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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.

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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.

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Proposed parking lot in downtown Clarksville polarizes community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This heavily criticized option is now irrelevant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The airport plan includes a parking garage / car rental service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Centurion Union’s new 5-story building will feature 105 public parking spaces with residence above

The Union Township Planning Board has approved the fifth phase of Centurion Labor Centerpaving the way for the start of construction of a new residential building that will include much-needed public parking spaces, according to an announcement Monday from Markwhich has been appointed as the redeveloper of the Stuyvesant Avenue redevelopment project.

Rendering of the Centurion project. (Reference)

The final step in the revitalization of downtown Union, the new five-story building will include a two-story parking lot with 105 spaces on the ground floor for public use. Three residential floors above will house 85 luxury rental residences, with the second floor of the garage containing 107 parking spaces reserved for Centurion residents.

Located at 968 Bonnel Court, the building will join previous phases of residences, modern amenities and street-level retail space completed by Landmark.

“Throughout the planning and development of this project, we worked closely with the township to ensure Centurion was a catalyst in transforming Union Center into a vibrant downtown,” said Manny Fernandez, founder of Landmark. “We remained aware of the needs of the community as a whole and committed to providing all the elements to make the downtown area welcoming to current and new residents, local businesses and customers. These efforts have focused on the collective vision of Union Center, and the addition of over 100 new public parking spaces will help us fully realize this vision.

When completed, Centurion Union Center will include more than 320 new residences and approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space in five buildings along Stuyvesant Avenue in the township’s downtown district, which had never seen no new residential construction for over three decades.

The first phase of 80 luxury apartments was launched for rental in September 2020 and quickly rented. The second phase of the community of 75 residences and seven retailers is practically rented just two months after its opening. Centurion Union is also home to many local retailers, including Unity Bank, Emily’s Bakery, Illusions Hair, Norma’s Florist, Angie’s Nails, and the soon-to-open Qsina 8 Ramen Noodle/Asian themed restaurant.

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Appeal Division Dismisses Parking Garage Lawsuit Against Oneida County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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100% Affordable Housing Project and Parking in Downtown Flagstaff Overnight, One Step closer to Reality | Local

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Estate agent Mohammed Shahid said Mr Porter faced angry shopkeepers.

Barriers around the Ville Haute car park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twenty-eight places were lost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Following: Camperdown project in downtown Greenville costs taxpayers $ 20 million

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Public security concerning the City’s car parks

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

SoCo parking at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

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

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

Dunn is currently both Chief of Police and IT Manager.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What do you want to see in the murals in the Redlands parking garage? – Daily Redlands Facts

As construction of a four-level parking lot continues near the rail lines in downtown Redlands, the developer is looking at how to spruce up the building.

Redlands Railway District LLC would like to participate in a wall art walk for the structure. The public can come up with ideas in online surveys and at a virtual community outreach meeting scheduled for Monday, October 4.

  • A 384-space, 4-level parking structure, under construction by the Redlands Railway District, sits next to a Starbucks in Redlands on Saturday, September 21, 2021. Public input on mural ideas is encouraged . (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • The Redlands Rail District is building a 384-space, 4-level parking structure at the corner of Stuart Avenue and Third Street in Redlands, beyond the building in the foreground, on Saturday, September 21, 2021 (Photo by Cindy) Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • The Redlands Rail District is building a 384-space, 4-level parking structure at the corner of Stuart Avenue and Third Street in Redlands, which is still under construction on Saturday, September 21, 2021. The proposed wall art is intended for reflect the history and cultural richness of Redlands. Public contribution to wall ideas is encouraged. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • The Redlands Rail District is building a 384-space, 4-level parking structure at the corner of Stuart Avenue and Third Street in Redlands, beyond the building in the foreground, on Saturday, September 21, 2021 (Photo by Cindy) Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Redlands Rail District is building a 384-space, 4-level parking structure at the corner of Stuart Avenue and Third Street in Redlands, and is seeking public input on mural ideas for the project on Saturday 21 September 2021. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, La Presse-Entreprise / SCNG)

“The art is intended to reflect the historical and cultural richness of Redlands and to allow residents and visitors to experience a deeper and more inclusive sense of belonging,” according to a post on Facebook.

Redlands Railway District, LLC, which is building a 4-level parking lot in downtown Redlands, is soliciting public input on the structure’s murals. A virtual meeting is scheduled for October 4, 2021. (SCNG)

Public participation is essential to this goal, the message reads. “Many voices and perspectives, from various heritages, are needed to evoke the authenticity and awareness in the murals. “

The parking lot, a three-story commercial building, and a Metrolink train platform run north of the tracks and south of Stuart Avenue to Third Street alongside a recently completed drive-through cafe on Eureka Street.

Construction of the parking lot is expected to be completed by mid-December, said David Christie, along with consultant Michael Baker International.

This area north of the tracks was once called “Sonoratown” by local newspapers, and a 1915 Sanborn map of the area shows a blank space with the words “many Mexican cabins.” South of the railroad tracks and east of what is now Eureka Street is an area that the same map calls “China Town”.

Some murals designed to showcase the city’s natural and built environments have already been designed, but recommendations on the subject of other murals are being sought, according to a website for the Art Walk. The art that was designed includes floral tiles such as poppies and California aloes; and buildings such as the Asistencia and the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel.

This 1915 fire insurance map created by the Sanborn Map Company shows an area of ​​downtown Redlands south of Stuart Street. A four-story parking lot is being built in the upper right-hand side numbered 316. A virtual meeting to discuss the art of the structure is scheduled for October 4, 2021. (Map courtesy of the Library of Congress )

To complete the survey, go to: • for the survey in English • for the survey in Spanish.

The Zoom meeting is set for October 4 at 5:30 p.m. on

The three-story commercial building for restaurant, office and retail use will feature two rooftop terraces, an outdoor pedestrian promenade, bridges connecting the parking lot and a pedestrian crossing, according to a 2020 report to the Commission of development.

The parking structure will have 384 spaces, including 200 for public parking, including the adjoining Metrolink platform, and an Arrow service platform at the nearby Santa Fe depot.

Rail service is expected to start in 2022.

For more information on murals, contact David Christie at 714-315-4303 or [email protected]; or go to

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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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A conflict looms over the parking lot planned for OTR’s Logan Street

CINCINNATI – Longtime resident John Back knows all too well the urgent need for better parking access in Over-the-Rhine, especially near Findlay Market. Although he has access to a lot, he said he can still get stuck with no space to park. It is even more difficult to make room for guests in his home.

“It’s difficult, you know. People who don’t have a parking space, sometimes they take yours because they don’t know who it is. Sometimes your parking space is blocked.

Like a number of other residents and community stakeholders, he welcomes Hamilton County’s idea of ​​building a parking garage in the area to meet the needs. The garage is expected to include spaces for the public, especially Findlay Market patrons, TQL Stadium football fans, in addition to locations for local developers like The Model Group and Urban Sites.

However, Back is one of many people deeply involved in the preservation of the Overseas Territory and history who dispute how Hamilton County wishes to execute the plan. Project organizers intend to close part of Logan Street between Elder Street and Findlay Street, and build on the current street to create the new parking structure. They are also looking to create a new access street behind the garage that will connect to Central Parkway.

Tomorrow, the city’s planning commission is to consider Hamilton County’s request that part of Logan Street in Over-the-Rhine be vacated and sold to prepare the land for the garage. In addition to raising issues with the city’s planning for the project, critics argue that Hamilton County did not seek enough community input before entering the commission.

Residents say crossing Logan Street is important for their travel. Building the garage with this design will disrupt the network of the historic district, making it more congested and degrading the quality of life for residents.

“I’m in favor,” Back said. “But the main problem here is that there is a street called Logan Street that people use every day.” Back happens to be a developer and has returned a number of properties in the area. He also works for a real estate company and is an architect by training. Still, he said his concern about this effort was rooted not in his professional experience, but in his love and passion for Over-the-Rhine as a neighborhood.

“I don’t see anything more annoying than wiping out an entire street and cutting off people.”

Jennifer LeMasters, also a longtime resident and architect, shares Back’s concerns. LeMasters is the Co-Chair of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation Interim Committee. She feels that those who received enough information and commitment to the project were well-to-do business professionals who are exploited in the Over-the-Rhine business community. More than that, she and other critics argue that those who have consistently corresponded with Hamilton County about the new garage are the ones who will benefit the most from the structure.

Meanwhile, ordinary and marginalized residents who are out of touch with the city’s bureaucracy and Cincinnati’s business scene are out of the loop, according to LeMasters. She believes the county and the project organizers should have done a better job of reaching more residents who will be affected so that they had a better chance to provide their contribution.

“There’s a meaningful engagement, and then there’s just a engagement to tick the box. And I think they ticked the box on that 80% engagement, 70% maybe, but did they have any meaningful engagement here? No.”

But Phil Beck, Hamilton County Construction Manager, opposes the criticism.

“I can categorically say that is not the case.” Beck, the garage project leader, dismisses the idea that Hamilton County has not made a concerted and energetic effort to educate and engage with various residents as well as important institutions. He said Hamilton County had held around 20 meetings with people from the community over the past few months.

Joe Hansbauer, CEO of Findlay Market, is supporting county officials in the face of criticism. Hansbauer said he had never seen so much community outreach on a project in his 10 years at Findlay Market.

“At the end of the day, I think they picked a design that maximizes the contribution of the community. Does that mean they hit 100% of all concerns? Of course not. It’s not possible, right? But they recognize where, you know, there were concerns that they couldn’t address. And I think that’s what it is. “

Bobby Maly of The Model Group also took issue with criticism that the garage disproportionately adapts to the needs of private companies by giving them the bulk of the spaces. He said a large chunk of those spaces would also serve as parking for workers during the day and public parking at night and on weekends.

Still, critics like LeMasters and Back blame the county for not formally hiring the Over-the-Rhine Community Council before approaching the city’s planning commission to evacuate and sell the land on Logan Street.

“I hope the planning committee realizes that this goes against the overall plan,” Back said. “It is against the values ​​that we have adopted as a city.”

The planning committee is due to address the vacation and the Logan Street sale at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 17. Those interested in following the discussion can watch a live broadcast here on the city’s website.

Monique John covers gentrification for WCPO 9. She is part of our donor-supported journalism program Report For America. Learn more about RFA here.

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Wright Street Parking Bridge Opens, Adding 350 Additional Parking Spaces in Downtown | Govt. and politics

The Wright Street parking lot in Auburn opened to the public on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., bringing 350 additional parking spaces to the city’s downtown core.

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The Wright Street parking lot in Auburn opened to the public on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., bringing 350 additional parking spaces to the city’s downtown core.

The new parking lot, located at 140 Wright Street, has six levels of public parking and a dedicated Baptist Student Union area on the ground floor, according to a statement from the City of Auburn.

The addition of the new Wright Street Bridge as well as the new Auburn Bank Parking Bridge now brings approximately 1,350 public parking spaces to downtown Auburn, according to a city statement.

“In addition to bringing more space to downtown Auburn, the new bridge provides an option for downtown workers and visitors who want to spend more time enjoying all that downtown has to offer. to offer, “said the city’s statement.

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The parking area is accessible to drivers from Wright Street, while pedestrian entrances are included on Wright Street and North College Street. The new parking lot also includes a green space between it and College Street with benches, sidewalk and pedestrian lighting.

Parking on the bridge will be free until August 4, after which spaces will cost $ 1 per hour up to $ 15 per 24 hours, depending on the city. Special rates can be set by the city manager at events such as home football matches, although any changes to parking fees are posted on the city’s website and on social media.

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City Closes Chestnut Street Condo Tower Parking Garage

The shutdown follows Crain’s July 7 report that the owners of the eight-story parking lot at the bottom of the 57-story tower had failed to repair the concrete support columns which, according to a 2018 report by a consultant in engineering, “must be carried out as soon as possible, as the conditions present an imminent danger to the users of the installation and to the structure itself.”

Consulting firm Walker Consultants wrote to garage owners in early July 2021, saying that to its knowledge the repairs “have not been carried out to date” and that it is “highly likely that the worrying conditions have worsened” .

With the catastrophic collapse of a condominium building in Surfside, Fla. Alive in their minds, residents of 111 E. Chestnut told Crain’s, “My stomach pains me” and “I can’t sleep at night.” . A resident said she had banned her family and other visitors from parking in the garage in recent years, after learning that repairs had not been made.

In response to Crain’s request for comment for the July 7 story, a spokesperson for the city’s buildings department said officials would send inspectors to the garage. On Saturday morning July 10, a spokesperson for the buildings department said in an emailed statement: “The owners have agreed to close the garage while repairs are in progress.”

The tower contains two separate owner associations, one for the residential component and one for the eight storeys of the parking garage.

On July 9, according to an email sent to the owners of condos in the tower, the lawyer for the residential association “received a call from the town’s lawyers at 5:15 p.m. indicating that the garage is being repaired. closed “to allow urgent reinforcement of the decrepit, 50-year-old concrete.

The public parking lot was closed at 5 p.m., according to the email, and individual space owners “have 48 hours to get their cars out of the garage.”

The garage owner will try to arrange temporary secure parking for the 111 E. Chestnut residents in the 900 N. Michigan Avenue parking garage, according to the email.

In 2018, Walker Consulting estimated the cost of the most urgent repairs to be around $ 500,000 and the total amount to be between $ 4 million and $ 6 million. Lawyers for the residential component of the tower this week sent residents an assurance that the Homeowners Association “will pursue all legal remedies available to it, including seeking an injunction, to bring the Garages Association to make urgently needed repairs. The costs of this company will ultimately be borne by the association of garage owners.

As of Friday, 79 people had died in the Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside, according to the Miami Herald, and 61 were still missing.

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Vancouver plans to sell parking garage back to developer

Vancouver City Council plans to sell a parking garage back to its developer for $ 3.44 million, more than 20 years after the city initially bought the structure to boost the downtown economy.

Councilors heard from Director of Community and Economic Development Chad Eiken during their remote meeting Monday night about the proposed sale of the parking lot next to Columbia Bank at 500 Broadway. The structure would fall to Broadway Investors LLC, its initial developer.

“The garage was bought by the city to catalyze the redevelopment of the lower downtown area. It was in 1999, ”said Eiken.

The purchase of the garage “was one of the city’s many major investments to spur development” in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he added.

According to Eiken, a key part of the 1999 deal was a guarantee that Broadway Investors would retain the exclusive right to buy back the property, depending on the timing and pricing conditions. The business leaders submitted their official request to buy the structure from the city on May 19.

“The garage was not purchased as a district parking asset for the surrounding areas,” Eiken said. “It was always meant to be sold back to the developer.”

While the ivy-covered garage has 233 parking spaces, only 27 are used for short-term public parking. The rest of the spaces are occupied by employees who work in the two buildings adjacent to the structure – Columbia Bank and The Hudson, a three-story office and retail building.

As a condition of the sale, city staff are asking Broadway Investors to maintain 25 parking spaces for short-term customer parking.

Currently, Vancouver operates the parking structure at a loss. Between operation, maintenance, and debt payment, it costs $ 291,000 per year to operate, while it averages $ 258,000 in revenue per year in daily fees and parking passes, for a loss of about $ 33,000 per year. The city is also still paying an outstanding balance related to the original purchase of $ 1.35 million.

Proceeds from the sale – about $ 2.3 million, after Vancouver paid off its remaining debt on the structure – would be donated to the City Parking Fund and used for other parking related projects around Vancouver, Eiken said.

The first garage purchase was a product of the Esther Short Sub-Zone Redevelopment Plan of 1997, which saw the city pour millions of dollars into projects that invigorated the downtown area and would attract employers to the area.

This same plan was the catalyst for Vancouver’s purchase of the Vancouvercenter garage in 2004; sweeping improvements to Esther Short Park; and investments in nearby streets, sidewalks, lighting and utility infrastructure.

Eiken said the then city council achieved what it set out to buy the garage more than two decades ago: he estimates the purchase directly resulted in a private investment of $ 30 million. dollars, because it enabled the construction and staffing of Columbia Bank. and the Hudson.

“This added office workers, residents, retail sales, property taxes – and finally, the garage will be added to the tax roll once it is sold,” Eiken said.

Advisors are expected to vote on the sale at their next meeting on June 28.

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Amherst councilors support rezoning of downtown parking garage

AMHERST— City Council is laying the groundwork for a private parking garage, or one built in partnership with the city, on a downtown surface lot between North Pleasant and North Prospect streets.

Councilors voted 11-2 Monday in favor of the recommendation to rezone the city-owned portion of the CVS pharmacy parking lot, where there are 70 spaces, after receiving a written appeal to take action from District 4 Councilor Evan. Ross and District 3 Councilors George Ryan and Dorothée Pam.

“The high-profile nature of a parking structure can alleviate the Amherst parking lot perception problem, relieve other parking lots that often reach capacity during peak hours, and relieve the residential streets adjacent to downtown,” wrote the advisers.

District 1 Councilor Sarah Swartz and District 5 Councilor Darcy DuMont voted against the measure.

Under the proposal, 0.68 acre “parcel 14A-33”, as known from assessors’ maps, would be rezoned from general residence to general business. The current land is considered non-compliant with the city’s zoning because the general residence does not allow “commercial or public parking” or a parking garage.

The adjoining land that CVS owns, with several free parking spaces for customers, would not be part of the rezoning.

Ross said the idea is to get a garage with no investment from the city.

“The city would provide the land to a developer, but the developer would put in the money to build and operate the garage themselves,” Ross said.

The vote requires the planning board and community resource committee to hold hearings by July 28, and then submit written recommendations within 21 days of the hearings.

The Amherst Business Improvement District, which has partnered with the city to unveil a Destination Amherst plan that included the possibility of a new downtown parking garage in early 2020, supports the change in zoning.

BID Executive Director Gabrielle Gould said if rezoning was approved and then a request for proposals for a public-private partnership, sometimes called a PPP, began, the hope would be to have a long-term lease. limited to the sole development of a Parking Garage.

“If the city council does this, the BID intends to submit its own proposal to develop a garage in a P3 with the city, funded and operated by the BID with the support of local stakeholders,” said Gould.

Gould said other private entities could apply as well and that it would pick up a long-overdue conversation that will address concerns about parking, development, commerce and rebuilding Amherst after the downtown pandemic.

The only parking structure in Amherst is the 188-space Boltwood Parking Garage, opened in 2002 at a cost of $ 5 million.

Numerous parking studies have been carried out over the years with concerns that mixed-use buildings constructed in the municipal parking district, and not required to provide on-site parking for tenants, create a demand for parking. Boltwood Place, Kendrick Place, and One East Pleasant have all been opened in recent years, and two new buildings with apartments and commercial space on the ground floor are under construction or in the permitting phase at 26 Spring St. and 11 East Pleasant St.

At-Large Councilor Alisa Brewer said she understood the zoning change was concerned that the property could be used for other purposes. But with the city retaining control of the land, Brewer said she couldn’t imagine a circumstance in which a parking lot for renters would be built.

Pam said the stops will play a role in the development process. Residents of North Prospect Street have previously expressed concern about the increase in traffic on the residential street from a garage. DuMont said she is concerned that the city may have to incur expenses even if the city’s money is not used to build a garage.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at [email protected]

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Construction of the new Blacksburg car park, police station in progress | Local news

BLACKSBURG – Construction of a new police station and parking lot is underway at the site of the city’s former college.

The estimated $ 26.3 million project – $ 16.5 million for the police station and $ 9.8 million for the parking lot – is expected to be completed at some point in the spring of 2022 and will be part of the redevelopment over major downtown area of ​​approximately 20 acres of Blacksburg. site.

The parking lot and police station complex will be part of the payable site structures and will be owned by the city, with the remainder of the development to involve a mix of residential and private commercial properties.

The whole project, which was finally given the green light in 2019 after years of debate and planning between developers and several governments, is expected to further transform downtown Blacksburg.

Mayor Leslie Hager-Smith specifically addressed the need for a new police station and garage.

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“As everyone knows, it took over a decade for this project to get started,” she said. “We have needed a modernized police station for probably 20 years. If someone goes there, they will understand how inadequate the facilities are. We owe it to the people who protect and serve us. I am delighted that this is about to happen.

The parking lot, Hager-Smith said, will primarily serve two needs: more parking for the general public and parking for business customers who are expected to occupy the site.

“I would dispute how many minutes are you willing to go around and look for a free parking space,” the mayor said in reference to the need to provide more parking for the general public.

Hager-Smith said part of the success of the business entities that will occupy the site – officially called Midtown after the development partnership – will depend on the provision of structured parking.

Parking will also help reduce the need for surface or on-street, which in turn will open up more opportunities for trails, gathering space and biking, Hager-Smith said.

When complete, the parking lot and police station complex will be located at the corner of Clay Street and New Church Street, a road that will be added to the old middle school site as part of the project.

The two-story police station will partially surround the parking lot, which is expected to be five stories high and provide 300 spaces, according to plans provided by the city.

Blacksburg plans to use the money he has budgeted over the years to pay for the new police station.

The parking lot will be amortized over time with new revenue generated from development taxes – taxes on meals and lodging and business licenses – and a tax district for special services that will exclusively cover the site of the old college.

The Special Tax District will require all private landlords at the site to pay an additional 20 cents over their city property tax rate.

Blacksburg homeowners currently pay a tax rate of 26 cents per $ 100 of assessed value, which translates into an annual bill of $ 260 for the owner of a home assessed at $ 100,000. This is in addition to Montgomery County’s 89-cent rate, which is an annual county bill of $ 890 for a home of the same value.

The special district will remain in place until the principal of $ 2.6 million is collected, along with the additional amount owed in interest, according to the measure approved by Blacksburg city council last fall.

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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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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.

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“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.

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Oklahoma City Garage Adds 1,100 Parking Spaces

The 1,100-seat convention center garage is open and crews finish installing a colorful mural depicting modern Oklahoma City and traditional Native American culture.

The garage is adjacent to the new Oklahoma City Convention Center and the Omni Hotel, both of which open this month. Construction is slated to begin this spring on the eight-story Boulevard Place, a mix of apartments and businesses just north of the garage.

The garage, which opened on Friday, is designed to provide public parking for the convention center, hotel and apartments as well as the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The mural, by glass artist Martin Donlin, wraps around the south, east and west walls of the garage. The project is a partnership between Embark and the Oklahoma City Bureau of Arts and Cultural Affairs and is funded by the City’s 1% Arts Initiative.

The installation “What is the city but the people? Is described by Donlin as being from William Shakespeare’s play “Coriolanus”. His mural will use multiple layers of patterns and images exposed by the placement of polycarbonate tiles and attached to steel cables extending from the second to sixth floors of the parking lot.

Donlin said his design would weave an eclectic mix of cultural and natural elements, with inspiration drawn from the ancient and modern worlds. He said Oklahoma City’s architecture and traditional Native American textile patterns all contribute to the final design, an ode to Oklahoma City and the modern public plaza.

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New municipal ordinance allows restaurants to set tables in parking lots

City Councilor Amir Farokhi said: “We have seen this succeed in cities across the country and are delighted that it is now an option.

A new ordinance passed by Atlanta City Council on Monday, December 7, gives restaurants a way to serve more diners, allowing them to apply for a permit to place tables on the sides of streets where parking spaces are currently available. .

“I hope this is a small thing we can do to increase the chances that restaurants will survive the pandemic,” said Amir Farokhi, city councilor for the 2nd arrondissement. “We have seen this succeed in cities across the country and are delighted that it is now an option.”

Al fresco dining in Atlanta is nothing new, and even sidewalk dining has been allowed, but it takes that to another level.

“What this essentially does is create a formal mechanism for restaurants to ask the city to allow them to use a public parking lot to dine outside of their restaurant,” Farokhi said.

He adds that the loss of parking spaces was not a deterrent for so many people using carpooling services or walking or cycling. Plus, he said drivers have plenty of other options for parking.

“There is a large parking lot in the city of Atlanta,” he said. “It’s usually just a parking lot, so you need to know where to look.”

The Farokhi neighborhood covers parts of downtown, Midtown, Inman Park, Candler Park, and Virginia-Highland, areas densely populated with restaurants trying to survive.

“I hear from them all the time, looking for ways for them to expand beyond their own four walls,” Farokhi said. “I am excited about the life it (the new concept) will bring to our sidewalks, streets and streetscape.”

Farokhi says restaurants that wish to participate must register with the city’s transportation department. He says the order is temporary but hopes that if successful it can be made permanent in 2021.

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New 364-space municipal parking lot expected to be completed before Thanksgiving | Local News

Crews continue to work on the construction of a new five-story parking structure east of the city post office on Eighth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets that is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving.

“This project, although we have discovered some unforeseen conditions at the site, we still expect the structure to be complete by November 19, with final closure by the end of December,” said Brian Cater, MP city ​​audience. director of works, said Monday at the meeting of the public works committee.

Cater said workers discovered footings from old buildings they hadn’t anticipated when groundbreaking this spring.

“So we had to work around those issues, which the contractor, the design team and the construction team did,” he said.

Cater said crews also found an underground storage tank during excavation that they were previously unaware of.

“We had it removed. It turned out there was just water in it. It took a little extra effort,” he said.

He said the precast “limbs,” or concrete for the structure, are expected to start going up on July 20, in line with the original construction schedule.

Aldus. David Bogdala wondered if the overall cost projections would be affected by unforeseen items excavated and removed from the site earlier.

“We are still working on the foundations. Our foundation is not fully integrated, so we don’t have any end cost or additional cost with that,” Cater said. “We always expect everything to fall under the contingency we have on the project.”

The $8 million garage, which is being built by JH Findorff & Sons, was approved by city council on January 22. When completed, it will have 364 parking spaces and will include free public parking, as well as rented stalls. This is one of three car parks planned for the city centre.

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Today’s trucks and SUVs have too much parking

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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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Big SUVs, vans overtake garages and parking lots

Parking your truck is getting more and more difficult.

Across America, the search for larger vehicles faces physical limitations. SUVs and pickup trucks get so big that they struggle to fit into some homes, parking garages, and public parking spaces.

Owners may have to think twice before purchasing bigger vehicles, as parking lot operators start charging oversized fees to accommodate giant SUVs and trucks.

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SUVs like the Chevrolet Suburban and the Ford Expedition and pickup trucks like the Fiat Chrysler Ram are examples of popular vehicles that have grown in size in recent years, testing parking limitations.

When Kristen Trevino recently moved into her new home in the Dallas area, she ran into a problem.

His 2016 Ford F-150 did not fit in the garage. Without getting discouraged, she bought the 2019 model. That one didn’t fit either.

“It’s too high. It’s too long, she said. Now she keeps it parked in the driveway.

His next door neighbor also has an F-150 and has just enough room in his garage.

“He can knock his own in,” she said, but added that he “touches his front wall and barely clears the door.”

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Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports, said the trend was becoming an issue. “They are very difficult vehicles to maneuver” and to park.

Take Tesla’s Cybertruck. The the massive electric pickup with stainless steel body debuted at a media event in November, while CEO Elon Musk boasted that the Cybertruck would be the fiercest and most efficient pickup on the market when it arrives in late 2021. Commercial demand, he later said, has already exceeded expectations.

But some fans interested in the Cybertruck fear they won’t have enough room for it.

Jim Griffin is Room A. The Pennsylvania resident recently placed a refundable deposit of $ 100 to secure his place in the Cybertruck queue. But he is not sure whether to proceed with the purchase after reading online discussions about the immense size of the vehicle.

“They’re like, ‘This thing is huge and it won’t fit in your garage,’” he said. “That’s when I said, ‘Hang on a second here, time out. This thing may not be suitable.

And installing the pickup in your garage is a dealbreaker.

“Today there are people who buy Dodge Rams, Ford pickups that don’t fit, and they park them outside,” he said. “The difference here is that it’s an electric vehicle and… you have to plug it in. I’m not going to spend $ 50,000, $ 60,000, $ 70,000, $ 80,000 on a vehicle and then have to run an extension cord outside the garage or an outside outlet. “

Pennsylvania resident Jim Griffin's Honda Pilot barely fits in his garage, so he's worried the Tesla Cybertruck won't fit if he decides to buy one.

Parking any vehicle in the driveway or on the street exposes it to potential damage from inclement weather, vandalism or theft.

The Cybertruck is so big that it could be classified as an average pickup if its batteries rock its total weight above 8,000 pounds, said Stephanie Brinley, senior automotive analyst at research firm IHS Markit.

After a Tesla blogger posted a video simulation showing that the Cybertruck may not fit in some garages, Musk tweeted that the company is considering certain adjustments in response to the concerns.

“We can probably reduce the width by an inch and maybe reduce the length by more than 6 inches without losing utility or aesthetics,” he said.

Tesla engineers are also equipping the Cybertruck with air suspension, he said. This would allow owners to lower the height of the vehicle to fit it into a garage.

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Residential garages vary in size. Common sizes for newly constructed two-car garages include a number of dimensions: 18 feet wide and 20 feet deep; 20 feet by 20 feet, 22 feet by 22 feet and 20 feet by 22 feet, according to garage builder Danley’s. But some garages, including older ones built in the age of smaller vehicles, can be even smaller.

At 231.7 inches long, the Cybertruck would only have about 8 inches to spare in a 20-foot-long garage. Better be a big parker to drive that one in.

It’s not the only vehicle that will struggle to fit in. At 225.7 inches long, the newly redesigned and elongated 2021 Chevrolet Suburban would technically fit into a 20-foot-deep garage, but it’ll only have 14.3 inches to spare.

Even though larger SUVs and vans can technically squeeze in, many owners pack shelves, tools, and other items into their garages, reducing space to store their vehicles.

Griffin, for example, said he had laundry supplies in part of his garage.

“If you look like a Suburban or a Ford Expedition these days they’re huge and I’m not sure they would fit,” he said. “I even watched one once and I’m not so sure.”

“The next generation Suburban is going to be so big – my wife is driving one – that you won’t be able to park it in the garage,” said Jeff Dyke, president of Sonic Automotive, one of the largest auto dealer networks in in the United States “The Tahoe is the new Suburban, and the new Suburban is a school bus.”

But that’s what Americans want, he says. “Gasoline prices are low, they are reasonable and the country is in love with SUVs. “

Oversized parking fees

As residential garages get narrower and narrower, public parking garages and public parking spaces are also feeling the pinch.

Who among us hasn’t walked through a mall parking lot and seen huge SUVs and vans hanging several feet from the end of space?

“The parking spaces are not big enough,” said Dyke of Sonic Automotive. “The parking lots are not big enough to accommodate all the cars coming out. “

Dallas area resident Kristen Trevino's 2019 Ford F-150 pickup won't fit in her garage, so it's parked in the driveway.

Trevino, the Dallas-area resident whose F-150 does not fit in her garage, said she has personally experienced the frustration associated with the size of her pickup.

“My truck is really big,” she said. “Trying to maneuver in a space sucks. If you go to the mall and it’s crowded, finding a seat is a huge factor. I really have to spend time looking.

In parking garages, this is especially problematic if they have low ceilings and sharp turns., the consumer brand of publicly traded parking and transportation provider SP Plus, is starting to adjust its business to handle larger vehicles. The company is already charging oversized fees for large SUVs and trucks in some batches, especially in New York City, said Jeff Eckerling, director of growth for SP Plus.

He said the company may have to consider going further if vehicles continue to grow.

“We’ll have to look at what our rates are and what we charge for these vehicles,” he said. “If you’re on surface land, we could (say) that if you park and your vehicle goes over two spaces, we could charge you for two spaces. “

For SpotHero, an app that sells parking at more than 7,000 locations across the country, oversized charges are currently limited largely in New York City, where about 11% of vehicles must pay extra.

Now, some New York lots are starting to charge “super oversize” fees, which apply to truck-based SUVs and vans, while the “oversize” fees apply to crossovers.

In the rest of the country, “parking operators could pull a page out of New York’s playbook and start charging oversized fees for larger vehicles,” said Elan Mosbacher, senior vice president of strategy and operations. operations at SpotHero.

While larger vehicles can pose some drawbacks, Americans don’t seem too bothered by this overall, at least if the vehicles introduced by automakers are any indication.

In fact, several recent announcements suggest that vehicles should continue to grow. General Motors announced that it will revive the mammoth Hummer as an electric pickup truck under the GMC brand. Ford is also set to showcase a redesigned F-150 later this year, and it will likely be larger than the previous generation.

George Augustaitis, Director of Automotive Industry and Economic Analysis at, speculated that Ford might even consider bringing back the Excursion nameplate as the biggest SUV in its lineup, despite the Expedition having grown significantly in recent years.

“Everything is getting bigger,” he said.

“We never really know where the end will be,” said IHS analyst Brinley. “People buy what they want to use. Whatever their personal reasons, whatever their situation in their life, they decided it was worth it. It is not critical, it is just a fact.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on downtown parking options, visit

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Vancouver will gain 700 parking spaces

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

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

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

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

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

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

Increase in supply

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reduce demand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Knoxville State Street downtown garage expansion opens parking spaces

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

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

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

The entrance to the One State Street garage is still closed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vail parking lots are free from April 22

Parking will be free at Vail parking structures starting Monday.
Justin Q. McCarty | Daily Special

VAIL – Free public parking reverts to the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures starting at 6 a.m. on Monday April 22. This includes free overnight parking until May 24, when a $ 25 charge will be applied to discourage vehicle storage.

The summer parking program will run until October 7 and will include free access to structures during the day for all users as well as free public access to the new red sandstone parking garage on North Frontage Road. As an additional option, overnight parking in the Red Sandstone Garage will be available free of charge for up to 72 hours throughout the summer.

Parking passes issued for the 2018-2019 season, with the exception of Rose passes, will be exempt from overnight charges. Other exemptions include employees who work nights at Vail Village or Lionshead, as well as guests from lodges with limited on-site parking. Current pink pass holders who will be working night shifts during the summer are urged to contact their employer to make arrangements with the city parking pass office to obtain a parking pass for the summer without charge.

Value card holders will be able to use their passes for free daytime access to Vail Village and Lionshead parking lots this summer. If the vehicle is parked in either structure between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., a fee of $ 25 will be billed to the card. As in previous years, Value card holders will need to bring proof of eligibility to city parking offices in November for recertification.

For more information, call 970-479-2104 before April 19 or visit

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Downtown under construction

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

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

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Ann Arbor faces potential loss of hundreds of public parking spaces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aurora Parking Lots – Town of Aurora

Choose a facility or program to learn more:
Iliff Station Garage
Hyatt Regency Conference Center Garage
Aurora Civic Center
RTD facilities
Transit Station Bike Parking
Charging stations for electric vehicles

Iliff Station Garage
14000 E. Wesley Ave, Aurora CO 80014

Opened in early 2017, the Iliff Station Garage is a partnership between the City of Aurora and the Regional Transportation District (RTD). The 2-storey, 600-space garage is equipped with six electric vehicle charging stations and offers fast and efficient parking options serving Iliff light rail station.

Parking rates
Daily: $3 $2 $1.50 – Now even cheaper!
Monthly: $50 $45 (guarantees a seat for permit holders between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. on weekdays)
Adjacent street parking is also available for commuters for a fee.

Paying for parking is easy at Iliff station. Pay-per-plate terminals are located next to the elevators on the first floor on your way to the light rail platform. The cash machines accept cash, coins and all major credit and debit cards. Customers can also use ParcMobile pay for daily parking on their mobile device.

Iliff station is served by the H line (to downtown Denver) and the R line (to Peoria station to the north and Lincoln station to the south). Denver International Airport is served by Iliff Station through a transfer to Peoria Station.

Hyatt Regency Conference Center
13200 E. 14th Place, Aurora, CO 80011

The Hyatt Regency Aurora parking garage is a 6-story facility with 506 public parking spaces. Public parking is open 24 hours a day and accessible to all visitors and guests of the Hyatt Regency Aurora Hotel & Conference Center as well as nearby business and commercial attractions, including guests of the nearby Anschutz Medical Campus.*

The gated, self-pay garage offers self-parking rates and monthly permit parking options. At the end of your hourly parking stay, cash or credit card payments are conveniently processed via automated pay stations located in the main garage lobby or at the exit of the credit card vehicle lane (uniquely). Overnight Hyatt guests can place garage parking fees directly into their hotel room folio account for unlimited garage access – just speak with the front desk staff at check-in. room to arrange parking.

There are TWENTY (20) electric vehicle charging stations on all levels of the garage that offer FREE charging the vehicle (with a valid ChargePoint account).

Parking for vans accessible to people with reduced mobility: Guests with large/oversized or tall wheelchair vans/vehicles must first check in and obtain guest assistance from a member of the Hyatt hotel valet team (posted at the gate of hotel) before entering the garage. The hotel’s valet team will be happy to help you get your vehicle safely into the garage and park it in a designated parking space accessible to vans. Accessible parking spaces for NON-vans are accessed through the main vehicle garage entrance and are located throughout the facility. All wheelchair accessible car parks operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking is managed by the Hyatt Regency Aurora management team.

For more information about the hotel and the conference center, please visit

Self-parking rates
0 to 6 hours: $6
6 to 24 hours (daily): $12
Lost entry ticket: $12

Monthly parking rates

Aurora Civic Center
15151 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012

The Aurora Civic Center (AMC) has ample parking for all visitors and City campus employees. We ask that drivers please obey all posted signs when parking on campus; including all time limitations, speed limits and reserved parking restrictions. The City Campus can often be a busy place, so please always yield to all pedestrians and cyclists.

FREE charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) (Charging point account required) are available to the public on level P-1 (ground floor) of the AMC garage – located on the east side of the garage. For more information on access FREE public electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city of Aurora, please click here.

To enhance safety at the Aurora Civic Center, Park Aurora has launched new off-street parking rules and regulations for all surface parking lots and garages on campus. Formalizing parking rules on campus ensures that all visitors and city employees clearly understand how to use our valuable parking resources.

To learn more about CMA’s off-street parking management rules and regulations, please click here.

AMC Campus Parking Passes:

For an AMC Campus Visitor Parking Map, please click here.
Municipal employees only – For a campus map of designated employee parking locations, please Click here.

RTD facilities (transit parking)

The town of Aurora is served by an extensive public transit system operated by the Regional Transportation District (RTD). RTD operates car parks at several bus transfer and train station facilities.

Park & ​​Ride lots for bus transfer facilities include:

Alameda and Havana
Olympic Park
Smoky Hill / Piccadilly

Park & ​​Ride facilities at the station include:

Dayton Station
Nine Mile Station Garage
Aurora Center Metro Station
2nd and Abilene Station
13th Avenue Station
Peoria Station
40th and Airport – Gateway Park Station

Please note that the Iliff Garage, located at 14000 E. Wesley Ave., is operated by the City of Aurora for the exclusive use of Iliff Station RTD customers. Find out more about the car parks operated by RTD on RTD website.

Secure bicycle parking at the transit station

The City of Aurora, in partnership with RTD and Northeast Transportation Connections, plans to install secure bicycle parking areas at Iliff Station and Peoria Station in Aurora and Central Park Station in Denver . Check back to for updates on when these facilities open and how to get a monthly pass to these safe cycling facilities.

Charging stations for electric vehicles

Park Aurora is proud to offer over 20 publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at city-owned and operated parking lots. To use these EV charging stations, you must be a member of Charging point.

The following city-owned and operated parking lots offer publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations:

Aurora Civic Center Garage, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
4 stations at garage level P1

Hyatt Regency Conference Center Garage (paid parking)
13200 E. 14th place
20 stations on each level of the garage

Iliff Station Garage (paid parking)
14000 E. Wesley Avenue
6 stations at garage level P1

Aurora City Public Safety Training Center
25950 E. Quincy Ave.
2 stations located in the car park

Check back for more information on new stations as they become available.

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Is saving parking by standing in it kosher in 415? : SFist

Dear rain,

I lived in a few places before I moved to SF, but nowhere else have I seen people “save” parking like they do here.

I’m talking about how someone will stand in the middle of a public parking space on the street (with or without a meter, parallel or perpendicular) to “guard” it for a friend who is presumably on his way to the area.

Is it really a San Francisco thing? A guy was doing this while I was looking for parking in the Inner Sunset the other day, and when I said “hey, man, this is not cool” he said “this is how it is. we do in 415, ask anyone from here! “Me too.

Thank you,

Eager to honor your customs, if they are your customs


First, a few caveats. Since I have never lived anywhere other than San Francisco and have not driven much elsewhere, I cannot really attest to the prevalence or lack of saving of parking space in others. cities. Second, I didn’t start driving until I was 30 and I’m not a good parallel parker.

But I admit to having done it, Once. I was in a car with two other people. I believe it was in North Beach on a weekend night. We saw the place across the street but there was no way to turn around (illegal) so the driver had to wait at the traffic lights to make the U-turn. I jumped up and ran across the street to stand in the space. I think it all took maybe two minutes, at most, and no one tried to park in it while I was there, so I didn’t get a chance to shout, “C ‘ is how we do in 415, bitch! “

Not that I would, because, seriously, this is crazy.

A native SF compatriot answered this question on Yelp Answers (of all places) several years ago, and his take was that it was frowned upon if you stood in one place and waited for someone to arrive for 10 or 15 minutes, but, ” Maybe I could see an attempt to claim possession if your friend was less than half a block away. “But it should be noted, as a warning, an incident in 2006 in which a 19-year-old man was fatally stabbed as a result of the practice ?? a friend was standing in a parking spot on Geary in the Inner Richmond, keeping it to himself, another car pulled up and parked in it, physically knocked him out, and the 19-year-old came back , found the seat taken, got into a fight with the guys in the second car and ended up dead.

I asked ten other residents to save parking spaces. Some of them were natives, others were long-time residents. Almost all admitted to having done it at least once, while those who did not say “What?” No ! I would never do that! This is terrible! Those who admitted to doing it did so with a bit of embarrassment, conceding that it’s a pretty crappy thing to do. They also wanted to make sure that if someone came by car to want the place before their friend arrived, that they would give it up altogether.

The only story I heard about saving parking and maintaining the lot involved my dad in the 1970s. He was the driver and his friends took a seat while he circled around. one block from Chinatown. When he arrived there, he found his friends arguing with the driver of another car. Eventually this guy gave up and left, and my dad got the seat… only for the driver of that rival car to be sitting in front of them in the very cinema in Chinatown they were going to. (No lives were lost and the film was viewed without incident.)

The question made me curious about the laws surrounding safeguarding parking spaces and how the police might handle such a situation if they encountered them. So I asked a local – and San Francisco native – police officer Dustin Daza of SFPD’s Park Station about it. Here is what he said.

It is illegal to do so. If I saw someone saving a parking space it would be a very low priority for me to get involved unless I felt it was a danger to that person. If anyone complained, however, or if we got a call, I would advise the “Saver” that it is illegal to stand in the street. This is a violation of 21956 (a) CVC, which is pedestrian on a roadway. The way the California Vehicle Code defines a road is curb to curb, which includes parking spaces. So basically I would just tell “the saver” that he has to move before I write him a ticket. I’m more in the spirit of the law about these things as opposed to the letter of the law. Parking spaces belong to everyone. You can’t call dibs in a public parking space by sticking a human in the street. I’m originally from San Franciscan, but I’ve never heard anyone say “this is how we do in SF”.

As we all know, parking in San Francisco can be the absolute worst, and desperate times sometimes call for desperate action. But there’s no unwritten rule everyone follows “from here” that it’s perfectly okay to save a spot by standing in it.

Also, “the 415”? Ugh. Just no with that.

Rain Jokinen was born and raised in San Francisco and, miraculously, still lives in the city. His future plans include becoming a millionaire, buying a condo complex, and then demolishing it to replace it with a dive bar. You can ask this native San Franciscan your questions here.

In these Troubled San Francisco Times, there’s a lot of talk about who was here when and what that means (or doesn’t mean). With the goal of both helping newcomers and bringing long-time residents back in time, we bring you Ask a San Francisco Native, a column written by Rain Jokinen, SF native and longtime SFist contributor. , which is inspired by a similar one on our sister site Gothamist, and aims to put an end to all those questions that only a native of this city can answer. Send yours here!

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The truth about compact parking lots

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) – When you drive to Target, Walmart, or even a city parking lot, have you ever wondered how drivers think they can park in a compact parking spot?

The vehicle may not be suitable, but as OMCC’s Don Logana found out, these people may know something we didn’t know. These parking spaces may simply be obsolete.

It turns out that the auto industry, and even the parking industry, is pretty vague on what defines a compact car.

“A Prius is more of a compact car than a Chevrolet Avalanche,” said Kristi Bryant, GSU ​​parking manager.

But, how do you define it?

One thing is for sure: knocks, dents and scratches are going to happen. This is one of the reasons why Georgia Southern University’s director of parking services, Kristi Bryant, says her office struggles with parking regulations. Cars are constantly changing and getting bigger and bigger, and a typical 90-degree compact car space is eight feet wide and 15 feet long. Some are as small as seven to seven and a half feet wide.

“Here at Georgia Southern, we are committed to making spaces at least 8.5 feet wide and new construction nine feet wide,” said Bryant.

Here’s what you probably don’t know. Bryant says parking codes, including compact parking, only apply to public parking. Private parking is not regulated, so older, obsolete spaces will likely remain so, unless there is new construction.

“Most now include compact parking spaces. Most include hybrid spaces as well as a strong push for electric vehicles,” said Bryant.

Georgia Southern spends a pretty penny creating bigger, compact parking spots, and parking spots in general, which is why private companies don’t do stripping or renovations.

“It’s extremely expensive. You’re probably looking at $ 1 million and $ 2 million to completely revamp everything,” Bryant said.

The City of Savannah says it is not aware of any changes in parking regulations and is not making any changes. Bryant says Georgia Southern is private and they are doing it for the welfare of their students and teachers when it comes to parking.

“The level of frustration and the level of security will be increased, and that is what it is,” she said. “Make everyone’s experience more comfortable.

And, if you’re wondering why, an obviously “non” compact car isn’t towed to a local store. This is probably because it is private property and it is up to the store to have the car towed. The City of Savannah will fine vehicles that are in a compact parking space.

Copyright 2015 OMCC. All rights reserved.

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$ 1 Million in Parking Spaces Among Premium Car Amenities at Manhattan Apts. – TriBeCa – New York

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MANHATTAN – The 11-story, 31-unit boutique condo called 15 Renwick, standing in Hudson Square, will only include three parking spaces in its 1,000-square-foot garage. It will have a remote-controlled gate and direct access to the lobby, offering what the city’s elite covet: privacy.

The three parking spaces are expected to hit the market soon for $ 1 million each, according to Dan Oelsner, vice president of development for IGI-USA, which is building the project.

The locations, which will be listed along with the project’s $ 7.15 million penthouses and $ 3.5 million townhouses, were limited due to zoning and architectural considerations, Oelsner noted. .

“This type of equipment is very unique for a new development in this neighborhood,” Oelsner said.

With the number of parking lots in Manhattan disappearing – often to make way for new luxury developments – and although the number of parking spaces a developer is allowed to include remains limited – typically at 20% of the number of units residential – a private parking space becomes the ultimate status symbol.

Many developers are also betting on the next best thing: a carriage porch, which allows you to enter your building and exit your car without the masses seeing it while a valet pulls the train station for you somewhere nearby.

“The city is obviously trying to deter car traffic in Manhattan,” said Richard Cantor, of Cantor-Pecorella, an agency responsible for the sale and marketing of several new buildings with high-end garage equipment.

“[Parking] is probably the most important piece of equipment you can have in Manhattan today. People are willing to pay for it, ”he added.

Car rates in Manhattan, south of 96th Street, tend to be lower than the city average. Twenty-two percent of households in this part of Manhattan own a car, compared to 46 percent in the city as a whole. But many of the new luxury buildings developing in the area have sprawling apartments that cater to families who often own cars.

Meanwhile, Manhattan, south of 96th Street, saw a decrease of approximately 25,000 off-street public parking spaces from 1978 to 2010, according to a study by the Department of Town Planning.

The 102,000 remaining spaces cited in the report are shrinking as garages give way to these new luxury skyscrapers.

Garages tend to be top-notch development sites as they are often unmarked and can be delivered quickly as there are no tenants who would be moved, Cantor explained. His company markets 12 East 13th St. in the Village, where eight luxury units stand in place of a Hertz garage that had been there since the 1930s.

Due to the previous use of the space, the building may offer a private location for each unit. Additionally, there will be two additional spaces for sale at around $ 500,000 each, he said. (Units range from $ 6.95 million to $ 30.5 million.)

And because it was previously a garage, the building can have parking spaces on the second floor, freeing up real estate on the ground floor for income-generating uses like retail, he noted.

It will be the first building in Manhattan to use the latest version of a robotic parking system by Park More, which will automatically pick up a buyer’s car in about 60 seconds, according to building officials.

“This is the parking lot of the future. You call your car on your iPhone and it’s down to the first floor and you can slide right away.

“Buyers have responded to this approval,” Cantor said. “In the Village, this is particularly important because there is hardly any [on-street] parking – you have to move your car and drive all the way [alternate side] Dance.”

Cantor’s firm is also working on 443 Greenwich, a 53-unit building with a majestic-looking garage with a carriage entrance with white Gustavino tiled ceilings and terracotta floors.

The garage will have 15 parking spaces, each with an electric charging station, costing $ 850,000 each or $ 1.5 million for two – prices that have already risen since initial plans called for $ 500,000 in individual spaces. and $ 1 million for double seats, Cantor said. (Units range from $ 7 million to $ 51 million.)

For residents who do not purchase a parking space, a valet will park their car in the nearby TriBeCa garages.

“What we have created at 443 Greenwich responds both to a need for privacy, especially for celebrity shoppers, and also provides convenience as we have created a private area where you can park your car and leave it there. for several hours – do what you have to do – and no one sees you in the street. “

At Chelsea 551W21, the inclusion of a private parking area with valet service (in addition to a parking lot with 30 to 53 places, many with electric charging stations, the prices of which are to be determined) was considered as a ” major component “of building inspiration:” the white glove services of a bygone era, “said Erin Boisson Aries, senior general manager of building sales.

The land has a 30 foot high green wall with lush climbing ivy that will change color with the seasons. The space is intended not only to provide privacy to residents of the 44-unit apartment building where apartments will cost between $ 7.25 million and $ 40 million, but “also a sense of comfort, discretion and privacy. of distinction, ”Aries said.

There are no parking spaces at 20 east end avenue., on the Upper East Side, but there is a large enclosed motorized courtyard accessed through a 20-foot-high arched opening from the building into a paved area with a fountain and room for eight cars.

Its design pays homage to eloquent buildings like the Dakota and the Apthorp and will join the ranks as one of only five such buildings with a true porte-cochere motor court – the first to be built in 80 years, said Nicole Siciliano-Trazzera, sales manager for the project.

Siciliano-Trazzera noted that the project, like others with high-end garage equipment, is targeting sales on families who will make these units their primary residence (even if they have other homes) rather than on families. investors. The units are asking for between 4.5 and over 35 million dollars.

Families will be able to drive into the 43-unit building to unload their children and luggage in privacy, then have a staff runner park it in one of the two garages flanking the building, she added.

“You can lead a normal life without having to live in the suburbs,” she said, adding, “You’ve never seen the inside of a garage.”

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SF Has Enough On-Street Parking Spaces To Fill California’s Coastline

SF is crammed with car storage. This image only shows public parking spaces. Image: SFMTA

Clarification: California’s coastline (840 miles) is shorter than the end-to-end length of SF’s on-street parking spaces alone (900 miles). This post originally compared it to the length of SF’s total public parking supply (1,451 miles long), which is actually longer than the west coast of the United States from Mexico to Canada (1,360 miles). ).

Here’s a fact for naysayers who insist that SF absolutely needs every parking spot and can’t spare any for safer or more efficient streets: San Francisco has 441,950 publicly accessible parking spaces. Of that number, the 275,450 on-street parking spaces alone are enough to parallel park a line of cars 60 miles longer than the entire 840 mile California coastline, as the SFMTA pointed out. the SF examiner today. That’s enough parking to fill the parking lots that would cover the Presidio, Golden Gate Park, and Lake Merced.

The numbers come from SFMTA’s recently updated parking census. The census is a manual count taken to refine the agency’s 2010 estimate, which was based on a random 30 percent sample of city streets. Parking spaces are most heavily concentrated in dense city centers, with 35,000 parking spaces per square mile in areas such as downtown, the Civic Center, Russian Hill, and Nob Hill. At the bottom of the scale, most neighborhoods have around 10,000.

None of the counts included private parking spaces in residential garages, which are estimated to number in the hundreds of thousands.

“… With nearly 10,000 vehicles registered per square mile, San Francisco today has one of the densest car concentrations on the planet, more than any other city in the United States,” said writes Jason Henderson, professor of geography at SF State University. in an SF Bay Guardian column this month.

The vast majority of sidewalk space in San Francisco is devoted to 275,450 spaces for the storage of cars. Each of these occupies about 140 square feet of land, 17 to 20 feet long and about 7 feet wide, according to the census. Ninety percent of these spaces are unmeasured and are free to use at any time of the day.

“One source of the parking problem in San Francisco is that you have some of the most valuable land on the planet, and it’s free, and people are complaining that there isn’t enough of it,” he told Examiner Donald Shoup, professor at UCLA and modern parking policy guru. “I think San Francisco needs to find a smarter way to manage parking, other than making it free for everyone.”

Shoup called the Sunday parking meter reversal to appease church leaders “yet another step back, telling the Examiner that” I believe in separating the church from the parking lot.

Bruce Osterweil, a Richmond resident, owner of a car, pointed out tthe absurdity of the situation of free parking for SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin at a community meeting yesterday, after city officials explained their proposed transport funding voting measures.

“Why can I park my car on the street for free?” Said Osterweil, who previously sat on the Geary Bus Rapid Transit Citizen Advisory Committee for ten years. “My understanding is that real estate is quite expensive in San Francisco. But we have this policy that you can own one car – or more than one car – and take up a lot of space, and park on the street for free. looks like we should be paying for all that space.

Osterweil argued that put a more rational price on parking, through Extending parking meters and permit restrictions would reduce parking demand – thereby opening up parking spaces and reducing the flow of cars driving to park, while raising funds to improve transportation options.

This is the raison d’être of the SFMTA’s SFpark program, for which the parking census was carried out. SFpark is in a transition phase at the end of its two-year pilot period, and the agency is no longer using the underground sensors that were used to collect parking usage data. The SFMTA plans to present its pilot SFpark assessment next month.

SFMTA director Reiskin said nothing in response to Osterweil’s comments, but after the meeting he told Streetsblog that the agency essentially “institutionalizes” the principles of SFpark in the agency’s general parking management program. SFpark has moved from the finance division to the sustainable streets division, he said. And instead of using sensors, SFMTA now monitors parking lot occupancy using smart meters that track payments.

Still, the SFMTA isn’t quite ready to try to expand parking meters again, after the backlash from Potrero Hill, Dogpatch and the northeastern neighborhoods of Mission. “There have been things done under the SFpark banner that hit some walls, but the general concepts, I think, have been pretty well empirically validated,” Reiskin said.

But avoiding a car-crowded future for San Francisco will ultimately require recognizing that there is an upper limit on how many cars can safely and reasonably fit on a 7-mile by 7-mile peninsula. Studies show that when more parking spaces are built – and at low cost – then more residents tend to own and drive cars.

Yet as we wrote, the more space we dedicate to parking, the less space we will have to house people – and SF is set to build an additional 92,000 personal car storage locations by 2040 under current policies.

Meanwhile, attempts by the SFMTA to take even a piece of curbside parking for protected bike lanes or transit lightbulbs invariably cause traders and residents to fight tooth and nail. to preserve every last place. And SF political leaders rarely mobilize to defend such rational efforts to reallocate public space more effectively.

“I think a lot of people don’t realize that parking is the cause of congestion,” Osterweil said. “If you charge for it, people might not have five more cars.”

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San Francisco, first city in the country to count its parking spaces – Streetsblog San Francisco

The meters along the Embarcadero are part of the Port of San Francisco SFPark trial. Photo: Matthew Roth

No major city in the country, or probably the world, has been able to say for sure how many parking spaces it has, public or private, so far. For the past 18 months, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) has surveyed all publicly accessible parking spaces within the city limits, including free and metered spaces on the street and all garages accessible to the public. public. [PDF map].

The total number of spaces, as Mayor Gavin Newsom recently announced on his Youtube site, is 441,541. Of the total, more than 280,000 are on-street spaces, of which 25,000 are metered. For street spaces alone, that’s roughly the equivalent area of ​​Golden Gate Park.

“Most cities know very little about their parking inventory,” said Rachel Weinberger, a planning professor at the University of
Pennsylvania and former transportation policy advisor to the Mayor of New York
Michael Bloomberg. Weinberger called the parking census a “considerable effort.”

“Without the basic knowledge [city planners] have no basis for doing
decisions regarding future procurement policy, current management policy or
even on how their transportation systems work.”

Don Shoup, professor of planning at UCLA and author of the definitive book on parking history, The high cost of free parkingwas delighted to hear the
news. “The San Francisco Parking Census is a great achievement, and the
the first of its kind in the world,” he said.

The publication of the census of public parking spaces coincides with the redesign of the website of SF-Park, an occupancy-based parking management trial funded by a $19.8 million federal congestion mitigation grant, which, among many goals, aims to manage parking supply by adjusting the cost depending on demand. To put it in simple terms, if SFPark is doing well, there should be enough curbside parking that drivers don’t have to circle the block endlessly looking for that elusive space. By gradually adjusting the price of parking up or down in the pilot areas, the city plans to create approximately one or two free spaces per block face at all times, which was the original goal of the parking meters when they were introduced in the 1930s.

Jay Primus, who leads the SFPark trial for the MTA, said the parking census was the first step toward better understanding how parking works in San Francisco, filling a void where city planners previously could only make rough estimates. . “If you can’t manage what you can’t count, thoroughly investigating and documenting all publicly accessible parking lots was an essential first step for the MTA to learn how we manage parking smarter,” he said. he declares.

Primus explained that his team combed through numerous records to determine the total number of public garage spaces, including the MTA’s own facilities and city tax records for private facilities. For unmetered spaces on the street, he sent interns across town to count every fifth block, a 20% sample. With each free opportunity, he sends more interns and recently estimated that they had increased their sample size to 35%. In time, he hoped to count every space in every street.

As well as satisfying its own penchant for good data, Primus said the data is essential if they expect SFPark pilots to be successful in making parking more convenient for drivers and reducing traffic.

SFPark_Map_small.jpgClick on the image to enlarge. Map showing SFPark test areas. Courtesy:

In order to extend the impact of the data, the MTA released it to third-party developers on the Data SF websitewhich the agency hopes will spur creative apps for smartphones, just as software engineers did
with the MTA route and schedule information. With these apps, Primus expected to “see fewer detours to park, fewer
waste fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It could help save people
in time and money,” he said.

“San Francisco is on the cutting edge of parking management,” the mayor said
Newsom, who championed open data through DataSF. “By combining this data with our innovative approach to
open government data, we continue to transform government to work better
for all of us.”

Beyond the benefits to drivers and savings from reduced congestion, parking census data will inform the general discussion about parking supply and development, which can become highly contentious and emotional.

Jason Henderson, a professor of geography at San Francisco State University, said San Francisco Planning Commission hearings sometimes turn into useless arguments about parking supply without good data to back up claims by officials. two parts.

“It’s very important to have as factual a conversation as possible,” Henderson said.

Joshua Switzky of the San Francisco Planning Department agreed on the importance of data. “This is the kind of information that always comes up when reviewing large
projects, especially when parking is up for debate,” he said. “Everyone – from
neighborhood groups, planning commissioners, public transit advocates —
wants to know the general parking supply in an area.”

Now that the spaces accessible to the public have been counted, the MTA plans
move forward with a count of private garages. Some of these
interviewed for this story imagined there could be as many as 800,000
spaces in total, or at least one parking space for each San Franciscan.

What the census reveals

Should San Francisco have a parking spot for every person residing in the city? Should the city continue to mandate a new parking space for every residential unit built, the metric required in planning code in much of the city?

Using data from the MTA Transportation Fact SheetWeinberger noted that although 28.5% of San Francisco households do not own a car, “enough households own multiple vehicles for the city’s population,
collectively own more than 8% more vehicles
than households.”

“As we all know, the more parking spaces, the more convenient it is

car use becomes relative to other travel options,” said
Weinberger. “The most practical
car use is more likely that a car will be used.”

Shoup marveled at how free parking in San Francisco is, especially compared to the price of housing. “A surprising result is that 72%
of all publicly accessible parking spaces in the city are free,” he said.
San Francisco, housing is expensive for people but free for most cars.”

Todd Litman, the director of the Canadian think tank Victoria Transport Policy Institute, said the census showed that “in many situations there is not really a shortage of parking spaces, but rather that the available spaces are not being well used”. Litman said the solutions are parking management strategies such as more carpooling, efficient pricing and parking payments, which “can solve parking problems in ways that also help achieve economic, social and environmental goals. “.

All parking experts agreed that San Francisco is leading the way in the effort to better understand the relationship between parking policy and the context of the urban environment.

“Parking policy is quite a powerful tool to shape street use,
fabric and fashion choices,” Weinberger said. “The true power of this
the information is based on the use that the city decides to make of it. »

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