I forked over $17.50 to the Parking Authority for a copy of the 45-page final downtown parking assessment by Blue Bell, Pa.-based Tim Haahs and Associates, commissioned last year. I finally got to reviewing it and will present it in two posts: parking needs followed by recommendations tomorrow.
The report suggests a future parking shortage of about 343 spaces, or 508 spaces if the city accommodates all future transit users, over the next 10 years. The estimate, however, does not include building a deck on the site of the 65-space Lot B (located between Main and East Cherry streets), taking into account future or planned developments. The question remains when, or if, those future developments will come.
There were 275 on-street parking spaces and 834 off-street spaces within the study area, not including private residences or businesses, for a total 1,109 parking spaces. The study area included St. Mary’s lot, YMCA, Lot F (adjacent to RSI bank), Lot H (corner of West Milton Avenue and Broad Street), Lot B, Lewis Street deck, Lewis Street lot behind River Place. The Lewis Street parking deck accounts for 63 percent of off-street inventory.
- The Savoy, 36 units, 22 spaces
- Station Place, 116/125
- The Westbury, 112/0
- Park Square, 159/205
The report also includes planned retail/office/restaurant space as follows:
– 20,700 office space at Westbury
– 19,200 retail/restaurant at Westbury
– 6,000 retail at The Savoy
– 6,320 retail at Park Square
Based on ratios for retail/restaurant and office space, and residential units, the report estimates an increase in demand of 114 spaces (800 space demand minus 686 planned spaces).