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New ways of thinking regarding parking solutions

From: domainremoved <PETER>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:21:52 -0800

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
1 hour ago
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There are lots of examples of what Menlo Park COULD do if it has the will and the courage to think in terms of a long term solution.

First, SF's Union Sq garage is a great example of a public-private partnership. In the 1930s, the Union Square Garage Corporation was formed and lobbied for permission to build the world's first underground parking structure.

"The idea of a private corporation leasing public land underneath a city park was also new. Because of this, Union Square became a test case before the California State Supreme Court, which ruled in City of San Francisco v. Linares, that the City of San Francisco had the right to lease the subsurface area to the Union Square Garage Corporation provided that the park proper was not destroyed."

"After a California Supreme Court decision, permission was granted and they broke ground on May 31, 1941."

If you look at the plaque at the Geary Street entrance to the garage you will see the names of the businessmen who led the Union Square Garage Corporation - I am proud that my grandfather, Russell Carpenter, was one of them.

Second, here is another more recent and automated underground garage:

Web Link <http://www.roadtraffic-technology.com/projects/munich-automated-underground-parking/>

"Design of the facility started in January 2004 with construction starting in October 2004. The construction was completed by February 2006 (roadworks took ten months and the entire project 16 months from the start of construction). The investment for the project was €11.35m (45% on building, 30% on the parking system and 25% on other costs).

The parking system provided is a combination of two Wöhr Multipark 740 Systems which will provide 284 parking places (150 plus 134). "

Third, here is a 700 space underground garage AND surface park in Brooklyn:

"After renewing efforts three years ago, the city has finally struck a deal with the Willoughby Operating Company for the joint park and garage project. The Willoughby Operating Company, an affiliate of the American Development Group, will lease the city-owned land. It will use $6 million from city capital, the city's Economic Development Corporation and private contributions from surrounding developers to construct the park.

The Willoughby Operating Company has also agreed to pay for any cost overruns and to finance the excavation and development of the garage. It hired Automotion Parking Systems, which has a principal in common with the American Development Group, to build and run the garage."

Web Link <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/realestate/commercial/underground-garage-to-help-pay-for-new-park-in-brooklyn.html?ref=nyregion&_r=1>

The only thing stopping Menlo Park from doing something equally attractive and exciting is a lack of imagination.

One would think that Menlo Park in Silicon Valley in 2014 could catch up with what was done in San Fransisco in 1941, Munich in 2004 and in 2013 in Brooklyn.

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 +  <> Like this commentPosted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
1 hour ago
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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm
Peter Carpenter is a registered user.
I suggest taking the two existing surface parking lots between Santa Cruz and Menlo and Evelyn and Chestnut and building an underground garage covering that entire area including under Crane. The entire surface area would be repurposed as a pedestrian and bicycle park/plaza including an area for activities like the farmers' market. An automated garage covering that area could easily accommodate 5 times or more cars than the existing lots provide. The park/plaza would encourage existing Santa Cruz businesses to open out to the park/plaza.

An RFP outlining the concept would, I predict, produce some exciting development proposals that would minimize the cost to the city in exchange for a lease to the subterranean rights.
Received on Fri Dec 05 2014 - 10:15:57 PST

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