views.

The living room measures 15 by almost 27 feet and has oversized glass doors leading out to a balcony with stunning views of the grounds. The dining room opens onto the living room and has wooden floors and a door to the outside hallway which serves as an emergency exit.

The kitchen is light and airy with white counters, wooden cabinets and tiled floors.

The kitchen is light and airy with white counters, wooden cabinets and tiled floors. There is a double stainless steel sink and appliances include Hotpoint double ovens and electric range, GE refrigerator and Kitchen Aid dishwasher. The washer and dryer are also located here. There is a door to the dining room.

The dining room is next to the sunny living room.

The office is located next to the living room and includes a bay window with views of the field, a walk-in closet and a door to the rear hallway.

The living room includes a balcony with stunning views of the well-maintained park.

Both bedrooms are located off the hallway which has two large closets and a full bathroom. Both bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the landscaped gardens. The master bedroom measures nearly 12 feet by 17 feet and has two walk-in closets and a full bathroom. The second bedroom is roughly the same generous size and has two wardrobes.

There is additional storage near the unit’s parking spaces in the underground garage.


Address: 65 Grove Street, Unit 343, Wellesley

BR / BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms

Cut: 1,815 square feet of living space

Age: 1973

Price: $ 950,000

Tax: $ 11,329

HOA dues: $ 1,145 per month

Characteristics of the house: On the market for the first time since the purchase by the original owners, this Wellesley Green condo offers the opportunity to make it your own with stylish new decor. This unit offers the most spacious floor plan in the 149-unit complex with two bedrooms plus a living room, kitchen, dining room and a private balcony overlooking the immaculately maintained grounds. There is abundant storage space and two notarized underground parking spaces are included with the unit. The complex has 24 hour security, club room, swimming pool and additional storage space for each unit. Walk to Wellesley Square, train, restaurants, shops.

Near: Hunnewell Primary School

Contact: For more information, contact Joanne Baron of The Shulkin Wilk Group / Compass at 508-904-4822 directly or [email protected] This house can be viewed by appointment.

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RTD Tackles Parking Spaces To Justify Transit Failures – Complete Colorado – Page 2

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) lost 68 percent of its transit riders last April due to Colorado stay-at-home orders. Rather than obeying orders, some RTD staff visited some of the so-called transit-focused developments along its rail tracks and found – gasp! – 40 to 50 percent of parking spaces were empty. They concluded that these parking spaces were a waste and that they should be removed, maybe filled with more mid-rise housing.

According to RTD report, they counted the parking lots between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the middle of a week in April. RTD’s reasoning seems to be that since everyone was supposed to stay at home, any empty space meant no one really needed those spaces.

But Colorado home order had many exemptions including (among others) “going to work if you are an essential employee”, “obtaining food and other household necessities”, “participating in outdoor recreation at a legally safe distance mandatory six feet or more from other parties ”, and even go to“ cannabis and liquor stores ”.

One thing that was not exempted was nosy surveys of other people’s lifestyles to see if they fit well with the New Urbanist vision of how Denver residents should live. This can hardly be called “critical work” and someone should charge RTD for breaking the stay-at-home order.

Reports from the RTD study indicate that parking spaces cost $ 25,000 apiece and if they weren’t used it was a waste. False: it is the price of a space in a parking garage; parking spaces around many of the facilities studied by RTD generally cost only $ 5,000.

Speaking of waste, RTD pointed out that it “has spent more than 5.6 billion dollars on seven railway lines”. (Which is wrong: It’s actually closer to $ 8 billion on its rail lines so far – even more when factoring in inflation – but that counts the costs when it comes to rail transport of any kind. way?) Anyway, RTD seems to believe that people shouldn’t be outside driving their cars; they should take the RTD trains!

Public transport advocates who oppose parking lots often blame the minimum parking requirements in zoning rules. But RTD admitted that many developments had more space than required by local zoning. He blamed it on bad banks, which refused to lend to developers unless they put enough parking spaces to attract potential tenants.

RTD’s basic complaint is that the developers “aren’t producing the kind of transit-focused development we’re seeing on some more mature systems across the country.” What systems are these? Those in parts of New York City that are home to 100,000 people per square mile? Or those in Portland who are heavily subsidized to offset the losses developers expect from building apartments without sufficient parking? Maybe the Denver developers are more interested in producing what they can sell and rent, not what RTD planners think people should live in.

Perhaps RTD’s report would have been more valid if they had counted the number of empty parking spaces between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. rather than between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. They did a few counts between 9 p.m. and midnight, but they did those in September, when many bars, restaurants and other nightlife venues had. reopened. RTD clearly designed this study to create the appearance of a crisis that does not exist in order to justify the billions of dollars it wasted on rail transport.

Randal O’Toole is an analyst of spatial planning and transport policies, senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC and director of transportation policy at Institute of Independence, a Denver free market think tank.

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How parking garage conversions can help fight overbuilding

The excess supply of parking spaces for office buildings continues to be inefficient in terms of capital expenditure and material waste.

I first wrote about the unrealistic parking ratios expected by the real estate brokerage community in 2018. Brokers continue to operate on the principle of protecting the tenants they represent, and CMBS lenders continue to regularly dictate parking requirements that far exceed the current or future needs of corporate office facilities. Four parking spaces per 1,000 rentable square feet of office space is an outdated standard that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of rarely or never used parking spaces.

One of the area’s most successful developers, Granite Properties, has completed a formal study in its Granite Park which continues to serve as a relevant measure and clearly identifies the problem of excessive parking in suburban office buildings. His study found that 2,600 parking spaces at his mixed-use complex had never been used.

BOKA Powell estimates that the order of magnitude of the investment in this unused space is equivalent to just under $ 40 million: 28,000 cubic meters of concrete placed, 144,000 man-hours spent on construction and 819,000 square feet of rigid, single-use concrete structure. Opponents say that as buildings age, the tenant category drops a notch or two, resulting in more office uses at the back of the house (i.e., office space).

But will he do it?

Vertically integrated podium parking

It is likely that after COVID, parking demand trends will continue as they did before, indicating an increased reliance on rental cars, carpooling and the use of public transportation. Autonomous vehicles are likely to become more common over the next decade, and the demand for car parking will decline over time.

So what is the alternative to the single use parking structure?

The solution is to integrate podium parking in high and mid-rise office buildings vertically in its simplest form. Rather than imagine converting parking spaces into offices, imagine building future office base and envelope spaces and use part of the building for parking until those parking spaces are no longer needed.

Office buildings and parking lots are fundamentally different types of occupancy and types of construction. The differences are substantial and include different heights from floor to floor, different live loads (surprisingly offices require 2.5 times the load capacity), floor flatness considerations, ventilation, requirements temperature control, fire extinguishing systems and output requirements.

Ironically, many recently built garages are clad in materials designed to match the office buildings they support, including glass curtain walls, architectural composite metal panels, and architectural precast concrete. Mechanical ventilation of garages in these cases is common.

The more the garage matches the quality of the windows of the office tower, the easier it is to jump while protecting some or all of the parking floors integrated into the integrated structure.

Ideally, individual floors can be decommissioned as parking floors and returned to service as an office from the top of the garage down. Major technical challenges need to be overcome, such as the connectivity of the intermediate parking levels to the external ramps, as shown in the graph. Central cooling installations also need to be designed to accommodate future office conversion and require additional chillers, pumps and fresh air supply. Aftermarket elevator shafts may offer the flexibility to add elevator cabins and machines in conjunction with office floor conversions, or elevator capacity may be overloaded early on (if the number of floors to be converted does not exceed the capacity of the base building’s transport system).

Cost-benefit analysis

In 2020, the initial cost to add a floor of white counters ranged from $ 160 to $ 190 per square foot. The cost of building a conventional podium garage level, clad in materials to match the office building (but without increasing floor to floor height or increasing payload) ranges from $ 90 at $ 110 per square foot. Increasing the garage floor-to-floor height and payload capacity will add $ 20 to $ 30 per square foot. The initial overhead to build a future proof garage level will be $ 60 to $ 70 per square foot.

Therefore, consider the benefit of adding multiple floors of office space over the next decade, where the cost of converting to add bathrooms, ventilation rooms, power distribution, fiber distribution, and access. to elevators is less than $ 60 per square foot, compared to $ 160 to $ 190 per square foot (adjusted for inflation) to build additional office floor space.

If municipalities are serious about reducing the footprint of conventional, rigid and inefficient parking lots, they should consider offering an incentive in the form of tax credits or construction cost subsidies for sustainable garages.

I urge other members of the real estate community to join the fight for the right size parking lots and commit to providing thought leadership and further study to encourage the sustainability of parking structures and minimize the effects. long-term negatives created by overconstruction of the parking lot.

Don Powell is a partner and primary manager of BOKA Powell.

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Glen Cove may add time limits and reduce the number of parking spaces at the Brewster Street garage

There may be delays in 2021 at some of the Glen Cove parking lots on Brewster Street in response to concerns expressed by the downtown business community about the impact of residential development.

The city is developing a plan to reconfigure the garage, which has 548 spaces, to restrict 17 parking spaces to two hours and add spaces accessible to people with disabilities.

Mayor Timothy Tenke said at the December 15 pre-council meeting that the two-hour parking limit and the ban on overnight parking without a permit in the garage “would help our businesses.”

“Some cars were left there with covers and dust an inch thick because they were just sitting in the garage,” Tenke said. “It takes up valuable space that could be used for people who wish to visit our local business.”

The garage, which is free, will see the number of public spaces reduced as the city leased up to 75 spaces from developer RXR Realty, builder of the recently opened Village Square mixed-use development. The project, adjacent to the garage, includes 146 apartments. RXR Realty rents parking spaces in the city garage at an initial rate of $ 65 per spot per month, City spokesperson Shannon Vulin said.

Patricia Holman, executive director of the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District, said School Street businesses need to make sure parking doesn’t become an issue as spaces are leased from RXR.

“One of the things that Glen Cove, downtown has going for them [businesses] is that we have a lot of parking available for our businesses, and it is very important that we have a number reserved that will be for the two hour parking lot, “Holman said.” We don’t want people driving downtown. -ville area and not find parking to then move elsewhere. “

Joe Graziose, executive vice president of residential construction and development at RXR Realty, said the Village Square property – which is over 60% leased – has 171 parking spaces. In addition to those spaces, the developer pays the city a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 75 overflow spaces in the city-owned garage, Graziose said.

“We don’t currently need any of them,” Graziose said.

Changing parking spaces in the garage to a two-hour time limit would require a hearing to change the city code.

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With three times more parking spaces than parking spaces, Wilmington is looking to revise its parking requirements

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The city of Wilmington has about three times more parking spaces than green space, but changes could be made to the city’s land development code to prevent the trend from continuing .

On Monday morning, Wilmington City Council heard a presentation on the results of a parking study conducted between 2019 and 2020. The study analyzed parking lots across the city at various locations, including grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores and apartment complexes. .

“There’s about 2,076 acres of parking, or about 3 square miles within our city limits and we only have about 700 and something of park space/open space…we have three times that.” parking space we. park space in our city,” said Ron Satterfield, Deputy Director of Planning.

the The City of Wilmington continues to work on updating its LDC, a massive project that is happening in phases, and parking standards will be revised and presented to city council in mid-November, he said.

The parking study results showed that, for the most part, parking lots in Wilmington are not reaching capacity, in fact, the majority of parking lots surveyed had an average of no more than 50% of capacity.

There are, of course, exceptions to this. Olive Garden reached 100% capacity on weekends and average capacity of 81% during the week and 77% on weekends; Chick-fil-A, on the other hand, peaked at 92% on weekends and averaged 45% and 47% on weekdays and weekends, respectively.

Note: Most of the study was done in 2019, before the pandemic. Only Lowe’s and Home Depot parking trends were studied in 2020.

Most of the parking study was done in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic.(City of Wilmington)

Each parking lot in the study was observed for a total of six hours at different times of the day, weekends and weekdays, associate planner Megan Upchurch said.

Restaurants weren’t the only parking lots studied, the city also looked at Lowe’s and Home Depot as well as several apartment complexes in Wilmington and the results were similar, businesses and developers are installing far more parking spaces than meets the eye. is used.

City staff are suggesting removing minimum parking standards for all uses except some residential uses, Satterfield said, and changing the maximum number of spaces for different uses.

Parking is an important part of developments, particularly in relation to retail stores, and members of council have expressed at least some concerns about the reduction in the maximum number of parking spaces allowed, as retailers often schedule seasons loaded and peaks like Black Friday and Christmas shopping.

City council will be presented with the proposed changes in about two weeks, Satterfield said.

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With new parking lot, Palo Alto seeks to oust workers from residential neighborhoods | News

When the new Palo Alto parking lot near California Avenue opens to the public next month, it will stand out both as one of the largest structures in the city’s “second downtown” and as a visible symbol of the city. the city’s changing approach to parking space management.

For area employees, the new focus will mean paying significantly more for parking permits in public lots and garages and potentially losing the right to park on neighborhood streets for more than two hours in total.

For residents of the adjacent neighborhoods of Evergreen Park and Mayfield, this will create a new requirement that they will have to purchase residential permits to park near their homes – permits that are free since the Residential Preferential Parking Program (RPP ) debuted in early 2017.

The policy changes, which the city council plans to discuss on Nov. 9, call for a reduction of 120 in the number of preferential residential parking permits the city sells to employees in the California Avenue area in March, when the new sales cycle. will begin. A new report from the Office of Transportation says the move will be part of a multi-year process to eliminate all employee permits and create a system in which only residents are allowed to park on neighborhood streets for longer. two hours.

The new report notes that staff are beginning a “phased process to potentially eliminate all remaining employee permits” in the Evergreen Park and Mayfield neighborhoods and plan to recommend further reductions in March 2022.

Once the process is complete, the California Avenue area will shift from the downtown model, where employees and residents can each obtain permits to park on the streets – to the College Terrace model, where only residents can obtain permits. and everyone is subject to two hour deadlines.

The new plan represents the most significant change to Evergreen Park-Mayfield’s permitting program since council adopted it in response to years of complaints from residents about the high number of employees parked on their streets. Since then, the council has made numerous changes to the program, implementing and then refining a zone system with a specified number of work permits in each zone in an attempt to distribute the impact throughout the RPP zone.

The new six-story garage at 350 Sherman Ave. offers the city an opportunity for even more radical change. The $ 37 million structure will bring 636 spaces to a neighborhood historically hampered by parking shortages and long waiting lists for employees seeking permits to park in existing garages. According to transportation staff, the waiting list now numbers around 228 employees.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has effectively eliminated this problem, with many employees now working from home and the city not enforcing parking restrictions in the shopping area, the new report says the city is staying the course with its plan to move more employees out of neighborhoods and in off-street parking lots, including the new garage.

According to a city proposal, the two upper levels of the new garage will be reserved for employees on weekdays until 11 a.m., after which visitors will also be allowed to park there. The approach, according to staff, provides space for the 120 employees who would no longer be allowed to park in the Evergreen Park and Mayfield neighborhoods and for those on the waiting list for garage permits.

The Sherman Avenue garage will have sensors on the upper levels to monitor all entrances and exits. If a car does not have a valid license, the system can automatically send an alert to enforcement personnel, according to the report.

The proposed change to the Evergreen Park-Mayfield program is part of Palo Alto’s larger change to make it more difficult for employees to park on residential streets. Last year, the council responded to concerns about parking shortages in a section of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood near California Avenue by enacting a new RPP program area that does not include employee permits. While the Old Palo Alto program was introduced on a “pilot” basis for 12 months, city council voted on October 5 to make it permanent. In doing so, the council rejected a staff recommendation to extend the pilot program for one year in order to collect accurate data on vehicle occupancy.

Transportation chief Philip Kamhi told the council the pandemic has made it impossible for staff to assess the results of the program, which the city stopped implementing in March.

“The initial community contribution was mostly positive, but COVID-19 prevented staff from carrying out the promised assessments as was done for previous RPP programs,” Kamhi said.

Neighborhood residents overwhelmingly supported making the program permanent without any further extension of the trial.

“The residents are happy with it,” Chris Robell, who lives in the area and helped establish the program, told council. “They are happy to be protected from not being commercial parking. We ask that you please approve it and be done with it.”

While three council members – Mayor Adrian Fine, Alison Cormack and Liz Kniss – initially supported expanding the pilot program, the other four members preferred to make it permanent without further evaluation. City Councilor Lydia Kou said it would give “peace of mind” to residents who have gone through the process of implementing the program.

“I don’t think they should live with that thought, wondering as they get closer to the end of this year in October… if this is going to become an ongoing program or if it is going to be phased out.”

The board ultimately voted 6-1, with Fine dissenting, to make the program permanent.

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Corporation to set up more multi-level car parks in Kochi – The New Indian Express

Through Express news service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: For years, the municipality had struggled to find adequate parking spaces to prevent illegal parking of vehicles along roads and on sidewalks. The multi-level parking lots set up are a blessing as more vehicles can be accommodated. Company officials said further steps were being taken to implement similar parking projects in the city.

“The lack of adequate parking in the city is a growing concern. The pandemic has led people to avoid public transport, leading to an increase in the number of private vehicles. Multi-level parking is a good option to solve parking problems and requires less space, ”said Mayor K Sreekumar.
A multi-level parking lot built as part of the central government’s Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation (AMRUT) on the premises of the Palayam municipal office was recently opened to the public. The 5.64 crore project is a seven story parking lot that can accommodate 102 cars at a time.

“Finding a suitable place to park vehicles in town is often difficult. Vehicles also tend to get damaged when parked on the side of roads. Building more multi-level parking lots will not only solve the parking problems, but also help avoid such situations, ”said Santhosh Kumar, a resident.

The car park in the premises of the head office is equipped with sensors placed at the entry point which calculate the weight and dimensions of the vehicles according to which an appropriate space is allocated for parking. The driver can then leave the vehicle and exit the ramp after which he locks himself in the space allotted to him. When exiting, the driver will be able to know the time taken for the car to be brought to the ground by swiping the card.

Authorities plan to add multi-level parking lots. A 32 crore parking lot at Palayam at A Block can accommodate 568 cars and 270 two-wheelers. “The installation of Palayam will be completed in 15 months. The renovation of the market will start soon as part of the Smart City project, ”said Mayor K Sreekumar. A similar multi-level facility is being built at Thampanoor on the company’s existing parking space opposite the station.

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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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To read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s In the Shadows survey of violence and lax parking lot security, visit

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Saginaw County Considering Closed Parking Structures, Launches Meters To Raise More Money

SAGINAW, MI – Saginaw County leaders are considering ditching parking meters and adding closed parking structures to generate more revenue.

On Tuesday, May 12, Saginaw County Executive Committee members approved plans to install closed parking systems at metered parking lots on Cass Street and Court Street.

Over the years, the county has experienced a decline in meter revenues. At one point, the counters brought in $ 83,000 a year and, more recently, annual revenues were $ 73,000, a loss of nearly $ 10,000 over the years, according to a document submitted to the committee.

To generate more revenue, parking fees will be increased, according to Saginaw County maintenance manager Bernard Delaney Jr.

First-hour customers would be charged 50 cents, then $ 1.50 for each additional hour. Currently, the meter charges 50 cents per hour. A full day of parking will cost $ 11 in the new system. There are 166 meters between the two lots. Delaney estimates that the new system will bring in around $ 100,000 per year.

The meters would be replaced with closed parking structures. Customers will be greeted with a door to enter and a door to exit the car parks. They will be issued a ticket to park in the car park and upon leaving, the customer can pay by phone, credit card, cash or token. A payment kiosk will also be available inside the Saginaw County Government Center for those who wish to pay inside. They would then receive a parking validation ticket to use at the exit, according to Delaney.

“The current system we have is outdated,” Delaney said.

He added that at one point 12 meters broke down and could not collect any money.

Commissioner Cheryl Hadsall asked if there would be someone to help clients use the new system.

Delaney responded that there would be remote microphones built into the system that would connect users to someone inside the Saginaw County Government Center to help them resolve any issues.

The cost of the system and its installation would be $ 155,000 and eliminate the parking attendant position. The parking attendant walks the lots checking the meters every hour, fixes broken meters and collects money weekly with the Sheriff’s Assistant.

Some meters will be scrapped, while others will be posted on eBay, Delaney said.

The proposed plan will be the subject of a final vote at the Council of Commissioners meeting scheduled for Tuesday 19 May.

Delaney said if the plans are approved, work on both lots will begin in July.

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Redesigned parking lots in post-COVID-19 Atlanta

By Maxine Hicks and Andrew Much, DLA Piper

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis has profoundly impacted the way we will work, shop and choose to travel by car in the years to come. For example, most of us have now learned to telecommute effectively and have become adept at using home video conferencing. These changes in the way we work and live will have a fundamental impact on Atlanta’s real estate market and will accelerate trends already underway for a reduced need for parking spaces in the city’s core market areas. This article examines the adaptive reuse of parking spaces as the demand for such spaces declines and the trend toward vacant parking spaces accelerates.

The United States has up to two billion parking spaces for approximately 250 million cars. Donald Shoup, a professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, notes that the total area of ​​parking per car in the United States is now greater than the area of ​​housing per person. Many of these spaces are less likely to be used in the future due to work-from-home trends, e-commerce, increasing urbanization, and the recessionary economic conditions which may make it more difficult for individuals to own, operate and pay to park their vehicle. A number of malls and big-box retailers have already closed or have been significantly affected by changing shopping habits. Planned closures of existing retail, restaurant and hospitality facilities due to current conditions in the coming months are expected to result in additional buildings and associated parking facilities being available for redevelopment. Additionally, ride-sharing services have reduced levels of private car ownership, and a future transition to self-driving vehicles will significantly add to an additional surplus of long-term parking spaces.

Historically, city zoning codes required a minimum number of parking spaces based on property use, contributing to the current parking glut. Atlanta’s zoning code was recently amended to address this issue by limiting (or outright eliminating in some cases) the minimum number of parking spaces and/or instituting parking maximums for certain uses or districts. zoning. The City is also considering parking fees to encourage downtown development and generate revenue for needed infrastructure improvements.

Structured parking lots are generally unsightly and impede urban walking. Such facilities are extremely expensive to develop and maintain, which in some cases can consume up to a third of the total construction costs of the project. Relaxed parking requirements and other regulatory innovations will lead to lower project costs (making future affordable housing projects more economically viable), foster opportunities for innovative project designs, establish more pleasant streetscapes walkable and aesthetic and will create increasingly valuable redevelopment opportunities for developers by converting underutilized housing. spaces to more productive uses.

Parking technologies are already being used to maximize the efficient use of existing facilities, including digital technologies to enable dynamic pricing and the use of sensors and data analytics. Mixed-use projects requiring parking lots use some of these technologies to establish flexible, shared parking regimes. For example, we have already seen car parks developed or otherwise used for sports venues that are not only used for home games, but also serve the needs of nearby retail customers, office tenants and retail tenants. apartments. Such arrangements usually require the thoughtful collaboration of developers, design and engineering teams, as well as lawyers to memorize the arrangement well.

Communities are increasingly converting underutilized parking facilities into valuable assets. Public-private partnerships have succeeded in redeveloping parking lots into complete mixed-use projects such as City Springs in Sandy Springs, much of which has been developed on the former location of a surface parking lot.

Innovative parking projects are underway nationally and internationally, including projects using a flexible design for new terraces through the use of flat floors, higher ceilings and exterior ramps to facilitate their later conversion into usable rental space and the reuse of existing underground garages as “last mile” logistics facilities.

The creative and adaptive reuse of parking lots will remain a key goal for developers and building owners in the years to come. The key for all investors is to stay ahead of these trends and be well positioned for incremental changes as demand for parking spaces declines. There are many opportunities for Atlanta to become a national leader in developing these innovative solutions.


Maxine Hicks is location manager for DLA Piper’s real estate practice and global co-chair of infrastructure, construction and transportation. She focuses her practice on real estate development with particular emphasis on large mixed-use and transit-oriented developments, including destinations for stadium, entertainment, hospitality, club and center projects. resort. She is a long-time member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a member of ULI’s Community Development Council.

Andrew Much is a lawyer with DLA Piper and focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on the development, acquisition, disposition, leasing, management and financing of complex mixed-use developments, communities planned, transit-oriented, stadium, hospitality, golf, marina, club and resort developments across North America. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute.

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Today’s trucks and SUVs have too much parking

Amanda Drago

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2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition.  Vehicles have too many parking spaces
2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition
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Automakers have increased the size of their trucks and SUVs in recent years. While the larger size may allow vehicles to hold more cargo and passengers, vehicles also have too many parking spaces, making parking more difficult.

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If you buy a large vehicle, you may not be able to fit it inside a public parking space, parking garage, or even your home garage. Some parking lot operators may even charge you more to park your large SUV or truck.

Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports, sees the trend of increasing vehicle sizes as a problem. In addition to the parking issues, he said, “these are very difficult vehicles to maneuver. “

When you buy a vehicle that won’t fit in your garage, you are forced to park on the street or in your driveway. While it doesn’t seem like a big deal at first, parking outside the garage could make your vehicle more vulnerable to theft and weather damage.

Even if you manage to park a full-size vehicle in your garage, you may need to reduce the number of tools and supplies you store there. Therefore, it’s a good idea to decide whether you place more importance on space in your vehicle or space in your garage before choosing your next route.

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Despite the fact that many trucks and SUVs have already passed parking spaces, automakers will be offering larger vehicles for the 2021 model year, as many drivers are still interested in spacious vehicles. Nonetheless, when researching your next vehicle, be sure to consider both the positive and negative aspects of the size of these vehicles before making a purchase.

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