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Neighbors concerned about noise from Powell River pub

Votes in favor of permanently reducing parking at Wildwood Public House to provide outdoor space were unanimous

Councilors for the Town of Powell River have approved a development permit to facilitate the permanent expansion of a licensed outdoor patio at Wildwood Public House.

At the March 17 council meeting, councilors voted to amend the city’s zoning bylaw to reduce the required number of off-street parking spaces from 22 to 15 to facilitate the patio expansion.

According to a staff report, the pub has been granted a temporary extended service area during the COVID-19 pandemic to expand the patio by an additional 30 seats. The pub has applied for a permanent structural change to the liquor license for the expanded patio space and is pursuing a relaxation of off-street parking requirements to facilitate the expansion, the staff report says.

At the meeting, Glen Hudson, who lives close to the pub, expressed concerns about its operation.

“We’ve been dealing with issues at the pub for 15 or 20 years,” Hudson said. “Noise levels have increased. I sent a letter to the board the other day. I had to call the RCMP quite often to come in at different times of the night to sort out the problem.

Hudson said he went to the Town Hall bylaws control office about the noise bylaws and asked them to tell the pub owners that there was a noise bylaw for amplified music.

“Well, they start their bands at 8 p.m. and they sometimes go on until 2 a.m.,” Hudson said.

He said the patio had big speakers and he was directly affected.

“The sound is coming right across the street, and it’s boom, boom, boom,” Hudson said. “At night, if there is a group, my wife and I put on earplugs. We are over 70 years old. I don’t think it’s a good idea to go to sleep with earplugs on because if there’s a problem you just don’t hear it.

Hudson said her driveway was blocked by pub patrons. He put on cones but they were removed, he added. There were also men and women who urinated in her yard, according to Hudson.

By-law covers noise, councilor says

Councilor Rob Southcott said the noise is definitely covered by a municipal by-law and it is true that it takes at least two complainants to get action on it.

“I would be surprised if you couldn’t find someone else to complain if that was the case,” Southcott said.

Hudson said his neighbor also complained.

Southcott said council was considering the permanent patio expansion, not noise concerns.

“The license has already been granted but it has nothing to do directly with the noise,” Southcott said. “It’s about reducing the number of parking spaces. Perhaps your concerns need to be reconsidered. I suggest that you return to the staff here to address your concerns that you are sharing with us tonight.

Councilor Maggie Hathaway said pub operators had been told the patio would be open no later than 10 p.m.

“I’m sure we could have a word with them through regulations regarding outside speakers and noise levels, and that they have to be inside by 10 p.m.,” Hathaway said. . “They are committed to this and I hope they stick to their commitment.”

Councilor George Doubt said his understanding of the recommendation presented to council is that it makes permanent the temporary arrangement that was put in place during COVID-19. He said the app does not reduce the number of parking spaces from what exists today, nor does it extend the patio to a larger area than before.

“It just makes it permanent,” Doubt said. “All neighbors within the prescribed distance have been notified by mail. I think that’s reasonable.

Doubt said he was prepared to support the recommendation. He said the noise by-law can be enforced at the pub if it is in violation, but he believes the changes to the patio will not be harmful and the pub is a valuable asset to have in the neighbourhood.

Council voted unanimously to permanently reduce parking to make way for the patio.

The board also voted in favor of a recommendation to approve the Wildwood Pub’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulatory Branch structural change application to make the temporarily expanded service area an expanded licensed terrace in permanently with an increase in capacity from 15 to 45 people. The city also chose not to provide comment.

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Parking issue a major poll issue for Bhubaneswar mayoral election

Residents of the capital city of Bhubaneswar have faced difficulties in regularly finding space to park their vehicles. With more and more vehicles being added to the existing numbers and the parking space remaining the same, the problem is getting worse day by day.

With the ULB polls around the corner, the mayoral candidates of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation are currently in a rush. To seduce voters, they make promises. The capital’s traffic problem also finds a place in their to-do lists.

Congress mayoral candidate Madhusmita Acharya says she is well aware of the seriousness of the parking problem in the city. “Just pick any area at random and one will find a parking problem even there. The fact is undeniable. There are other problems as well. If I win, these problems will be given priority,” says Acharya.

The townspeople are the recipients. They are the ones who live with the difficulties on a daily basis.

“At all times, vehicles can be seen parked on both sides of the roads in the city of Bhubaneswar. Sometimes we either have to wait 15 to 20 minutes for a place to park our vehicles, or park our vehicles at a place half a kilometer from the pre-established places,” says a city dweller, adding specific parking spaces is the need Of time.

The choice of the Biju Janata Dal for the position of mayor of BMC, Sulochana Das sees the solution to the parking problem in a multi-level parking lot.
“A multi-level car park is nearing completion. The pandemic has delayed its inauguration. If I win the election, I will build more such facilities,” Das says.

On-road parking encroaches on much of the roads, leaving commuters to self-serve.

“We motorists are the hardest hit. Even if a customer gives up on us, we cannot stop at that particular location due to lack of space. We are forced to park our vehicles in front of this place, forcing the customer to walk towards us, ”laments a motorist in the city.

“Specific parking spaces can only solve the problem,” he believes.

Aspiring mayor Suniti Mund, who has been aligned with the Bharatiya Janata party, is very particular on the issue of parking. “In the city of Bhubaneswar, the most aggravating problem is the parking of vehicles. If I become mayor, my top priority will certainly be to eradicate the parking problem. We have already made plans to rehabilitate roadside vendors. This will free up space,” observes Mund.

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Rejection of new building in downtown Pleasanton toppled, parking considered | Pleasanton News

While unanimously overturning the rejection of a new downtown residential building at its March 1 meeting, Pleasanton City Council also considered parking lifts as a way to improve the scarcity of space available downtown.

Project proponent Wassim Naguib originally proposed in August 2020 a new two-story 1,069 square foot building at 218 Ray Street adjacent to an existing office building on the property.

The planning commission, however, after two rounds of review, rejected Naguib’s application in a 3-2 vote in January on the grounds that the scheme only provided for 11 parking spaces despite Pleasanton’s municipal code ( PMC) required 12.

The commission did not accept a temporary parking space fee, preferring to keep the project parking lot on site. He also did not accept additional space provided by a parking lift in the on-site carport, believing that the lift – a mechanical system that allows two cars to be stacked on top of each other other – did not meet PMC’s requirement that a parking space be “free”.

Naguib, in his appeal, offered to open the property’s nine existing surface parking spaces to the public on weekends in addition to paying replacement costs and constructing the elevator.

“We’re not trying to make the problem worse; in fact, we are trying to solve it,” Naguib said.

While council appreciated the aesthetics of the project and acknowledged neighborhood support, some council members were reluctant to accept the lack of parking.

“I think our priority for this area should be to protect the momentum of retail,” said board member Julie Testa. “Adding an additional parking burden to our already crowded downtown core does not seem appropriate. Again, the replacement fee does not create a parking space at any time. The funds will be used one way or another, but it will not create that parking space to offset that demand that is created.

Mayor Karla Brown added that while the commercial building currently houses a quiet dental office – open only two days a week – future tenants could impose a higher parking charge, and any approvals must take this into account. She also questioned the safety of the parking lift.

However, Council Member Jack Balch saw the parking lift as an innovative solution to a growing problem.

“I think the impacts (of the parking space deficit) will be quite minimal,” he said. “And we can determine if (the elevator) is also a solution for downtown parking.”

At the March 1 meeting, the council decided to overturn the rejection on the condition that Naguib enter into an agreement with another company to secure a nearby non-residential parking space for his project, and that the shelter of car on site is not used for storage.

If Naguib is unable to secure the additional space, the project cannot be completed, but he will remain free to pursue other uses of the property.

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State to Move Sitka to Airport Paid Parking | Local News

The Alaska Department of Transportation said managing parking at Sitka Airport “has become an increasing challenge” for its crew. The department plans to advertise this month “to find a professional parking management company” to manage the parking lot in front of the terminal building.

The effort “will be the first of several planned to address similar parking issues throughout the state’s airport system,” according to the department’s announcement last month.

“The Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport Parking Request for Proposals is a pilot program for smaller airports in the department,” Sam Dapcevich, a department spokesman, said Feb. 24. “Once it is implemented there, the department will begin rolling it out to other airports.”

Dapcevich said “no changes are in the works for Wrangell Airport at this time”, but confirmed changes to the airport’s free parking lot across from the Wrangell terminal may come in the future.

In addition to Sitka, Wrangell, and Petersburg, the department operates airports in Gustavus, Haines, Hoonah, Skagway, Yakutat, and several smaller southeast communities, in addition to airports in Alaska.

The Juneau and Ketchikan airports are managed by the borough of each community and parking at the airport is paid.

The tender for a private operator to manage the Sitka parking lot will be launched in early March. The department said it “expects a company to handle the lot by early April.” The operator will set and collect the fees.

St. Petersburg’s parking rate went from free to $7 a day in December after the state leased the frequently used state-owned plot to a private operator – at the company’s request for more space for his own business.

The Wrangell parking lot is on state land with no private participation or fees.

In an interview with the Sitka Sentinel late last month, Dapcevich said the state decided to outsource lot management to Sitka because the department “doesn’t have the resources to handle parking.” He added: “We have had discussions with the city. They determined they didn’t have the bandwidth to handle it either. So we’re going to… hire a parking management company, and some of the issues that people have brought to our attention should be fixed.

One of the complaints is the lack of sufficient long-term parking, he said.

“We have 68 spaces in the seven-day parking zone and they are usually quite full,” Dapcevich told the Sitka newspaper. “By having a company there that can handle it, they should be able to adapt and be more flexible than us. If they decide they can make more use of the short-term long-term parking area term, they might be able to do that. Plus, they might last longer than the seven-day limit we have in place. If people wanted to pay to keep their car longer, they would have that option.”

“The proposal is a long time coming,” Sitka Mayor Steven Eisenbeisz said. “We have been working with the state on an airport parking plan for some time. … We tried to put this off for a long time, so that we didn’t have to charge for parking at the airport. But at this point, I believe it’s unavoidable. He added: “Hopefully the rates will stay reasonable.”

Dapcevich hopes the move will reduce the number of cars left or abandoned in Sitka’s lot for long periods of time.

“An ideal situation would be that we don’t have any abandoned cars because someone is there and our maintenance and operations staff wouldn’t have to try to find people and then end up if you can’t. find themselves in needing to involve a towing company and then following up with people so they can get their car back,” he said. “We’d rather they focus on their usual responsibilities, like keeping the trail clear and keeping the Sitka roads clear.”

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Safe Parking Program for Homeless Living in Their Vehicles Expands to El Paso County | Homeless

Shane Hood sleeps every night in the front seat of his toy car, leaning over the passenger seat to rest on a nest of blankets and pillows. A sturdy aluminum baseball bat rests on the ground in case it needs protection.

“A friend got stabbed a month or two ago right there,” he says, pointing to the sidewalk from where he’s parked in the Mill Street neighborhood of Colorado Springs.

Like a toilet or a meal, security is not a given in Hood’s homeless world.

But a new program making its way to El Paso County in the coming months aims to help people who live in their vehicles.

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Lakewood-based Benefits in Action, an organization that supports people applying for public assistance such as Medicaid and food stamps, received a grant from the Colorado Community Health Alliance to expand safe parking programs.

The organization will spend about $75,000 to launch one in El Paso County, said Jane Barnes, founder of Benefits in Action and its executive director.

Under this program, faith communities allow people who live in their vehicle to park in their lot overnight and must provide them with access to an indoor bathroom or outdoor portable potties with parking stations. hygiene.

Some churches recruit volunteers to serve a meal or hot drinks and provide hospitality, others do not. Some allow families and motorhomes, others only work with individuals.

But all guests sleep in a safe space where authorities aren’t asking them to move, Barnes said.

The idea, she said, is to stop people living in cars, trucks or RVs from spiraling down and working to improve their situation.

“When people still have a car and can get to work or school, our hope is to prevent them from becoming completely homeless,” Barnes said. “We do intense case management to get them out of their car and into stable housing, and make sure they have a job.”

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Social workers also connect parkers to mental health care, addiction treatment, medical services, pet assistance – since 40% of people living in their car own pets – and to free food, gas and repairs.

“People have to have a usable vehicle to stay in the parking lot,” Barnes said, “so we’ll buy a tire or a battery, or some plastic to protect the windows from the weather, but we’re probably not going to overhaul an engine .”

Participants must apply and be accepted into the program. Those who get accommodation will receive money for a security deposit and the first month’s rent, she said.

Benefits in Action is a major partner of the Colorado Safe Parking Initiative, which estimates that at least 1,000 people live in their vehicles statewide and, with inflation, expects that number to grow.

“Without secure parking, they park where they can — a store parking lot or a side street — and are frequently asked by law enforcement to move,” said Linda Barringer, program developer for Colorado Safe Parking Initiative.

“We provide safe and hygienic overnight parking where people can get a good night’s sleep and case management comes to the field to help them reorganize their lives and get back to housing,” Barringer said. “Without that, it’s a constant struggle of where am I going to park tonight, how many times will I be asked to move, will I be injured.

The Colorado initiative formed in 2019 to find host sites in the seven-county Denver metropolitan area and is building a statewide network.

The first pilot sites opened in the cities of Broomfield and Longmont, and the idea has spread to 11 sites in Jefferson, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Arapahoe counties.

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Those 11 sites have 89 parking spaces, which last year served 140 households, Barringer said. About 35% of the total attendees were able to be relocated, she said.

“Our goal is to have secure parking in as many places as possible across the state because we know every community has people living in their cars,” Barringer said.

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado has spoken to some churches during the pandemic about starting such a program locally, CEO Andy Barton said.

“There wasn’t a lot of interest because of concerns around the image,” he said.

Denver’s First Universalist Church had the same problem initially, said Joan Wise-Skutt, co-chair of the church’s Safe Parking initiative.

“We spent a lot of time dealing with neighbors who were worried, ‘Oh tent city is coming, we’re going to have a horror,'” she said.

“It’s a pretty upscale neighborhood, and we don’t want a horror or a drug playground, and it’s really about educating people about what’s going on and writing documents that reflect the concerns.”

The church reserved eight parking spaces last July on its grounds off Hampden Avenue and Colorado Boulevard and currently has vehicles parked at seven locations, Co-Chair Josephine Hehnke said.

“It’s going very well,” she says, adding that some participants have obtained housing.

Parking spaces are available between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.; vehicles must leave during the day. Many parkers have jobs, Hehnke said.

“People who receive help are very grateful,” she said.

They’re also not what some might think are stereotypical, Wise-Skutt said.

“The most important thing we’re trying to do through the program is to educate the general population – they’re not all junkies and criminals and slackers,” she said. “These are people who lived in ordinary accommodation and had a situation that they could not recover from without help.

“When we open the church for activities, they don’t stand out as different from others.”

Hood, who has been homeless since 2015 and shares his car with his girlfriend, Barb Berry, likes the concept and said he thinks it will help Colorado Springs’ homeless population. The hardest thing about making your car your home is the lack of space to stretch out, Hood said. And temperatures in the single digits at night.

“There are quite a few people living in their cars — we’re noticing more and more of that,” Hood said. “They move around a lot because they don’t know where it’s safe and they’re in danger of being towed away.”

Barnes hopes to have host sites established in El Paso County before the summer and plans to expand the program to Teller and Park counties.

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What’s replacing the Black Bear Pub in North Vancouver?

It’s been Lynn Valley’s watering hole for over 25 years, but the owner of the land below the Black Bear Pub is looking to redevelop it.

The North Vancouver District Planning Department now has a preliminary proposal to demolish the faux heritage building and parking lot and replace them with an average six-storey building containing 98 purpose-built rental apartments and 12,000 square feet of space. commercial on the ground floor.

The proposal includes 108 underground parking spaces for vehicles (74 for residents and 34 shared for visitors) as well as 195 bicycle parking spaces.

The land is part of Lynn Valley town centre, which is slated for mixed-use commercial/residential redevelopment as part of the district’s official community plan, although council will have to vote on a rezoning by-law for the development to go ahead. forward.

The project includes a new greenway for pedestrians and cyclists leading to the plaza outside the Lynn Valley Center mall.

The nearby Safeway site is also the subject of a preliminary development application being reviewed by district planning staff. Crombie REIT is looking to build five six- to 12-story buildings, with 479 homes, a new supermarket and 13,400 square feet of public amenity space, and 713 underground parking spaces, at 1170 East 27th St.

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My wife left nasty notes for my neighbor on a parking lot row…it’s embarrassing because I think SHE is the one in the wrong

A WOMAN started leaving nasty notes on her neighbour’s car – but her husband argued she was wrong.

The man found himself in a sticky situation after a neighbor living in the same building allegedly showed him a pile of gruesome notes his wife had left on his windscreen.


Man’s wife allegedly left nasty notes on neighbor’s windshieldCredit: Getty

Posting on Reddit, the man from the United States explained how there had been a fight between his neighbors for the best parking spot in their block.

And the place everyone wanted was owned by a girl called Amy – who let her neighbors park there when she was away.

Due to Covid Amy had been in a different area for the majority of the year so let her neighbors park in her place.

And when the man posting the story and his wife had a baby, all the other neighbors let them park in the best spot – because it was covered and close to the exit.

However, Amy drove back into the parking lot – and the angry woman reportedly started leaving dozens of nasty notes on her windshield.

She even allegedly threatened to have the car TOWED because it was ‘disrupting a young family’s routine’ – not knowing the car was parked by the legal owner of the place.

Now the woman said she wants to fight for her right to park on the spot.

Writing on Reddit, the man claims, “My wife and I have moved into an apartment complex. Each apartment has its assigned parking spaces (1-2 spaces) and they cannot be negotiated. Our apartment has no only one seat.

“We noticed that in one of the spaces, (easiest to drive in and out of) there were 2-3 cars alternating, so my wife asked about that and daughter Amy who owned the space was an international student who freed up the space when she went to work during school holidays.

“She didn’t care who used the space as long as she got it back while she was in school.

“Because of Covid, she hadn’t been able to come back for a while, and during that time my wife had a baby.

“Fall and winter were really wet, so the neighbors kindly offered the space for my wife to park there with our newborn baby. Eventually it became my wife’s parking spot.

“So the problem is that Amy came back while we were on a long weekend and we took my wife’s car, so obviously when we came back there was a parked car, but at the time we didn’t know it was Amy.

“I told my wife to park just outside the gated lot, and the car will probably be gone tomorrow morning.”


But the parking space was now filled with this unknown car – which clearly made his wife very angry.

He added: “About a week after that, I met Amy getting out of her car.

“Remembering what the neighbors had said, I apologized for using his space and said I would pass the message on to my wife.

“Amy asked if that was where the notes came from and saw my confused face and said, ‘I’ll show you.

“My wife had left rude notes on the windscreen wanting to have Amy’s car towed for illegal parking and she was disrupting the routine of a young family.

“Amy had no idea who wrote them. She then handed me a stack.

“I saw my wife’s handwriting and my face must have made it obvious.

“I showed the notes to my wife and she just said she had been using the space for over a year and it should be considered hers rather than a part-time resident, and had the right to fight for it.

“I disagreed as Amy legally owns it and told her to use our original space from now on I will park outside.

“My wife had this very bitter look and told me that I didn’t care for my son’s well-being and that I shouldn’t take Amy’s side.

“My wife wants me to negotiate with Amy, but I think that’s stupid because her space literally has her apartment number painted on it, it’s her space.

“I told my wife it might suck having to park the car outside in the rain, but spaces aren’t trading cards. Things have been tense ever since.”

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Driver’s guide: parking do’s and don’ts – News

The slower parts of driving and parking etiquette are equally important parts of car ownership

By George Kuruvilla

Published: Thu 3 March 2022, 20:17

It might not occur to most of us, but we only drive our vehicles about 10% of the time we own them. The remaining 90% is spent outside the vehicle, where it is left parked in our basement or on another lot. And by this simple logic, it is necessary to talk about the different aspects of the very ignored subject.

Parking is difficult

Undoubtedly, parking is a difficult skill for some to master. And it can be as nerve-wracking as braving Monday morning frenetic traffic. Heading into a slot – about 20 per cent larger than the vehicle itself – isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. And who can blame them? There are so many types, and different vehicle sizes and traffic conditions add to the complexity of the whole maneuver. First, you have parallel parking, which even the most seasoned drivers don’t give a damn about, especially during traffic hours. In fact, they even coined a term for the fear of parallel parking, it’s called “parallel phobia.” Then you have garage parking, which can also be intimidating, simply because not everyone lives in a villa with large open spaces, but instead has to park between pillars. And the third is corner parking… which is the easiest of the three.

Parking can also be difficult as we live in a city with a high number of cars per capita. And it is sometimes difficult to find a free place. Even at the Dubai Mall, with its multi-storey car parks with an incredible 14,500 parking spaces, it can take up to 30-45 minutes to find one on a weekend. And that is why it is equally important to know the layouts of these giant concrete structures. If you have something to buy quickly, it is better to know the entry and exit points, as well as the location of the stores.

Things not to do

Perhaps the number one rule of parking is don’t take up more than one space. Quite regularly we see cars taking two, mostly by luxury car or large SUV owners. Remember, if you take two, someone else loses one. And in a fast-paced city, where people are always on the move, they may end up wasting time, money, job opportunity, business, etc.

Second on the list is the malicious act of stealing spots. It may not be a punishable offence, but it is against all ethical codes. The other night I saw a woman drive in and stand in place while another motorist tried to pull over. It was his way of saving the place, waiting for his friend to pass. That’s not how it works and we certainly shouldn’t encourage that kind of behavior. My suggestion is, if you’re in a hurry, ask nicely and the other person can let you have it.

We also have individual parking lots in spaces reserved for specific people or green vehicles. Don’t do this, even if your car is green in color.

Then we have the other problem of shopping carts. It’s a privilege to be able to deploy them from supermarkets in batches, but it’s also our responsibility to return them to designated areas, once done. Leaving them behind another person’s vehicle is bad, but leaving them free with the ability to roll into traffic lanes is worse.

There is also an unspoken label for “kacha” parking. It is better to imitate the layout of regular paved parking lots. This means you should park parallel to other vehicles, leaving a lane for people to enter and exit. And you should always make sure that the car next to you is not blocked in any way.

Tech in the parking lot

It’s great to see that the technology has also been put to good use in parking lots. The generic system used in most shopping centers displays the number of places taken and open. Some bundles may even highlight each individual dot with a green or red light depending on its status. In more advanced systems, like the one at BurJuman Mall, you don’t need to insert your parking ticket into the machine when exiting. The camera and AI system recognizes your plate number and opens the door if you have paid your time or leave within the time limit. And in the Dubai Mall, you can locate your vehicle using the electronic kiosk, which is essential considering the total number of places.

Paid parking

While we would all like to enjoy free parking throughout the city, this is not the case. That being said, Dubai is very affordable compared to cities like New York, London, and Zurich when it comes to parking fees. And the government has facilitated payment through multiple channels. You can pay by text, you can pay at the station with a Nol or credit card… or you can pay through the app which saves you a few wires.

One thing I don’t understand is why apartment buildings don’t have free parking spaces for visitors. One minute you think you’re going to a cousin’s for a fun weekend family brunch in Business Bay and the next you feel uninvited when you see the hourly rate of Dh25.

As futile as it may seem, paid parking in the form of valet parking can also be a way to get noticed. Having your Rolls-Royce or Bentley parked at the entrance of a fancy hotel or mall is one way to display your financial success.

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The Northfleet family are fighting to keep a disabled parking space which is being removed by Gravesham Council

A family fights to keep a disabled parking space outside their house after the town council decides to remove it because they already have a garage.

David Martin lives on a busy residential street in Northfleet with his wife Helen and son Andrew. All of them are disabled, and David says that without a parking space, they will all have difficulty accessing their homes.

David Martin talks about access to his home

Gravesham Council, which allocates the bays on behalf of Kent County Council (KCC), said as the family have a garage to the rear of their property they are not entitled to the reserved space to the front .

The Martin family have lived in Park Avenue, Northfleet, for around 20 years and have had the disabled bay for half that time, but after a council review in October they were told it should be removed.

David said: “I’m not happy with it. As I have a garage I’m not entitled to a space but you can’t easily get a car up the driveway. It’s a bit silly for me.

“My wife can’t walk on the road. If we go anywhere, I drop her outside (in front).”

He said he had trouble using the garage because of the swing needed to get in.

Helen, 75, the 76-year-old’s wife, suffers from several illnesses including kidney disease, dementia and osteoporosis, which makes it difficult for her to walk, especially over long distances.

From left to right: Helen, Andrew and David
The Park Avenue handicapped parking area.  Photo: Google Maps
The Park Avenue handicapped parking area. Photo: Google Maps

Her son Andrew, 48, also relies on the parking space when picked up for a group he is attending and for a family friend, also disabled, to use during their visit to help him with his medications.

David, who is partially paralyzed in one hand, added: “We are in pain. They don’t understand, it’s really difficult. I try to make noise and that they understand my situation.

“I’m 76. I’m limited to what I can do now. I get in the car and I can’t get up. Things aren’t like they used to be. I do odds and ends but I can’t not do what I used to.

“They don’t know the situation. Sometimes I can’t get out of the driveway.”

The garage, which by KCC criteria makes them ineligible for a bay, is at the rear of the house.

But to use it, you have to take a narrow access and return to the front door, or go through the back garden, which David says is less than ideal and often dangerous.

He said: “I fell on the steps here and damaged my hips. It hurt for weeks.

To park in a place reserved for people with reduced mobility, you must present a valid blue badge
To park in a place reserved for people with reduced mobility, you must present a valid blue badge
David Martin says it's hard to get to the house from his garage
David Martin says it’s hard to get to the house from his garage

“You’re coming to my age and I’ve worked for what I have. This is my home and I can’t do what I used to do. I just want access to my own home. C is really a shame.”

David admits he often parks his car in his garage at night, but made the decision after the vehicle was vandalized.

Councilor John Burden, Leader of Gravesham Council whose portfolio includes parking, said: “We administer the allocation of disabled parking spaces on behalf of Kent County Council and according to criteria set out by KCC.

“We are required to perform a regular audit of disabled parking spaces in the borough, and during our most recent review, the user of this space voluntarily provided information that he regularly parks his vehicle in his own garage.

“KCC’s criteria make it clear that if you have regular access to off-road parking, you are not entitled to an on-street disabled parking space, which is the basis of our decision in this case.

“If the resident disagrees with this decision, they can appeal to Kent County Council.”

Their driveway
Their driveway
David said it's hard to get to the garage because of the alley
David said it’s hard to get to the garage because of the alley

A KCC spokesperson added: “The decision to remove disabled parking spaces is made by district and borough councils, taking advice from KCC.

“If the resident in question feels that their off-street parking is not suitable, they can appeal to KCC, who will investigate all the circumstances and consider the suitability of any off-street parking.”

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Chronicle SMa.rt: Parking, density and inequality

Car park. In buildings. In the street. How important can that be? Who does it impact? And after decades of discussion, why is it still a controversial topic?

This, like several other state land use planning and urban planning policies, has the main impact of increasing inequalities.

New buildings

A number of new affordable and inclusive housing projects allow a ratio of less than 1:1 units/parking. Reducing the ratio of parking spaces per unit (or eliminating parking altogether) and “unbundling” parking allowing tenants to choose not to park at all will become commonplace.

New state laws provide for, and planning staff have openly endorsed, the idea that parking requirements should be waived entirely in new developments to pack more units. In fact, a new state bill, AB 2097, has just been introduced that eliminates the ability of local governments to either impose any minimum parking requirements or to enforce a minimum parking requirement on residential or commercial developments if the parcel is located within half a mile of public transport (i.e. bus routes).

Who benefits from this approach and these state initiatives? Investors are likely to significantly increase the profitability of these projects because they can increase the number of units in a project, proportional to the amount of parking they can eliminate. Cities can increase the new Per-Project Housing Credit to apply against state housing mandates such as the 8,895 housing target set for Santa Monica by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) State.

What is entirely missing from this calculation, as usual, is (1) the impact on residents who would occupy insufficiently equipped parking units and (2) the overflow of cars onto the streets of the neighborhood where they are competing. space with existing residents.

Access to a better quality of life

Many discussions around this topic focus on designing an “ideal” city where cars can be optional but not required. As a legacy city centered on private transportation within a parallel legacy metropolis, Santa Monica’s design is fixed, concrete, asphalt, and steel. The usefulness of the transit network in this area is defined by private transportation. This is the only relevant scenario in the discussion of costs and benefits.

It turns out that in legacy cities like Santa Monica, the utility of the mobility afforded by parking is essential to accessing a fundamental quality of life, especially the opportunities to fully participate in career advancement and social mobility in areas like Greater Los Angeles.

According to demographer Wendell Cox, access to a car in Los Angeles provides 34 times more job opportunities than reliance on public transportation alone can provide. Access to job opportunities is fundamental to economic security. In Los Angeles County, and Santa Monica in particular, social interaction is citywide and countywide, and jobs aren’t just found along bus lanes.

Additionally, the transit utility value of private transportation is much higher for people in lower income brackets, as noted by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies in its 2018 report prepared for the Southern California Association. of Governments (SCAG). In its conclusion, the report notes that “a car trip by a low-income household is more likely than a trip by a wealthy household to involve finding and keeping a job, accessing school or access to better health and child care options.

The UCLA report ended with the following observation:

“…some Southern Californians – the poorest among them – drive too little, and their lives and the region as a whole would be better off if they drove a little more. The low-income person who acquires a vehicle makes often less travel than a wealthy person (the car is expensive) and the trips they make are often essential, and have social benefits that outweigh their social costs A car trip by a low-income household is more likely than a trip by an affluent household to involve finding and keeping a job, getting to school, or accessing better health and childcare options.

Can public transportation replace private transportation in a legacy city like Santa Monica?

The answer seems to be a “No”. From 2010 to 2019 (before the pandemic), the total number of Big Blue Bus (BBB) ​​passenger rides decreased by 45%. The BBB suffered its biggest loss of ridership before the pandemic in 2016, when 2.1 million passenger trips were lost.

In an attempt to address the significant limitations of transit in providing a competitive and fully inclusive transit service (which includes the ability to carry goods like weekly groceries), the BBB has developed a new solution in 2017 called Mobility On-Demand Every Day Program (MODE). This program provides highly subsidized access to transportation network companies (i.e. private cars – currently Lyft) to Santa Monica residents age 65 or older or 18 with disabilities.

MODE customers enjoy a total of thirty (30) one-way rides per month, including shared Lyft and wheelchair van rides, limited to the Santa Monica city limits during specific hours of operation. Select shopping destinations on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice are included as well as some medical facilities. The program does not address the larger transportation needs of Santa Monica residents in Los Angeles County.

To replicate the fully inclusive utility of private transport would require a robust and integrated London-style multimodal transport system. Retrofitting such a system in a legacy city based on private vehicles such as Santa Monica is simply not feasible. The only Metro E (Expo) line rail extension in Santa Monica cost $100 million for each of its 15.1 miles.

What is the impact of the hypothesis of the interchangeability of public and private transport on the future of Santa Monica?

It turns out that about 45% (4,100 to 4,300) of the total 8,895 RHNA housing target assigned to Santa Monica assumes adjacency to so-called High Quality Transit Areas (HQTAs) . The bar to qualify as HQTA is very low. It is defined as areas within one-half mile of transit stations and corridors with a service interval of at least fifteen (15) minutes during peak hours for bus service.

Thus, nearly half of the RHNA allocation in Santa Monica is based on a utility assumption that is unachievable in the real world.

What about the upcoming electric vehicle charging requirements?

The lack of parking capacity ensures that these buildings will not have the capacity to eventually accept the necessary charging equipment. This couldn’t be more critical since the California Air Resources Board’s goal is to have at least 61% of new vehicle sales being electric vehicles by 2030, while 2035 is the year set for an outright ban. and simple of selling new gasoline cars in the state.

This will further deprive residents of buildings with restricted parking of the opportunity to fully participate in mainstream life and access the full range of economic opportunities.

What are the issues with using a land use planning policy for parking?

Since we are discussing parking in the context of land use planning policy, the unforced errors of this flawed parking restriction policy will also materialize, negatively impacting neighborhoods and the future of residents for decades to come. .

Real estate development in the iconic, world-branded coastal destination city of Santa Monica is inherently lucrative. Recent state land use and zoning laws have made it even more important. How then can the trade-off of improving project profitability, primarily at the expense of low- and middle-income residents and families, be a political priority?

An argument will likely be made that increased project profitability is needed to help subsidize additional affordable units. But, if the cost of these additional affordable units is increased and permanent inequality for potentially all residents of the building, then this is clearly an unacceptable trade-off.

The result of this land-use policy is such that it eliminates a well-known and valuable commodity – parking and the networked mobility options it enables – for a blatantly inadequate current alternative accompanied by a vague notion of a future improved transit structure that cannot be delivered.

Clearing up our priorities

We are heading down a path of growing inequality by adopting a housing policy that locks in discrimination against those who need highly flexible and efficient transportation options the most. We lock in the endless creation of street congestion from unbundled parking. Both are subsidies to investors at the expense of current and future residents.

Clearly, this is not a planning approach that prioritizes providing all residents with the maximum opportunity to access economic progress and engage in life.

It’s also a guaranteed route to the creation of very expensive substandard housing in a city that can no longer afford housing mistakes in its fixed 8.4 square miles. The damage done to the community by the substandard housing created by adequate parking will last for generations.

By Marc L. Verville for SMa.rt (Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow).

Thane Roberts, Architect, Robert H. Taylor AIA; Ron Goldman FAIA, architect; Dan Jansenson, Architect, Building, Fire and Life Safety Commission; Samuel Tolkin Architect; Mario Fonda-Bonardi, AIA, urban planning commissioner; Marc L. Verville MBA, CPA (inactive); Michel Jolly, AIRRE

Note: Marc lived in central London from 1992 to 2000.

The references:

Lower transit ridership: California and Southern California

A report prepared by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) – January 2018

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Making Unitec development fit for the future

In March 2018, the government announced that it was buying 29 hectares of land from Unitec for a huge housing estate, with potentially up to 2,500 to 4,000 new homes. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website states that the Crown owns 26.5 hectares and is in negotiations to acquire an additional 9.3 hectares. They also renamed the development as Carrington Residential Development.

We finally started seeing some development details in mid-2020:

Development of the site begins with 26.5 hectares of land which are the main land holdings, with an additional 9.3 hectares under negotiation.

The basic plan is fully in line with the Auckland unit plan. It delivers:

  • 11.3 hectares (41%) of green space (including road allowances)
  • 12.3 ha of developable land
  • ~2,500-3,000 housing units in nine constituencies (individual wards)
  • building heights between 2 stories in the south and 8 stories in the center and north
  • density between 94 and 113 dwellings per gross hectare or 204 per net hectare
  • a ratio of 0.95 parking spaces per dwelling

The overall project is expected to take 10 to 15 years to complete.

Yet nearly two years after those details – and four years since it was first announced – little progress appears to have been made on development, even though in August 2020 the government announced an investment of $75 million”to accelerate and expand infrastructure upgrades and development“.

It seems there is a demolition about to begin. But I also wonder if this apparent lack of progress could also be an opportunity.

Since the development was announced, and even since the last time we heard about it, it has changed a lot. In particular, in mid-2019 Auckland Council declared a climate emergency and the government did the same in December 2020. The Auckland Climate Plan was adopted in mid-2020 and calls for half of all trips in the region are made by car. modes by 2050 – up from just 12.8% before the pandemic. The government’s draft emissions reduction plan also includes big changes, suggesting a 20% reduction in vehicle-kilometres traveled (VKT) by light-duty vehicles by 2035. a national goal. cities, potentially requiring up to 60% reduction in car travel in urban areas.

The Carrington residential development is set to be an example of Auckland’s low-carbon future, helping to showcase the kind of Auckland these plans are calling for. But when I think about some of the plans above, and in particular the number of parking spaces, it seems far from it.

Of course, just a decade ago, the 0.95 car parks per unit planned for this development would have seemed like a utopian future. But in our current climate, it seems unambitious or even antiquated in its planning. More so, because many car parks are expected to be integrated into the development, with only the last stages of the development bringing the parking-to-unit ratio down to 0.95. The government must do better.

After all, if a development 30 km from the city center can do it, why not one that is only 6 km away?

We believe the Carrington development should aim for a car parking rate of perhaps half of what they are currently planning. But simply not adding parking won’t magically solve all the problems – and could still lead to the risk of bad/illegal parking issues that we see in other parts of Auckland.

So what are some of the things the HUD could do to align this development with our future by actively encouraging a car-light lifestyle? Here are some ideas.

Electric bikes for residents

The Unitec site is currently quite unique in Auckland, in that it has some of the best cycling connections in the region. The NW cycle path runs along the northern edge of the site, providing safe and easy access to the town centre; while the Waterview Road crosses the site, linking the road along SH20 south to Onehunga and beyond, and west to the soon-to-be completed road from New Lynn to Avondale.

Instead of building expensive parking lots, which almost certainly cost tens of thousands of dollars per space to be built, why not provide all residents with electric bicycles, either directly or as part of a self-service bicycle system?

Public transport pass

The site is also in the middle of a strong link to public transport. The government could work with Auckland Transport to offer a special public transport pass for residents, offering discounted or even free travel to residents. It might even be a prototype product that AT could then sell to other developers.

We’ve already started to see some companies doing this, like Genesis Energy moving to Wynyard Quarter. Their annual report last year said:

This decision served as a catalyst to introduce initiatives that would reduce emissions, traffic congestion and enable active and shared travel. As part of the move, we no longer provided staff parking lots, removed company cars from salary packages and replaced our fleet of company cars with electric vehicle car-sharing start-up, Zilch. In their place, we provided a 25% public transport subsidy, carpooling hubs in South and West Auckland, a free shuttle service from the eastern suburbs and high-end changing rooms to encourage staff to ride, run or walk to work.

Our people loved it.

Compared to travel routines in our previous offices which had 205 parking lots, we saw a 50% increase in the number of people taking public transport or using electric vehicles, 102% increase in cycling, running, walking or riding an electric scooter to get to work, 81% of staff have joined the public transport subsidy and there are 984 less carbon-emitting journeys each week (petrol, diesel, motorcycle), a reduction of 71%. So far, staff have collectively reduced carbon emissions by 158 tonnes per year.

I also understand that the PT grant cost them a lot less than they thought.

bus bridge

The site already has a few decent public transport options. Most buildings should be close to Carrington Road, which is serviced by both the Outer Link and frequent 66 buses. Especially once the City Rail Link is complete, a quick trip to downtown Mt Albert and a transfer to a train will be easy – although we need to improve the connection between buses and trains in Mt Albert. (The Baldwin Ave station is another opportunity).

Across the side, Gt North Road sees both the 18 bus route (frequent double-deckers between New Lynn and downtown), as well as buses to and from the northwest. And if we ever get a light rail to the Northwest, access to that line will also become an option.

But we could also facilitate this step. Buses 18 (and 195) have a dead zone of approximately 1.3 km with no bus stops as they cross the Waterview freeway interchange. One option might be to build another bridge over Oakley Creek roughly adjacent to the bicycle/pedestrian bridge built a few years ago, which would allow one or two stops directly inside the development.

This is an old image of the development plans, but highlights the idea of ​​the bus bridge


There will be times when people need a car, and so an integrated car-sharing system would be crucial to help give people options. We’re already seeing car-sharing systems in other developments – including the proposed Sunfield development mentioned above.

With the exception of the bus bridge idea, these types of interventions could be very useful in other developments – and especially those related to light rail. It might also be worth considering these ideas as part of a vintage car trade-in program, so people actually make a meaningful shift to low-carbon transport.

What do you think: what else should the government be doing to ensure that this development helps support broader government policy?

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Booths to remove paid parking and display and introduce the ANPR system

BOOTHS plans to replace a paid public car park with a system that registers registration numbers.

The supermarket in Knutsford has notified the Cheshire East Council (CEC) that it wishes to terminate a management agreement for the operation of a public car park.

Starting April 22, the store will offer two hours of free parking to everyone, without the need for tickets.

An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system is being installed.

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This means CEC will no longer be able to operate public parking at the supermarket and control of the land will revert to Booths.

Stand parking Photo: Google Maps

Adam Keppel-Green, Clerk of Knutsford Town Council, said: “I have spoken with the Booths property manager who has advised that from April 22 they will be implementing a free two-hour ANPR system to allow to any vehicle, visiting for any reason, be able to park for free for a maximum of two hours per visit.”

The cabin parking lot will be removed from the municipal list of off-street parking spaces.

As part of the ANPR system, drivers who violate any of the terms and conditions posted on parking signs will not receive a ticket on their vehicle.

Instead, using the vehicle registration number, the operator will access the DVLA’s vehicle holder details database and send a charge certificate to the vehicle holder.

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Apartments will replace Donovan’s old car park by next year

BAYSIDE, QUEENS — New apartment buildings will be built in the old Donovan parking lot by next year, the landowner told Patch.

“We’ve started building and it’s going to take us about 18 months,” said Mark Boccia, the longtime owner of Bourbon Street who recently purchased a parking lot on 41st Avenue from Joseph Donovan, the founder of Donovan’s of Bayside ( a beloved restaurant that has since closed).

The plot plan was previously on hold, but Boccia told Patch that two apartment buildings would be built on the site.

“We could use them as rentals or we could resell them as condominiums, we haven’t decided yet, we will build them and then make a decision,” the owner said.

An apartment building, which will be located on 41st Avenue, adjoining an Irish restaurant on one side and a fire station on the other, will be four stories high with 15 apartments, according to plans approved by the city in December.

On the ground floor, there will be a commercial space, which Boccia will fill once the project is completed according to local demand.

“Maybe there will be interest in a restaurant, or maybe some other type of business,” he said, noting that whatever happens there, it won’t be. not an extension of Bourbon Street, which is not affiliated with the development except for its involvement. “We’re happy where we are,” Boccia said of his Bell Boulevard restaurant.

In the basement, there will be 23 valet parking spaces; 20 for buyers and three reserved for residents, plans show.

The other apartment building will be located behind the fire station and will rise three stories with just three units, according to plans approved by the city last month.

This building will have a “community facility” on the ground floor, such as a doctor’s office or daycare center, Boccia said.

There will be 13 additional valet parking spaces in the basement; 10 for residents and three for people using the still-undefined community facility, records show.

Boccia is excited to move forward with development plans. “It will be beautiful and will be a great addition to Bayside,” he said.

Related article: Bourbon Street landlord to build homes and shops on Donovan’s land

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Three key takeaways from Sounders’ new training center

RENTON, Wash. — As the Seattle Sounders prepare to enter their 14th season in MLS, there’s no question they’re considered one of the most ambitious clubs in the league. During that time, no team has claimed more points, won more trophies or attracted more fans.

But majority owner Adrian Hanauer has often spoken of a nagging feeling that despite all of the Sounders’ accomplishments, they never really had a proper home.

Despite all the obvious positive attributes of Lumen Field, the Sounders are very obviously tenants of someone else’s building. Similarly, the Starfire Sports Complex has served the Sounders very well, but it’s also a shared facility that has been doubled over many times by most other MLS teams’ facilities.

The recently unveiled plans for the Sounders FC Center in Longacres will certainly change that.

“It will definitely be a gold standard, but this league has really evolved since we entered in 2009,” Hanauer said. “I wouldn’t exactly call it an arms race, but there’s a lot of investment in infrastructure. And we want to be in the lead as much as possible.

While the Sounders haven’t shared exactly how much they’re willing to spend on the new facility, it will almost certainly be the biggest investment the property has made. The Sounders will only occupy part of the 150-acre campus, but they will have room to add at least four full-size pitches (two natural grass and two artificial grass) with the possibility of adding a fifth that will could even serve as a stadium for Defiance.

A lot was discussed at Wednesday’s event. Here are the main takeaways:

The first thing you notice when driving to the future home of the Sounders is that Boeing knew what they were doing when they built it. Unlike most 1990s architecture, it feels like it was built to last with massive glass windows and soft corners.

The interior was even more impressive. The Sounders had apparently considered building something from scratch on the west side of the property, but were stunned to find the bones of what they needed were already in the old Boeing headquarters.

Visitors enter a large, airy lobby and are greeted by a display case containing 14 trophies, including the Sounders’ two MLS Cups and four US Open Cups. Behind it is a three-story wall with dozens of scarves, including two made by Sounder at Heart.

The ground floor of the five-story building is where the public and players will spend most of their time. There will be state-of-the-art dressing rooms for the first team, MLS Next Pro, and academy players which will open onto the main training ground. In the locker room, there will be a modern weight room and training area, as well as the type of locker room that world-class players have come to expect.

There will also be kitchens on site for the first time. Although the Sounders have been reasonably good at providing catered meals, there is only a limited amount of variety that can be offered.

While I’ve never heard of the Sounders losing anyone because they weren’t impressed enough with Starfire, the facility had become a running joke among gamers about being the “secret the Best Kept” of the MLS. I don’t think that will really be a problem anymore.

Perhaps not so visibly, the new facility will also make it easier to recruit non-gaming employees. The Sounders currently plan to occupy approximately 50,000 square feet of the building, but have the capacity to expand well beyond that. Either way, that’s a lot more than the combined square footage they had in their old trade offices at Pioneer Square and Starfire, and I think they’ll have an even easier time attracting the best and the brightest. .

While it’s unlikely that the general public will just be able to come in whenever they want like they could at Starfire – which is technically a public park – Hanauer has made it clear that he sees the Sounders FC Center as a place where fans would be welcome. The names of season ticket holders were wrapped around the pillars outside the building, a not-so-subtle illustration that they are the backers of this organization.

Beyond the impressive entrance, souvenirs are already scattered on the first floor. The larger display is two display cases showcasing various jerseys from throughout the Sounders’ existence, spanning the NASL, USL and MLS eras. Nothing is finalized yet, but there are currently discussions with Washington State Legends of Soccer to have some kind of museum on site.

Renders feature a second-floor viewing deck where fans, media, coaches and front office staff can easily watch practice sessions.

Hanauer even suggested they might be able to open up the space for viewing parties, and even joked about hoping to secure the huge 10ft TV screen they used during the press conference.

Longacres, as you probably know, is a huge property. In the building the Sounders plan to occupy alone, there will be at least 200,000 square feet of office space available for other businesses. The entire 150-acre property includes nearly one million square feet of “Class A commercial” office space, much of which is essentially move-in ready.

Beyond the training ground there is a one kilometer walking path, an apple orchard, two ponds and surprisingly rich public transport access. On one visit, it was noted that it was only a four-minute walk along the trail from the future offices of the Sounders to the train station that connects passengers to Tacoma and downtown. from Seattle. There is already a RapidRide bus that runs from Tukwila light rail station to Renton Landing and eventually there will be another line that will go to Bothel, Lynwood and Shoreline. King County Executive Dow Constantine even said SoundTransit is exploring the possibility of extending the light rail line from West Seattle through Renton to the Eastside.

While this all seems like a stretch if the Sounders Training Center were the main attraction, it’s important to note that Unico Properties plans to build up to 3,000 multi-family units here, a certain percentage of which is pledged to cost control. .

It’s not at all hard to imagine restaurants and other amenities springing up around these units that help make it a true destination.

The hope is that it will be ready in time for the 2024 pre-season, which means work will have to start very quickly. The last grass can start to be planted in July 2023, which means the Sounders have about 17 months to prepare the ground. This will involve cutting down a lot of trees, demolishing a lot of parking spaces and having everything approved by the various government entities. It’s an exciting time.

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Parkopedia joins the Navigation Data Standard Association for automotive-grade indoor navigation

Connected vehicle service provider Parkopedia has joined the Navigation Data Standard (NDS) Association, the global standard for map data in automotive ecosystems.

The NDS Association aims to provide a leading global map standard for automotive-grade use that can be widely used in the navigation industry and adopted globally by major navigation map vendors, while by being interoperable between navigation platforms and by providing “live”, up-to-date maps.

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To support the adoption of the navigation standard and achieve its goals, NDS supports projects by providing tools and support, while constantly developing the technical standards involved and growing the association.

Parkopedia’s innovative data collection technology includes proprietary software, computer vision and AI to provide detailed parking information such as cost, hours of operation, parking restrictions and parking status. EV charger, for more than 70 million parking spaces in 89 countries.

Staff, including PhD students, conduct modeling research to create the company’s dynamic service, which predicts parking or charger availability at the driver’s estimated time of arrival in real time, while a integrated payment platform allows drivers to pay for parking, as well as EV charging, refueling and tolls, all through a single sign-on account through their vehicle’s infotainment screen.

Parkopedia also creates high-definition indoor parking maps and related technology to enable end-to-end map-based navigation in parking lots and precise location of indoor services, such as electric vehicle charging stations, as well as than Automated Valet Parking (AVP) in the future – all without GPS requirements.

The navigation experience for drivers currently ends at the entrance to any indoor or underground parking lot due to the lack of GPS. Parkopedia’s indoor mapping service provides both navigation and location data needed for connected and automated services, such as next-generation driver convenience and mobility services as a service (MaaS).

In 2020, Parkopedia successfully demonstrated AVP with HD maps of indoor car parks using vision-based location techniques based on artificial landmarks (fiducial markers). Now the company uses natural landmarks to guide drivers to the most likely available parking spot, while minimizing overall travel time by optimizing a multi-modal route and enabling navigation to vehicle charging stations. “hidden” electrics and find apps from my car. .

Locating vehicles in indoor parking lots also allows for more than just parking. Industries such as car sharing and the repurposing of sections of the parking lot for multiple uses, spanning last mile green delivery networks, shadow kitchens and e-commerce applications, such as direct to trunk delivery, will thrive with the mass introduction of indoor location.

Martin Schleicher, President of the NDS Association, says, “A well-adopted, global map data standard is critical to driving collaborative innovation and sharing data securely and reliably. We are delighted that Parkopedia is now on board to achieve this important goal as we move towards the mobility of the future.

Dr. Brian Holt, CTO at Parkopedia, adds: “Every car journey begins and ends with parking. Parkopedia’s services can help minimize driving time, costs, hassles and worries. At the same time, parking remains an essential element of in-vehicle navigation systems, therefore, parking remains a top priority within the NDS association. Unfortunately, the current navigation experience ends at the entrance to parking facilities, leaving drivers far from their intended final destination. Parkopedia’s HD maps will extend the indoor navigation experience and provide the gateway to self-parking and its associated benefits in the future.

Parkopedia’s HD maps will now conform to global NDS specifications, such as data model, storage format, interfaces and protocols, enabling easy adoption by vehicle manufacturers for in-vehicle navigation, ADAS security systems and e-horizon, and, as a member of the NDS Association, Parkopedia can now use NDS tools and technologies in all future parking and charging innovation projects.

Images: Adobe Stock

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Solve Parking Problems, Bangalore Towing Problems Will Go Away

Vehicle towing is a common sight in many parts of Bangalore, especially in Central Business District (CBD) areas such as Church Street, Commercial Street and other roads. Following several incidents of conflict between towing staff and motorists, the government recently announced a temporary suspension of towing until clear and simplified rules are put in place.

Citizens have complained that the city does not have a strong parking policy, leading to chaos on the streets and leaving vehicle owners to contend with law enforcement authorities. How can Bengaluru improve its parking system without inconveniencing citizens too much? Deccan Herald takes a deep dive, interacting with a cross section of Bengalureans.

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Raghvendra TS, who resides in Mathikere, welcomes the suspension. He says, “As the population grows, parking spaces are becoming a big problem in Bangalore. This is bound to create a mess. Even if we find a suitable parking spot, traffic police personnel will come to tow our vehicles, damaging them. This puts the citizen in a difficult situation as he has to run behind government offices to retrieve the vehicle.

Tony K Cherian, a resident of the BTM layout, has this to say: “I used to live quite close to Silk Board Junction, before and during the construction of the metro. I saw many local residents park their vehicles on the side of the road, and you can even see that some local residents have marked out their territory for parking.

“The metropolitan city is really lacking in several multi-level parking slots at its prime locations. The Bruhath Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) should also come up with strict rules after ensuring the availability of parking slots in every residential and commercial building. Palike should also think about converting the basements/available space of the bus/metro station into parking,” he adds.

Most citizens believe that the lack of a clear plan for reserving parking spaces at different locations is one of the main reasons that has led to heavy congestion in the city’s roads and public spaces.

Christ College Faculty of Arts Fellow Victor Joseph notes, “Bengaluru is lagging far behind in providing adequate parking towers to overcome the crisis. The categorical authorities have not been kind enough to allocate maximum space for parking in urban areas, especially when street shopping is a variable to consider.

Abhishek S John, a consultant psychologist, interjects: “Parking space should be maximized for common users. Every approved commercial building must have ample parking space for its customers with no hidden charges. A separate space must be reserved for the loading and unloading of goods for commercial use.

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Transport parking discussion now heads to council

The Elliot Lake Bylaws Committee discussed transit parking at a meeting Thursday, concluding that transit parking on public land is not an option

It will no longer be “ok” to park your 18-wheeler in the streets of the city.

It never really was; a practice tolerated in Elliot Lake, but not sanctioned.

Although City Hall acknowledges that owner-operators and drivers are prohibited from parking their vehicles on residential streets, there remains a local problem with people using public land for truck parking.

The issue received particular attention during a meeting of the municipal committee on Thursday afternoon.

Fast forward to next Monday evening, Elliot Lake City Council will consider the Bylaws Committee’s recommendation to notify large truck operators that a piece of former city-owned land on Oakland Boulevard is no longer the place to park their tractor-trailers.

During Thursday afternoon’s virtual meeting of the Bylaws and Planning Committee, Economic Development Manager Steve Antunes apologized for the short notice.

He explained the need to prevent the use of the land on Oakland Boulevard adjacent to the Mont Dufour ski resort as a parking area for large trucks.

“The city recently sold 22 and 33 Oakland Boulevard, the base of the ski resort road, where there is excess truck parking,” Antunes said. “They parked there to avoid a violation.”

This car park, now private, has been banned.

Chairman of the Cons. Ed Pearce said council members should share the blame for any inconvenience caused to truckers by the announcement.

The committee was told that local property owners have shown no interest in getting into the parking business.

Other city-owned land, such as the Elliot Lake Airport property and vacant parking spaces adjacent to the Centennial Arena, were also excluded as suitable parking alternatives, for various reasons.

Pearce said there had to be an alternative,

“I notice we have a lot of commercial vehicles, especially large tractor-trailers, parked on the lawns here in Elliot Lake,” Pearce said,

“I know there’s one on Hutchinson that seems to do that on a regular basis,” he added.

“So I hope and pray that our staff will make sure this doesn’t become the norm,” Coun said. Perforated.

Although she agreed that parking regulations must be enforced, Councillor. Sandy Finamore was in favor of giving truckers some slack.

“Hopefully we’ll use a little discretion for about a week until they can figure it out,” Finamore said.

“And where they’re going to park and there aren’t a lot of options.”

The big issue of truck parking will go to City Council at its next virtual meeting next Monday.

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The school awaits the response of the MSBA

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School District (MVRHS) is awaiting a response from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) regarding admission into its building program.

Two separate letters, one issued by MVRHS and the other issued by the City of Oak Bluffs, were sent to the MSBA in hopes of being accepted into their core program, which could provide up to 40 million dollars of subsidized public financing for a loan by the shovel. school construction project. The authority also has a wealth of knowledge and experience supporting school districts through the planning and construction process, and would be a valuable resource to the school.

The MVRHS committee has applied to the MSBA for each of the past six years seeking support to replace the 63-year-old high school. Recently, the process has been hampered by a long-standing issue among Island cities — the regional funding formula.

When Superintendent Matt D’Andrea traveled to towns across the island seeking support for a letter to send to the MSBA saying the towns would work in good faith to complete a feasibility study for a project school building, Oak Bluffs said he wants to send his own letter. In it, officials express concern that the existing funding formula for capital projects (the costs of which are split between cities) gives Oak Bluffs the end of the stick because they have a rate of higher attendance per student in high school, and therefore bears the brunt of the cost.

The current FY23 funding formula allocates 28.3% of the budget to Oak Bluffs, 26.9% to Tisbury, 23.5% to Edgartown, 14.3% to West Tisbury, 5% to Chilmark and 2% at Aquinnah.

At Monday’s MVRHS school committee meeting, D’Andrea said the sending of the two letters sent the message that the cities were somewhat divided on the formula, although Oak Bluffs conveyed the level of need. of a new school.

“I haven’t had a definitive answer from them on where we are. I think it would be great if we as a group, the school committee and the school administration could talk of how we’re going to move forward,” D’Andrea said. “Whether or not we get into the MSBA this year, we’re going to have to take action, and I think that’s going to have to start with people in this room.”

According to committee chair Amy Houghton, the school has two options: either propose an amendment to the regional agreement to provide the cities with a funding formula that would make it more acceptable to all member cities, or they continue to meet with all the communes in the hope of bringing them together and getting along.

“It’s a community that can come together as a collective, and hopefully the school committee can lead the way,” Houghton said. “If we had some kind of amendment to propose, we would put it in front of every city. Could the selection boards say they refuse to put it on the mandate? I suppose they could, but I hope not.

D’Andrea said that ultimately voters will decide whether or not they’re willing to change the formula, either for a one-time project or a permanent change.

Historically, D’Andrea said, when cities try to work together to find a formula, “people tend to get stubborn.” The school committee will have a separate meeting outside of their regular meeting time to discuss the way forward.

Lots of melodies

Representatives of the Beach Road Weekend music festival appeared before the school committee to request the use of two parking lots for the duration of the event, which runs from August 26 to August 28.

The two parking lots that are part of the application are the Performing Arts Center (PAC) lot, which contains approximately 122 parking spaces, and the sports field, which has approximately 96 spaces. MVRHS facilities manager Mike Taus said he drafted a list of conditions that protect the school and ensure the safety of anyone on the property.

Taus said that in order to reduce congestion at the entry and exit points of each lot, shuttles coming and going from the event and the high school’s satellite parking lots should enter the drop-off area located directly in front of the main Entrance. Taus added that there will be no interior access to the school building, although three porta potties (which would be cleaned daily) for each car park would be provided by festival organizers.

To prevent non-festival attendees from parking at the school, Taus suggested that festival organizers provide two or more parking attendants for each lot. Attendants would also be responsible for picking up trash at the end of the day and after the event. Taus also wants to see trestles on the back of the PAC so people can’t park in the back of the building near the gym grounds, if the request is approved by the committee.

Festival organizers will have to pay a nonprofit organization fee of around $800 ($100 per day, per lot), according to Taus, and will have to pay for any police details that are needed when the event filter on main roads.

Peter Sawyer of Innovation Arts & Entertainment, the promoter of the event, said they had no problem paying the policy details and were prepared to provide full proof of insurance to the school.

Adam Epstein, the company’s CEO, said the high school is an ideal location to house satellite pitches for Beach Road Weekend because of its central location and spacious parking lots. “Adding the optional high school grounds will make a big difference in our goal of reducing festival-related traffic and will help clear congestion at Five Corners and surrounding roads,” Epstein said.

He noted that festival organizers are taking steps to make the whole process as efficient and stress-free as possible, such as using pre-purchased parking passes, no tailgating anywhere on the school grounds and the installation of signs prohibiting the consumption of drinks in the car park. . There will be liability insurance worth $2 million naming the school and any other parties requested as additional insureds, Epstein said, and all parking proceeds from the operation will go to the nonprofit group. lucrative Friends of the Martha’s Vineyard Concert Series as a tax-deductible donation. .

School officials did not vote and will return to this discussion at their next meeting.

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Kirklees Borough Council Planning Applications Week ending Sunday 30th January

The list below, taken from the Kirklees Borough Council website on Monday January 31, contains planning applications that became valid the previous week.

  • Erection of single storey side extension, 78A, Westgate, Cleckheaton
  • Erection of single storey side extension, 83 Greenfield Crescent, Grange Moor, Huddersfield
  • Listed building permission for repairs, alterations and renovations (in a conservation area), Low House, 3 Quaker Bottom, High Flatts
  • Erection of single storey rear extension and alterations (conservation listed building), 195 Westgate, Almondbury
  • Listed building consent for the erection of a rear single storey extension and alterations (in a conservation area), 195 Westgate, Almondbury
  • Erection of a raised front terrace, 11 Malvern Rise, Primrose Hill
  • Erection of single storey rear extension, Beech Garth, Field End Lane, Honley, Holmfirth
  • Erection of a single storey rear extension forming a store, 17 Brewery Yard, Fenay Bridge
  • Erection of a dwelling (in a conservation area), land at the edge of Birkby Hall Road/Storths Road, Birkby
  • Erection of an outbuilding, 76, Dobb Top Road, Holmbridge, Holmfirth
  • Outline application for construction of residential development, Adj, 6, Leyfield Bank, Wooldale, Holmfirth
  • Erection of two-storey side extension and front porch, 20, Oak Tree Terrace, Fenay Bridge
  • Erection of single storey side and rear extensions and new side window, 120, The Crescent, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury
  • Demolition of an existing bungalow and construction of two semi-detached houses, 1, Una Place, Birkby, Huddersfield
  • Erection of single storey side extension and conversion of attic to first floor, 13, St John’s Crescent, Birkby
  • Erection of single and double storey side and rear extensions, 15, Lidgate Gardens, Lidgate Lane, Dewsbury
  • Demolition of single storey side extension and construction of two storey side extension, 22, Nunroyd, Heckmondwicke
  • Certificate of legality for the proposed construction of a single storey rear extension and rear dormer extension, 9 Sycamore Way, Birstall, Batley
  • Certificate of Proposed Legality for Construction of Garage/Gym/Games Room, Mulberry House, Park Head Lane, Birds Edge
  • Discharge Condition 3 on previous permission 2021/92779 for the erection of a factory platform consisting of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system with associated works, Thornton And Ross Ltd , Manchester Road, Linthwaite
  • Amendment to Condition 2 (Plans and Specifications) on Previous Approval 2021/92116 for the construction of a detached house and one and two storey rear extension to the existing house, 23 Fall Lane, Hartshead, Liversedge
  • Discharge condition 8 (materials) on the previous authorization 2021/91295 for the request of questions reserved in accordance with the summary authorization 2019/91406 for the demolition of an existing dwelling and the construction of 2 individual dwellings with independent garage and works Associates, 8 Grove Street, Norristorpe, Liversedge
  • Erection of a single storey side extension, 20 Rutland Road, Milnsbridge
  • Release of Condition 16 of Previous Permit 2014/92815 for Demolition of Existing Hostel Buildings (C1) and Draft Residential Development Application, Former Combs Hostel, Hall Lane, Thornhill, Dewsbury
  • Erection of first floor extension to existing building to form a dwelling, land at, Jagger Lane, Emley
  • Removal of existing veranda and erection of one-storey rear extension, 62 Knowl Road, Mirfield
  • Advance notification for building demolition, Bradley Nurseries, Bradley Junction Industrial Estate, Leeds Road, Huddersfield
  • Alterations to upper ground floor opening and formation of balcony (in conservation area), 3, Greendale Court, Honley, Holmfirth
  • Work with TPO(s) 05/80 in a conservation area, Friends Meeting House, Pell Lane, Wooldale, Holmfirth

  • Working on trees in a conservation area, 14 Knowles Lane, Gomersal, Cleckheaton
  • Partial demolition of side extension and erection of single storey side and rear extension, 121, Drub Lane, Drub, Cleckheaton
  • Certificate of Legality for Proposed Rear Single Storey Extension, 48 Park Avenue, Shelley
  • Advance notice for building demolition, rear of, 135 Netheroyd Hill Road, Fixby
  • Erection of a single storey rear extension, 29 Orchard Street, Savile Town, Dewsbury
  • Erection of inregral garage extension and modification to extend housing, 5, Harrington Court, Meltham, Holmfirth
  • Erection of front and rear dormers, 19 York Road, Mirfield
  • The proposal is for the erection of a one-storey rear extension. The extension projects 6m beyond the rear wall of the original dwelling house. Maximum extension height is 3.74, extension eave height is 2.65m, 6 East Street, Batley
  • Erection of a single storey side extension, 28, Rawthorpe Terrace, Rawthorpe
  • Erection of side extension and front dormer and external alterations, 8 Rowgate, Upper Cumberworth
  • Discharge condition 3 (junction works) on the previous authorization 2020/91055 for modification conditions 2 and 6 and deletion of conditions 5 on the previous authorization 2019/93524 for the provision of 3 parking spaces and the works of landscaping to provide amenity space, 102 Dunford Road, Holmfirth
  • Working on TPO trees in a conservation area, St Cuthbert’s Church, Linden Road, Birkby
  • Confirmation of compliance with the conditions of the previous authorization 2004/95014 for the construction of 18 flats and 22 flats, and the conversion of the existing offices into 6 flats, Crown Street Works, 32, Halifax Road, Liversedge
  • Dangerous Tree Notification, 13A, Fixby Road, Fixby, Huddersfield
  • Erection of a single storey extension, alterations to the store front and associated external alterations, McDonald’s Restaurant, 2 Northgate Centre, Northgate, Heckmondwicke
  • Reconfiguration of existing exterior steps and erection of timber decking, 45 Lingards Road, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield
  • Discharge of conditions 5 (drainage – greases and oils), 9 (remediation strategy) and 10 (validation report) of the previous authorization 2019/91491 for the demolition of the existing fitness complex and the erection of Spen Valley Leisure Centre, Spenborough Fitness Complex, Bradford Road, Littletown, Liversedge
  • Demolition of existing conservatory and single storey kitchen extension and construction of rear single storey extensions and part of the first floor, 8 Ennerdale Avenue, Dewsbury
  • Listed building consent for roof repairs and associated works, New House Hall, New House Road, Sheepridge

  • Demolition of existing conservatory and construction of two storey and one storey extensions, 69 Leeds Old Road, Heckmondwicke
  • Acknowledgment of conditions 3 (landscaping), 19 (services management plan) and 20 (parking management plan) of previous authorization 2015/90646 for modification of condition 2 (plans) of previous authorization 2013/91452 for demolition of outbuildings and development/redevelopment of Globe Mills at: Globe 1: Medical Surgery; Class A1 retail sale; library/community use; class A3 coffee; class B1 office units; office and innovation space; Globe2; Parking on the ground floor; Class B1 Office and Light Industrial; office and innovation space – and forming an outdoor car park and walkway over the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Globe Mills, Bridge Street, Linthwaite
  • TPO Tree Work, Land West Of, 5, Primrose Lane, Kirkburton
  • TPO Tree Work, 84 Whitcliffe Road, Cleckheaton
  • Demolition of existing garage and erection of accommodation, Land Adj, 339, New Hey Road, Salendine Nook
  • Certificate of legality for the proposed room in the attic, 19 Hawthorn Lane, Cleckheaton
  • Erection of single storey rear extension and alterations, Davalley, Commonside, Flockton
  • Changing opening hours and installing a rear extraction system, Upper Lane Fisheries, 14 Upper Lane, Emley
  • Erection of the first floor and two-storey extension and exterior modifications (in a conservation area), discharge of conditions 11 (CEMP) and 12 (temporary drainage of surface water) of the previous authorization 2021/93674 for the partial redevelopment of Greenhead College including demolition and repair, construction of 2 and 4 storey buildings, reconfiguration of parking and access arrangements, reconfiguration of sports provision and other associated exterior works (in a conservation area ), Greenhead College, Greenhead Road, Huddersfield
  • Installation of new sodium hydroxide dosing kiosk and ferric dosing kiosk, Meltham Waste Water Treatment Works, Huddersfield Road, Meltham
  • Listed building consent for the installation of four overhead power line equipment gates on piers 3, 7, 11 and 15 with support wall brackets, MDL1/27 railway viaduct, Union Mill, Mill Lane/Grange Road, Batley
  • Discharge of Conditions 11 (MPME), 12 (BNGA) and 13 (CEMP Biodiversity) of previous permit 2019/93658 for the construction of 122 housing units, landscaping and associated infrastructure, land at, Whitechapel Road, Cleckheaton
  • Discharge of conditions 4 (temporary drainage of surface water), 15 (works adjacent to the freeway) and 25 (Whitechapel Road parking lot) of the previous authorization 2019/93658 for the construction of 122 housing units, landscaping and associated infrastructure , land at Whitechapel Road, Cleckheaton
  • Certificate of legality for proposed alterations to convert garage to bedroom, 52 Westerley Lane, Shelley, Huddersfield
  • Working on TPO trees in a conservation area, 14 Greendale Court Honley
  • Working at the tree(s) in a conservation area, All Hallows Church, Westgate, Almondbury, Huddersfield
  • Discharge of conditions 3 (CMP), 4 (CEMP), 5 (phase II survey), 9 (internal adoptable roads), 15 (lowered curb) and 18 (road condition survey) of the previous authorization 2021 /91871 for the construction of a residential development (55 dwellings) including access and associated infrastructure, Land adj, High Street and Challenge Way, Hanging Heaton, Batley
  • Discharge of conditions 16 (invasive species) and 21 (EDS) of the previous authorization 2021/91871 for the construction of a residential development (55 dwellings) including access and associated infrastructure, Land adj, High Street and Challenge Way, Hanging Heaton, Batley

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Café Streets: from pandemic response to permanent program

Outdoor dining areas for La Carte de Oaxaca, Skål and Hot Cakes at the north end of Ballard Ave. Not pictured: Growlers filled with Skål. (Photo by Ray Dubicki)

The Seattle City Council is considering a bill to extend street cafe and outdoor dining permits through January 2023. The popular program sprung up during the pandemic to accommodate dining and shopping in outdoors during closings. Although Seattle has always allowed the use of sidewalks and parking spaces, high costs were a barrier. In the 18 months since the implementation of the free permit program, the number of outdoor spaces used for dining and retail has grown from 400 to nearly 700 locations.

The bill is sponsored by council member Dan Strauss (District 6), who spearheaded efforts to allow cafe streets. One of the most popular and extensive locations for outdoor dining is in its neighborhood along Ballard Avenue. The planner followed the story of Ballard’s unique pergolas that boosted the vitality of the neighborhood during the closures.

The extension of free permits gives the Seattle Department of Transportation time to complete drafting new rules allowing businesses to open or continue to use the streets for outdoor dining and retail. According to Strauss, the new rules represent “a shift from crisis response to citywide adoption and understanding that coffeehouse streets are part of the fabric of Seattle.”

The numbers confirm Strauss’ observation about the program’s popularity. At the recent meeting of the Council’s Transportation Committee, SDOT presented the results of its street retail and restaurant surveys of business owners and the community. Of the 10,000 responses received in their general survey, 90% of respondents supported sidewalk and sidewalk cafes as well as street closures for restaurants and shops. Over 80% of respondents supported food trucks and food carts.

SDOT presented the results of its survey of 10,000 respondents examining public opinion on outdoor dining and retail rules. (Credit: SDOT)

There was a drop in support for retail, with only around 60% supporting merchandise displays in sidewalks and sidewalks. It could be argued that curbside retail stores have been much rarer, with fewer well-made examples. Still, that’s well above majority support.

The move to a permanent coffee street program will begin in the spring when SDOT releases a set of legislative and regulatory changes based on these surveys and community outreach. SDOT has detailed a work program that would raise community awareness and feedback over the summer, with legislation being considered in the fall. If passed, the legislation will come into force before the end of the extension in January 2023.

In its presentation, SDOT said the overall aim of the outdoor dining legislation will be to create more permitting tools, including seasonal permits. The Department emphasizes safety and mobility with licensed structures that people can use year-round. The Department is also looking for flexibility in retail merchandise displays, potentially allowing them based on guidelines rather than permits.

While there appears to be general consensus around extending the current permits to January 2023, two issues were raised by council members who were looking forward to a permanent program. Councilor Lisa Herbold (District 1) raised concerns about accessibility for anyone using the street. She asked SDOT to consider testing the accessibility of some sites, citing an example in New York.

Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Alex Pedersen (District 4) raised a question about lost permit revenue. SDOT calculated that the lost permit revenue would be $420,000 for the 8-month extension to 2023, or an annualized cost of $630,000. This is based on the traditional calculation of permits costing between $200 and $4,000 depending on specific demand and location. This higher number corresponds to the use of a parking space, the high cost offsetting the parking revenue.

In a later conversation, Strauss expressed his understanding of the matter, but pointed out that revenues cannot be compared between parking and activating a street. “It’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. Just trying to say something else costs x so it should cost x lacks nuance. The rapid increase in permitted outdoor spaces since the abolition of fees suggests that these traditional fees were indeed a barrier, especially when considered in addition to the costs of structures and furnishings to create outdoor space.

Strauss also pushes back against the idea that Seattle’s wintry weather is a drag on outdoor dining. “I was in Hattie’s Hat during the cold snap and peak of Omicron. The people I was with were more comfortable eating out. It was 37 degrees and we bundled up. The exterior was completely full and the interior completely full. Regardless of what the naysayers suggest, it was complete.

While that might sound a bit Seattle Process-ish, the extra time to develop responsive and nuanced rules is probably for the best. The area has seen the issues where a town like Edmonds moves too quickly and charges thousands of dollars in outdoor dining fees. Strauss points out: “Jurisdictions that have problems are rushing to get answers without doing the necessary analysis. Having instinctive reactions rather than taking the time to find the right answer.

A little extra time, according to Strauss, allows “SDOT to create the right size policies for businesses to operate successfully, everyone can use the sidewalk, park if needed, and those don’t have no need to compete. Extend to ensure we are applying the correct policies.

Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and on-call parent to take care of general school and neighborhood duties around Ballard. This allows him to see how city planning is working (or not) during the hours when most people are locked in their office. He is a lawyer and urban planner by training, with experience in nut soup planning, from code enforcement to university development to drafting zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly requirement.

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Best parking services with cheap prices near Seattle Tacoma Airport

It is always the best decision to travel abroad or to your country to refresh and create. It will leave a good impression on your nerves and help you avoid the monotonous routine of life. But if you prefer your travel by plane, it will save your time and provide you with a comfortable trip without any travel hassle.

Usually the airport is not built near the crowded space and you need to drive to the airport to manage your flight in time. But the question is where to park your vehicle to ensure the safety and security of the car. It’s not child’s play to incur parking fees that can ruin your travel budget and worry you a bit. Parking at a lower price with the best quality of services is always a demanding thing for people.

SeaTac International Airport

Seattle Tacoma International Airport is also known as SeaTac Airport and is located approximately 14 miles from Seattle, 18 miles from Tacoma in SeaTac, WA. It is considered the largest airport in the Pacific region of the United States. It is the most commercially profitable airport in the United States as it offers flights all over the United States like flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Dallas. Moreover, it also offers flights to Asia, Europe and the Middle East due to its commerciality.

It is experiencing economic growth day by day and becoming a commercial hub for the United States as several people travel from this airport across the country and around the world. Traffic at the airport is increasing day by day, indicating positive economic progress. It is the busiest airport in the United States, and the nearby area contains hotels and parking spaces to serve people.

SeaTac Airport Parking Availability

Parking availability is a significant concern for people traveling overseas or domestically. You can receive Seattle Airport Parking facilities by sitting at home and getting services from parking companies like Parkon. No doubt SeaTac airport has its parking lot or avenue. Yet, due to excessive traffic and saturation of people’s vehicles, it is difficult to park one’s car at SeaTac airport, which may cause more financial problems.

Different companies offer parking spaces near SeaTac airport with other packages. But it’s a tough decision to make when parking your car, and there’s nothing you can do about it instead of paying a high parking rate. It is therefore imperative to do a complete search on car parks, avenues and their prices.

Online parking services

It is a technological age; everyone wants to enjoy better facilities these days with the evolution of technology. It used to be that you had to physically move around to book your flights or your parking space, but today it’s a piece of cake to secure your parking avenue according to your online budget. An online platform like Parkos allows you to get the best parking services with low prices and 100% security assurance.

Using online services, you can easily book your parking space by selecting the time and duration of parking. If you have your car, you can reserve your parking avenue and drive to the available space, then you can come to the airport for your flight through the shuttle services provided by the parking companies. It will save you time and you won’t have to queue for your parking turn. Use innovative ways to get better facilities by choosing online car parks.

How can Parkos help provide parking facilities?

It is an online platform that assists you by comparing parking rates with different companies and selecting the best economical, sustainable and quality parking area for you. You don’t have to worry about high parking rates; you need to visit the website, select the “arrival and departure” dates and click on the search button. You will get the list of parking avenues based on your flight time with cheaper rates than competitors.

Our experts ensure that people will get what they are looking for, and experts select the best avenue near the airport to catch your flight on time without any difficulty.

What services can Parkos provide?

Many services are provided by Parkos to ensure the best quality and facilities offered to customers. Some of the services include:

  • Provide parking avenues near Sea-Tac Airport
  • Provide the full parking space inspection facilities
  • Keep the flight schedule up to date
  • Compare the rates of different parking companies
  • Ensure the best quality parking services for customers
  • Provide minimum distance from airport to parking as less than 20km
  • Offer free cancellation services 24 hours before departures
  • Support you with experienced experts to solve your problems
  • Offer parking at low prices

The services solve your parking problems, and now you can go to the airport and park your car for a short and long time and enjoy unlimited fun while going abroad or within the country. The parking company will not apply taxes or additional fees.

What are the best low-cost parking spaces near Sea-Tac Airport?

It is a difficult task to select the cheapest parking avenue at Sea-Tac airport, and you have to move physically to get price and facility information. But Parkos saves you time by updating parking lots and prices. You can book parking online by visiting the site and do not need to physically go to the parking lot. At time of booking, you can drive your car and park by entering car details for a digitally saved profile so you can collect your car when you return to Sea-Tac Airport.

Some parking places near SeaTac offer their services at low prices to ensure the best quality, low prices, good location, shuttle services, maintenance and security facilities. These include:

  • Sea Tac Crest Motor Inn
  • Econo Lodge (WED)
  • Motel 6 (SEA)

Additionally, there are 8 other parking providers offered by Parkos. The platform deals with parking facilities by parking providers. It promotes their business by highlighting and offering cheap and low prices to customers so that individuals and parking companies get the most out of the trading company.

(Devdiscourse journalists were not involved in the production of this article. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of Devdiscourse and Devdiscourse claims no responsibility for them.)

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Parking problems in Bangalore: Civic body lags behind in providing proper facilities

Parking problems are back in the spotlight in town, this time it’s about taking action against motorists who park their vehicles wrongly. On Wednesday, the Karnataka government announced that towing would be halted until clear and simplified rules are put in place.

However, many have long complained that the city lacks a robust parking policy, leading to chaos on the streets and leaving commuters prone to confrontation with law enforcement authorities.

No reserved slots

“There is no clear allocation of parking spaces on most roads in the city. This has hampered the smooth flow of traffic, altercations between commuters and traffic police. The civic body must accelerate the introduction of smart parking systems at least in the Central Business District (CBD) area,” a senior traffic police official said.

For example, a proposal was issued in 2015 to provide smart pay parking on 85 CBD roads. To date, it has only become a reality on ten roads, including MG Road, Brigade Road, Residency Road and other key roads nearby. Paid parking was introduced on these roads in 2020.

“Smart Parking systems are imported and the pandemic has disrupted the schedule. In addition, on many roads, Smart City works were underway. We hope to implement smart parking on 25 roads by the end of March and then expand it to the remaining roads of the 85 road package,” said BS Prahalad, Chief Engineer (Roads and Infrastructure), Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). He also added that in the next package, the BBMP was working with the Urban Land Transport Authority (DULT) to introduce paid parking on 260 roads.

The Draft Parking Policy of DULT, 2020, under which parking will be paid throughout the city, is approved by the Department of Urban Development. “We are working on developing zonal parking plans,” said V. Manjula, Commissioner, DULT.

Roads not for parking

However, traffic expert Prof MN Sreehari said while it was true that high parking charges would tempt people to head for public transport, roadside parking was not the solution. “The roads in the city are already narrow for the volume of vehicles we have. Roads are for traffic, not parking. Providing paid parking, even if the fee is high, will only cause more problems,” he said.

He also pointed out that most of the cellars of shopping complexes intended for parking have been occupied by businesses, which makes it difficult to park in most markets and shopping malls. “The BBMP turns a blind eye to bylaw violators and is likely linked to them. Getting around any mall in the city is such a nightmare as the roads are mostly occupied by multiple rows of parked vehicles,” Prof Sreehari said.

(This is the first in a series on the issue of parking in Bangalore and the controversy around vehicle towing.)

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Red Fox commission tables construction element | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI

Fenton— Applicants who want to turn the Red Fox Outfitters building into an event and banquet venue have a few weeks to get signed lease agreements for the parking lots if they want their permit approved.

At the Thursday, January 27 meeting of the Fenton Planning Commission, a few commissioners indicated that they wanted something done with the building. However, they were unwilling to approve the special land use request unless Cruwood Granary had signed lease agreements with the companies that would allow them to use their parking lots.

The property is 0.542 acres located at 234 N. LeRoy St.

Applicants Chelsie Welch and Corey Cunningham, owners of Cruwood Granary, are seeking a special land use permit to convert the building into a special event banquet hall that will host events for 200 people or less for weddings, showers, retirement parties, office parties and Suite. The property is zoned Central Business District/Planned Unit Development. Its current use is listed as retail, although Red Fox Outfitters closed in March 2020. Skypoint Ventures, the real estate/capital development arm of Phil Hagerman and Jocelyn Hagerman, owns the property.

Carmine Avantini, President of CIB Planning, and Justin Sprague, Vice President of CIB Planning, who are Fenton’s planning consultants, have found that the plans conform to the proposed land use and are properly serviced by existing facilities and roads.

It is potentially compliant maintaining the existing and intended character of the area.

“It is also important to note that the food will not be prepared on site but will rather be delivered by catering services. The applicant should be prepared to explain to the Planning Commission which catering/restaurant services will be used and how many vehicles are needed for deliveries,” according to their report.

Cunningham said they plan to approach local businesses for catering services.

Parking remains the main concern. The plaintiffs said they plan to give their customers city maps and signpost other parking lots. They also plan to use shuttles and valet parking. Welch said a majority of wedding guests use shuttles or Ubers.

“Another possible concern, which should be addressed as part of the provided parking study, is the potential impact that event parking would have on area businesses and the adjoining residential neighborhood to the northeast,” according to the Sprague report.

Applicants may count public parking spaces within 500 feet, but must demonstrate space availability. The ordinance requires a parking space for every two people of capacity, and the applications indicate that the maximum capacity of the facility is 240. This means that 120 parking spaces are required.

Welch and Cunningham have identified eight separate car parks that their customers could use. In total, the plan shows 301 parking spaces. ROWE Professional Services Company conducted a survey between 4pm and 6pm on Friday November 5th and Saturday November 6th to study the number of places available in these lots. There were 140 places available on Friday and 166 available on Saturday.

In addition to public parking, agreements with private companies make up some of these spaces. Customers have an agreement to use the car parks at Fenton Glass (60 parking spaces) and the Skin and Vein Institute (29 spaces). A third car park with 11 spaces is the customer’s property.

However, planning commissioners have expressed concern that these agreements could end at any time. CIB Planning recommended denial of the special land use application.

“…we are of the opinion that a permanent solution to the parking supply has not been made. It is possible that this use will negatively impact existing businesses in the area as well as the residential area to the northeast. It will then be up to the municipal government to resolve these associated parking issues and the solutions may not be readily available,” according to the letter.

Commissioner Tyler Rossmaessler said he doesn’t understand why an event space would have more parking issues than a restaurant. “I understand it’s by bike, but if the parking lot is full, the parking lot is full,” he said. “We have to come to a ‘yes’ on something.”

In October 2020, another applicant applied for a special event permit, but was denied due to parking issues.

Rossmaessler said this building is too important to the city center not to be used.

The commission ultimately voted to defer the matter until the next meeting to give Welch and Cunningham time to secure leases with those companies to use their parking lots. The next Planning Commission meeting will be on Thursday 24th February at Fenton Town Hall.

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Divided General Assembly agrees on one thing: Gas-powered cars parked in EV slots should be ticketed

Virginia lawmakers may disagree on much in a divided General Assembly. But Democrats and Republicans defend the parking rights of electric vehicle drivers.

One of the first bills to pass both legislative houses in the 2022 session creates a new traffic offense that would fine drivers caught parking a gas-powered car or truck in a place for charging electric vehicles.

Proponents of the law, which essentially places law enforcement power behind signs designating parking spaces as reserved for electric vehicles, called it a common-sense measure that would protect the investments of homeowners installing infrastructure charging stations and drivers who buy electric vehicles. Several proponents have compared it to existing laws reserving parking spaces for people with disabilities.

“I have personally heard from electric vehicle owners in Virginia being prevented from charging at a station because a gas-powered car was parked there,” said Charles Gerena, an organizer with Richmond-based Drive Electric RVA, during testimony to the committee last week. “So it’s not an abstraction. It’s actually a real problem that will only get worse over time as more charging infrastructure is put in place and more people decide to buy electric vehicles.

Proponents said more than a dozen states have already implemented similar parking laws to prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the roads.

The amount of the fine is undecided. The bill passed by the Democratic-led Senate sets a fine of $100 to $250, while the version approved by the Republican-controlled House of Delegates sets a maximum fine of $50. Later in the session, lawmakers will also have to reconcile the differences between the two bills over whether gas-powered vehicles could be towed from charging points. Both versions state that the penalties would only apply if clear warning signs are posted.

The bill empowers local governments to pass an ordinance enforcing the rule, meaning any city or county that might disagree with it wouldn’t be required to start writing parking tickets at electric vehicle locations.

The bills passed in every house with bipartisan support, but three dozen Republicans voted against it. The Senate version, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, passed two weeks ago in a 28-12 vote. The House version passed 73-24 on Monday.

While the proposal may seem simple, lawmakers have wrestled with the question of what to do with EV drivers who take up a charging spot even though their vehicle is fully charged. The bills don’t specify that a car must be on active charge, and several lawmakers have said it would be unfair to ticket a driver for not moving fast enough after charging.

At a Senate Transportation Committee hearing, Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-Virginia Beach, said electric vehicle drivers already have an incentive to keep spaces open because many charging stations charge small hourly fees even when cars are not charging.

“I think it’s already built in,” DeSteph said.

Sen. David Suetterlein of R-Roanoke County, who opposed the bill, said he was concerned it would create special parking privileges for wealthier Virginians who can afford electric vehicles . Low-income drivers who break the rule in a gas-powered vehicle, he said, could end up paying hundreds of dollars, while an EV driver taking the same seat without recharging wouldn’t pay as much.

“I don’t like the way he treats people,” Suetterlein said.

Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Alexandria, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, said someone who parks a non-electric car in an electric charging space is “asking for a parking ticket.”

“Someone who maybe has less means who pulls over and risks a $100 fine, that’s on them,” Marsden said.

In the House, the bill’s sponsor, Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, D-Alexandria, faced questions about law enforcement’s role in policing parking rules on private property.

Of the. Tim Anderson, R-Virginia Beach, asked if the proposal could potentially be expanded to allow for the application of other types of reserved parking, such as spaces for military veterans or pregnant women. In response, Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, said asking someone to prove she was pregnant to avoid a ticket is a more invasive proposition than simply looking to see if a car parked in an EV slot is electric or not. .

“How do you identify an electric vehicle? asked Del. Dave LaRock, R-Loudoun, chairman of the House Transportation Subcommittee who first heard the bill. “Is it obvious enough?”

“I understand so, Mr. Chairman,” Bennett-Parker said. “I also imagine being connected to the charging infrastructure would also be a way to identify it.”

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My neighbor uses the EV charging station as his own personal parking space

A LONDON resident has been left frustrated after a neighbour’s car was left permanently in a local electric vehicle charging bay, preventing anyone from accessing the space.

Billy Gater from Croydon has taken to a local Facebook page to complain about the actions of the resident, who he claims permanently leaves a silver Kia Optima in the bay at the electric vehicle charging port.


Parking spaces can be fiercely contestedCredit: Getty

According to Gater, this means that no one with an electric vehicle can charge their car.

The government is keen to encourage electric car use, but the neighborhood dispute highlights potential problems with the infrastructure needed to make a change possible.

Mr Gater said: “This car persists in sitting on this charging point at St Luke’s Close Addiscombe for four or five days at a time.

“He’s treated like his own personal parking spot.”

Can we park at electric charging stations?

A resident of the Facebook group pointed out that the owner of the vehicle is “well within their rights” to park there if the car is properly taxed and insured.

To which another replied: “Legally you’re right. Completely selfish in preventing others from charging their vehicles, though.”

Other locals weighed in, with one writing: ‘Looks like we need some sort of time limit on charging stations on the street.’

A second added: “It should be a limited time berry.”

Another Facebook user agreed, saying, “Totally selfish to do this.”

If a charging point is on a public road, it’s probably not illegal to park there, as long as there are no other parking restrictions.

But it potentially prevents someone else from using the charging point.

Is it easy to find a place to charge an electric car?

Charging stations are increasingly in demand, with sales of electric vehicles increasing by 75% in the UK over the past year.

However, according to British Gas research, only 21 of 400 UK councils offer free charging stations.

Lucy Simpson, Head of Electric Vehicle Activation, said: “The latest figures released today demonstrate the need for all UK councils to play their part in supporting the transition to electric vehicles.

“Currently, we have 21 progressive councils that have decided to support local adoption of electric vehicles, so we expect greater adoption of electric vehicles to occur in these areas than in councils where it is expensive to reload.”

The research also found that half of drivers would consider buying an electric vehicle as their next car.

However, almost one in three (29%) cited the high costs of public charging as one of the main obstacles to switching to an electric vehicle, alongside car expenses and the fact that government incentives do not not sufficiently cover the costs.

More than two in five drivers (42%) are reluctant to switch because they are worried about the charging time.

Ms Simpson noted that although the government offers some financial incentives at the point of purchase, charging costs remain a barrier to the adoption of electric vehicles.

“If charging doesn’t become more accessible in these areas, we could see a slower adoption rate.

“It is unfair that those who do not live in areas where charging is free or low cost are discriminated against because of their address.

“If this continues, we risk leaving a large number of drivers behind in the transition to electric cars.”

How can the dispute be resolved?

Residents could decide to take the matter to their local council, although unless there is a breach of parking restrictions action is unlikely to be taken.

Their best bet is to appeal to the friendliness of the driver, and make him aware that he is in a place reserved for electric charging.

Tesco recently topped a list of the best supermarkets for electric car drivers.

But many Britons worry that green solutions like electric cars will make life more expensive overall.

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The City of Bayonne sets up PILOT agreements with developers

Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa (left) opposes PILOT agreements more than 15 years old.


Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa (left) opposes PILOT agreements more than 15 years old.

Bayonne City Hall has issued a number of ordinances that would grant PILOT agreements to developers for new developments in the city. However, two councilors voted against their introduction, citing their length.

Under a PILOT agreement, municipalities give developers exemptions from traditional property taxes for a set period of time to encourage them to make improvements to the property or locate a project in a distressed or “deteriorated” area. Instead of property taxes, developers make an annual payment to the municipality.

The payment is usually much lower than traditional taxes and is structured so that the municipality receives more benefits than it would with regular property taxes, although the school system is usually not included. These exemptions allow the developer to save property taxes, but they allow an increase in the fair market value of the property due to a higher net operating income.

Financial agreements support redevelopment

The first ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and 22nd Street Partners Urban Renewal, LLC for 25 East 22nd Street. The agreement would support the approved adaptive reuse of the former Mt. Carmel Schoolhouse into a multi-family residential building containing 31 residential apartments and 31 on-site parking spaces.

The second ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and Ave E Dev Mile High AMS Urban Renewal, LLC for 132 and 140 Avenue E. This supports the proposed 18-story Silk Lofts skyscraper with 250 residential apartments, 1,975 feet squares of commercial space and 389 mechanical parking spaces on site in addition to the use of an adjacent surface parking lot with 20 parking spaces.

Another ordinance introduced would enact a second financial agreement between the city and this redeveloper, this time for 157-163 Avenue E. This is a proposed six-story Silk Lofts building on Avenue E with 36 units , 1,530 square feet of retail space and 39 off-site parking spaces. The proposed building is part of the same application as the aforementioned 18-storey building.

Additionally, an ordinance introduced would enact a financial agreement between the city and 218-220 Broadway Urban Renewal, LLC for 218-220 Broadway. This agreement supports a six-story multi-family residential project containing approximately 40 units and related site improvements at the former Delta gas station.

The latest order would allow a five-year tax holiday on the assessed value of new improvements only for the new six-story, 18-unit multi-family building with a 21-unit enclosed garage at 172 Avenue F.

PILOT length is a matter of discussion

The council voted 3-2 to introduce the ordinances, with First Ward Councilman Neil Carroll and Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa voting against them and City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, the Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace neighborhood and Alderman At- The great Juan Perez voted for them.

La Pelusa first opposes the ordinances, citing the length. In 2020, the council passed an ordinance limiting PILOT agreements to 20 years. Following its adoption, the board committed to reviewing the matter in the future with the intention of possibly lowering it in 2021 to 15 years.

Although there have been periodic discussions about lowering it to 15 throughout the last year, nothing has been substantiated. In the meantime, La Pelusa has continued to defend its position on the issue, only supporting PILOT agreements of 15 years or less. And at the Jan. 19 meeting, La Pelusa reiterated that he would not vote for any PILOT deal longer than 15 years and that the board should take steps to limit financial deals to that length.

Carroll agreed with La Pelusa, objecting to the length of agreements. Meanwhile, Perez was in favor of union labor that could be used to build the redevelopments, as he and the rest of the council were not concerned about the duration of the agreements.

A discussion will surely ensue again regarding the duration of the agreements at the next council meeting when the ordinances will be put to a public hearing and vote.

City Council will then meet Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C. Residents can attend virtually or in person. For more information, go to and click the link on the calendar webpage.

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

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Council pledges $1.5 million for low-income housing

by Steven Felschundneff | [email protected]

On Tuesday, Claremont City Council voted to authorize a $1.5 million payment to the Jamboree Housing Corporation to partially fund the construction of a 33-unit “permanent supportive housing project” on the Harrison Ave.

The council voted 4 to 1 to approve the resolution, with council member Corey Calaycay casting the only negative vote. Calaycay expressed a number of reservations about the deal, including the apparent coupling of financial commitment to architectural design. He also felt that the proposed four-story structure was too tall.

Council member Sal Medina and Pro Tem Mayor Ed Reece expressed reservations about the process, being specifically asked to approve funding for a project before the council had seen the plans. Mayor Pro Tem Reece also asked city staff why this particular project was moving so quickly through the process when other land use decisions were taking much longer.

The rushed process was driven by the developer’s schedule, including applying for tax credits through Los Angels County with a deadline of a few weeks. Jamboree requested monetary commitment from Claremont to strengthen its request for future funding.

“Typically, an Affordable Housing Agreement would be negotiated and presented to City Council for approval, but Jamboree first requested a funding commitment to demonstrate public financial assistance. Jamboree is in the process of applying for capital funding through the Los Angeles County Development Authority and the application is due in early February. The proposed commitment of $1.5 million from the Successor Housing Fund will make the project more competitive for LACDA’s next funding cycle,” according to the staff report.

This development is quite unique to Claremont as it will feature 100% public housing, which qualifies the project for a density bonus under current state law. By ordinance, the Jamboree receives an 80% density bonus which increases the number of units from 17 to 31. The promoter has requested two additional units to “operate a facility of this type efficiently”, including the manager and on-site services. The development also qualifies under state law for a reduction in the number of parking spaces required.

The proposed supportive housing project will provide on-site resident services “for people who are previously or currently homeless,” according to the staff report. Housing would be limited to people whose income is at or below 30% of the region’s median income, also categorized as extremely low income.

The property at 731 Harrison Avenue between Larkin Park and the Friends of Quaker’s Claremont meeting place is currently owned by Pilgrim Place, which is selling the property specifically for use as a very low-income development.

The project will consist of a four-storey building that will be designed to “integrate and enhance the character of the surrounding neighborhood”. The unit configuration will include nine studios approximately 373 square feet each, twenty-three one-bedroom units ranging from 455 to 485 square feet, and a two-bedroom management unit. Additional facilities will include a 781 square foot community hall with a kitchen, 547 square foot rental space, laundry room, dog park, outdoor barbecue and 18 parking spaces.

If built, the apartment building would be managed by Housing with Heart which “provides the high quality support services needed to help residents successfully stay in stable housing, as well as overseeing the multiple agencies, partners and volunteers who will also be engaged with residents,” according to the report.

Claremont’s $1.5 million contribution will take the form of a loan from its Successor Housing Fund, which will be secured by a deed of trust and will have a term of 55 years. The loan will be funded when construction begins and will be disbursed in “scheduled payments”. The money will not need to be repaid if the developer honors the agreement to build the affordable housing and maintain low-income status for the 55-year term.

The city will now provide the Jamboree with a funding commitment letter, however, no money will be released until the developer and the city reach a successfully negotiated project agreement which requires further approval from the city council.

The approximately half-acre lot is zoned institutional and has been identified by the city’s housing component in the general plan as an ideal location for low-income housing.

On Wednesday, the Claremont Architectural Commission reviewed the project, including a number of concessions demanded by the Jamboree, such as reducing Harrison’s setback from 25 feet to 19 feet; increased batch coverage from 60% to 75%; increased floor area ratio from 2.0 to 1.12 and increased number of units allowed from 31 to 33.

“Affordable housing is a high priority for the City Council and the State of California. Providing affordable housing to low-income households is a particularly urgent need throughout the region and this project represents an effort by the city to meet its fair share of this type of housing which is identified by the regional housing needs assessment. and mandated by state housing law. said community development manager Brad Johnson.

Jamboree Housing Corporation is a 31-year-old non-profit community development organization that builds, acquires, renovates and manages permanent affordable housing for the rental and sale markets. Jamboree currently has $320 million in affordable housing projects and an asset portfolio of $1.1 billion, including development projects and an interest in 7,500 homes across California.

Jamboree partnered with the city to build the affordable housing complex, Courier Place, located in the former Claremont COURIER office at 111. S. College Ave. This project was completed in 2011 and was partially funded by the city’s former redevelopment agency.

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Parking prices in Dublin will increase by up to 30 cents per hour from next week

THE PRICE OF PARKING in Dublin is expected to rise by an average of 10% from next Tuesday.

Parking in the capital is zone-based with different charges for different zones.

The cost of parking in the most expensive area, the yellow area, should go from €3.20 per hour to €3.50 per hour.

In the Red zone charges go from €2.70 per hour to €3. In the green zone they go from €1.60 per hour to €1.80 per hour.

Orange area the charges increase from €1.00 per hour to €1.10 per hour and blue area charges range from 0.60c€ per hour to 0.80c€.

In the Blank Zone – a small part of the yellow zone which operates from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays – the rates go from €1.40 per hour to €1.60 per hour.

The zones are materialized by the colored band on the sign of the parking spaces as well as on the street parking meters.

Fees for people who use parking beacons are 10 cents less than the spot rate, except in the orange zone where it is 5 cents cheaper.

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Speaking about the parking charge hike, Dublin City Council’s Parking Enforcement Officer, Dermot Stevenson, said: ‘The hourly parking charge is being increased to ensure there is an appropriate deterrent to the long-term parking in the city and to encourage a high turnover of users of these parking spaces.

“We also want to encourage reasoned parking in the city and ask motorists to consider alternative modes of transport to the private car”.

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Lexington Pro Soccer releases renderings of proposed stadium

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – We now have our first look at the Pro Soccer Team stadium in Lexington.

Here is a rendering of what the stadium might look like:

The team’s season is expected to start next spring. They will begin playing at UK facilities.

“It’s something we’ve been working on for a long time. We are football fans, the stadium is more than football,” said Lexington Pro Soccer Team Project partner Stephen Dawahare.

It is a 6,000-seat sports complex, hotel, apartment building and commercial space.

“It’s really important as a region to have a vibrant urban core,” said Terry Sweeney, president of the Downtown Lexington Partnership.

Some are in favor of trying to bring football to the heart of Lexington.

“People want to go somewhere where there’s a place to stay, they can eat, they can drink, they can do all the other things there. They want a safe environment,” Dawahare said.

“As long as they have this park contract, they will build there. I think the city has enough buildings already,” said Lexington resident Jack Ditto.

Many people have questions about parking.

“That was clearly one of the main things that we focused on, trying to make sure that the city, the Lexington Convention Center, had guidelines that they had laid out for us and asked us to make sure that we we’re adapting to that. We think we’ve exceeded those guidelines,” Dawahare said.

Dawahare said the plans include more parking spaces than are currently available.

They will need the help of the Lexington Center Corporation before setting up their nets.

“This is one of many proposals the Lexington Center will consider,” Sweeney said.

Will an old car park turn into a field of dreams?

“I think it’s amazing for a community like this,” said Dave Lovegrove, a visitor to Lexington from Indiana.

The football team logo, colors and name are expected to be released soon.

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Another development planned for Squamish

Diamond Head Development is looking to build 20 duplexes, 18 townhouses and 172 apartments between four apartment buildings.

Diamond Head Development is looking to build 20 duplexes, 18 townhouses and 172 apartments between four apartment buildings in the Loggers East neighborhood.

On January 11, district staff presented council with the developer’s plan to build on the easternmost end of Finch and Raven Drive, which is a hilly, sloping area.

The properties span 8.5 acres and are zoned RS-1 for single family homes. Diamond Head is seeking to have it rezoned as a 101 Comprehensive Development Area, or CD-101.

The lands are located at the east end of Finch and Raven Drive, totaling 8.5 hectares.

In terms of height, the developer’s request is to create apartment buildings five stories high or 18 meters high, whichever is lower.

According to the recently adopted neighborhood plan, buildings in the area are only supposed to be four stories high, but district staff said the exception was justified.

“The rationale for allowing apartment buildings to exceed four storeys in height is to reduce the footprints of apartment buildings to allow for more open space on the site and to reduce the amount of restraint that may be required to accommodate buildings on the upper portion of the site,” said Bryan Daly, Development and Subdivision Coordinator

“Reducing the building’s footprint and maintaining open space are supported in site design guidelines in hillside housing policies. The site’s steep topography and lack of neighbors within east should minimize impacts to nearby views.”

Daly said there are also proposals to reduce parking requirements.

It would reduce the requirement by 0.25 spaces per apartment type and reduce visitor spaces to 0.1 space per dwelling for 72 of the 172 dwellings. There should be between one and two stands per unit, depending on the size of the unit.

Daly said that would result in a reduction of 60 stalls from the standard zoning bylaw requirement.

“The reduced parking standard would result in 990 square meters of green space instead of providing paved parking spaces. It should be noted that the proposal includes visitor parking for duplex units, which is not a requirement of the zoning bylaw,” Daly said.

He said staff were in favor of reducing parking for several reasons.

First, he said 32 of the units will be set aside for affordable housing, which exceeds the 10% requirement for community amenities contributions.

Daly added that 60 of the apartments will be located in the lower part of the site, closer to the active transport structure. A three meter wide multi-use pathway would also be proposed along the extension of Finch Drive to the upper portion of the site.

The multi-use trail would continue from the site along Finch Drive to Loggers Lane. Finally, the developer also offers an e-bike sharing program, he said.

Child care for at least 25 children, children’s play facilities and ski jumps for Squamish Legacy Sports Park, among others, are on the table.

The Council provided comments on the proposal.

“I’m happy with the density here. Often we see a kind of push towards the maximum allowed, compared to what’s actually achievable on the site. I think it’s a good mix. I was happy to see duplexes and apartment buildings,” said Councilman Armand Hurford.

“The height of the apartment building is a challenge. We did it through a sub-area planning process, our neighborhood planning process, and it gave us a different number. But I think when you get into the specific sites – and the constraints and potentials of the sites – that there might be some flexibility there to go up.

Com. John French said he supports parking space numbers.

Cycling infrastructure, paths, trails and potential future transit create a scenario where there are very few barriers to active transit, French said.

“I think that supports the proposed parking numbers,” he said.

French also called community amenity contributions generous.

Com. Eric Andersen said this development will be a learning experience about developing on steep slopes.

“I’m impressed with what’s on offer and delivered in this plan in the face of the difficult terrain we face,” Andersen said.

He said he was not concerned about the height of the buildings.

Regarding parking, he said there was some uncertainty, but a miscalculation won’t have a ripple effect on the rest of the neighborhood.

“There’s nothing anyone can do about it on this ground. Elsewhere I might be more concerned about the implications of miscalculating parking demands, but here it might just be the market,” Anderson said.

The main issue would be that it might be harder to sell some of the units, he said.

Com. Doug Race advocated for the developer to donate land in fee simple for affordable housing as part of its contribution to community amenities.

He noted that the district housing corporation had just been incorporated, and although it is not yet operational, the corporation can start making future plans for it.

“I think the big thing for us as a board is to take opportunities when they arise. We don’t always have control over that,” Race said.

French and Mayor Karen Elliott also agreed to Race’s proposal.

“The district is prepared to subsidize the housing corporation up to $1 million over five years,” Elliott said, regarding Race’s proposal. “The sooner they get land in their hands, the sooner they can start planning, the sooner we can stop subsidizing them because they generate income.”

She said the development is close to amenities, the city center and a soon-to-be-widened public transport route.

Elliott said there are few affordable housing options like this.

“I would like to see a proposal that definitely come forward considering that,” she said.

Elliott also said she would like to see storage options for people in smaller units. If parking is reduced, there must be at least one storage space available.

Com. Chris Pettingill expressed concern about the potential route of the FortisBC pipeline through the area and its proximity to affordable units.

He said the location of these units could be a problem.

“It’s still an open issue,” Pettingill said.

He said he was comfortable with density and mixing units.

Staff and the developer will consider comments from elected officials and appear before council again at a later date.

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Not in my parking lot

In suburbs across the country, communities are at war over car parking, with those who depend on the car for their daily existence on the one hand, and those who believe we are past the “car peak” and are turning to ‘activity’ travel as a sustainable alternative.

Taken London. The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) want to build houses on car parks located in several underground stations on the outskirts of London. Win-win: meeting the crying need for housing while getting rid of the large expanses of tar that encourage car use. According to the principles of the London plan, it was written everywhere.

Well, not the users of these car parks, whose opposition to such proposals has paralyzed them in several places and led to an embarrassing stalemate. And these people are very angry. In some cases, they have built their lives around their ability to park in these suburban subway station car parks and they fear it will be ripped away from them. They are appalled that the planning authorities have no sympathy for them in this regard and wonder why this impact on their equipment is not taken into account.

As always, there are two sides to this war, and I have sympathy for both. The planning professional side of me agrees that the private motor car creates a lot of problems, not just in terms of carbon emissions and air quality – you know, the kind of things that can destroy the planet or literally kill people – but also in this they unduly dominate the design and quality of our entire cityscape. The need for cars and their parking spaces are eating up space on our residential streets and in our town centers and in new developments that could be much better used for amenity. I therefore support all of the policies in the London plan which seek to reduce car use, policies which seek to reorient large format retail stores for higher density and less car-hungry development, and its policies which are looking for car-free homes in all but the least accessible areas. But only up to a point.

On the other side, however, I am a parent who lives in the suburbs. I take the train (or once in a blue moon when it’s not too cold or rainy and I’m not feeling a bit tired, ride my bike) to work. But on weekends, my car is our family’s savior. We have clubs to take the kids to. I play golf. We value the outdoors (if you count National Trust membership as an outdoors). And we just like to change the scene once in a while. So we roll.

I’ve been told many times – usually by local authority transport officers – that it’s possible to have a perfectly functional life living in zone 3 without a car; cycling everywhere, including to and from rugby practice on a January day, or taking the bus to a triathlon with my bike and wetsuit stowed in my backpack. But I don’t buy it. Life without our family car wouldn’t be much of a life, or would at least be wildly different and less rich and full of variety than it is now.

The London plan and TfL’s plans to build housing on car parks are blunt instruments that attempt to drive (no pun intended) everyone towards a car-free or at least less car-dependent way of life. It’s forcing people to change, which is never a good idea. People don’t like change and people – especially Britons – don’t like being told what to do. They need to approach an idea more gradually, so that it becomes their choice. And it will take some time before the availability, reliability and choice offered by public transport or other sustainable modes of transport such as self-driving taxis take over and people decide to sell their cars, or at least not to use them to get to a station. car park.

But where does this lead us now? I think we should look into whether the car park – or at least part of it – could be redeveloped in development, but its design is future proof so it can be reused in the future for other uses.

Take Blenheim Strategic Partners’ ‘Parking Barns’ – a pioneering approach to parking and community development which was designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards for the Hill Rise development of Passivhauses which will be presented to the West Oxfordshire District Council planning committee in the spring of 2022.

The invention benefits the environment by protecting the street scene, while providing a community center that can adapt over time. Barns are high-quality flex spaces that serve, initially, as both car storage, flex community spaces, and include an e-commerce collection point, e-bike rental, among other useful community services. The design evolves as the needs of the community change. Initially, parking barns (with electric chargers and space for car club use) are primarily used for car storage, but as transportation trends move away from private car ownership, the spaces will evolve also – gradually evolving to accommodate new uses such as a library of Things (equipment hire) and storage for bicycles and electric scooters. Ultimately, the barns will be for community use only, providing an excellent venue as a home business center and for pop-up events, markets and community gatherings.

In the scheme proposed by Blenheim Strategic Partners, the parking areas will provide additional parking for residents in a series of courtyards spread along the main street. Each cluster of courses is small in size, bounded by low mortared limestone walls and incorporating seepage swales, structural plantings and street trees. Each is strategically positioned on green links throughout the development, connecting to other community facilities, including another innovation, the Green Living Room.

The future of urban design could be transformed by ideas like this that work with, not against, human nature – ending wars and creating a win-win situation for all.

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Jetex and Berlin Neuhardenberg Airport Collaborate to Implement a Green FBO

UAE-based aviation company Jetex has entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement with Germany’s Berlin Neuhardenberg Airport to develop an executive aviation terminal and fixed base operation (FBO) at the airport.

As part of the 50-50 joint venture, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) called “FBO Berlin Neuhardenberg” will be formed by the two companies.

The move will see the creation of a 1,500m² private jet terminal, flight support and conference centers.

It will also include the development of office buildings, as well as earthworks and associated infrastructure.

Featuring approximately 20 additional parking spaces for private jets, the new FBO will also include repair and overhaul facilities, equipment and ground support.

After the signing ceremony, Jetex and Berlin Neuhardenberg Airport intend to begin work on the terminal design and infrastructure planning.

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The site will be powered by green energy generated by solar farms at Berlin Neuhardenberg Airport, making it the world’s first fully green FBO.

Furthermore, the project aims to reduce carbon emissions in the Berlin metropolitan area, thereby creating an environmentally friendly airport for Berlin and the East German market.

Jetex Founder and CEO Adel Mardini said, “Jetex is committed to providing our customers with the highest levels of service and a seamless experience. A major factor in our success is the ability to grow our FBO network into major international gateways with significant private aviation demand.

“As the capital of Germany and a major commercial and cultural center, Berlin is a destination in which we aspire to be present. Neuhardenberg is an excellent airport for our first FBO in Germany which offers the space needed to develop a world-class private. jet terminal and FBO operation.

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Lenexa to review plan for Vista Village off Prairie Star Parkway

LENEXA, Kan. — On Tuesday, Lenexa City Council will vote on a revised site plan for a 46-acre mixed-use development near Prairie Star Parkway and Ridgeview Road.

Plans for the Vista Village project include seven retail buildings, 119 townhouses and a five-story, 207-unit condominium.

In 2019, the city approved a plan that included a flexible use option for the property, which meant it could include offices, retail, business parks or light industrial space.

Now the developer is seeking approval for a revised site plan to redistribute commercial and residential space on the western half of the property and create townhouses on the eastern part of the property.

The proposed change would reduce the amount of commercial space on the site by approximately 5,900 square feet.

The eastern half of the proposed site would include 119 townhouses and a 6,600 square foot retail building. The townhouses would be distributed among 25 buildings in groups of two, four, five and six units. Each unit would include two parking spaces in a garage.

Developers plan to create a plaza at the prominent corner of Prairie Star Parkway and Ridgeview Road. The project also includes plans for a public amphitheater near the center of the property.

The western half of the property would include six commercial buildings and a 207-unit condominium. Once built, the condominium will appear as three separate buildings, but it would be connected by a parking garage on the lower level.

The space between the upper levels will include yard space and a dog park. Residents of the condominium would also have access to a swimming pool and a patio overlooking the amphitheater.

Council will review the revised site plan on Tuesday, January 18 at 7 p.m.

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Apartments sold and rented – Globes

Second hand apartments sold

Jerusalem and its surroundings
Jerusalem: A 60 square meter two-room apartment on the fourth floor with parking on Shamai Street in the city center sold for NIS 1.95 million. A 100-square-meter, four-room second-floor apartment with storage room and parking on Mordechai Alkachi Street in Armon Hanatziv was sold for NIS 1.76 million. A 59-square-meter three-room apartment on the seventh floor of Shahal Street in Givat Mordechai was sold for NIS 1.7 million. A 133-square-meter, seventh-floor four-room apartment with elevator on Tzvia VeYitzhak Street in Gilo was sold for NIS 2.1 million. An 85-square-meter, three-room, ground-floor apartment with a storage room on Ha’ach Street in the Musrara district was sold for NIS 2.85 million (RE / MAX – Hazon).
Tel Aviv and central region
Givatayim: A 60 square meter, three-room, second-floor apartment with no elevator and parking on Sheinkin Street was sold for NIS 2.02 million. An 81-square-meter, three-room apartment on the 12th floor with an elevator and two parking spaces on Ben Tzvi Street was sold for NIS 3 million. A 75-square-meter, 2.5-room, second-floor apartment with no elevator and parking on Katznelson Street was sold for NIS 2.07 million.

Herzlia: A 10-square-meter 4.5-room fourth-floor apartment with elevator and parking on Hamekubalim Street in Neve Amirim was sold for NIS 3.3 million.

Ra’anana: A 110-square-meter, four-room, third-floor apartment with elevator and parking on Golomb Street was sold for NIS 2.2 million.

Netanya: A 256-square-meter, six-room, three-level house with a 403-square-meter garden on Sahlab Street in Ramat Poleg was sold for NIS 5.2 million. A 260-square-meter, five-room, three-story house on Ner Halilah Street in Ramat Poleg was sold for NIS 4.3 million. A 170-square-meter, two-level five-room house with a 100-square-meter garden and outdoor accommodation on Nurit Street in Ramat Poleg was sold for NIS 4.95 million. A 160-square-meter, six-room, fifth and sixth-floor duplex apartment with a 30-square-meter balcony, elevator and two parking spaces on Shalom Aleichem Street in Neve Oz was sold for NIS 2.77 million (RE / MAX – Maximum).

Or Akiva: A 260-square-meter seven-room house on a 500-square-meter plot of land on YL Peretz Street in the Orot Hayaroka neighborhood was sold for NIS 4.3 million.
Rehovot: A 105-square-meter, four-room, fourth-floor apartment with a 19-square-meter balcony, storage room, elevator and parking on Derekh Yavne was sold for NIS 2.2 million. A 129 square meter five-room apartment on the first floor with 18.5 and 26 square meter balconies, a storage room, an elevator and two parking spaces on Shin Ben-Zion Street was sold for $ 2.95 million. shekels (Anglo-Saxon).

Posted by Globes, Israel business news – – January 9, 2022.

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The expansive new Lancashire Coastal Holiday Park with 495 lodges, a golf course and a four story hotel

A £ 35million development with a hotel, golf course and hundreds of holiday lodges arrives in Fylde. The major development will also include a leisure center with swimming pool set up along Garstang Road in Larbreck, about three kilometers from Poulton-le-Fylde.

Larbreck Golf and Leisure Village will be built on land near Garstang Road

Named Larbreck Golf and Leisure Village, the development is designed to become a ‘major tourist destination’ and is expected to create 85 full-time equivalent jobs and add up to £ 2.5million each year to the local economy.

After years of planning and discussion, the project of Pure Leisure Group, based in north Lancashire, was finally approved by Fylde Council.

The plan includes up to 495 vacation lodges, a four-story hotel with over 100 rooms, a recreation facility, a greenkeepers building and store, and a 9-hole executive golf course with practice facilities.

According to the request, “the proposed development aims to provide high quality holiday accommodation and facilities while ensuring that the project fits properly into its context”.

The Pure Leisure Group (PLG) is owned by leisure entrepreneur John Morphet and already operates 12 holiday lodges and caravan parks across the UK. Aimed at the high-end luxury market, the parks are primarily focused on leisure facilities, but some, like Tydd St Giles Golf and Country Club in Cambridgeshire Fens, focus on golf courses.

In addition to its UK operations, PLG also owns and operates the world class ‘Royal Westmoreland’ golf and beach resort in St James, Barbados. These layouts served as a design guide for the Larbreck Golf and Leisure Village proposals.

An independent two-story leisure facility will be included in the proposals and will include fitness, swimming and leisure facilities with associated changing rooms and viewing platforms, as well as a restaurant / cafe, bar and a small grocery store.

The leisure facility will also contain an area with in-house golf facilities including simulator bays, greens and a professional golf shop as well as a clubhouse with externally accessible changing rooms and a cafe / club area. -house intended mainly for golfers and students using the other facilities offered.

The leisure center and the hotel offered at the Larbreck Golf and Leisure Village

The hotel block will be located directly next to the leisure facility and will also offer a restaurant / dining room, kitchen and bar. It is expected that the immediate proximity of the hotel

and the leisure facilities will provide easy access for guests to share the leisure and other facilities that are provided

The proposals include a main car park located at the entrance to the site and a smaller car park towards the front of the hotel offering a total number of spaces. 260 parking spaces with spaces for disabled people and associated staff.

32 additional parking spaces have also been provided for the building and the greenkeepers store directly in front of the two buildings and separate from the main car park. More informal parking would also be provided at each lodge.

Westenborg Golf Design has been tasked with advising on golf course development after working on projects such as Dun Laoghaire, Dooks, Blainroe and Cork in Ireland and Rockliffe Hall, Wychwood Park, Southport & Ainsdale and Moor Park in England.

The company has also been involved in new and renovation projects in Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong, China and Brazil.

He suggested creating a nine-hole “executive” sized golf course as the best option given the space available, to allow people to play in less time and to be accessible to juniors and beginners. He also looked at other nearby facilities before deciding on his recommendation.

A golf, hotel, leisure and vacation complex is set up in Larbreck

An executive golf course is a mixture of full length golf holes but with a higher proportion of par 3 holes than a full size course.

Near the first hole, about 100 yards from the hotel and leisure complex, will be a large putting green and a bunker / chipping green which is described as a ‘Himalayan’ feature and based on a similar facility to St Andrew’s in Scotland.

The application concluded: “The development of the site for the new lodges, hotel and leisure center would help achieve the following objectives:

  • Carries out an efficient development resulting in an economical use of the land to meet an identified need.
  • Will result in a well-planned development that will be easily absorbed in its immediate context.
  • Improve the tourist and recreational facilities in the locality.
  • Has been designed to perform well and has taken into account the opportunities available to maintain the character and quality of the area as well as to meet any constraints. “

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COMING SOON! New parking meters and kiosks

COMING SOON! New parking meters and kiosks

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, Community and Economic Development, 509.625.7773

Friday January 7, 2022 at 11:39 a.m.

COMING SOON!  New parking meters and kiosks

If you remember going from a flip phone to a smartphone, you’ll appreciate what will happen to a parking meter near you! As the City prepares for an on-street parking makeover, new meters and kiosks are on the way and we are excited to show them off as we are confident it will provide a better parking experience.

Here’s how:

  • Payment options: Meters and kiosks will accept credit / debit cards, coins, mobile and contactless payments for added flexibility.
  • Better visibility: The counters will be color coded according to the time limits for better visibility. Customers will be able to see the remaining time and receipt of any payment on the counter.
  • Space makeover: Currently, there is a meter for each on-street parking space. Most of the new counters will be “double space”, which means there will be one meter for every two spaces. This will remove almost half of the meters in the city center. Unused poles will be removed or reused for bike racks!
  • Improved service: With fewer devices, parking enforcement specialists will be able to improve the health and safety of the community by having more resources to respond to dangerous infractions.
  • Circle the kiosks:Outside of downtown, most on-street metered parking will be replaced with kiosks for every 6 to 8 parking spaces.

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San Mateo downtown parking lot changes | Local news

Parking availability in downtown San Mateo garages is easier to determine with the addition of real-time signs showing vacant parking spaces at the garage level, with city staff touting increased efficiency for the public.

“We are making parking in the city center more efficient by directing users to available parking spaces and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by limiting the need for drivers to walk around the available parking lot,” said said Kellie Benz, spokesperson for San Mateo Public Works.

According to a staff report, the city first approved parking technology upgrades for the city center in October 2019 for around $ 1.45 million in partnership with entrepreneur IPS Group. Called the Downtown Parking Technology Project, it creates technology upgrades throughout downtown to improve public information about parking and payment structures. Improvements include new parking kiosks, single-place parking meters for on-street and off-street parking, real-time parking data for downtown garages, and orientation signs for on-time parking availability. real. Parking availability options include mounted electronic signs showing current occupancy levels and available spaces in downtown garages at different levels. The new terminals and meters include cash, credit and mobile payment options. Meters now use a car’s license plate to determine identification and payment. Instead of manually setting meters, a new parking management system also allows city staff to manage parking stations and pay off-site meters. City staff expect the changes to improve parking downtown and reduce greenhouse gases by reducing the number of cars. The city’s 2020 climate action plan calls for reducing greenhouse gases in order to meet the state’s reduction targets and take action to reduce them.

San Mateo has five city-owned parking garages downtown, including Central and Main Street garages, with varying levels of on-street parking throughout downtown. Benz said a real-time parking occupancy sign can be found outside the entrance to the five downtown garages and on each floor of each garage.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, or MTC, a regional agency tasked with helping improve the Bay Area’s transportation system, provided funding to San Mateo for the project in 2015. San Mateo received $ 1.5 million. MTC dollars and an additional $ 500,000 congestion alleviation and air quality grant. Improvement Funding, a federal program to reduce emissions from transportation-related sources. The city also provided $ 500,000 to bring the total funding to around $ 2.5 million. San Mateo searched for an acceptable contractor’s offer for several years before accepting the IPS Group offer. The project is largely complete, with minor items to complete.

Benz said it was too early to know how much the changes have helped reduce traffic jams or made it easier for drivers. However, she noted that the city is still looking to improve the downtown area for residents and visitors. She cited the city’s recently approved low-income parking permit program for all downtown parking garages. Eligible individuals can purchase a parking permit for $ 40 per month to park daily. Applicants must submit applications online and provide verification of their income. City council approved the permit program on October 18.

“We will monitor all options and bring all possible recommendations to city council,” Benz said.

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TDI Properties buys 3 multi-family buildings in Los Angeles

TDI Properties purchased 2849 San Marino Ave. in Koreatown.

TDI Properties Inc. purchased a portfolio of three multi-family properties known as the Elevate LA portfolio from a Colorado family for an undisclosed amount.
The properties were owned by the seller for almost three decades.

Brent Sprenkle of Berkadia represented the seller in the transaction.
“It’s not often that investors have the opportunity to acquire three properties from one owner for a very long time, all with slightly different attributes and locations, and all sold at very attractive prices per unit per foot. square, “Sprenkle said in a statement. . “Due to the much below market rental rates, the cap rate in place was less than 4%, but the increase in long-term rentals is huge. “

The largest property based on unit count was a 30 unit building located at 1234-1240 4th Ave. in Central LA. The property, which was built in 1928, has three floors and has one bedroom, a studio and three parking spaces.
Another property for sale was a 21 unit building located at 2849 San Marino St. in Koreatown. The property was built in 1923 and has 10 parking spaces.

The last asset consists of two apartment buildings totaling 28 units at 1714 S. Burlington Ave. at Pico-Union. The property has 22 parking spaces in addition to a detached garage for two cars.

LA had a number of significant multi-family sales in 2021. According to records, many of the largest sales are labor-intensive home conversions, which use tax-exempt bond financing to acquire the properties. .

Some of the biggest sales last year included the 507-unit Altana apartments in Glendale, which Waterford Property Co. and the California Statewide Communities Development Authority bought for $ 300 million, and the Playa Pacifica and The Gallery in Hermosa Beach. , purchased by Prime Residential for $ 275 million. .

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Follow These Seven Steps From GEMMA BIRD To Turn Your Home Into An ATM

You might be surprised to know that there is also a lot of money to be made in your own home.

Even if you think you don’t have much to sell, I guarantee that there is a whole bunch of stuff in the back of your closet or in your loft that someone, somewhere, will buy you.

Just go through each room one at a time, starting with the attic or at the top of your house. Take a moment to look at each item and ask yourself if you are really going to wear this jacket again or read this book, or if you are keeping it for other reasons.

It can be sentimental, or because you’ve spent a lot of money on it and think you should burn yourself out more.

Whatever it is, if you know in your heart that you are not going to use it or wear it again, then put it in the decluttering heap and start making money!

1. Create your own stylish eBay store

I like to sell my old clothes and small household items on eBay because it has a large national and even international audience which means I can get as many people as possible to bid on them.

I also love that eBay allows its customers to review you, which allows you to build a brand and a loyal following.

As a seller, you are legally covered, so if a customer doesn’t pay, you can open a case and resolve the issue.

The best-selling items on eBay are small enough to advertise, come from good brands, and hold their value. I regularly sell designer clothes, shoes, bags and belts of good quality, unused make-up, costume jewelry and household items such as candle holders or placemats.

A good sale is all about the pictures. So find a clean space and set up a small home studio with a plain background and good natural lighting.

Take tons of photos of your item from all angles, so people feel like they really have a good look at what they are buying.

On a typical fashion site like Zara or Boohoo, you will get around eight photos for each item, so follow their lead and put as many photos there as you can.

Hang the clothes on a wooden hanger (not plastic or metal) and decorate the photo with flowers in a vase or a photo in a frame. Think about how things look in online stores and try to bring some of that flair to your images.

If there are any flaws, show them clearly – there is no point in trying to hide them as the item will only be returned.

Boost your sales potential by being descriptive and informative: instead of saying “blue top”, say “Whistles blue silk blouse 12 SS20 vintage fashion”.

I like to sell my old clothes and small household items on eBay because it has a large national and even international audience which means I can get as many people as possible to bid on them.

I like to sell my old clothes and small household items on eBay because it has a large national and even international audience which means I can get as many people as possible to bid on them.

2. Set up a stand on Facebook Marketplace

I love using Facebook Marketplace to move larger items locally – buyers usually pick up their items so you don’t have to worry about shipping costs.

You should always take clear photos and describe any flaws in your item, if any.

3. Cash in old mobiles

That old handset in the back of your drawer could be worth hundreds of pounds.

Just type your model name into one of the many cell phone recycling websites, see what it might be worth, then put it in the mail and wait for the money. Remember to reset it to factory settings before sending it out.

If you find a really old phone, it’s worth checking eBay because people will pay dearly for old technology – the older and rarer the model, the better. The first Nokia mobile phones from the 1980s sold for up to £ 1,000.

4. Say “yes” to online surveys that report

Go online and search for survey sites. They all take a slightly different approach, but many will either pay you with vouchers or cash straight to your account.

Surveys won’t get you rich quick, but they can increase your bank balance and it’s usually something easy that you can do even while watching TV.

5. Install a teacher or student in your home

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, it could net you thousands of dollars a year.

I rented a room to trainee teachers from France on internship at the local high school and we really appreciated that they stayed.

You can also offer excavations to touring artists or language students who visit your area for short periods – they probably won’t be home much.

Call local theaters, schools and language schools to find out how to get on their accommodation listings or use an accredited service such as to walk you through the process.

6. Your parking spaces are chargeable

In many areas, parking is notoriously difficult and expensive, so commuters traveling to work or the train station to catch a train may look for a cheaper place to leave their cars.

Having an extra car in the driveway or garage might not make any difference to you (it might even be a deterrent to burglars) and could earn you £ 50 per month. Use a specialized app like JustPark.

Likewise, if you regularly travel to work or to a specific destination, check your options for renting a parking space instead of paying exorbitant fees.

7 Rent your house when you are away

If you can make it work for you, leaving your home on Airbnb or similar can make some really good money.

In 2020 the average rent for a seven night stay in the UK was around £ 600. That’s £ 2,400 a month!

I have friends who rent their house when they go on vacation – which means their vacation pays for itself – and I know someone who rents her a week a month while she stays with her. mother.

Even if you don’t live in a desirable part of the country, someone may need accommodation for work reasons or to visit relatives. Do your research and determine if it can work realistically for you.

If you have a messy house or have family members who don’t like the idea of ​​regularly shipping, then renting your home might not work. But if you’re a minimalist who likes to get away from it all, this could save your life.

Your success in renting a property will depend on the photos. Take photos that show all the aspects you would want if you stayed there – clean looking kitchen, freshly made beds, beautiful views if you have them, comfortable living space.

A little effort before uploading these photos can make a big difference to your reservations.

Adapted by Louise Atkinson of Money Mum Official: Save Yourself Happy, by Gemma Bird.

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Hong Kong property prices remain high, despite challenges

The problem for Hong Kong is that it doesn’t have a lot of land available. About 75 percent of the land is protected or too mountainous to build there. As a result, construction in developed areas appears to be relentless. It is common to see new apartment buildings being constructed in the gaps between two existing towers in impressive use of space, but disregarding the view from residents’ windows.

Yet demand far exceeds supply, even with rising prices. The scarcity of land means that buying a property is seen as a long-term game. “It’s still crazy. If there are 100 units in a new building under construction, it is normal for it to be oversubscribed more than 10 times, and it will have to go to raffle lots, ”said Eunice Tenh, who is a real estate agent in the city for over 15 years.

The announcement that Hong Kong’s border will reopen with mainland China by June 2022 is already boosting the market, according to real estate agents. In November, just days after the border was announced, an apartment on Mount Nicholson in Hong Kong Island sold for HK $ 640 million, or HK $ 140,800 per square foot, a record in Asia.

“The main developers in Hong Kong are all very optimistic about the market,” Tsang said. “Hong Kong is still considered the Monte Carlo of China.”


Hong Kong is now technically open to non-residents who are fully vaccinated, but anyone who moves or visits must self-quarantine in a hotel room for 21 days if traveling from 25 countries, including US and UK, or 14 days from almost anywhere else. The exception is mainland China: visitors from some provinces can travel without quarantine, although there is a strict limit; most vaccinated visitors from China must self-quarantine for seven days.

Hong Kong has imposed strict mortgage requirements in an attempt to control prices – with little effect. Buyers must deposit at least 40 percent of the value, and there are stricter rules for foreign buyers. Mortgage applicants with income primarily from outside the territory face a maximum loan-to-value ratio of 40% for properties over HK $ 10 million and 50% below that price.

To delay overseas speculation, Hong Kong introduced an additional stamp duty for buyers who are not permanent residents, which is a flat rate of 15% of a property’s value.


45.8 million Hong Kong dollars

A three bedroom apartment on Macdonnell Road in Mid-Levels Central, a short drive from the central business district. The property includes an additional maid’s room, a balcony and a parking space. For sale with Knight Frank.

55 million Hong Kong dollars

A four bedroom, three bathroom house with private pool and garden in a quiet hillside location. There is also a maid’s room, three parking spaces and a mountain view, as well as a partial sea view. In the market with Knight Frank.

HK $ 1.2 billion

A four bedroom detached house on Island Road in Deep Water Bay, South Hong Kong Island. Built in 2009, the property has a rooftop terrace with views of the bay and the hills. Available at Christie’s International Real Estate.

By Tabby Kinder © 2021 The Financial Times

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The 568th AMXS completes the first year of production of the depot on the new KC-46A campus> Air Force> Post display

Members of the 568th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Tinker Air Base had a busy first year of production in depot, completing maintenance work on 23 KC-46A Pegasus airplane.

In the process, maintenance managers also exceeded their own one-day turnaround target, with an average of 35 days to return the Air Force’s newest refueller to the field.

Completing work on all scheduled aircraft ahead of schedule is particularly important as the KC-46A is still in its initial phase of operational testing and evaluation. Generally, depot maintenance programs do not begin until the aircraft has reached initial operational capability.

The first KC-46A arrival to Tinker AFB for maintenance on September 10, 2020. The Pegasus landed with great fanfare, even receiving a water salute, or hosed down, from Tinker’s Fire and Emergency Services.

The 568th AMXS is the first Federal Aviation Administration– Designated military repair station, which allows maintenance on commercial derivative aircraft, such as the KC-46A. The MRS program holds the 568th AMXS to FAA standards, part of which includes scheduled maintenance checks on the aircraft every two years.

“My team began activating the KC-46A in 2017, so our successful execution of the 23 planes planned in our first year of operation is very gratifying,” said Gene Harris, director of the 568th AMXS. “Most importantly, I am touched by this opportunity and inspired by the fact that our 568th team lives up to our squadron’s logo, ‘Refueling the Future.’ “

The Pegasus will become a more mainstream spectacle as Tinker AFB’s KC-46A campus continues to grow. Currently, two hangars are operational, and seven more are expected to enter service in the future as more aircraft enter inventory and the operations they support increase.

When completed, the KC-46A sustainment campus will consist of a total of 14 docks: seven engine starting points, five additional ramp parking spaces, an engine test cell, an integration lab systems and administration space for a program office and aircraft maintenance personnel.

The docks will include two multi-bay hangars for corrosion control, fuel and scheduled depot maintenance, two additional hangars for corrosion control, two additional fuel sheds and eight scheduled sheds for tank maintenance. deposit. The campus will also feature four additional engine operating locations for 100% organic support.

Tinker AFB acquired the 156-acre KC-46A sustainment campus from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in 2010. The initial investment of $ 44 million to purchase the property adjacent to the base was a joint effort between the Air Force, local and state authorities. .

Ultimately, the Air Force will have invested more than $ 755 million in military construction funding into the project. The campus is also expected to employ 1,300 people as part of the state’s quality employment program.

Based on the Boeing 767, the KC-46A is a versatile widebody tanker aircraft, supporting missions such as air-to-air refueling, cargo and aeromedical evacuation, as well as passenger transport. Tinker AFB is the scheduled depot maintenance center for the KC-46A, providing all aspects of depot aircraft maintenance.

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Developer Seeks Affordable Luxury Homes The Guardian Nigeria News

The Lagos-based real estate company, MM. GMH Luxury, urged developers to ensure housing prices are affordable, standardized and reflect the economic reality of the country.

GMH Luxury Chairman and CEO Ayoolarenwaju Kuyebi gave the charge, speaking to reporters in Lagos. According to him, although developers cannot play the role of government in subsidizing house prices, they should set the prices bearing in mind that the money committed to buy houses is the people’s trust fund.

He said: “I expect that we will improve the market prices, even in the luxury market. I still think the market is overvalued and payment flexibility is the key. I want developers to improve the quality of homes and deliver projects on time as well as educate people to convert what they pay into an investment vehicle.
Subscribers are getting wiser by the day and that’s what determines deliverables, which is the end result of whatever the developer produces.

Kuyebi, an engineer, said the company has created an investment program to allow investors to invest resources in real estate constructions, which in turn will generate annual returns.

“We encourage fair investing where people can get up to 30% equity on their investment over a 12 or 24 month period,” he said.

Kuyebi has revealed plans to build 23-story luxury homes in Eko-Atlantic dubbed “Sheldon Gary” which will include a one-bedroom apartment, two-bedroom apartment, four-bedroom puppet and a penthouse. The penthouse is equipped with personal elevators.

Other features, he said, include commercial spaces, spa, business lounge, 220 parking spaces, four parking spaces for each of the units, a helipad, personal pool, and recreational facilities. such as lawn tennis and basketball court, mini market, nursery and lounge.

He explained that the project, which started in the first quarter of 2021, is being handed over to a Swedish company and would be delivered in 36 months.

Regarding the instability of the exchange rate and the impact on real estate, he said: “The first quarter of next year will be difficult for real estate companies as some projects could be abandoned due to the evolution of costs. and the currency crisis.

The forum also featured the unveiling of the company’s brand ambassador, Mr. Ninalowo Omobolanle, a Nollywood actor in Lagos. Kuyebi explained that the choice of the new ambassador was based on the need to promote the integrity and quality of its housing products.

In response, Omobolanle, who praised the company for its exceptional quality of housing delivery, pledged to create synergy to promote service excellence in the pre and post-production construction processes as well as for bring the business to the desired height.

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Woman fined 10,000 rupees in free parking lot because her car was too big

Woman fined 10,000 rupees in free parking lot because her car was too big | Image: SWNS


  • Tracey Carlisle claimed her Nissan Navara SUV was too big for one of the Nottinghamshire free parking spaces
  • She was forced to park on two bays so that she and her husband could get out without hitting the doors of other cars
  • She contested the fine

A woman remained furious after being fined £ 100 (RS 10,000) after parking her vehicle in a free car park because it was too large. Tracey Carlisle, 57, was returning a faulty smoke detector to her elderly mother, who suffers from dementia, when the parking ticket was issued to her.

Tracey claimed that her Nissan Navara SUV was too big for one of the spaces at Beacon Hill Retail Park, in Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK and that she had to park in two bays.

She straddled the white lines so that she and her husband Graham, 61, could get out without hitting the doors of other cars.

When the couple returned to their car 15 minutes later, they found a traffic ticket on their windshield.

“I’m not denying that we were parked astride a bay, but it was not to be reckless. We are driving a Nissan Navara, which is 5.3 meters long and almost two meters wide, so we wouldn’t fit into a normal bay. I had bruises at the time and couldn’t get out of the car properly, so I needed the extra space to fully open the door, “she told the Sun.

She said: “We know the parking lot and the wall next to us means we don’t stay in the flow of traffic. We always park with awareness of others. get in and out of the vehicle, because we have to open the doors wide to enter it because it is high. “

Tracey, a medical secretary, challenged the fine imposed on her by parking company UKCPS on November 26, which could be reduced to £ 60 on appeal.

She added: “It just leaves an unpleasant taste in your mouth, but I don’t expect anything to change and I think I’ll pay it off because the letter is quite heavy if you don’t. She says they can have him take action against you and it can affect your credit status and everything. I will never go back there again. I will find another place to park. “

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Short Term Rental License – St. Catharines

As part of the application, you will need to submit a variety of supporting documents. You should have them ready before launching the online application. The size of individual files will be limited to five megabytes. The following file types are allowed: .jpg, .png, .jpg, .pdf, .word, .doc, .docx.


A site plan is a sketch that shows the location of short-term rental premises on the property, adjacent roads, and any external waste / recycling facilities. This sketch essentially encompasses the layout of the entire property, marking the location of the building.

Sample site map

Floor plans

Floor plans are interior drawings clearly indicating the location and number of rooms and the proposed total occupancy limit. The plans should include the dimensions, descriptions of the proposed use and the number of beds proposed for each room in the building / unit. Think of it as an aerial map of the interior of the residence with the information above.

Floor plan example

Parking management plan

A parking management plan is a scaled drawing showing the size, surface material and location of all parking spaces intended to be used for parking on the premises. Under zoning requirements, there must be one parking space per room in the STR. On-street parking may not be included and all identified parking areas must be designed for this purpose. The plan must comply with the Zoning By-Law and the City’s Traffic By-law. Much like the site map, this is an aerial map of the property clearly indicating the parking spaces / facilities with the information mentioned above. Under the zoning by-law, a standard parking space measures 5.2 meters by 2.6 meters, but size requirements vary for obstructed spaces. Please consult the zoning by-law for more information.

Example of a parking management plan

Fire safety protocol

A fire safety protocol is a protocol that contains an outline of the actions to be taken by an occupant in the event of a fire, the location of all fire safety equipment, a floor plan of the premises indicating the location of all emergency exits, contact details containing the name, phone number and email address of the owner or long-term tenant. This plan would look like the floor plan, but instead of marking the dimensions and number of beds, it would identify exits in the event of an emergency, in addition to fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and alarms. An example of this would be the fire safety card found on the back of a hotel room door.

Example of a fire safety protocol

Fire safety plan (five or more rooms)

A fire safety plan is required for RTS of five or more rooms.

A fire safety plan deals with all aspects of fire safety in a building or property. It is specific to each property and ensures that all occupants and staff are also aware of what to do in an emergency and outlines the roles and responsibilities of the owner in general and in the event of an emergency. The plan covers the maintenance requirements of the building’s fire and life safety features and includes information for fire departments in the event of an emergency response to a property, such as floor plans; locations of stops and equipment; and names and contact numbers.

See our Fire Safety page for more information.

Proof of insurance

You will need to present a certificate of insurance which confirms that the applicant has in place at the time of the application, general liability insurance which may be part of or is included in a “housing sharing”, “host insurance”, “short” term rental ”or other similar type of insurance of at least $ 2 million per occurrence, including property damage and bodily injury, and upon request, that the City be included as an additional insured, but only with regard to the use of the premises by the applicant for short-term rental.

Electrical safety certificate

An electrical safety certificate may be issued by a licensed electrician not older than 12 months from the date of application, indicating that the premises and its proposed use comply with the Electrical Safety Code.

Proof of ownership / rental agreement

You will need to provide a copy of the transfer / deed proving that you own the property. If you are renting out your residence which you will be operating as a short term rental, you will need to provide a copy of your rental / lease agreement for the premises and written authorization from the landlord giving consent to operate a short term rental. .

Interior / exterior photos

You must provide interior and exterior photos of the building facade, back yard, bedrooms, hallways, living / common space and cooking areas. One of each piece is required.

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The best mobile apps for fleets


23 December 2021

| Author: Jack Carfrae

Jack Carfrae brings together ten of the best apps for fleet managers and company car drivers.

You would be hard pressed to find a fleet operator or company car driver without a smartphone. If you are one, contact us and let us know how you do it, because we love old-fashioned stories. But for everyone, mobile devices and their associated applications have mushroomed across the globe and are equally ubiquitous in the fleet business.

Many have replaced administrative tasks previously confined to spreadsheets or physical pieces of paper – a boon in the age of the pandemic – making it a faster and often more reliable and compliant way to tackle problems. vehicle checks and mileage capture, or just paying for everyday sundries like parking.

Here, we take a look at ten of the most valuable and versatile mobile apps available today for business car operators and drivers. The criterion for the applications we have chosen is that they must be free or cheap, accessible to everyone (such as those reserved for customers of a particular company that have not succeeded) and provide a service that is genuinely useful to the customer. modern fleet industry. .

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Friend of the accident

Price: To free

A handy little app to support distressed drivers throughout the post-collision process. The Accident Buddy “Report Incident” feature includes a form that tells the user exactly what information to collect about themselves, their vehicle and others following a shunt. It includes functions to illustrate whether the vehicle is still roadworthy, where the damage is, perceived faults, weather conditions and a function to report injuries, while the video and photo facilities help to make the report more accurate and to reduce the unpleasant ‘he said, she said’ insurance claims business.

The developer also offers white label services to the fleet and insurance industry. Therefore, if you already have such an app through something like an insurer or leasing company, you might already be using it.

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Price: To free

If your drivers are traveling anywhere near part of the road network with additional charges, it may be worth downloading Caura, which makes it easier to pay for tolls, traffic jams or clean air zone charges. and parking through a single app, while Gray Fleet drivers could also benefit from the ability to request roadworthiness, road tax, and insurance – as well as notifications on everyone’s due date. Drivers enter their vehicle registration number and the app displays a range of details, including renewal dates and options to remotely pay the aforementioned fees through online payment services.

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Price: To free; in-app purchases between £ 2.99 and £ 99.99

Driving in a big city is usually not a lot of fun, and unless your fleet only includes vehicles that avoid the clean air zone fee, it can be expensive too. Parking on the outskirts of town and taking public transport is often a good way to get around this – for reasons of cost, time, and the environment – and Citymapper helps users navigate it. It directs them to the most suitable type of transport (train, metro, bus, etc.) and provides what it claims to be very precise routes and timetables. A total of 50 million international users and a slew of Google Play rewards suggest the developers are on to something, and it also offers the Citymapper Pass travel card, which allows users to pay for different types of public and private transport. , although, according to its website, the card is currently limited to London.

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Fleetcheck pilot

Price: £ 2 per vehicle per month

Vehicle inspection apps are all the rage, but you often have to be an existing customer of something like software or a fleet management company to access them. Yes, this is a paid service, but the Fleetcheck Driver app is available for all fleets of any size and has a customizable DVSA-approved control system to ensure that drivers give their vehicles the best possible ride. checking necessary before hitting the road and catching any problems beforehand.

It has exceeded ten million checks this year, which the company’s chief executive Peter Golding attributes to a growing desire for paperless inspections both for convenience and from a biosecurity perspective. in the midst of the pandemic.

“Covid has made people realize that if they were dependent on a paper method of communication with an office or elsewhere nowadays it really needs to be removed. We are seeing much higher adoption of the app than ever before. , and much of that growth has occurred over the past 18 months. “

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Price: To free

It’s certainly not the flashiest app in our pick, but HMRC’s offering is useful for employees who need to get their hands on fundamental tax information, such as insurance codes and numbers. national, and also allows them to calculate their net pay after income tax. and NI deductions. Other features include details on potential income and benefits, as well as facilities to track forms and letters, edit personal information, and, for those who have overpaid, request refunds. Unfortunately, that doesn’t go as far as the company car tax, and to our knowledge there isn’t a dedicated app to perform such a function, at least on the Google Play Store (but there are some websites that do). HMRC’s offer is nonetheless convenient for tax bases, however.

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Price: Free personal account; £ 1.99 per month per user for business

Ringgo bills itself as the UK’s number one parking app, which is probably fair enough considering it’s been downloaded over a million times from Google Play alone. It allows users to search for different types of parking spaces nearby, reserve and pay for them remotely – convenient for company car types on the move and looking for a space. It is also possible to pay for extra time in a parking lot via the app without having to physically come back and hastily put coins into the meter. An individual plan for up to five vehicles is free, while business accounts for more vehicles and users cost £ 1.99 per user per month.

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Smart dash camera

Price: To free; in-app purchases £ 1.79 – £ 8.99

It is not the only dashcam app, but Smart Dash Cam is one of the most popular. It does what it says on the box; Stick your phone to the dashboard after downloading (a solid phone holder is a good idea) and you’ve instantly converted it into a makeshift recording device.

If you are an Android user, Droid Dashcam is also worth a visit. It has fewer downloads than the aforementioned offering, but users rate it higher than Smart Dash Cam – 4.4 vs. 3.7 stars on the Play Store.

We’re not hitting non-phone systems now, as they’re likely to be more complete, especially when paired with a dedicated telematics setup. However, if your fleet doesn’t have the funds for such installations – and, most importantly, assuming it’s suitable for your vehicles and drivers – a plug-and-play dashcam on an app is a much cheaper way and easier to record hard evidence in the event of an incident, and extremely useful for insurance claims.

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Vehicle Log Tracker

Price: To free; in-app purchases £ 1.79 to £ 3.09

If the stellar Play Store reviews are anything to go by, this is the best of a huge collection of mileage capture apps. Basically, this is a fairly straightforward GPS recording job, but reports are generated for commercial drivers taking tax returns into account. Users can track multiple vehicles, save frequent destinations, and if set up correctly, it would be able to distinguish between train and car trips, which means you can avoid spurious trip entries. Well worth the nominal cost of downloading the reports if you plan to use it regularly.

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Price: To free

If you’ve just picked up a premium executive lounge with a professional navigation pack (and it’s running the latest version), look away now. For everyone else, Waze is one of the go-to navigation apps. While smartphone makers probably claim the opposite, Waze generally trumps standard smartphone mapping installations because its users submit real-time traffic updates. With no comprehensive, independent real-world road test of large routing applications, it is believed to be the most accurate and reliable of the bunch, especially when it comes to ” inform drivers of impending traffic jams.

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Zap Map

Price: To free; in-app purchases between £ 4.99 and £ 47.99

An obvious choice but, in the era of 1% BIK for electric cars and a massive push for them more generally, a choice that is becoming more and more relevant for fleets. The Zap Map app (excuse the rhyme) shows a full view of the UK charging network and offers a filter function to reduce chargers through a series of variables including connection types (CSS, CHAdeMO, Type 2, etc.), networks and payment methods. , among other things, which is particularly practical, given the convoluted nature of public pricing. It also includes information about each charging station, including the number of connections it has, its availability and the date of its last use. The route planner allows users to sketch out journeys with convenient built-in charging points and the Zap Pay feature provides a way to pay the charges themselves.


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Towbes Group Sells Seniors Community for $ 48 Million

Villa del Sol. Image courtesy of IPA

The Towbes Group sold Villa del Sol, an age-restricted community of 197 units in Santa Maria, California, for $ 48 million. Institutional Property Advisors represented the seller and procured the buyer, a private partnership based in California.

Built in 2018 on 5.5 acres, the seven-building property offers a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom units, ranging from 404 to 756 square feet, according to data from Yardi Matrix. Some units have a private balcony or patio and a walk-in closet. Community amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center, clubhouse and spa. Laundry facilities and 196 parking spaces are also available.

Located at 1311 W. Battles Road, the community is approximately 3 miles southwest of downtown Santa Maria and 2 miles northwest of the Western Village Mall. The Santa Maria Country Club and Waller Park are both about 3 miles to the southeast. Santa Maria is the largest population center and fastest growing city in Santa Barbara County, according to prepared remarks from Kevin Green, executive director of IPA.

Green, along with Senior Managing Director Joseph Grabiec and Executive Managing Director Greg Harris, negotiated the transaction.

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Fairfax Executives Aim to Expand Electric Vehicle Infrastructure | news / fairfax

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Fairfax County officials are looking to purchase more electric vehicles (EVs) for the county’s fleet, increase the number of publicly available charging stations at government sites, and implement charges to recover costs and prevent drivers hanging out in these places.

A $ 1,000 billion infrastructure bill recently signed by President Biden authorized a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations and allocated $ 5 billion to help states build them, said Susan Hafeli, deputy director of the county environmental and energy coordination office, told the supervisory board. ‘Environment Committee on December 14.

Supervisors approved an operational energy strategy in 2018 that envisioned an accelerated transition to electric vehicles and the use of 100% non-carbon emitting fuels for county fleet vehicles by 2030.

The plan aims to install Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations, which can typically fully charge a vehicle in four to six hours, at up to 20 large government facilities in the county.

Supervisors have so far authorized just over $ 3 million for the electric vehicle charging stations initiative and have approved a contract with ChargePoint for the facilities. The seller must maintain the stations or lose transaction fees if the sites are inoperative, Hafeli said.

Electric vehicle charging stations, mostly Level 2, are almost in the process of being installed at several facilities across the county:

• The Government Center will have eight dual port stations and one single port station which will serve 17 parking spaces in a secure garage with no public access. The next phase of the project will consist of installing charging stations on the ground above ground.

• The Public Security Headquarters will have a station with two ports serving two parking spaces.

• The Herrity Building, Merrifield Center and Pennino Building will each receive three dual port charging stations serving six parking spaces. Level 2 stations are considerably less expensive than Level 3 stations, which can recharge a vehicle from zero to 80% in 30 to 40 minutes. Level 3 stations also place greater demands on the electrical infrastructure, Hafeli said.

Supervisors, as part of the county’s 2021 fiscal year budget carry forward review, authorized 12 new positions in the Facilities Maintenance Division to help with electric vehicle efforts. Officials have yet to encounter equipment and supply chain issues with the station, but such issues can arise as demand for such services increases.

County officials have identified 79 county government and Fairfax County Park Authority sites as potential locations for Level 2 EV charging stations. Factors considered by staff when evaluating possible locations included the location, the modifications needed to accommodate the increased electrical load, the expected demand and the proximity to another charging station, Hafeli said.

Officials expect charging stations to be installed at 24 sites across the county by mid-2023. These will include facilities that are newly built or have undergone major renovations; Maintenance facilities of the Department of Automotive Services and other operating sites; and in priority locations by members of the Supervisory Board, if possible.

More than 840 publicly accessible Level 2 stations in Virginia provide nearly 2,000 charging portals, Hafeli said.

The Fairfax County government fleet includes 16 electric vehicles, she said. There are 4,114 electric vehicles registered in Fairfax County, which is less than a third of the 12,763 registered in Montgomery County, Maryland. However, the counties are not far from each other when it comes to the infrastructure for charging electric vehicles.

Fairfax County has 194 electric vehicle charging stations, which equates to 17 per 100,000 people and one station per 0.5 square mile. Montgomery County has 214 stations, or 20 per 100,000 population and one station per 0.43 square mile.

Supervisor James Walkinshaw (D-Braddock) said Maryland offers a $ 3,000 electric vehicle tax credit in addition to the federal government’s $ 7,500 tax credit. Those credits, and not the availability of publicly accessible charging stations, explain Maryland’s higher total of electric vehicles, he said.

“We are a strong advocate for statewide tax credits in Virginia for people to buy used electric vehicles because there is a fairness issue,” said chairman of the board supervisor Jeff McKay (D).

Another key factor in electric vehicle ownership is ensuring the public has access to home charging stations, said supervisor Walter Alcorn (D-Hunter Mill).

Fairfax County staff will present to the Supervisory Board in early 2022 a proposed rate for Level 2 EV charging stations. The rate structure will likely have two components: a charge of $ 0.25 to $ 0.30 $ per kilowatt hour, plus a $ 2 per hour “housing” charge for the time vehicles are occupying EV charging spaces, but not actively charging.

The resort fee “gives the driver a boost to not stay too long, but is not so onerous that it discourages billing in the first place,” Hafeli said.

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A young man with Down’s syndrome remained in distress after his father’s car was blocked – to park in a suitable space

Aaron Sullivan pictured next to his family’s stranded car. Photo courtesy of Robert Sullivan.

A young man from Navan with Down syndrome was distraught after his family’s car was stranded in a busy shopping mall despite parking in a bay clearly marked as “special needs parking”

Robert Sullivan took to social media to say his wife Ciara and son Aaron (25) were stranded outside Johnstown Mall after his vehicle was stranded around 6:20 p.m.

“Clocked in a Special Needs space in Smith’s SuperValu Johnstown Navan with my son who clearly has Down syndrome. He’s in distress. Ashamed. No signage says he needs a badge on my car to prove his status, ”Robert wrote on Twitter.

According to Robert, Aaron – who attends day services at Prosper Meath, Watergate Street, Navan – was very upset with the incident. Robert claimed the matter was not resolved when he arrived and sought help inside the mall.

It took over two hours for the clamp to be removed and only after Robert paid over € 125 in release fees.

Speaking to the Meath Chronicle late that evening, Robert said there had been no resolution to the issue and their car was only released after two hours after the charges had been paid.

“The Gardai advised us to pay the fine and try to appeal later.” SuperValu claimed it was a private company employed to patrol the parking lot that we had to deal with.

“Signage is totally inadequate. Disabled parking spaces do not state that you must display a badge of any description. The rules for blocking in said parking lot are that you will be blocked after three hours. nowhere indicated that we could be secured for parking in a space suitable for special needs.

“These signs indicate special needs, that Aaron is due to Down syndrome and lack of awareness of the potential dangers in a busy parking lot. If we were wrong, we would be the first to raise our hands and say ‘guilty.’ .

The sign in front of O’Sullivan’s car and (left) the warning sign alerting them that the car is stuck.

“If, for example, there were parent and child spaces, would they clamp down and fine someone who parked there without children?

“It was extremely upsetting for him. I literally just installed him (I hope) but his whole routine has been turned upside down. Routine is everything for him.”

“Where is the inclusive society we are aiming for in this country? We will always speak out against injustice. We are the voice of Aaron.”

“The company said we can appeal, as it is our right to do within 60 days. Each case is considered individually.

Apcoa, the company in charge of the parking has been contacted for comment

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Largest RV and boat storage facility in the United States changes hands

Adult Toy Storage, which claims to be the nation’s largest RV and boat storage facility, has a new owner. The insolently named facility will also receive a new nickname: RV Storage Depot.

A Newport Beach, California-based joint venture between RanchHarbor, Ramser Development Company and Saunders Property purchased the Altamonte Springs, Florida facility. The property sold for $ 25.2 million, according to local real estate records.

“In recent years, greater Orlando has experienced a population boom and economic growth. This, coupled with a huge increase in boat and RV orders, particularly in Florida, has led to an excellent opportunity to invest in this unique property, ”said Adam Deermount, Managing Director of RanchHarbor, in a statement. .

The seller converted the property from a commercial nursery to its current use and has operated the facility continuously since the 1980s. The 55 acre property consists of 1,800 units, including outdoor parking spaces, indoor parking spaces and self-storage units. The new owners plan to create an additional 500 outdoor spaces on an undeveloped 14-acre portion of the property.

Neal Gussis of CCM Commercial Mortgage and Josh Koerner and Frost Weaver of Weaver Realty Group, LLC represented both the buyer and seller in this transaction.

A national opportunity

The joint venture’s plans for the RV and boat storage business don’t end there. The acquisition of Adult Toy Storage is the first step in what the group plans to be a nationwide deployment of its vehicle storage platform.

“The purchase of Adult Toy Storage room represents the first step in a nationwide rollout of Ramser Development’s RV and boat storage room portfolio, ”said Ally Ramser Young, COO of Ramser Development Company.

Sales of recreational vehicles and watercraft have exploded across the country, leaving many buyers looking for storage options. The RV Industry Association predicts that sales will be up 40% this year from 2020 with more than 600,000 units sold. The forecast for 2022 calls for a slight increase in RV sales of 1.9% from 2021, a trend that will continue to drive demand for boat and RV storage operators.

The demand is starting to grab the attention of investors and storage operators, with some seizing the opportunity. Other entrants to the space include Madison Capital, based in Charlotte, NC, which recently launched BlueGate Boat and RV Storage with 10 deals pending. Traditional operators with existing facilities have also taken swift action to increase the capacity of RVs and boats at their existing facilities.

RanchHouse, Ramser and Saunders joint venture is actively seeking additional RVs and boats storage room investment opportunities in growing markets across the United States

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The Daily Herald – Boardwalk Boulevard now closed to all motorized traffic

Boardwalk Boulevard is officially off-limits to vehicles and motorcycles.

PHILIPSBURG – Justice Minister Anna Richardson has granted the St. Maarten KPSM Police request for permission to place 77 new road signs in Philipsburg. As soon as it is clear to motorists what is allowed and what is not, the police will take enforcement action and issue fines.

By ministerial decree of November 17, a total of 29 decisions were taken concerning Front Street and Boardwalk Boulevard, as well as the lanes between the two, in order to avoid parking nuisances and potentially dangerous and inconvenient situations for all traffic participants.

One of the decisions concerns the placement of signs at the start and end of Boardwalk Boulevard, and at two places in between, indicating that access to the boardwalk is prohibited to all motorized traffic.

In the aisles that give access to Boardwalk Boulevard, there will be signs indicating that it is forbidden to enter with vehicles and bicycles. Some dead-end streets near Walter Plantz Square and downtown Horizon View Hotel must be marked with road signs as parking areas.

KPSM submitted a request to the Minister of Justice four months ago to be allowed to place traffic signs in Philipsburg. The August 11 petition was explained orally by the traffic police on September 23. The Minister was informed of the considerable nuisance associated with parking in Philipsburg due to the inappropriate use of pedestrian paths as parking space. Police have also reported potentially dangerous situations for local residents, contractors and tourists.

KPSM said obstacles and dangers could be avoided by installing traffic signs.

“The closure of a large number of streets to all vehicles creates a more pleasant and safer environment for pedestrians,” said KPSM, stressing that the installation of signs increases the possibilities for the police and the Tourism Inspectorate. , Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) in order to be able to take coercive measures against parking nuisances and dangerous situations in the center of Philipsburg. A total of 77 road signs will be added in Philipsburg.

Sisalsteeg, across from the downtown cemetery on Front Street, will have a parking sign.

Praktizijnsteeg, opposite, will be a one-way street, with a direction from Front Street to Back Street.

Schijnwerkerssteeg near Walter Plantz Square will be designed for parking. The parking spaces on Front Street near Walter Plantz will officially become taxi ranks, four or five in total.

The frequently used Pompsteeg next to the Sea Palace Hotel will be closed to all traffic. Signs must be placed on both sides by order of the police. The same goes for Scheepsbouwsteeg.

Smidsteeg between Front Street and Back Street will receive a parking sign. Due to a blockade at the halfway point, this lane is already used for parking.

Speelsteeg, Loodssteeg, Afloopsteeg, Apotheeksteeg and Van Romondtsteeg will be banned from all traffic.

Wathey Square is now only accessible to emergency vehicles.

Kerksteeg, Pastoriesteeg and Rinksteeg will be closed to traffic. As there is a private parking lot in the middle of Rinksteeg, the first sign is not placed at the Front Street-Rinkstreet intersection but halfway past the entrance to the parking lot.

Four unnamed streets between Front Street and Boardwalk Boulevard in the area between Rinksteeg and Kanaalsteeg are also closed to traffic.

At the end of Front Street, near the Diamond Casino, there will be six signs indicating taxi ranks.

Front Street sidewalk parking is a big concern, Justice Minister Anna Richardson said. “Parking on sidewalks is still prohibited and, therefore, a ‘no parking’ sign on sidewalks is not required to impose a fine on the owner or operator of a vehicle. However, the addition of signs in which no parking on the sidewalks and parking is allowed only in official parking spaces is explicitly communicated will further raise awareness among the general public. “

In the area from Stillesteeg / Tamarindesteeg to Schoolsteeg, a total of four traffic signs prohibiting parking / waiting will be placed, with a sign below “Parking permitted only in official parking spaces”. In the area from Schoolsteeg to Kanaalsteeg, a total of eight identical signs will be placed on the sidewalks.

Parking violations on Front Street could cost motorists dearly over the next 10 weeks. Until January 31, 2022, Philipsburg, Maho and other “tourism hot spots” face a significantly higher fine for parking infractions.

The fine for illegally parked vehicles has been dropped from NAF. 50 to NAF. 150 (US $ 83). The increase, announced two days before Thanksgiving, applies during peak peak season for Caribbean cruises.

The move is part of a joint effort by the prosecution and the KPSM to improve traffic flow and increase road safety during busy vacation and tourism periods, the prosecution said in a press release.

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Edinburgh Morrisons will see Costa’s drive-thru built in parking lot despite huge objections

An Edinburgh Morrisons is expected to see a new Costa drive-thru built in the parking lot despite a wave of local objections.

The plans are expected to be granted by city council next week after the initial proposals were submitted in the summer of this year.

According to plans, the supermarket at 102 Pilton Drive will see a section of the parking lot transformed into an easy-access café, which will have both walk-in and drive-thru facilities.

Drawings have shown that the drive-thru will be located next to the entrance to the Morrisons parking lot, across from the gas station.

In addition to the main building, a few disabled parking spaces will also be created alongside a few outdoor rest areas.

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The new building will see around 50 parking spaces lost for Morrisons, with local residents complaining that the move will cause further congestion in the area.

Logging into Ferry Road and sitting near the Crewe Toll roundabout, the plans saw 58 objections out of 60 public comments, with residents warning the area is already prone to long traffic jams.

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A resident said: “There is no legitimate reason to encourage more people to drive on Pilton Drive, the current traffic light sequences are already not suited to the level of traffic entering Morrisons.

“Encouraging more people to come into this parking lot just to have coffee ‘driving’ is a bad idea, they will create more traffic at the junction and only increase road rage and blocked junctions.”

However, the board’s development and sub-management committee submitted a report this week suggesting the proposals should be allowed to go ahead.

The review indicated that an impact on congestion was not as likely as locals claimed, adding:

“In terms of the impact on climate change, pollution and the incentive to travel by car, the proposed development will be accessible on foot, by bicycle and by public transport.

“Transportation information has shown that most trips to the cafe and drive-thru will be existing trips of those already going to the supermarket or gas station or those passing by the application site.

“While not entirely sustainable development in terms of travel, the proposal provides for sustainable access and is within walking distance of nearby residential development. “

The plans have been recommended to be granted, but a final decision will be made on Wednesday, December 8.

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Ludlow Town Planning Council Approves Site Plan for Communication Tower

LUDLOW – After years of work, Ludlow Town Planning Council approved a site plan for a new communications tower that would improve communications between city departments at their November 18 meeting.

The proposed 180-foot monopoly would be located at 0 Center Street, adjacent to the parking lot connected to one of the city’s athletic fields, just behind Citizen’s Bank.

Ludlow Fire Chief Ryan Pease said the tower would be used only for communications with the city.

“This is a radio communication project for our city-wide communication system involving the police, fire department, DPW, schools, the senior center and the board of health. It’s not a tower we’re going to sell space on, it’s dedicated to city-wide emergency radio communications, ”he said.

He added that the tower would not disrupt the fields or the parking lot.

“We don’t put him in the middle of the football field, that won’t disturb anything existing there, he’s going to sit on the side of the parking lot there, we maybe take a parking spot or two.” , did he declare. . “It’s a monopoly, so it’s not a huge structure that’s going to be horrible to look at.”

The Marcus Communications project representative said the plan was to start the project in December or January and complete construction by May, while construction and procurement deadlines remain on track.

Police Chief Daniel Valadas said the tower would specifically aid police and firefighter communications between departments.

“This is a long-standing project that dates back about seven years. This is to remedy a lack of effective communication capacity with all the services mentioned by the fire chief, but especially with your police and your firefighters who are there every day, ”he said.

The new tower would provide a solution to the problem for years to come.

“We had tricky situations where communication was very poor and people needed help immediately. This was to fix it and the town assembly voted for it, so this is hopefully the culmination of a long project and will serve the town of Ludlow for many years to come, ”said Valadas .

Planning board chairman Christopher Coelho said he was in favor of the project.

“I have known this has been needed for some time, so I am happy that it is in place,” he said.

While board member Raymond Phoenix was in favor of the other exemptions for the project, he said he was against approving the exemption on the creation of additional parking spaces due to the fact that it was not needed with the existing parking for the land. The board unanimously agreed and voted in favor of approving the site plan as well as the other four waivers, but rejected the parking waiver.

Ludlow’s planning council then meets on December 9.

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Twp sheaths. Appeal Board rejects Dollar General’s request to reduce the number of parking spaces

Jason Raleigh of AR Engineering and Mark Zawatski of Swartz Creek BTS Retail discuss plans for a new Dollar General with the Township of Gaines Zoning Appeal Board.

GAINES TWP. – Many residents of the Township of Gaines are not happy with a proposed new Dollar General for the corner of Morrish and Grand Blanc roads, and they made their feelings known at a special meeting of the Zoning Appeal Board of the canton on Monday, November 22. .

“I am absolutely against it,” said Sandra Cawood. ” It’s not necessary ; Isaac is right there. If you want to go (to Dollar General) you can drive three miles down the road (to Linden and Grand Blanc roads). I don’t think it will serve the community well.

Representatives from Swartz Creek BTS Retail, the company that would own the building and lease it to Dollar General, and AR Engineering appeared before the appeal board to seek a waiver of the zoning order requirement. concerning parking spaces.

The store would be built on 1.65 acres at the southwest corner of Morrish and Grand Blanc Roads.

Jason Raleigh, of Kalamazoo-based AR Engineering, said the requirement for one parking space per 100 square feet of retail space is “excessive.”

BTS is expected to install 85 parking spaces for the building, which would measure 10,640 square feet, including storage and offices. The promoters proposed 36 spaces.

Mark Zawatski of BTS said the proposed tally is based on “data from 16,000 stores across the country.”

“Dollar General is a convenience retailer,” he said, adding that on average there are only four to five customers in the store at any given time, and most only stay 15 to 20. minutes.

He pointed out that Dollar General in Mundy Township, just three miles away, has 30 spaces, as do Lennon and Durand stores, both located about nine miles from the proposed store. The Byron store, located about 12 miles away, has 26.

“We don’t want a huge vacant lot,” he said.

The large parking lot would create unnecessary additional runoff and reduce opportunities for on-site landscaping, he said.

ZBA President Chad Morey expressed concern about providing sufficient space for delivery drivers to maneuver large semi-trailer trucks around the scene without blocking traffic on Grand Blanc or Morrish roads.

Board member Donald Sinkler pointed out that after Dollar General’s lease ends in 15 to 35 years, another company may occupy that space and need the additional parking.

When all was said and done, the board determined that Dollar General spokespersons had failed to demonstrate the “hardships” the township ordinance requires to grant the waiver.

Council voted 4 to 1 to dismiss the plaintiff’s appeal, with council member Bill Harris casting the dissenting vote.

Harris said he thought 36 spaces was a good number for the proposed use, and he is concerned about the environmental impact of the additional runoff.

Harris also noted that “there are additional hurdles” developers must overcome at the Planning Commission and Board of Directors levels.

The appeal board’s decision drew applause from the crowd of 30 to 40 residents, many of whom were found to support the owners of Isaac’s Grocery.

Citing a recent article published by Consumer Reports magazine, resident Robert Henderson said dollar stores threatened small local stores that survived the “Walmart invasion” and officials in many areas fear it could hurt to the local economy.

Resident Chad Peck agreed, asking where the money Dollar General earns goes and noting that local business income remains largely in the immediate economy.

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Limerick leads implementation of new disabled parking app

A new app, which will help disabled drivers locate open spaces, will be launched in Ireland in Limerick.

The SpaceFinder app, which will be available on Apple and Android, can now locate empty accessible spaces and for those with Apple CarPlay, it can provide real-time navigation to the nearest available space.

The SpaceFinder service, developed by the Limerick ParkMagic company, has been supported by the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI).

Limerick City and County Council (LCCC) will be the first local authority in Ireland to start using the app, having completed extensive testing in the pilot phase. The LCCC traffic department has installed small sensors in accessible parking spaces in its downtown business district.

The information from these sensors will provide real-time updates on the SpaceFinder and Limerick eParking applications on the occupancy status of this space.

Limerick City and County Mayor Cllr Daniel Butler said: “Limerick City and County Council is delighted to lead the way again in supporting disabled drivers and visitors to the city with a convenient street parking.

“We are embracing the use of innovative technology to give them real-time information on the location of open spaces. We may also use the information to analyze usage levels so that we can plan for the future. “

In addition to the benefits for disabled drivers, the system will allow local authorities to collect real-time information on the use and turnover of accessible bays. This data could be essential for planning the provision and location of accessible spaces in the future.

Commenting on the launch, Paul Fitzgerald, Managing Director of ParkMagic, said: “We were delighted to lead the development of this service and its launch in the City of Limerick with assistance from the City and County Council of Limerick.

“We believe this demonstrates the real benefits for drivers and the environment of using the latest technologies to shorten the time to search for available spaces, saving time, fuel, traffic and stress. “

The Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) is now asking every local authority to consider using the SpaceFinder service.

Richard Ryder, Head of Communications at DDAI, said: “For many of our members and others in the disabled driver community, finding available and accessible parking can be an incredibly difficult, time consuming and frustrating experience.

Often times this can mean a lot of searching and in some cases a lost trip as the driver is forced to go home and try again later.

“A service like SpaceFinder which gives real-time information on accessible parking spaces in towns and cities across Ireland would be a huge boost, and we call on local authorities to seriously consider this excellent initiative,” a- he added.

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No guarantee that the new Nenagh car park will be open before Christmas

There is no guarantee that the new Emmet Place parking lot will be open before Christmas, Nenagh advisers said.

The contractor has been informed by the Nenagh District City Council that the ongoing work must be completed so as not to interfere with the Christmas trade and that no further work will then be done until mid-January.

Emmet Place is part of the city’s new traffic management plan under which the council will create a new streetscape and install 17 additional parking spaces.

Work has been disrupted over the past two years due to lockdowns caused by Covid-19.

Cllr Hughie McGrath asked council officials at the Nenagh MDC’s November meeting to get a guarantee that the parking lot would be open for Christmas.

However, District Manager Marcus O’Connor said he couldn’t say it would be finished and open before Christmas.

“We have lost time because of Covid but the entrepreneur is working to make up for this time,” he said.

Cllr McGrath said traders on Mitchel Street would be “disappointed” by the news.

“Businesses have been dealing with Covid and they can’t wait to have Christmas and a parking lot,” he said.

Councilor McGrath said the work should be completed within a short period of time and the contractor should be able to give the council a final opening date.

“I don’t think it will take a lot to put it on the line,” he said.

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Ahrens advances the Playford Health Hub

The parking lot of the Playford Health Hub.

Last parking to Elizabeth Vale, Playford Health Hub, demstrengthens Ahrens’ expertise in the supply better parkings.

At Ahrens, each customer is guaranteed a better car park built to last. With unbeatable expertise and in-house capabilities, Ahrens can bring every parking lot from concept to completion, with an aesthetic finish meant to leave a lasting impression.

After working on some of South Australia’s most notable car parks including Adelaide Entertainment Center car park, Tea Tree Plaza’s Park ‘n’ Ride and the newest car park at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Ahrens was the first choice to provide the newest multi-level parking for NorthWest Healthcare Properties, managed by Vital Healthcare Property Trust.

Vital Healthcare Property Trust is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange with $ 2.5 billion in assets under management and 71% of its portfolio in Australia. Vital Healthcare is the only specialist owner of healthcare goods listed on the NZX (NZX: VHP).

A leading global healthcare real estate investment fund, NorthWest Healthcare operates in five countries, with the Australian arm working on a smart, high-tech healthcare facility in Playford, which will see the area surrounding Lyell McEwin Hospital transformed. into an interconnected health center, with the Elizabeth Vale shopping center demolished to make way for construction.

As part of the first stage of the new development at Elizabeth Vale, the client hired Ahrens to deliver a new car park consisting of 501 parking spaces spread over six expansive levels.

The team completed the construction itself, as well as the basic construction of the ground floor retail and commercial rentals, as well as all associated external roadways.

The second phase of the development will include a specialized medical consultation building, with the third and final stage being the private hospital itself.

This is Ahrens’ first project for the client, and one that will leave its mark. Find out more about Ahrens success stories:

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Former Maple Valley Ski Resort Project Subject to Public Hearing on December 2 | Business

DUMMERSTON – There will be a public hearing and site tour at the former Maple Valley ski area on Thursday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the basic brewery and distillery lodge renovation with a tasting room that can accommodate 100 persons.

Sugar Mountain Holdings, which bought the ski area in 2018, also hopes to host events, such as weddings, at the site.

According to the Vermont Secretary of State’s office, Sugar Mountain Holdings, which is based in Weatogue, Connecticut, is “member-managed.” He purchased the 375 acre property for $ 745,000 from MVS Associates.

Keane Aures, who is named as a member of the list of companies, is senior counsel in the Hartford office of the law firm Gordon & Rees and specializes in construction law. He is also listed as a director of Slippery Slope Brewing Company and Slippery Slope Distillers.

Aures and Jonathan Tobin, COO of Sugar Mountain Holdings, declined to speak before the meeting.

The public is invited to attend the hearing and those who wish to obtain party status may attend the hearing. Those unable to attend the hearing and still seeking party status should contact Stephanie Gile, ACT 250 District Coordinator with the Vermont Natural Resources Board, at 802-289-0597 or [email protected] gov, before the meeting. .

A pre-hearing conference “has narrow purposes and is designed to identify parties and issues before calling a hearing to assess the merits of the case,” according to the Vermont Natural Resources Agency.

Members of the Act 250 Regional Commission will be present during the site visit.

According to documents filed with the Natural Resources Agency, the project received approval from the Dummerston Development Review Board in December 2019.

The plan provides for a 1,900 square foot distillery production area and a 3,400 square foot tasting room. The facility is expected to employ 12 people working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, and the tasting room and retail space should be open from noon to 9 p.m. seven days a week. There will be space on the site for four food trucks, which will have access to electricity so that gas generators are not needed.

Special events including live music are planned in an area on the west side of the existing lodge building. The existing raised deck will be removed and replaced with a ground level patio to accommodate these events.

A noise study conducted by the Cross-Spectrum Analysis concluded that the noise at the facility would not be louder than the traffic currently passing on Route 30, although noise during construction could potentially be louder.

“Although the Maple Valley ski area has been closed for several years, the facility was previously used as a concert hall,” says the noise study. “Therefore, the reintroduction of special events including live music would not be a new or unusual source of noise for the region.”

The site plan provides for 41 parking spaces for guests and 10 spaces for employees. The gravel parking lot on the east side of Highway 30 will be used for overflow parking, with access to the facility through a corrugated iron pedestrian tunnel that passes under the road. However, the gravel will be removed and the land will be covered with grass. Public access to the West River will be retained.

The application of Law 250 indicates that when the facility is fully functional, it will generate more than $ 200,000 per year in sales and alcohol taxes.

Three new structures are proposed for the site: a pavilion for clients and small events, a wastewater pre-treatment facility and a whiskey storage barn.

The property is currently valued at $ 1,477,300, and applicable municipal and state taxes for the project site are $ 27,343 per year, the request indicates. Based on the proposed improvements and using current tax rates, the estimated value of the project site after completion will be approximately $ 2.5 million and the estimated taxes would be $ 47,000 per year.

All brewery and distillery production wastewater will be gravity-fed to an underground tank located on the island between the current ski lodge and Highway 30, and will be periodically pumped and transported to the local waste treatment facility. .

All spent grain will be composted on-site upon receipt of a state small composting facility permit. The compost will be used on site to promote plant growth and regenerate the soil.

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Supervisor requests removal of parking spaces at Muni bus stops – SFBay

A supervisor in San Francisco tries to make sure that every transit stop in Muni is accessible to all passengers, including the elderly and people with disabilities.

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Supervisor Dean Preston introduced a resolution on Tuesday urging the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency to improve Muni transit stops where on-street parking is permitted.

Preston said:

“Allowing parking at bus stops and not providing free access to public transportation undermines San Francisco’s transit-oriented policy and poses particular problems for the elderly and people with disabilities. “

The resolution urges the SFMTA to develop and implement a plan “to promote free pedestrian access to board public transport by eliminating parking at bus stops and making other necessary infrastructure improvements.”

Preston cited a study by Marcel Moran, a doctoral student in urban planning at the University of California, Berkeley, who visited and detailed the amenities at each Muni transit stop at street level and detailed amenities – such as shelters and passenger seats – at every stop. Moran visited the nearly 3,000 transit stops and documented his findings from May to July 2020.

Moran’s study, “Are Shelters in Place ?: Mapping the Distribution of Transit Amenities via a Bus-Stop Census of San Francisco,” published in the Journal of Public Transportation, showed that 32% of bus stops lacked areas safe boarding due to street parking.

Parked vehicles force passengers to bypass them and exit onto the street to board, according to the study.

SFMTA spokeswoman Erica Kato said the agency adopted a border management strategy in February 2020 to guide the agency’s priorities for border use in different neighborhoods.

The strategy targeted what are known as “flag stops,” where a bus or train picks up and drops off passengers next to parked vehicles. Flag stops are usually marked with painted yellow and black markings on utility poles, on the roadway, or both.

The agency’s strategic report says flag stops create hardship for the elderly and people with disabilities, forcing people in wheelchairs and other mobility devices to cross in front of parked vehicles to access the wheelchair lift rolling off the bus.

Passengers not using mobility devices are still required to navigate around or between parked vehicles without the benefit of additional sidewalk space when boarding the bus, according to the report.

The report recommended that the SFMTA board adopt a policy that avoids creating new flag stops and gradually replacing existing ones with real bus zones. Community engagement will be required before removing parking spaces.

Preston said SFMTA officials told him they had not yet developed a comprehensive plan regarding curbside access for Muni vehicles.

Pi Ra, senior director of San Francisco Action and Disability transit justice, released a statement saying Muni bus stops should provide curbside access, adding:

“By allowing cars to park at bus stops, you are forcing people with reduced mobility and visually impaired people out onto the streets. “

The resolution calls on the SFMTA to present a plan to supervisors within 90 days.

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The 2021 Holiday Logistics Guide

Halloween is in the rearview mirror and Black Friday is looming on the horizon. As such, retailers and logistics providers are preparing for the annual holiday logistics crisis. The National Retail Federation (NRF) forecast that November and December holiday sales will increase 8.5% to 10.5% from 2020 to between $ 843.4 billion and $ 859 billion. In addition, NRF estimates that online sales will increase by 11-15% to a total of between $ 218.3 billion and $ 226.2 billion in 2020. This increase in e-commerce will put additional pressure on an already existing supply chain. disturbed. Some of the biggest logistics service providers and retailers are trying to hire hundreds of thousands of workers to handle the rush of vacation logistics.

But this rush to hire new workers occurs during what is called “the Great Resignation”. The quit rate – the share of workers who voluntarily quit their jobs – hit a new high of 3% in September 2021, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. A total of 20.2 million workers left their employers from May to September. Many large retailers and logistics service providers are realizing that additional compensation or incentives are needed.

Amazon plans to hire 150,000 seasonal workers, about 50% more than last year. These workers will be used to store, package and ship items from its warehouses. Amazon said the average starting salary for jobs in the United States is $ 18 an hour. And with more competition for entry-level workers, the company is also offering signing bonuses of up to $ 3,000, depending on location, and up to an additional $ 3 per hour for workers willing to work the job. night or weekend.

Amazon also launched “Black Friday-worthy” deals in mid-October with the aim of attracting first-time holiday shoppers. The first Black Friday deals coincided with Amazon’s beauty event called “Holiday Beauty Haul.”

UPS is hiring more than 100,000 workers this holiday season, which is about the same number as last year. The company fills seasonal full-time and part-time positions, primarily parcel handlers, drivers, driver assistants and personal vehicle drivers. UPS is used to transforming seasonal jobs into permanent positions. In the past three years, about one-third of those hired by UPS for seasonal parcel handler jobs were then hired into a permanent position when the vacation ended, and about 138,000 current UPS employees, or nearly a quarter of a mile. ‘one-third of the company’s US workforce started in seasonal positions. Through the company’s Earn and Learn program, eligible seasonal employees who are students can earn up to $ 1,300 for college expenses, in addition to their hourly wages, for three months of continuous employment.

FedEx is bringing in about 90,000 seasonal workers this year, an increase of about 30% from last year. The company is also adding new hubs and sorting centers and improving parcel handling and delivery capabilities to meet demand. FedEx is committed to seven-day residential delivery to get packages where they need to be every day of the week. In addition to seasonal workers to sort and deliver packages, FedEx also hires approximately 500 people to fill computer and data science positions.

The postal service is hiring about 40,000 seasonal workers this year, up from about 35,000 workers last year. Seasonal opportunities include, but are not limited to, urban and rural letter carriers, mail handlers and drivers. In addition to hiring, the Postal Service is preparing for the higher delivery demands of the peak holiday season of 2021 by leasing millions of additional square feet of mail and parcel sorting facilities and installing new equipment. processing to accommodate higher mail and parcel volumes.

Walmart has announced that it is hiring about 150,000 new store workers in the United States, most of them permanent and full-time, in anticipation of the busy holiday season. The company also plans to provide overtime to many of its store workers during the period. Walmart will also hire 20,000 workers at its supply chain facilities in permanent positions as people increasingly embrace curbside pickup and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, Walmart is also rolling out more fulfillment options for customers. The company is extending in-store delivery hours nationwide to two hours, providing more delivery windows to customers, increasing the variety of products available for in-store delivery, and including more locations for oversized products and l alcohol to pick up. Walmart plans to run Black Friday deals throughout November, with early access for Walmart + members.

Target said it would cut seasonal hiring and instead give more hours to its approximately 300,000 current employees at the store. The company said it would pay an additional $ 2 an hour to employees who take shifts during peak days of the holiday season. The salary supplement will go to employees of stores and service centers who work Saturdays and Sundays from November 20 to December 19, Christmas Eve or Boxing Day. Hourly supply chain workers can get the extra pay for two-week peak periods between October 10 and December 18. Target also unveiled improvements to its Drive Up curbside pickup, adding 18,000 assigned parking spaces. In addition, same day Shipt delivery will be available for a wider range of products in the Target assortment, including clothing and accessories, Ulta Beauty items, electronics, toys and now adult drinks. .

It wouldn’t be the holiday season if people weren’t worried about holiday shipping times. Here are the deadlines to keep in mind for your own logistical vacation planning. UPS, FedEx, and USPS have said you should ship Christmas gifts the week of December 13, but with the continued tightening of capacities, it might be safer to make sure you have shipped the items before the. December 10. The ground limit is December 15 for FedEx and the postal service, while UPS does not give a deadline. However, it is stated that shipping from coast to coast takes about a week, which means it must be shipped no later than December 17th. FedEx and UPS have both removed almost all of their delivery guarantees during the holiday season. The only exception is UPS Next Day Air, which is expensive.

My colleague Chris Cunnane is the primary author of this story.

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Bicycle garage The Hague provides storage space for 8,000 cyclists

Dutch design studio Silo has completed one of the world’s largest bicycle parking lots, with almost 8,000 underground parking spaces next to a busy train station.

Silo worked in collaboration with Studio Marsman to create the public garage in front of The Hague Central Station in the Netherlands.

The Hague Bicycle Garage is an underground car park in The Hague

“What if a functional underground space, rather than being a place to be avoided, became a must-see attraction? Silo’s creative director, Rene Toneman, told Dezeen.

“We wanted to improve the comfort and safety of the thousands of daily users, bringing the experience of cycling through the city indoors. “

A cyclist cycling in The Hague bicycle garage
There are nearly 8,000 parking spaces for bicycles inside

Recognizing that cycling has taken on a new importance in recent years, due to growing climate concerns and the coronavirus pandemic, Silo hopes that Bicycle Garage The Hague will provide cyclists with a “comfortable and safe” parking environment.

Cyclists enter the garage through a main entrance, designed to mirror the facade of a building above ground.

Red and silver bicycle parking
The studio referenced the museum design for the garage

While riding, they can cross the garage along an indoor cycle path that runs along the space. Places to park bicycles are arranged in rows in the middle of the garage.

The single-level parking lot is designed to look like a museum, with bright lighting and matching spatial landmarks.

“The low ceilings, the lack of daylight, the repetitive layout and the lack of a view of the surroundings make underground parking lots generally very unpleasant,” Toneman explained.

“The Hague car park was designed to completely transform this essential service by creating an unexpected and exceptional spatial experience.”

Bicycle storage The Hague by Silo
Rail commuters can safely store their bikes on metal racks

The space also features a long graphic fresco featuring geometric shapes and patterns in a gray hue.

According to the designers, this illustration reflects the bright lights in the garage, making the room appear larger.

A man and a woman in the bicycle garage in The Hague
A gray graphic installation runs the length of the garage

“The integrated application of light and experiential graphic design makes the installation more spacious,” said Toneman.

“The angle of the light in the illustration matches the actual light behind it, greatly improving the appearance of depth.”

Bicycle storage The Hague by Silo
Users access the underground space via a series of escalators

Bicycle Parking The Hague is shortlisted in the civic and cultural interior category and the graphic design category of the Dezeen Awards 2021.

Other short-listed projects in this category include Kengo Kuma Associates’ mesh curtain for Casa Batlló and a wide beam barge designed to resemble a floating church.

The photograph is by Mike Bink.

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Luton council boss under fire for parking ‘chaos’

The barriers around the parking lot of the Upper Town

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

Robin Porter had visited the conservation area along High Town Road last week after business leaders said plans to significantly reduce their parking spaces for a new property development would drive customers away.

Real estate agent Mohammed Shahid said Porter faces angry traders.

Council warns traders

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

He has now started a petition in the region calling on the council to rethink its plans to remove 28 public parking spaces, which the companies say will drive out customers who cannot park. Traders will end up with only 12 spaces for themselves and their customers, they say.

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

“Every business has been closed during the closures and some are barely surviving. The loss of parking cuts a lifeline, they will close their doors.”

Twenty-eight places were lost

Mr Shadid said that since parking spaces were removed to cope with a new apartment development, there has been chaos on the road, with people parking in yellow lines or on the sidewalk.

“The parking lot has been around for 45 years,” he said. “We all need to find another place to park. The general manager has witnessed some of the 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 while customers struggle to park. They’re just killing the neighborhood.

“The advice is just crossing our fingers that we get used to it. “

The petition states: “The Luton Borough Council did not properly take into account the impact of the loss of these parking lots and did not make any proposals regarding other parking arrangements.

“The construction process has already started and it 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 working 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 calling on High Town Councilors and the Chief Executive Officer of Luton Council to reconsider LBC’s decision and keep this vital parking resource on High Town Rd / Brunswick Street. Alternatively, allocate an appropriate number of spaces to accommodate movement in the local area (High Town Road, Brunswick Street and Back Street) a distance equal to that of the existing Brunswick Street parking lot. ‘

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

“The new High Town development provided by Foxhall Homes on the old Taylor Street parking lot will enhance the area and provide large family homes, which are rare in Luton. There will be twenty-three homes for sale and new ones. affordable houses for rent.

“As part of our goal of making 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 local merchants. region as it will bring new buyers to the locality.

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

“There are other paid and posted parking lots on Wenlock Street and Hitchin Road, a short walk away. There is a full bus service and a main train station within 0.2 mile.

“We continue to work and engage with local businesses, not only in High 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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Provo city council changes parking permit program | News, Sports, Jobs

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Graphic on parking permit information and meetings.

Provo City Council is approaching a parking permit program for certain areas of the city. The city is asking residents for help on the proposals that are currently being studied.

The draft city code of Provo, Chapter 9.90, will be considered at the council meeting on Tuesday. On-street parking management, if adopted, will create a new management tool for the city. This would be in addition to the current parking management tools the city is already using, such as authorized parking zones, according to Karen Tapahe, spokesperson for the council.

“Chapter 9.90 creates the structure for future parking management zones to be created and enforced through a paid parking system,” Tapahe said. “Charging parking is certainly not a popular idea, as public commentary in a recent Open City Hall poll showed, but active management of on-street public parking is necessary to preserve the benefits and discourage abuse of this public resource. “

Key elements of Chapter 9.90

Parking on a public road in OSPM areas may be restricted by any of the following parking management strategies:

  • Paid parking
  • Paid parking with optional permit
  • Vehicles that are parked in an hourly parking zone must pay the established rate.

Timed fares will be market determined – high enough that parking spaces are regularly released, but not so high that on-street parking is not fully utilized.

Payment would be made via a mobile application. City staff are working on options for drivers without a mobile device.

Vehicles with valid permits would be exempt from the timed parking fee in this OSPM zone.

Licensees pay for one year of access to an OSPM area rather than paying the timed tariff.

To obtain a parking permit, the permit holder must prove ownership or residence of a building with a facade bordering the OSPM zone with a maximum limit of two permits per property / occupant.

The boundaries of all OSPM zones must be shown on an official map of the on-street parking management zone adopted by the city council.

What Chapter 9.90 does not do

Create the actual OSPM zones. The process of creating an OSPM zone is detailed in Chapter 9.90, but the actual designation of a zone will need to be submitted to the council for a vote of approval.

Chapter 9.91, creating an OSPM zone in the Joaquin neighborhood (just south of the BYU campus), is in preparation.

Tapahe said a town hall on the proposal will be held on November 18 at 6 p.m. in the council chamber for the public to share their views in person.

The discussion will focus on the regulation of parking on private property and the guarantee of a specific parking space for OSPM permit holders.

Tuesday’s meeting to review the structure of the proposed program will be broadcast live on the Council’s Facebook and YouTube.

Council has scheduled the parking ordinance to be voted on at Tuesday’s meeting as the final item on the agenda. However, residents and university students who might have concerns about additional changes or specific areas for the permits or permit program are encouraged to attend the town hall meeting on Thursday.


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Williamsburg City Council met at the new sports complex and more

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WILLIAMSBURG – This month’s Williamsburg city council meeting consisted of major public hearings that included the city stepping forward with the regional sports complex, medical marijuana dispensaries and a colonial expansion of Williamsburg.

Recreation Facilities Authority

City council voted unanimously in favor of resolution 21-28: a concurrent resolution with the counties of James City and York to form the Historic Triangle Recreation Authority. This is considered a formal step as all three localities have to go through the same step before future works.

James City County had previously voted to pass their resolution at their November 9, 2021 meeting. York County will vote on its resolution later this month, but it is expected to vote in favor of it as well. the resolution.

The resolution establishes a board of directors called the Recreational Facilities Authority. As discussed at the November 10 meeting, there are six members who will be elected to the Regional Facilities Authority and the group will consist of two members from each locality. The member who will make the appointment to the board of directors will be the appointed chief official.

“We have been working on this since 2014 as a region. It wasn’t until our city council and our tourism grant process generated funds to pay for half the construction of the facility that it really started to move forward in earnest, ”City Manager Andrew Trivette told the November 10 from the city of Williamsburg. Board meeting. “A regional working group has been formed to review the locations as well as a programming plan for the facility. This group examined several sites in the city and ultimately decided that the best site was the Colonial Welcome Center in Williamsburg. At the same time, the directors of parks and recreation in the three localities worked on a programming plan to meet the needs of the community. Once this was planned, we entrusted it to the consultant who was hired to determine the competitiveness of the market and the attractiveness of such a facility as well as the economic impact. This produced a sort of final version of the programming plan that represented both the needs of the community as well as what we would need to attract sports tourism to the facility.

If York County passes its resolution, the next step would be for all localities to nominate members to the council so that the authority can begin organizing its meetings. These meetings are where all of the organizational work will be done.

Medical cannabis distributors

The counted city voted unanimously in favor of the examination and the approval of the PCR n ° 21-010: amendment to the text of zoning to modify the article III. District Regulations, Division 10.1 Economic Development District ED *, Section 21-362 to license medical cannabis dispensaries licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This was a request to amend a zoning ordinance to authorize Commonwealth of Virginia licensed medical dispensaries under the Virginia Code in the Economic Development District (ED) and to amend additional regulations of the district to handle the retail sale of cannabis and cannabis products. or extracts.

The city ordinance code was written that if it is not listed in the ordinance, it is not allowed. This is why the city council voted to amend the code to deal with the retail sale of cannabis and other cannabis products.

The emergency department contains Riverside Hospital, an apartment complex and multi-family homes.

Prior to the vote, it was recommended that these medical dispensaries be located near hospitals since cannabis is classified as medical cannabis and medicinal cannabis products. This means that clients and users of dispensaries are required to have a medical prescription before purchasing cannabis. City council has made it clear that this zoning change does not include the retail sale of recreational cannabis within city limits.

There are currently four medical dispensary licenses issued by the state of Virginia. Any medical dispensaries that would be found in the city must be licensed by the state and must follow all state regulations.

Williamsburg Colonial Expansion

City Council voted unanimously to review and approve PCR # 21-015: A Request of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to rezone approximately 1.86 acres of Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area (CW) to Museum Support (MS) at 400 South Nassau Street. This included PCR # 21-016: a request from the CW for a special use permit for the removal of 54 parking spaces in the Downtown Parking District for the construction of the Colin G & Nancy N. Campbell Archaeological Center at 400, South Nassau Street.

The proposed rezoning will include a portion of the northern lot, 202 West Francis Street, which will be combined with the property at 400 South Nassau Street.

The proposed expansion project should showcase a large part of the Foundation’s archaeological collection. The CAC will also have a space for processing museum-quality climate control artefacts, laboratories for the acquisition and analysis of artefacts, documentation laboratories as well as a research office and a storage space. meeting.

In addition, the design of the proposed archeology center includes guest arrival services, a learning center, and a covered outdoor arcade with walkways leading to public washrooms.

CW has a five-year plan to create new land in the Botetourt / Lafayette Street neighborhood to provide 469 additional parking spaces for guests and visitors.

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Lawrence City Commission votes to develop a long-term version of the downtown outdoor dining program; costs, design and parking to consider | News, Sports, Jobs

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The parklet patio at 715 Restaurant, 715 Massachusetts St., is pictured on September 18, 2021.

Taking into account issues such as aesthetics and parking, the City of Lawrence will seek to develop a long-term version of a program that has enabled downtown businesses to build patios and outdoor dining areas in parking lots during the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of its Tuesday meeting, the City of Lawrence Commission voted 5-0 to allow the development of a long-term “parklet” program and asked staff to consider items such as fees, design, safety and parking standards in the new regulation. The city waived the permit fees for the temporary program, and Mayor Brad Finkeldei said that while it didn’t make sense for some companies, he expected others to continue using the program in under the new regulations and that it was important to develop them as quickly as possible.

“As I look up and down Mass. Street, and think about the aesthetics, safety, cost, and usability, I think some of the spaces that exist now are going to survive regardless of the conditions. regulations that we put in place, ”said Finkeldei. .

As part of this process, the committee also voted unanimously to extend the temporary format of the program for an additional five months, until March 31, so that the permanent version of the program can be developed. Although there was some discussion about whether this was enough time to develop the bylaws, the commission ultimately decided to leave this date in the hopes that the city and the new commission – two new commissioners. will sit on December 7 – would be able to move quickly.

The corner and parallel parking lot in the city center that the companies have converted to an outdoor patio is owned by the city, and Deputy Mayor Courtney Shipley and Commissioner Lisa Larsen have said it will be important to set a fair price for the use of this space. Larsen said she would like the program fees to be based on the actual cost of downtown space.

“The downtown area is the highest property value we have in Lawrence, and so when we consider moving that space away for a park, I would like it to reflect the value of the property,” Larsen said.

As part of the meeting, the commission also received the results of a municipal poll which indicated that a majority of those who responded supported the idea of ​​a long-term program. Among other benefits, respondents said the program gave customers more options amid the pandemic, raised the downtown vibe and was of economic importance to businesses. Respondents also expressed some concerns, including intermittent use of parks due to weather and opening hours, loss of downtown parking, and the aesthetics of patio structures.

Larsen said she was concerned about whether the commission could realistically approve new regulations within the five-month deadline. She also said she would like the commission to consider whether to limit the number of parklets allowed per block and the number of parking spaces a business can use for a parklet. She also asked if the committee should consider issues such as whether there should be only one common dining room per block.

Downtown Lawrence Inc. CEO Sally Zogry said in a letter to the commission that the board supports the continuation of the program, but there are some “complexities to be addressed.” Zogry said the main concerns for DLI members are capping the number of on-street parking spaces per block that can be used as parklets to maintain a mix of parking and parklets; develop a fair system of cost assessment; provision of signage and guidance for nearby parking lots; meet accessibility and fire prevention requirements; create workable and enforceable design guidelines; and provide assurance of a longer term program so that businesses can invest in improvements.

Zogry said the DLI is ready to provide additional feedback and coordination with its members, and that design and architecture firm Gould Evans, who helped develop the parklet concept, may also be able to provide. advices.

“Our board is confident that the overriding concerns can be addressed through reasonable regulation,” Zogry said.

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Affluent residents have flocked to the low-rise, single-family enclave of Tokyo Aoyama since the pandemic

Synonymous with luxury and style, Aoyama is one of the most exclusive, elegant and sought after areas of
Located in the Minato district of the Japanese capital, it is flanked by some of the city’s most famous neighborhoods: Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Roppongi. However, Aoyama is cut from a more refined fabric than its more well-known neighbors.

Understated but upper-class, it is known for its high-fashion boutiques, hard-to-book restaurants, avant-garde art galleries and exquisite minimalist architecture, not to mention its tree-lined boulevards and generous green spaces, which make it a particularly sought-after address in the heart of the metropolis.


Aoyama is divided into two areas: Kita-Aoyama, or North Aoyama, on the north side of Aoyama-dori Street, and Minami-Aoyama, or South Aoyama, on the south side.

Gaien Higashi-dori Street traces the eastern boundary of Aoyama from the Gaien Campus of Kyoto University of Art and Design in Meiji Jingu Gaien Nikoniko Park, which is at the northeast corner of the district, until it meets Metropolitan Road 413. The southern edge of Aoyama encompasses Aoyama Cemetery, the grounds of the Nezu Museum and crosses Roppongi-dori Avenue, bypassing south then west around 7- chome Minami-Aoyama.

The western boundary of Aoyama traces the edges of the Shibuya campus of Kokugakuin University and the Aoyama campus of Aoyama Gakuin University, before meeting the northwest boundary, which follows Lohas Street and continues along Lohas Street. trajectory, leaving Meiji Jingu Stadium in neighboring Shinjuku, until it finds the Gaien campus of Kyoto University of Art and Design.

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Price scale

Prices in Aoyama are high, even compared to Tokyo’s already high averages. According to the Japanese real estate platform Utinokati, the average cost per square meter of a used condominium in the capital is 916,000 (US $ 8,030). Brokerage Japan Property Central currently lists a two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit on the 20th floor of a building in Aoyama that was completed in 2004 for 260 million yen or 2.65 million yen per square meter, or close to the triple the city average.

The same goes for second-hand homes in the area. Japan Property Central’s portfolio also includes a three-story, two-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Minami-Aoyama, designed by renowned architecture firm Sakakura Associates in 2005. The asking price is 618 million yen, or 1.64 million yen per square. meter, significantly more than the city average for existing homes: 551,000 per square meter, according to Utinokati.

As for new construction, apartments at the Grand Hills Minamiaoyama development, which is slated for completion in February 2022, start from 165 million yen for a 70-square-meter two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit.

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Housing stock

Aoyama is known for its architecture, so it’s no surprise that the area is home to some notable residences, including those designed by Atelier Tekuto and Conran and Partners. Additionally, the area benefits from low density zoning and numerous low rise buildings, giving residents a rare sense of space.

The neighborhood is a mix of detached houses, many of which are minimalist and ultra-modern concrete constructions, evoking a unique Japanese brutalist aesthetic. On the other end of the spectrum, new luxury condominium developments tend to dominate older complexes, although the former remain a rarity in the area and are often found on the outskirts, such as the aforementioned Grand Hills Minamiaoyama, which , when completed, will be 18 floors. .

Parking spaces often accompany individual properties and are sometimes available in apartment buildings, many of which offer 24-hour security and common areas.

Looking towards the S-shaped street in the ichome Aoyama district in Tokyo.

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What makes it unique

About Aoyama, Zoe Ward, Director of Japan Property Central, said: “There is a great combination of low-income and wealthy residential areas with big houses, as well as high-reputable schools, like at Aoyama University. Gakuin. Like Ginza, this is also where the big fashion and luxury brands want to establish themselves. It is also a very central location, close to Shibuya, Roppongi, Akasaka and Azabu.

Due to the region’s reputation as a hub for art, architecture, fashion and design, all of which come together in the trendy Omotesando neighborhood, there is a certain cachet to be had. an address in Aoyama. This is where Japanese and international brands, including Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamato and Prada, whose boutique designed by Herzog et de Meuron is a destination in itself, have their flagships. It is also home to upscale independent stores selling vintage designer clothes, traditional crafts, and housewares.

Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan

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However, Aoyama isn’t just about spending money and looking stylish. Aoyama Cemetery offers a respite from the urban bustle and a glimpse into the history of the region. In spring, the cemetery’s cherry trees bloom powdery pink, while its elevated position gives it breathtaking views of the city all year round.

Equally relaxing, the Nezu Museum houses a collection of over 7,400 Japanese and East Asian works of art in a poetic structure designed by famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The land also includes a landscaped garden.

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A covered walkway at the Nezu Museum in Aoyama, Tokyo.

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The neighborhood is also known for its jazz clubs, ranging from the US-based Blue Note, which regularly attracted international talent in the pre-pandemic era, to the intimate Body & Soul Club, which has been around for over 40 years. .

Luxury amenities

As Ms. Ward mentioned, Aoyama is known for its excellent educational facilities. For the younger ones, there is the Clarence International School, in Omotesando, a nursery school for those aged 18 months to six years. The British School at Tokyo’s Shibuya Campus, which is only a 15-minute drive from the center of Aoyama, caters for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students (ages 7 and 8).

There are also a number of continuing education options, such as the Gaien Campus of Kyoto University of Art and Design, which opened in 2010 to serve as Tokyo’s outpost of Kyoto-based institution and its sister university, Tohoku Art University. and Design. Aoyama Gakuin University in nearby Shibuya is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the country, offering undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as a research institute. It is also home to two heritage buildings: the Majima Memorial Hall and the Berry Hall.

Famous restaurants abound in Aoyama. Yoroniku serves seasonal yakiniku, or grilled meats, and its iconic crushed ice dessert in an elegant and contemporary setting; at Sushidokoro Minami, diners enjoy an omakase menu that changes with freshly available produce and a good selection of sakes and Burgundy wines; For French gastronomy, Florilège ranks seventh on the list of the 50 best restaurants in Asia and has two more Michelin stars.

Who lives here

Aoyama attracts “high income earners and their families,” Ms. Ward said. “There is also a slowly shrinking contingent of original landowners who have lived here for decades and decades. ”

Notable residents

Aligning with the Japanese provision for discretion, Ms Ward only said that “it is very likely that there will be a lot of high profile residents. [in Aoyama]. Indeed, the famous fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market, lives in Aoyama, a few steps from the CDG boutique. The late Japanese author and kimono designer Chiyo Uno lived above her Aoyama kimono shop.


According to Ms. Ward, “residential prices have generally increased since the start of the pandemic last year” and are generally “up 10% on average over the past 12 months.” Yukiko Takano, global real estate advisor at List Sotheby’s International Realty agreed, noting that Aoyama’s real estate market “has been very active”.

“Luxury transactions have been on the rise,” she said. Although homes have been selling at a strong pace, she added that “new supply and remaining inventory are down. It drove up the prices. ”

“Aoyama didn’t have a lot of units to play with, but now there are even fewer,” Ms. Takano said. “Buyers need to keep an eye on the market and jump in if a coupon becomes available.”

Ms Ward added: “Future supply appears to be somewhat limited around Aoyama due to a lot of low density zoning and very few sites for potential developments. Historically, Aoyama has been a highly desirable location and I cannot see that changing in the future.

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Woman with £ 120 parking fine for turning around in Yorkshire Street where she lives

59-year-old woman fined £ 120 in one-DAY parking for turning around to leave Yorkshire Street where she lives

  • Dianna Bakolis, 59, fined after turning around at the entrance to the station parking lot at the end of its narrow dead end
  • In doing so, a camera records her license plate and treats her as a parking lot user who has not paid a ticket.
  • Ms Bakolis said it was “not necessary” for the camera to be aimed at Station Road
  • APCOA Parking, which manages the parking lot, says they are working to resolve the issue

A mother was fined three times in a single day for using a parking lot entrance to turn her car around to exit the narrow street where she lives.

Dianne Bakolis, 59, was fined £ 120 after performing the maneuver outside the Station Road car park which serves Brough station in east Yorkshire.

Ms Bakolis said she was using the station parking entrance to turn around due to congestion on her narrow cul-de-sac.

But as she turns around, an APCOA-operated parking lot surveillance camera, which is tilted towards Station Road, registers her license plate and considers her a user of the station parking lot who hasn’t. not paid ticket.

The car park is at the end of Station Road and is a dead end, as on the other side is the entrance to Brough station.

Dianne Bakolis, 59, was fined £ 120 after turning around at the Station Road car park entrance at Brough station. Photo shows the entrance taken from inside the parking lot overlooking Station Road where Ms Bakolis lives

A photo showing the entrance to the parking lot where Ms. Bakolis turns around with her vehicle.  She said she drove up to this section as it is wider than the rest of Station Road

A photo showing the entrance to the parking lot where Ms. Bakolis turns around with her vehicle. She said she drove up to this section as it is wider than the rest of Station Road

A photo showing Station Road just outside the parking lot entrance.  Ms Bakolis says she chooses to turn around in the parking lot because Station Road is too narrow and often congested

A photo showing Station Road just outside the parking lot entrance. Ms Bakolis says she chooses to turn around in the parking lot because Station Road is too narrow and often congested

Several other motorists, including people picking up take-out food from a nearby Chinese restaurant or making deposits at the train station, also claimed to have been fined.

Ms Bakolis, who has won appeals against ACCOA in the past, told Hull Daily Mail: “Sometimes it’s very difficult to turn around on Station Road which is a dead end so I walk around the parking lot to make a turn.

“The camera is tilted towards Station Road, but it is not necessary, because there are no parking spaces in the station.

“It seems it’s only to try to catch people who don’t even use the parking lot, they drop off or get a Chinese.

“I appealed the first and won, now I appeal these three that I received in one day.”

Station Road is located at the end of Station Road and is a dead end as the end of the car park is the entrance to Brough station

Station Road is located at the end of Station Road and is a dead end as the end of the car park is the entrance to Brough station

APCOA Parking, which manages the parking lot, said it was aware of a

APCOA Parking, which manages the car park, said it is aware of a “current problem” at the site and “is working to resolve it as quickly as possible”

Another resident, Penny Coates, said she was recently fined twice one day and another the next morning.

She said she would turn around in the parking lot and had “once or twice” parked in a parking space and waited a few seconds until she could back up.

She added: “I had four tickets issued for this.

“The last one I returned to the Chinese take-out restaurant.

“I am now just waiting to hear the outcome of my appeal.”

A spokesperson for APCOA Parking said, “APCOA and our customer are aware of a current issue on this site and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible.

“In the meantime, we encourage anyone who believes they have received a Notice of Penalty Charge (PCN) in error to go through the appeal process so that we can respond to their specific case.”

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Here’s how to save lakhs

HHow do you get consumers to buy electric vehicles?
On the demand side, the government offered direct incentives. For example, under the 2019 Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME-II) program, Rs 15,000 per kWh of battery capacity (up to a maximum of 40% of vehicle cost) is offered for a two-wheeler (scooter or bicycle). For electric four-wheelers, this is a direct incentive of Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity up to Rs 1.5 lakh.

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To go further, the Center also offers a low 5% GST rate on all electric vehicles, which represents a much lower tax burden than gasoline and diesel cars, and first-time buyers who benefit from a loan can also qualify for tax benefits of up to Rs 1.5 lakh under Section 80EEB of the Income Tax Act. In August 2021, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued a notification exempting electric vehicles from paying the fee for issuing or renewing registration certificates.

These VE grants / incentives are in addition to those provided by the respective state governments and applicable nationwide.

Delhi: For two-wheelers, consumers can benefit from a subsidy of Rs 5,000 per kWh of battery capacity up to Rs 30,000 in addition to the exemption on registration and road tax. If consumers wish to purchase a four-wheeled vehicle, they can benefit from a subsidy of Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity up to Rs 1.5 lakh, in addition to registration and road tax exemptions. . That said, only the first 1,000 electric cars registered in the state are eligible for these benefits.

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Gujarat: For two-wheelers, consumers can benefit from a subsidy of Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity up to Rs 20,000 for the first electric two-wheelers of 1.1 lakh. Consumers can also benefit from an exemption from road and registration tax. Meanwhile, for cars, consumers can qualify for a subsidy of Rs Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity up to Rs 1.5 lakh for the first 10,000 buyers. This is in addition to the registration and road tax exemptions.

Maharashtra: All electric vehicles in the state are exempt from road tax and registration fees. In this state, first-time buyers of 1 lakh electric two-wheelers are eligible for an incentive of Rs 5,000 per kWh of battery capacity, capped at Rs 10,000. The state also offers an early incentive to buyers up to Rs 15,000 (with a 3 kWh battery) if the two-wheeler is purchased before December 31, 2021. A scrapping incentive of Rs 7,000 is also offered.

For four-wheeled vehicles, Maharashtra offers the same as Delhi and Gujarat, but for those who buy before December 31, 2021, there is an additional incentive of up to Rs 1 lakh. The government has made it mandatory for all future real estate projects to have dedicated and ready parking spaces for electric vehicles in residential apartments, institutional / commercial complexes and government offices.

Meghalaya: In accordance with the state-imposed electric vehicle policy released earlier this year, which is expected to remain in effect or be valid for five years from the date of notification, consumers can benefit from subsidies / incentives similar to those mentioned above.

For the first 3,500 two-wheelers purchased and registered in the state, the government offers a subsidy of Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity. The maximum ex-factory price to benefit from the incentive is Rs 1.5 lakhs for electric two-wheelers. Meanwhile, for the first 2,500 four-wheeled vehicles, it offers an incentive of Rs 4,000 per kWh of battery capacity. The maximum ex-factory price to qualify for the incentive is Rs 15 lakhs for four-wheel electric vehicles. In addition, two and four wheels are exempt from road tax and registration.

Assam: According to this explanation, “The government of the state of Assam will support the deployment of the first 200,000 electric vehicles. [100,000 two-wheelers, 75,000 three-wheelers and 25,000 four-wheelers) either under commercial use or individual use over the next five years.”

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Going further, there is a waiver on road tax and registration of EVs for the next five years and zero parking charges till 2026 for EV owners.


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West Bengal: The government has waived road tax and registration fees.

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Rajasthan: All EV two-wheelers sold and registered in the state between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022 will qualify for SGST reimbursement. A consumer will receive the SGST paid to the seller of the vehicle, and this amount will be transferred by the district transport officer.

“Electric scooters and motorcycles with a battery capacity of up to 2 kWh will be eligible for a subsidy of Rs 5,000. Models with a battery capacity of 2 to 4 kWh will be eligible for a Rs 7,000 incentive…What will come as a surprise is that the policy does not cover electric cars and SUVs, and steers clear of offering any large incentives to buyers of such vehicles. The one-time subsidy is only available to buyers of two and three-wheelers,” notes this First Post explainer.

Telangana, Goa and Odisha: The state government [Telangana] exempts road tax and registration fees for the first 2 EV two-wheelers purchased and registered in the state. A similar exemption is available for the first 5,000 electric four-wheelers purchased and registered in the state.

Goa, meanwhile, has announced registration fees and road tax exemptions for electric two-wheelers.

Likewise, Odisha announced a 100% exemption from motor vehicle tax and registration fees. This exemption is applicable until 2025, in accordance with the Odisha Motor Vehicle Tax Law. In the future, 100% interest-free loans would be made available to state government employees for the purchase of electric vehicles.

Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh: Residents of Karnataka are eligible for a grant under the central government’s FAME-II program, but it does not offer the type of grants / incentives offered by other states like Delhi or Maharashtra. Their efforts to make electric vehicles more affordable hinge on offering subsidies / incentives and concessions on the supply side.

However, like some other states, it also offers full exemption from road tax and registration fees for electric vehicles. Likewise, in Andhra Pradesh, electric vehicles are exempt from registration fees and road taxes.

Despite these efforts, much remains to be done. According to the statement by Minister of State for Heavy Industries Krishan Pal Gurjar to Parliament on August 9, 2021, only 13 states (Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya , Gujarat, West Bengal) have approved / notified policies dedicated to electric vehicles to promote the adoption of electric vehicles.

More states need to be actively involved in increasing the adoption of electric vehicles. And as Car Dekho, a leading car research company, notes in this explainer, “there are limits on the number of beneficiaries under each program and not all electric cars sold in India are eligible. to subsidies “. He adds that “heavy taxes on electric vehicles and hybrids imported by automakers as fully built units (CBUs) have further reduced options for those who want an affordable electric vehicle.”

(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)

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After several pitfalls, Metra innovates on the long-awaited Peterson / Ridge station – streetsblog Chicago

Yesterday, Metra elected officials and staff inaugurated the long-awaited new Peterson / Ridge station on the Union Pacific North line. The new stop will be located on the border of West Ridge, Lincoln Square and Edgewater, and between the number one UP-N station, Ravenswood, and the fifth most used station, Rogers Park.

According to a Métra press release, the $ 19 million project, which is expected to take about 18 months, includes two six-car platforms; ADA-compliant heated concrete stairs and ramps; a glass and masonry boiler room with side canopies and a metal roof; two shelters with heating on demand; an access road with a cul-de-sac turnaround and ADA pick-up / drop-off; five ADA parking spaces and 44 paid parking spaces along Ravenswood Avenue; bicycle parking; a small pedestrian square with landscaping and irrigation system; and reworked traffic lights for the entrance to the station. Additional renovations of $ 3 million will be spent on the Peterson Avenue and Ridge Avenue bridges.

Rendering of the new station.
Rendering of the new station.

The work is being funded in part by a $ 15 million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities, a component of Rebuild Illinois, the state’s infrastructure finance program. Federal Transit Administration funding will cover the remaining $ 7 million in work. About 150 jobs will be created during the project.

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement that the new station will improve transportation fairness by providing residents with another transportation option and increasing their access to goods and services. “Building filling stations like Peterson-Ridge is a great opportunity to give more of our county residents convenient access to public transportation, helping them get to work, school and play, which strengthens our neighborhoods and supports the region’s economy. “

At the ceremony, current and former elected officials spoke about more than a decade of community advocacy for a Metra station in the region. F40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor, who was in post during the early stages of the project, told Streetsblog that the process of opening the station was like a long birth. “It has been a long and difficult process, and I’m happy it’s over, and I’m happy to see this happening for the community.”

Plans for the station were announced in 2012, but construction has been delayed due to state budget issues affecting funding and, more recently, problems with permits. TThe Chicago Department of Water Management has refused permits over fears that the station’s permeable pavement, designed to reduce flooding, will interfere with existing sewers.

Current 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vasquez said that, based on his experience working for AT&T, he brought several stakeholders together on a single email channel and kept asking what each party could do to solve the problem, trying to solve every problem and bureaucratic obstacle. as quickly as possible. Although the design had to be changed, the current design still has permeable characteristics.

A train exiting the Union Pacific North Line passes the site of the future Peterson / Ridge station.  Photo: Igor Studenkov
A train exiting the Union Pacific North Line passes the site of the future Peterson / Ridge station. Photo: Igor Studenkov

Vasquez added that he sees the Metra station as a way to have more transit-oriented development in some of the adjacent streets nearby and along Clark Street, which is about half a mile to the east, and bring more foot traffic to local businesses. “[The new station] offers opportunities for economic development and investment.

Warden for the 48th Ward, Harry Osterman, said that once the station is finished, “Edgewater will have some of the best public transport in the city.” He added that he sees the Metra station as a way to reduce through traffic in the Edgewater area, as it should help replace some car trips with transit trips.

While this station is unlikely to significantly reduce traffic and congestion, it is a good way to expand access to the Metra service and provide a car-free way to explore the city and region.

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The Delhi settlements clear trees to make room for cars. A forestry official thinks this is a bad idea.

New Delhi: Environmental activists have warned that widespread tree cutting in Delhi to make way for new buildings or overwater parking lots permitted under the provisions of the Delhi 2021 master plan poses a serious threat to the city’s ecology. and could end up leaving most of the colony’s roads treeless within decades.

Parking lots on stilts are partially covered spaces for cars.

The question has been raised several times by architects and lawyers before the authorities. One of the plaintiffs, architect Shilpa Malik, who has repeatedly approached the Forestry Department to demand the conservation of Delhi trees, said The Cable that the problem of felling mature trees in colonies has reached alarming proportions.

“These trees are being cut both outside and in the setback area of ​​buildings being renovated or rebuilt. In addition, many of these trees are cut down in the name of access to the stilted parking area which is now permitted on the ground floor.

The architect who is a plaintiff in several of these cases said it was surprising that although people were willing to pay a premium to reside in settlements that have a lot of greens, builders or even landowners who renovate their buildings prefer to cut down trees rather than hold them back.

Malik warned that if tree cutting was allowed at the current rate, in a few decades there would be no more trees inside the settlements. “The only trees you will find then would be in the parks,” she said.

Forestry officer warns all trees on public land could end up being cut

Last month, Amit Anand, Deputy Conservator of Forests and Head of Trees (Southern Forestry Division), wrote to the heads of the four civic bodies in Delhi – the municipal commissioners of North, South and East Delhi and the president of the city council of New Delhi – for State:

“Whenever a construction / reconstruction activity takes place on a plot, trees located in the setback area of ​​the plot and trees outside the plot boundaries on public land / streets are almost always offered for consideration. be culled by applicants under the Delhi Preservation of Trees Act, 1994 (hereinafter referred to as DPTA). ”

He cautioned: “This will eventually lead to a situation in the future where all trees on public land outside of any parcel would be felled, leaving no avenue trees inside residential settlements. “

The official said that “since no construction is allowed in the setback area, existing trees there should not be made unnecessarily vulnerable to felling.” He also urged the heads of the four municipal bodies to “rationalize the number of trees to be affected” by any project by “realigning the design to the existing trees in the region”.

Trees are also cut to create several gates for the plots.

Often times when a land is in the construction phase or when a building is being rebuilt, Anand said, applicants request not only the cutting down of trees that are clearly interfering with construction, but also for trees that are found. in the withdrawal area. .

Another aspect of tree felling that was highlighted in the letter involved cutting them down to create multiple access gates to any land or building. Anand wrote:

“In almost all cases, in front of this office there are several doors / entrances approved in the site plans. So this inevitably has the consequence that at the end of the day, when an applicant makes a request to cut trees, they cite the approved site plan and state that the tree (s) obstruct the barrier (s). This puts the tree officer in front of a fait accompli.

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Parking on stilts also threatens trees outside residential plots

Anand also explained how the authorized stilt parking for the new plots creates a situation where more and more colony trees are cut down. He wrote:

“Trees which are located just outside the plot but on the street are also exposed to unnecessary dangers as more often than not the design / layout of the site plan is such that these trees interfere with the entrance (s) / door (s)) which give access to the parking lot on stilts inside the plot.

The manager added:

“We often see that several doors are constructed in such a way as to provide exclusive and direct access to almost any parking space in the stilted area of ​​the building. This in turn requires an unencumbered approach to the outside of the plot. Therefore, the tree manager is again faced with a fait accompli when applicants apply for permission to fell trees on the basis of approved / approved site plans with multiple entrances / gates. “

MPD Rules

Anand’s letter to civic bodies also mentioned how, as part of Delhi’s new master plan, the provision of stilted parking had been planned for the residential plots.

The new law provides that:

“Parking spaces must be provided inside the residential plot as follows: b) 1 DHW per 100 m² in built-up area, on plots of more than 300 m², provided that, if the eligible cover and the FAR are not achieved with the aforementioned parking standards in a plot, the parking standards of the previous category are allowed.

The forestry official had stated that this provision clearly reflects that it is not mandatory to provide each parking space with separate and dedicated access to the road by sanctioning several barriers along the front or rear facade or the wall of pregnant. He therefore said that only a minimum number of gates or entrances should be approved in the site plan, keeping in mind the trees standing outside the plot, to allow access to parking spaces. .

“Impact on people’s health”

Reacting to Anand’s letter and the general problem of tree felling, Delhi-based environmental lawyer Aditya N. Prasad said, “The first thing that comes to my mind is that the officer concerned would be transferred for taking such a position. Nonetheless, the letter raises important questions. Cutting down every tree outside of newly built homes is already showing its disastrous effects in the city, with one in three children showing symptoms of asthma, according to a recent study by the Lung Care Foundation.

Prasad, who in the past has challenged the courts against attempts by various civic and construction agencies to undertake logging of trees on public land, added that recently the Delhi High Court had also ordered the Forestry Department to investigate the revelation that 77 trees were found missing. in the Sarvodaya enclave when residents undertook a tree census.

“Delhi,” Prasad said, “has felled one tree per hour over the past decade. The focus needs to shift from energy-guzzling smog towers to preserving existing trees. I don’t expect the Department to do so. des Forêts takes a firm stand as they have no manpower despite court orders, but the letter is a welcome respite amidst senseless logging.

Incidentally, data shared by the Delhi government on its website following instructions from the Central Information Commission (CIC) and Delhi High Court revealed that between 2005 and February 2018, a total of 112 169 trees had been cut in the city. This showed that an average of 24 trees were officially cut each day.

A woman ties banners to trees during the “Save The Tree Campaign” in New Delhi, India on June 26, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Adnan Abidi


The issue of efforts to build parking lots on stilts causing large-scale logging was also brought up by the Forestry Department to the municipality of the neighboring satellite commune of Gurugram in June this year.

As in Delhi, Gurugram’s deputy forest conservator’s office had also written to the district municipal commissioner to state that more trees were being felled due to the civic body’s decision to increase the land area ratio ( FAR) which allowed the construction of four floors with parking on stilts on residential plots.

There too, the head of the Forestry Department had urged the civic body to ensure that “the officer concerned assesses the authorization to cut trees applied by the residents and examines whether the request to cut trees is in tandem with the approved plan for green coverage along the taxiways. of the residential sector. The letter also stated that “the granting of permits for access to several gates to the same residential premises would result in a loss of tree cover along the roads and would also constitute a violation of the development plan of the said area”.

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Drivers say parking in Montreal is difficult. Experts say it should be

Standing in front of empty storefronts, Denis Coderre was clear on what to do with the bike path on rue Bellechasse.

Ensemble Montréal’s mayoral candidate has announced that he will repeal part of the path along the main artery of the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie borough.

The reason? Bringing life back to approximately 800 parking spaces that were removed when the trail was set up by the Projet Montréal administration of Valérie Plante.

“We need fluidity, to ensure that the bikes can still pass,” he said during a campaign stop in mid-September. “We are able to live together. We are not anti-bicycle, we are pro-mobility.”

The conflict between parking and other street uses, such as bicycle paths, is not unique to rue Bellechasse.

Through the city, companies and residents say that finding on-street parking is already a challenge, and that measures like pedestrian streets and bicycle lanes only exacerbate the problem.

In Côte-Des-Neiges — Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, a bicycle path on rue Terrebonne was strongly contested by citizens who lost their parking. After weeks of back and forth, the borough has finally abrogated the project.

However, many Montrealers wish to restrict car use in the city. Nearly half of Montrealers, or 48%, are in favor of limiting one car per household, according to a recent study CROP survey.

That same poll found that 60 percent of Montrealers were in favor of drastically restricting cars that use fossil fuels from entering downtown.

Flexible poles and painted bike paths lined either side of the street, eliminating all curb parking along Terrebonne Street, until the borough finally repealed the project. (Simon Nakonechny / CBC)

How much parking is there in the city and do Montrealers really need more?

According to the city of Montreal, there are between 475,000 and 515,000 street parking spaces in all the boroughs.

Among them, only 17,367 of them are equipped with meters. Another four percent is reserved for holders of residence permits.

Experts say the way elected officials manage parking policy shapes the streets of a city and has a ripple effect on all other forms of transportation.

Maybe parking shouldn’t be easy

Experts say there is a way to make parking more convenient for drivers, while encouraging Montrealers to adopt greener modes of transportation. (Warning: it may not be popular.)

The idea is to completely eliminate free street parking.

“We call free parking a fertility drug for cars,” said Todd Litman, of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute in British Columbia, noting research showing that free parking makes people buy and drive cars.

He said there is a great “injustice” in putting car storage priority over improving roads for those who walk, cycle or use public transport.

“And then the motorist says, ‘but I need this parking space‘, but they don’t really need it,” he said. “If they really needed it, they would be happy to pay for it.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, several streets, including Mont-Royal Avenue, were transformed into pedestrianized pedestrian zones, to the detriment of on-street parking in the area. (Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press)

The price should be high enough that most people choose other forms of public transportation. In return, Litman said those who are always willing to pay would find it easier to park.

“We’re not saying there shouldn’t be parking,” Litman said. “We’re just saying that parking should be paid for directly by users rather than indirectly by taxpayer dollars.”

Kevin Manaugh, an associate professor in McGill’s geography and environment departments who studies how cities balance environmental and economic priorities, also encouraged the idea of ​​eliminating free parking.

He said the ideal would be to have one or two empty slots on each block, so there is always space available.

“I recognize that some people need to drive cars, and cars will always be part of our multimodal transportation system,” Manaugh said.

“But we all have to recognize that this is one of the most ineffective [forms of transportation] in terms of space, in terms of fuel, in terms of energy, in terms of the danger it poses to others, ”he said.

“Anything that can discourage the use of cars in urban areas should be embraced and celebrated. “

Asked that parking in Montreal is already frustrating for many, Manaugh replied that it was not exactly a flaw in the system.

“[Parking] should be difficult, ”he said. “It shouldn’t be an easy thing to use in an urban setting when there are so many other options for walking, cycling or using public transportation. “

He said suburban areas, which have fewer alternatives to the car, would need a different approach.

European cities make parking difficult

Parking is a source of heated debate and featured prominently in Montreal’s election campaign.

Despite its importance, parking is not something people really pay attention to until it affects them personally, said Natalie Gulsrud, associate professor at the University of Copenhagen who studies urban green infrastructure.

“It’s incredibly boring so most people just don’t get going and then political decisions are made and everyone is upset,” she said.

Montreal would not be the first city to reconsider on-street parking. Gulsrud said that from the 1960s until the mid-2000s, Copenhagen regularly reduced parking in the city center.

“We realized that there were too many parking spaces and that it was stifling public life,” she explained.

Today, paid street parking in downtown Copenhagen can cost between C $ 4.25 and C $ 6.50 per hour during rush hour, depending on the region.

By comparison, paid on-street parking in Ville-Marie costs $ 3.50 an hour in the city center and $ 1.50 in the eastern part of the borough.

While the city has stopped cutting parking spaces in recent years, Gulsrud said some of the city’s local politicians now want to cut up to a third of the remaining on-street parking.

Paris, for its part, is preparing to remove half of its parking in the street, up to 70,000 spaces.

Paris is proposing to eliminate around 70,000 on-street parking spaces, to make way for an expanding cycle network and other road uses. (Michelle Gagnon / CBC)

Instead, the French capital plans to work with underground car parks, to open their spaces to public use at a fixed price.

Gulsrud said this was a “pragmatic compromise” as it leaves the streets open to the public, but with that comes the high cost of building an underground car park.

But she warns cities shouldn’t reduce parking without explaining why some people choose to drive in cities.

“A lot of times once you’ve had that sunk cost of buying the car, it’s the cheapest way to get in and the most easily accessible way to get to a city,” she said. declared.

“If we start to make it more expensive or less accessible, then we need to make sure that we have affordable housing close to where people work and development focused on public transport to get them there. “

What is on offer in Montreal?

None of the main parties in the municipal elections are proposing to eliminate free parking, but the idea has already been launched by members of Projet Montreal, according to a new book.

In Save the city, Daniel Sanger, a staff member of Projet Montréal for nearly a decade, wrote that a coalition of party officials, including the former mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Luc Ferrandez, attempted to urge the administration to take bolder measures.

The proposals included “the elimination of all free parking in central areas of the city and higher taxes on private parking”.

However, the proposals received a “cold reception” from Plante and Benoit Dorais, chairman of the city’s executive committee, according to Sanger.

Ferrandez later cited parking taxation as an issue when he publicly resigned from Projet Montreal in 2019.

The former mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Luc Ferrandez, called for the elimination of free downtown parking before his resignation, according to a new book. (Ivanoh Demers / Radio-Canada)

In a statement to CBC News, Projet Montreal said that when parking is removed, it is often for safety reasons or to make the streets greener.

“It is really as a last resort that we remove the parking spaces and we always try to compensate for the losses elsewhere in the neighborhood,” said a party spokesperson.

As for cost, the party said it favors the San Francisco model, which is based on supply and demand. If parking is infrequent in one area, the price is lower, while high traffic areas would have a higher price.

Project did not respond to a request for comment on Sanger’s version of events.

Christine Gosselin, former Project Montreal advisor in Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie, told CBC that parts of the city are more suburban made it difficult to govern.

“It is a somewhat schizophrenic city, with a central nucleus having a type of urban organization that predates the car… whereas the suburbs and the semi-suburbs [areas] were built entirely for the car, ”said Gosselin.

“This environment produces different needs and different realities for its citizens, and it is very difficult to reconcile.”

Gulsrud said Copenhagen has the same problem of urban and suburban realities, but that hasn’t stopped the city from moving forward.

“We still have the functional green mobility city that we have,” she said. “What is to say is that these political choices that people make at the polls in Montreal, to come during your election, really matter.”

Mouvement Montreal said the city should maintain the current number of on-street parking. Its platform also offers to make parking free in town on weekends.

“It is of the utmost importance to have a smooth transition to car-free transportation, while recognizing the need for our city to remain universally accessible to all,” Movement said in a statement.

Ensemble Montréal did not respond to CBC’s request for comment on this matter.

In its platform, the party said it would “swap” bike paths and parking, make paid parking free for self-service vehicles (like Communauto) and offer reduced parking rates for those who do. carpooling or using an electric vehicle.

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A necessary room in the modern parking lot

The parking guidance system has gradually become an indispensable part of modern parking lots. More and more people are starting to understand it, get used to it and like it. A parking guidance system perfectly solves the problems of difficulty in parking and finding a car.

As an important management method for the reasonable allocation of parking resources, the parking guidance system can help car owners find parking spaces quickly, eliminate the trouble of car owners searching for cars, effectively improve parking lot utilization and reduce traffic jams. It is gradually favored by most of the large car parks.

But do you know how the system implements all these functions? What technology does the parking guidance system use?

The parking guidance system mainly uses video, ultrasonic, geomagnetic vehicle sensors and other methods of recognizing license plates or detecting parking space occupancy information, and guiding parking routes using indicator lights and display screens.

The occupancy of parking space the information is mainly carried out through the vehicle detection algorithm. Vehicle detection is based on AI deep learning detection algorithms, involving advanced technologies such as vehicle recognition, license plate detection, license plate correction, segmentation , character recognition and AI decision making.

Rich application scenarios

from China parking guidance The technology has gone through three stages of development, from ultrasonic parking guidance, to video guidance geomagnetic parking guidance. Ultrasonic The parking guidance can only identify if there is a vehicle, while the video parking guidance can not only identify the vehicle, but also identify the vehicle characteristics and the condition of the parking space, helping owners of cars to better realize the parking guidance and to find their own car.

Chinese parking guidance technology has gone through three stages of development, from ultrasonic parking guidance to video parking guidance to geomagnetic parking guidance.

Geomagnetic parking guidance is currently mainly used in street parking. This technology has only been used in recent years and its greatest advantage is its ease of construction and installation.

Currently, the three parking guidance technologies are in parallel. The dominant market trend in the future is expected to be the use of video parking guidance systems in off the street car parks and the use of geomagnetic parking sensors and video terminals in on-street car parks. At the same time, offline guidance will be developed into online guidance, from ground guidance to parking spot level guidance, to execute detailed instructions on parking paths and parking spot management and control.

A series of related equipment for parking guidance systems such as video parking detection terminals, ultrasonic detection terminals, geomagnetic detection sensors, bluetooth parking locks, parking guidance screens, management software, self-service kiosks, etc. have been widely used in airports, railway stations, stadiums, shopping malls, high-end residential areas, high-end office buildings and other places.

Pioneer in the field of intelligent parking

As a provider of integrated solutions for smart parking and access control, Jieshun Technology has always attached great importance to product development and technological innovation, and successively launched intelligence-based license plate recognition and video parking guidance systems artificial.

Jieshun parking guide products have been widely used in most national cities and many countries in Asia and Europe.

Jieshun has established a professional parking guidance research and development team, and its research and development force has a leading competitive advantage in the industry. Jieshun parking guide products have been widely used in most national cities and many countries in Asia and Europe.

Jieshun will continue to develop innovative parking guidance applications. We believe that the parking guidance system will become the standard system for most of the parking lots around the world in the near future.


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Gujarat Approves New AMC Parking Policy | Ahmedabad News

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s new parking policy has been approved by the state government and will soon be phased in.

In September, the draft policy was approved by the CMA standing committee which suggested a change, to the rule requiring citizens to provide proof that they have a parking space before purchasing vehicles a been abandoned. The draft was handed over to the state-level committee which approved it on October 16.
Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar said, “The state government approved the parking policy on October 16. We must keep in mind that road space is limited and the available space must be managed. to the parking needs of specific areas at specific times. ”
The civic body will implement the policy gradually, as one-off implementation is not achievable, said a CMA official who declined to be named. He said that AMC will conduct awareness campaigns before and after the implementation of each phase. Under the new policy, monthly and annual permits will be granted for shared parking lots. The AMC plans to issue parking permits covering the streets around residential companies.
The new policy encourages the sharing of parking spaces. He said that due to the scarcity of parking spaces in Ahmedabad and the uneven distribution of parking facilities, the available space should be used efficiently. “Areas such as CG Road, Ashram Road, Paldi and other areas of the CBD are experiencing a peak in demand for parking during office hours, while demand declines on weekends,” the policy says.
“Parking spaces in office buildings, schools, banks and business parks, shopping malls and parks also see varying use of parking space on weekdays and weekends.” Other vehicles in an area cannot use these parking spaces due to ownership and jurisdiction issues, the policy says. It indicates that the disparity between supply and demand for parking space can be addressed by sharing parking spaces.
In addition, the new policy includes provisions to encourage the sharing of parking spaces between several buildings and facilities close to each other. The agents concerned will have to issue certificates of no objection for the vehicles.

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Sports complex moves forward | News, Sports, Jobs

McDONALD – Having used the new sports complex for two home football games this fall, McDonald’s schools are proceeding with the third phase of the project by constructing a training center / locker room.

Superintendent Kevin O’Connell told the Education Council on Wednesday that the two games at the complex this month were a success, with many parents, community members and coaches expressing how much they loved it.

“It’s exciting. The next phase we have to tackle is the training center and the locker room. We will be focusing our attention on that as we move the project forward,” said O’Connell.

Board member Joseph Cappuzzello said the training center will provide athletes with a place to train and take them out of the school gymnasium. He said baseball batting cages and golf nets can also be placed there.

“There will be no wasted space. We will have areas used for athletes to train for different sports throughout the year. Moving more sports here will take the stress out of our gym, ”Cappuzzello said.

The district is working with Strollo Architects on the project.

O’Connell said the district would like to receive offers before Christmas. Officials said they were concerned about a potential labor shortage.

O’Connell said work was complete on the visitor bleachers, disabled-accessible ramps on the home and visitor bleachers, and disabled parking spaces, sound system and lighting.

He said the lights can be adjusted so that more light is on during the game and then in parking lots after the game. Security lights are set to turn on at sunset and turn off at sunrise.

The sports complex has been discussed for many years. The new complex is about two to three minutes from the school’s current sports facilities. Funding for the project comes from an emergency levy approved by voters in November 2016 that generates $ 260,000 per year. The cost of the complex is estimated at over $ 2.6 million.

One of the biggest additions to the school will be a trail complex. Officials said they had not been able to hold a track and field competition for more than 20 years because the current one does not meet regulatory standards without eight lanes.

In addition, a new grass pitch, expanded parking lot and improved locker rooms will give the school the opportunity to host playoff football matches.

At the meeting, the Board of Directors approved the transfer of $ 100,000 from the District Replacement Fund to the Sports Facilities Fund.

In other cases, O’Connell has said student attendance has been improving over the past few weeks, when the elementary school had 60 students and the high school had 90 sick. He said the average daily absence is 50 students.

He said last week attendance improved to about 23 absent students per day, with elementary only having nine absent students a day.

“We’re back to traditional dating as before,” he said.

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Berkeley Marina ferry plan worries recreational users

A windsurfer cruises near the pier at Berkeley Marina in mid-October 2021. Credit: Kelly Sullivan

David Fielder tries to be on the water at least 100 days a year at the Berkeley Marina. Now, with the prospect of a new ferry service crossing the bay, he and other windsurfers fear it will turn the marina from a recreation area into a hub for commuters.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of Berkeley Marina stories written by UC Berkeley graduate journalism students in partnership with Berkeleyside.

The combination of rough currents and high winds that hit about 200 meters after leaving the entrance channel has made the marina a favorite with windsurfers.

“It’s no exaggeration to say this is one of the best spots in the world,” said Fielder, who has been windsurfing for over 40 years.

But concerns about the terminal surfaced more than a decade ago when ferry service was first offered, including concerns that the terminal would block windsurfing launch points. Recreational users are also concerned about congestion and parking and the feasibility of such a project.

In 2019, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) and Berkeley City Council agreed to jointly fund a planning study on the feasibility of a dual-use ferry and leisure pier at the marina. WETA, also known as the San Francisco Bay Ferry, would cover a substantial portion of the costs of the ferry terminal, while the city would cover the costs of recreational use.

The new structure would replace the nearly century-old municipal pier, which was declared unsafe and closed for repair in July 2015. Without a ferry component, the city would have to cover the full cost of a recreational pier, with estimates ranging from $ 20 million to $ 55 million.

This year, an online petition asking Berkeley officials to “not sell the marina” by prematurely committing to a full-scale ferry service has garnered more than 400 signatures.

“We would like to distribute the petition to a wider range of the Berkeley community with more of this information available and have a meaningful community engagement process,” said the petitioner, Camille Antinori, who chairs the Cal Sailing Club (CSC) Marina Planning Committee.

While the petition is not entirely opposed to a ferry, it calls for the project to be carefully planned and funded while improving the recreational value of the Berkeley Marina. “We are concerned that the current planning effort is focused on the ferry and not achieving such a result,” the petition says.

According to a 2016 strategic plan study, WETA predicts that 1,500 passengers per day would use a ferry service by 2035. The ferry would link the marina to downtown San Francisco and could include other destinations for ferry service. regular or special event, such as Oracle Park, Chase Center, South San Francisco, Mission Bay, South San Francisco, Redwood City and potential North Bay destinations.

But plans for a ferry first depend on deciding the fate of the existing 3,000-foot municipal jetty. The three renovation options presented by the city council are either to rehabilitate, or to seismically reinforce, or to completely replace the pier.

Rehabilitation would cost between $ 22 million and $ 48 million, while earthquake-resistant reinforcement would cost between $ 41 and $ 65 million. The recommended replacement option, based on the structural assessment of the Berkeley municipal pier, would cost between $ 32 million and $ 44 million and $ 500,000 per year to maintain.

Currently, four replacement concepts are under consideration, with different layouts for jetty design, mobility and ferry use.

City council “has certainly asked a lot of questions about which of these ferry alternatives we want,” said CSC member Gordon Stout. “They never asked the question, ‘Do you want a ferry?’ They don’t want to answer that question.

One concern raised is the potential lack of ridership.

“We are offering the ferry as a solution that can provide new capacity that makes BART train congestion a little less serious when you leave North Berkeley during rush hour,” said Mike Gouerthy, senior planner at WETA.

Expanding ferry service would require three round trips during travel periods, as well as mid-day, late-evening and weekend trips as part of WETA’s pandemic recovery program.

Marina users are also concerned that commuters will increase congestion and demand parking spaces that recreational users need.

When the City of Berkeley first authorized small-scale ferries to offer service from the marina in late 2016, Stout noticed a dramatic reduction in parking available for the Cal Sailing Club and the playground for children Cal Adventures. He is concerned that an expanded ferry service will further restrict recreational users.

According to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), a ferry terminal in the marina may only be permitted if it “does not interfere with current or future uses of the park and recreation” or “disrupt continued access. to the shore ”. The described standard also states that parking “should not be spoofed by ferry customers” and that “shared parking arrangements should be made to minimize the amount of shore area required for parking”.

Gouerthy said WETA is confident that the ferry project will meet BCDC’s permit requirements, as it already operates several facilities within BCDC’s jurisdiction, such as the Richmond ferry terminal.

And while Berkeley’s windy climate makes it ideal for windsurfers, Parks and Waterfront Commissioner and Coastal Engineer Jim McGrath predicts it will lead to bumpy rides for passengers and require a breakwater that is tall enough and long enough to handle. shelter ferries when loading and unloading.

“It’s the toughest place in the bay to try and put a ferry,” he said.

People enjoying the water near Berkeley Pier in mid-October 2021. Credit: Kelly Sullivan
Rowers enjoying the water near the pier at Berkeley Marina in mid-October 2021. Credit: Kelly Sullivan

Julietta Bisharyan is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism studying economic development.

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Dallas Curb Management Could Reduce Street Parking – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A Dallas edge lane management study is underway that may reduce on-street parking in favor of other uses of this space.

The study currently includes Downtown, Uptown, Deep Ellum, and Bishop Arts, but may expand in the future.

It shows the changes taking place in the urban core of Dallas, where thousands of residents now live in large new apartments and fewer people just drive around town.

“I think Dallas has really changed over the last five years I would say,” said resident Quenita Fagan.

She was eating outside a Starbucks on the corner of Commerce and Akard Street on Thursday, across from the new AT&T Discovery District.

Drivers cannot just stop and park there on Commerce. Roadside restrictions include drop-off areas and bus lanes. With cycle lanes, these are the kinds of restrictions that could be extended to many other places with the study on curb lane management.

Fagan said visitors from outside the city center are drawn to many attractions, but that she uses public transportation and would prefer to see fewer cars.

“The attractions are here, but how do you make it work for everyone, letting them know there are people living here. And we don’t want cars everywhere, ”Fagan said.

The curb lane management study was a topic of the Dallas City Council Transportation Committee meeting this week.

Council member Cara Mendelsohn said businesses could suffer from the reduction in on-street parking because she and other residents rely on using it. Mendelsohn said public transportation would take three to four times as long, so she was driving from north Dallas.

“Frankly, there are times when I have pulled over and there is no parking. Can’t get into the valet parking, and you know what? I’m going home. So we can’t give up parking, ”Mendelsohn said.

Other committee members supported the changes, including transport chairman Omar Narvaez.

“I want to do this. I think we need to put this infrastructure in place for the lanes reserved for buses, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles. If we don’t add this infrastructure, the people of Dallas won’t get used to it. not. And we will never get there. And I think we as the ninth largest city are probably 10 to 15 years behind the other big cities that implemented it a long time ago, ” Narvaez said.

Deep Ellum, where large new apartment structures were recently completed, is an example of change that is already happening.

A few years ago Elm Street was recently widened, landscaped sidewalks replaced some parking spaces.

The “The Stack” office building recently opened with ample parking that is available to visitors to Deep Ellum at night, helping to eliminate the need for street space.

Commerce Street will soon receive a rebuild, which will include the first dynamic loading zones in the streetside space of Dallas.

“At night they are used for carpooling customers and during the day they are used for large business needs such as FedEx and food supplier deliveries. And that’s because we know we need to maximize and share the use of the sidewalk. It’s a great asset, ”said Stephanie Keller-Hudiburg, Executive Director of the Deep Ellum Foundation.

Dallas is also considering a return of the shared scooters which became an issue when they were banned in 2020. The scooters will have dedicated curbside parking areas to limit nuisance when they are re-authorized, Keller- Hudiburg.

” We are learning. We have to adapt to changing needs. For example, carpools, scooters, all those things that require the use of the sidewalk and we have to be able to adapt to those needs, ”she said.

Some drivers are not convinced. Juan Garcia secured one of the few curbside parking spots on Elm Street, near the triple underpass tourist area.

Garcia said he supports public transportation, but it is not used much in Dallas and more bus lanes are not needed.

“We don’t have that culture, like in Europe or elsewhere,” Garcia said. “I think they’re trying to create a culture where there isn’t one.”

There will be public comment on the results of this study before any changes are made.

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From flat to four floors southeast of downtown

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The Town of Sioux Falls just added a six-story parking ramp with approximately 525 spaces downtown in 2020

Now it appears to be on track to do away with a flat surface parking lot at 400 S. 1st St. in the downtown core of the city.

City council on Oct. 18 approved stopping use of the parking lot to make way for a $ 28 million mixed-use development project on the site.

Flat-surface parking is generally not the best use of downtown properties, said Dustin Powers of the city’s Planning and Zoning Department in an interview with KELOLAND News.

“We like to see more density in the downtown area,” Powers said. This means increasing residential development like apartments, he said.

The parking lot at 400 S. 1st St.

It is also important to add business and commercial development to further stimulate the economy of the inner city, town and county, Powers said.

If the city removes the 50 spaces from the 400 S. 1st St. lot, there will still be parking available for those renting spaces in the lot, Powers said. The lot is around 70% occupied, he said.

Lot license holders would move to another lot, Matt Nelson said at the Oct. 18 council meeting. Nelson is the manager of the city’s public parking lots

In the parking pattern, “it’s not a lot of spaces,” Powers said of above ground parking.

According to Downtown Sioux Falls and the City of Sioux Falls, the downtown area has over 1,000 on-street parking spaces and 2,500 off-street parking spaces. Many of these off-street spaces are in ramps such as the new ramp. In addition, in general, there is a charge for parking in off-street spaces Monday through Friday until 5 p.m.

As of May 19, the 2020 parking ramp for the failed Village on the River project “was performing exactly as expected,” Nelson said in a KELOLAND News article. “We were planning to have over 300 leases and we have about 300 leases.”

The proposed development for the above ground parking would include 150 apartments and 5,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor, Powers said.

Renter parking would be underground, Powers said.

The development would be a major addition to the south-eastern part of downtown. By comparison, much of the recent development has taken place north near 8th and Railroad Center and towards Falls Park.

“We are delighted to have other developments close to our store,” said Zane Hoffelt, manager of Norberg’s Ace Hardware downtown. Ace Hardware is across from the 400 S. 1st St. parking lot.

Norberg’s Ace Hardware downtown store is across the street from 400 S. 1st. Street parking.

The additional retailers will be good for Ace but also for other businesses nearby, Hoffelt said.

“If there are 150 residents across the street, that’s exciting for us,” Hoffelt said.

Powers said metered off-street parking is available in the proposed development area along with a parking ramp.

Hoffelt said Ace has his own parking lot, but shoppers come all day to get change for the meters.

“They are already using the metered parking spaces and the parking ramps,” Hoffelt said.

He does not expect the proposed development to insist on available parking.

“I realized there were people renting spaces but there was a parking ramp a block away,” Hoffelt said.

The town has a second lot for sale at 301 N. Main St. downtown.

The parking lot at 301 N. Main St. Town of Sioux Falls photo / graphic.

The decision to try to sell the two parking lots stems from the Downtown 2025 plan, the 2014 parking needs analysis by Walker Parking Consultants and a 2014 downtown market study.

The 2014 Walker study identified nearly 3,000 unoccupied parking spaces during peak weekday needs in the city’s downtown core. “Many unoccupied parking spaces are located in areas with low development density and beyond what some people may consider an acceptable walking distance from the central core.
Business district, ”says the study.

The 2014 market study predicted that at least 1,900 new homes, at least 190,000 square feet of retail and restaurant business, and at least 1 million square feet of office space would be added downtown over 20 years.

Walker’s study also indicated that if the projected 190,000 square feet of retail space and 1.0 million square feet of office space were added downtown over the next 20 years, parking needs would also increase. The study recommended adding spaces to meet future needs.

Powers said at the Oct. 18 meeting that elements of the expected growth are occurring and the city is meeting parking needs.

The Downtown 2025 plan was developed when Mike Huether was mayor. It identifies specific areas of attention and potential growth.

The Downtown 2025 plan called for three distinct neighborhoods “to add to the vitality of downtown over the next ten years.” These neighborhoods are Falls Park, Phillips Avenue and River Greenway.

The plan also identified the Railyard and Weber corridor and several other areas as potential areas for development.

Powers said the proposed four-story project over an existing parking lot meets the needs and goals identified in the Walker study and the Downtown 2025 plan.

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The 10 Most Expensive Real Estate Listings in Massachusetts

Sometimes it’s just nice to fantasize, and there’s no shame in that.

On that note, allow us to offer the 10 Most Expensive Real Estate Listings in Massachusetts. The list, curated by our friends at Redfin, has everything from island getaways to big city behemoths. Something for everyone, as long as you have at least $ 15 million and want to stay inside I-495.

Click on the links below for more complete listings. All images are courtesy of Redfin.

314 Quissett Ave., Falmouth – $ 27.5 million

“This is one of New England’s most spectacular harbor properties. The site alone is second to none: a four-acre elevated peninsula with panoramic views over Quissett Harbor and beyond to Buzzards Bay as well as a deep water dock with a large float suitable for a large yacht and a small sandy beach. The house was built circa 1908 in an eclectic Cape Cod style with nearly 12,000 square feet of living space. living with covered porches, balconies, mansard roofs with cedar shingles, turrets and multiple skylights. ”Read more here.

8 Mount Vernon Place, Boston – $ 22.5 million

“Historic details and modern luxury and style blend perfectly in this magnificent 9,000 square foot single family residence on the south side of Beacon Hill. Complete with 5+ bedrooms and 7 full baths / 2 3 directly to exterior on Mt Vernon Place), this property is in a class of its own; with its graciously proportioned rooms and fabulous open plan layout. ” Read more here.

34 Paine Ave., Beverly – $ 22 million

“Built in the Georgian Revival style, the home offers 28,000 +/- square feet of beautifully appointed living space, with 11 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, and sits on over three meticulously landscaped acres. its architectural style, Rock Edge (so named because of its position above a rocky shore) has classic proportions and scale, with a handsome brick facade with limestone ornaments and a slate roof. ” Read more here.

24 Belknap St., Boston – $ 19.5 million

This listing has no seller notes.

186 Windswept Way, Barnstable – $ 18.8 million

“Waterfront Legacy property on Oyster Harbors! On an elevated 4-acre lot overlooking Cotuit Bay sits this remarkable Tudor-style home built in 1933, beautifully maintained and updated in keeping with the original design. Exquisite architectural details give out set the tone for this large house with 10,000 sq. ft. of living space, an inground pool, a boathouse with an extraordinary view, fireplace, lounge area and changing rooms, 437 ‘of frontage on the water and a large deep water dock, combine to create a great deal in one of Oyster Harbors’ best locations. ” Read more here.

51 Scotch Pine Road, Wellesley – $ 16 million

“Never before has a home been more of a haven. This extraordinary contemporary custom-designed is beautifully situated on nearly 1.5 private acres. After undergoing a large-scale renovation and addition, the residence has been completely renovated. redesigned and rebuilt by an award-winning team with natural materials, all imaginable amenities, integrated technologies and cutting-edge sustainable systems. ” Read more here.

410 Beacon St., Boston – $ 15.99 million

“410 Beacon Street is truly a one of a kind single family townhouse comprising 10,200 +/- SF with a 6 story elevator and a 2 car garage plus 2 additional parking spaces. Renovated with the utmost attention to quality , designed and detailing in 2015, this extra large home offers the ultimate balance of function and warm contemporary aesthetics with all the amenities of Back Bay. Read more here.

227 Bridge Street, Barnstable – $ 15.9 million

“Four distinctive accommodations located on 2 separate lots (198-1.28 ac & 227-2.45 ac) provided the platform for many encounters, both formal and informal, but more often than not were the canvas. Underneath the tranquil serenity and immeasurable beauty this unique waterfront oasis has to offer. Imagine the splendor of a life lived as a port steward. Read more here.

10-12 Greenway Ct., Brookline – $ 15.75 million

“Presenting 10-12 Greenway Court, a boutique property of 14 units at 100% market rate located in the heart of Brookline, Massachusetts. The property consists of 14 units and 14 parking spaces. The property is located on one street quiet location in the coveted Coolidge Corner neighborhood of Brookline, an affluent and highly sought-after town bordering Boston to the west and has one of the best school systems in the country. ” Read more here.

165 Brattle Street, Cambridge – $ 15.3 million

“The Bartlett House, one of Cambridge’s finest. Superb site close to Harvard Square and the 2nd largest house lot on Brattle. Secluded and private, majestic Victorian entrance center set back behind beautiful flower gardens. Entrance portico with columns, 10 ‘ceilings, sumptuous proportions throughout. ” Read more here.

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A new parking lot to relieve Carters Road

Lake Munmorah residents and school communities now enjoy the convenience of a new 50-space parking lot in front of Lake Munmorah High School on Carters Road.

The project provides parking spaces for this busy strip of road and serves four nearby schools, where lack of parking and traffic congestion were previously a problem.

The Central Coast Council completed the project with funding of $ 900,000 from the Australian government through local roads and
Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI Program).

Infrastructure Services Board Director Boris Bolgoff said the parking lot is an important facility for the growing Lake Munmorah community.

“The new 50-space car park has two accessible spaces and will certainly be well used by school communities.

“Parking and traffic management can be a challenge in this busy school neighborhood, and we have completed improvements that will help reduce congestion during drop-off and pick-up times at school.

“New trails have also been built around the parking lot to connect it to designated crossing points and a new pedestrian crossing,” Bolgoff said.

Shortland MP Pat Conroy said he was happy to see the parking lot project completed.

“Carters Rd parking and traffic jams have been a major issue for a long time, especially during school pickup and drop-off times, and I hope this new parking lot will help resolve that issue.

“I look forward to seeing it used by local school communities as well as the wider Lake Munmorah community,” said Conroy.

Board administrator Rik Hart said the new parking lot and associated works will provide benefits that schools have long sought.

“The completion of this community project will be good news for the Lake Munmorah community, especially for those with children attending schools in the Carters Rd area,” Hart said.

Press release, October 14
Central Coast Council

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RMIT-Monash car park number supports driving for more wines and sidewalk meals in Melbourne

“Only with the support of the state government can Yarra continue to meet the expectations of subsidizing outdoor dining.”

Yarra advisers will vote on Tuesday on whether to reconsider the fee structure, at least until state government funding becomes clear, under a motion by independent socialist Stephen Jolly.

Neighboring councils are also expected to introduce fees once capacity restrictions on indoor trade loosen significantly, with parklets remaining even beyond the pandemic.

Chris De Gruyter, lead researcher for the discussion paper Street Space Allocation and Use in Melbourne’s Activity Centers, said street parking should be converted where appropriate, as parked cars are the least efficient use of shopping streets .

Looking at 56 locations in Melbourne at the end of last year, researchers said there was a lack of space for pedestrians. On average, pedestrians made up 56% of all road users, but were allocated only 32.2% of the streetscape.

Parked cars represented only 12.8% of road users but occupied 21% of road space, while general traffic (cars, motorcycles, trucks and cyclists) accounted for 18.4% of the population of the street but used 29.1% of the space.

The numbers were more striking in some places. In Puckle Street stores in Moonee Ponds, pedestrians made up more than 80 percent of road users, but only had 35 percent of the streetscape.

Melbourne City Council has already pledged to expand trails and discourage motorists in parts of the CBD.

Dr De Gruyter said there is no one-size-fits-all solution and the changes will not suit all places, but the way we use our streets is set to be turned upside down and parklets will always offer more space to walk for pedestrians than a parked car.

“It gives even more room to cross. This gives more buffer to traffic, which is more pleasant as a pedestrian walking in a safer and more pleasant environment, ”said Dr De Gruyter, of the RMIT Center for Urban Research.


He said it was “amazing” to see the normal, and often unnecessarily, space reserved for parked cars reallocated since the start of the pandemic.

Yarra’s independent adviser Herschel Landes is keen to consider policies for retailing on parking spaces, saying the council prematurely decided to freeze costs from April.

A state government spokeswoman said the boards should encourage hotel businesses to operate safely against COVID.

“Opening up our streets and community spaces will be of huge benefit to businesses and councils, and we will soon have more to say about our plans for the outdoor economy. “

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Bullish MPTC on parking

Richmond Mercurio – The Filipino Star

October 18, 2021 | 00h00

MANILA, Philippines – Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) is betting big on the parking industry, with plans to strengthen its portfolio of managed parking spaces.

MPTC ventured into the parking industry through a parking solutions subsidiary called Dibz.

Plans are underway for the expansion of the business, according to Dibz assistant vice president of operations and marketing Donald Saurombe.

“Our number of slots in our parking management, we have over a thousand active slots right now and by the end of next year we are looking to increase that number to 10,000 slots. That’s what we have on the pipeline, ”Saurombe said.

Dibz is a group of smart parking services that offers, among other things, pre-booked parking, valet parking and parking management.

“Currently, due to the pandemic, we have discontinued our service for pre-reserved parking. We want to bring it back next year once people get back to work in the office and also bring it back on a much larger scale, ”Saurombe said.

“We’ll be bringing it back much bigger next year so it’s available in all major cities, central business districts like BGC, Makati, Ortigas, Pasay, the Newport area and more,” he said. he declares.

Saurombe said Dibz aims to revolutionize the parking industry and improve the parking experience for motorists.

“We have created a mobile application that allows drivers to search for, reserve and be guaranteed a parking space, which saves them the hassle that they usually have to face when they traditionally park,” he said. he declares.

Dibz is one of seven subsidiaries offering digital solutions introduced by MPTC last week as part of its new business unit called MPT Mobility Inc.

MPTC President Rodrigo Franco said the creation of MPT Mobility would play a key role in the sustainability of the company, as it would serve as the lead organization in MPTC’s pursuit of new revenue streams.

Traffic on MPTC’s national toll roads has already improved with the relaxation of quarantine restrictions, allowing mobility for motorists.

In the first half of the year, MPTC’s revenue grew 36% year-on-year to 8.3 billion pesos, while core revenue jumped 105% year-on-year to 1.9 billion pesos.

MPTC is the toll arm of the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. conglomerate.

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Starkville Receives Potential Plan for Main Street Redevelopment

Starkville could start repaving Main Street as early as 2022.

Since Main Street has not been repaved for about 20 years, Mayor Lynn Spruill said she believes now is the time to take action and improve Main Street in downtown Starkville . After the council of aldermen approved a proposal on Aug. 17 for Kimley-Horn landscape architect Henry Minor to create a layout for Main Street, Minor presented a preliminary design to the council during its working session on Friday.

The main goals of this design, Minor said, are to prioritize the pedestrian experience and create more outdoor space, especially for businesses.

“When Spruill told us this project was to really transform the environment and experience of this downtown corridor – from Montgomery right to City Hall,” Minor said.

If the board approved this plan, much of the street would be compressed and the turning lanes removed. The purpose of this would create a larger “pedestrian zone” that would encourage individuals to walk or cycle along Main Street and give businesses the option of arranging seating or outdoor spaces.

“The reason that’s so important is that we’re taking the sidewalk and gutter line that’s across the street today, and we’re going to bring it up to five feet,” Minor said. “… What we’re proposing along this stretch in the heart of downtown is to bring the curb and gutter about five feet on each side… that’s kind of the key dimension we’re trying to achieve. to achieve.

This design would eliminate the right turn lane on Montgomery Street to better align traffic lanes and ensure more efficient travel. The intersection of Rue Lafayette would be raised to the same level as the sidewalk, and the entire section in front of City Hall would also be elevated to create a staging area for the purpose of stimulating economic development and encouraging more businesses coming downtown, Minor mentioned.

Trees would be lined up along the main street and lights would be hung, much like the lights that currently occupy rue Lafayette.

Much of the slope parking would be changed to parallel parking to allow for wider sidewalks. Larger parking spaces would also be installed for food trucks and unloading areas for delivery trucks. The total loss of parking spaces would be around 45 spaces.

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The alderman of Ward 5 Beatty expressed concern about the loss of parking, citing that minimal parking is already a problem for the downtown area.

“I think over 40 spots are lost, it’s a loss,” Beatty said. “… For me, this is something we have to look at.

Minor said much of the development reflects the design of construction that will soon begin on Route 182. The Route 182 plan will revitalize the segment of the route between Long Street and Old West Point Road. A construction grant from the United States Department of Transportation will fund 80 percent of the estimated $ 12.66 million project.

Because this design was a preliminary discussion, the board won’t vote on approving this provision for some time, Spruill said. She said if the board of directors approved this particular project, it would cost the city close to $ 6 million.

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Spruill said she also wants to work with the managing director of Starkville Utilities to create a new water and sewerage plan as part of the road design to improve water flow. to residential and commercial entities. She said she would like to move forward with the plan next year, but knows the city needs to take appropriate action before proceeding.

“This is the opportunity to see what they came up with and see what the ramifications would be. If we’re going to move forward with this, we’ll have to find funding, ”Spruill said. “The people of Main Street should be there. This is a first look at how we can make our community and downtown much more vibrant and how we can envision it in the next 30 or 40 years.

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LAX and Mayor Garcetti announce opening of $ 294 million economy parking structure – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Lox Angeles International Airport officially unveiled the airport’s new economy parking structure – LAX Economy Parking on Friday.

Part of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), a $ 5.5 billion program aimed at decongesting people traveling through LAX, LAX Economy Parking is equipped with electric vehicle chargers, parking space availability monitors, an online pre-reservation system, ceiling indicators. of open or occupied parking spaces and more. LAMP’s other components include more transportation options to LAX, relief from traffic jams inside and outside the airport, easier access to rental cars, and more convenient locations for pickup and drop-off. disembarking of passengers.

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The state-of-the-art structure rises over four floors and includes approximately 4,300 new parking spaces – nearly 500 of which are electric vehicle recharges – covering more than 1.7 million square feet. This is the first major part of LAMP that has been completed and opened to the public. It is also the first structure to be completely modernized at LAX, above all in the modernization plan for each parking structure at the airport. The plan foresees that more than 1,600 stalls will be equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles over time.

As part of the Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) sustainability plan, called “Boldly Moving to Zero”, LAX Economy Parking is a fully sustainable facility. Additional sustainability efforts include low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-saving lighting controls, and drought-tolerant landscaping.

“As the third largest airport in the world, LAX is our gateway to the world – where dreams take flight and we welcome the future of our city with open arms,” said Garcetti. “LAX Economy Parking is a historic marker of progress amid a one-in-a-generation transformation at the airport – providing travelers with a state-of-the-art facility that will help reduce congestion, allow our airport to realize its full potential, and continue to create a smoother travel experience for millions of Angelenos and visitors. “

Along with Mayor Garcetti, many familiar figures attended the inauguration, including LA City Council members Mike Bonin (District 11) and Joe Buscaino (District 15). Bonin was happy with the progress, noting that this is just the beginning of what will happen to LAX:

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“Today, we begin a series of inaugurations that will transform LAX into the modern and sustainable transit hub that our city deserves. This step is possible because we have brought together airport neighbors and airport officials to modernize LAX, reduce its impacts on local communities and make it a first-class neighbor, opening the door to great improvements in transport, job creation and environmental benefits. I am delighted to see this promise fulfilled for my constituents, Angelenos and future visitors to our vibrant city.

Buscaino added that by proposing that one of the many benefits includes a reduction in costs in the overall travel experience: “With the new terrain, as well as the connection to the Metro rail system, the Automated People Mover and the Revamped FlyAway, residents of all income levels will have options to get to and from the airport, and no longer have to choose between convenience and affordability. “

The Automated People Mover, or APM, will connect passengers to the rail system on the second floor of the Economy Parking building. There will also be a shuttle, with a designated lane that departs from regular traffic and takes passengers to the central LAX terminal.

The facility was inaugurated on July 11, 2019 and during that time, more than 3,700 artisans participated in the construction, earning more than $ 54 million in wages over 848,501 hours.

Additional amenities include pet relief areas, vending machines, and views of airplanes flying directly over the open-air rooftop.

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‘Ideally located’: £ 250,000 parking space for sale near Harrods | London

An underground car park opposite Harrods has been listed for £ 250,000 – just below the average UK house price and enough to buy a six bedroom detached house in Middlesbrough.

Despite its price, the parking space is actually too small to accommodate the big cars like the super-rich prefer, who are most likely to fork out for the luxury of being able to park in Knightsbridge.

Too small for a Rolls-Royce Phantom: parking space of £ 250,000.

The K28 space in the Basil Street car park measures approximately 2.5 x 4.2 meters and covers an area of ​​10.5 m²: even a short-wheelbase version of the latest Rolls-Royce Phantom is 5.76 meters long, and the new Maserati Quattroporte 5.26 meters. Average parking spaces in the UK are 2.4 x 4.8 meters, according to the AA.

Upscale real estate agent Knight Frank said the space is “conveniently located across from Harrods” and has 24-hour security coverage. “Basil Street is just minutes from world-class hotels, restaurants, luxury boutiques, shops, amenities and museums that the area has to offer.

“The Basil Street car park was built in the early 2000s and benefits from both separate entrances and exits from Basil Street, private pedestrian access from Basil Street via a lift for parking lot owners. parking, 24 hour remote access, as well as 24 hour security.

In addition to the purchase price, the new owner is also expected to pay £ 780 per year in service charges over the term of the 82-year lease.

Johnny Thalassites, senior member of the Kensington and Chelsea Council for the Environment, Planning and Location, said the news of the extremely expensive parking space was “very frustrating” and “disheartening” for locals trying to ‘buy houses in the area.

‘We are in desperate need of housing and as a borough with some of the most expensive land and property in the UK it is very frustrating to see a six figure price on a parking space and discouraging for those looking to climb the property ladder, ”he said.

“This is a major challenge for us as a council as we look to build new homes. Despite the challenge, we are making progress, with the first of our 600 new homes – 300 for social rent – currently under construction.

The average house price in Knightsbridge is £ 2.75million, according to Foxtons: around 10 times the UK average.

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New York City to Switch to All-Electric School Buses by 2035

The New York City Council voted 44-1 to require all city-owned school buses to be battery-powered by September 1, 2035. Currently, the city operates 885 school buses that operate on diesel. The council’s action was spurred by a new law signed by Governor Hochul last month that bans the sale of light gasoline and diesel vehicles in New York state after 2035.

There is a caveat in the new electric school bus policy. It is “subject to the commercial availability and reliability of all electric school buses, as well as the technical and physical availability of related planned infrastructure”. Given the state’s interest in having a zero-emission transportation sector, it is likely that the required infrastructure will be built over the next 14 years, says We Go Electric.

The city estimates that converting its school bus fleet to electric buses as well as purchasing the necessary electric charging stations and electrical infrastructure will cost a total of $ 367.3 million by 2035. In addition to the bus mandate, the city has also already decided that non-emergency fleet vehicles must be electric by 2040. The new law also requires that all parking lots in the city’s 5 boroughs include chargers. electric vehicles for a minimum of 20% of available parking spaces.

Up in smoke

We are dedicated advocates of the electric vehicle revolution here at CleanTechnica, but that doesn’t mean we have to bury our heads in the sand. This week, worrying news from Germany concerns a number of fires involving electric buses in Düsseldorf, Hanover and Stuttgart. The Stuttgart fire occurred recently and all electric buses in that city were taken out of service until the cause of the fire was known. The first bus to catch fire was being loaded.

The resulting fire destroyed 25 buses – 23 conventional units and 2 electric batteries – according to Algulf. Six people were injured in the Stuttgart fire, two of them were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. Losses from the fire run into millions of dollars.

On June 5, a fire at a bus depot in Hanover destroyed five electric buses, two hybrid buses, a diesel bus and a coach. The city’s electric buses were later taken out of service, but are expected to return to service on November 1.

Last April, a fire at a bus depot in Düsseldorf destroyed 38 buses and the depot building, causing millions more damage. Experts from the Düsseldorf public prosecutor’s office concluded in June that the fire had an undetermined technical cause. The depot had only recently installed charging equipment for electric buses.

Did you know about these fires? No? We neither. 12 Chevy Bolts battery fires made headlines around the world and will cost LG Chem nearly $ 2 billion. More than 70 buses have caught fire in Germany this year, but there has been virtually no report of it. And why only in Germany and not in other countries? There are so many more electric buses in China than the German total would seem insignificant.

Clearly, battery makers need to tackle the problem of battery fires as quickly as possible to avoid a major obstacle to the electric vehicle revolution. LFP batteries may not have the energy density of conventional lithium-ion batteries, but they have a much lower fire risk (BYD blade battery reduced this risk to almost zero.)

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Vision for Manchester Charter Oak Park: Skate Park, Turf Field

MANCHESTER, CT – A master plan for the future of Manchester parks includes a vision for a new skate park and artificial surface terrain at Charter Oak Park.

The park, located at the bottom of the hill from Main Street and Charter Oak Street, is, according to the results of a recent public poll, one of the busiest parks in the city, with 56% of respondents saying have used it recreationally and 97 percent say they are satisfied or very satisfied with the park.

A $ 2 million project to renovate the park added new playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, a revamped softball field, a “music garden for children, and parking and freshly paved walkways. in 2017. Additional upgrades included new test room facilities, 22 additional parking spaces, a two-way driveway, a redesigned cycle path, improved lighting and surveillance equipment.

Future upgrades now include a new skate park at the west end of the facility, a track for BMX-style bikes and a “warrior” obstacle course for users of all ages.

A synthetic turf pitch, additional toilets and drinking fountains here also in the master plan.

The new Parks and Facilities Master Plan is designed to be “fully collaborative and community supported”. The master plan describes how to further develop future parks, trails, open spaces and recreation areas to meet the needs of the community while investing in the economic and cultural value of the city.

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New Cornell Scott site in West Haven to improve care by leaps and bounds

WEST HAVEN – A newly opened health center on Campbell Avenue can make breathing easier, literally.

Officials have welcomed the opening of a new Cornell Scott Hill Health Center at 410 Campbell Avenue, which they say will dramatically improve health outcomes in the city. The community health center offers sliding scale rates for medical services to uninsured or underinsured people, so that health care costs do not place a huge burden on residents.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by the New Haven-based nonprofit, between 10.5% and 13.5% of adults in West Haven had asthma in 2018, according to the place where they live in the city, but in the neighboring neighborhood. As a wealthier city of Orange, asthma rates among adults ranged from 9.5 percent to 10.5 percent in all census tracts.

The location isn’t the first for the city – the center has operated a location for years on Main Street – but system CEO Michael Taylor said the new site would improve the quality of care at “no cost.” giant ”. The old location, he said, has been converted from a three-story house to a doctor’s office, and it has become “untenable.”

“Not only is it obsolete, but it was inefficient for our operational needs, there was no parking for patients unless you were considering two spaces, there were stairs that patients had to face, which was impossible for any patient with a physical challenge because of three sets of stairs and the capacity of the examination room was limited: five examination rooms and one consultation room, ”he said. “We couldn’t have more than two providers in the building comfortably for medicine and couldn’t accommodate specialties at night. The exam rooms were undersized so we couldn’t put in services like an OBGYN or podiatry, and those services are needed in West Haven.

Taylor said the wait time between appointments at the Main Street location was often 10 to 12 weeks; he said West Haven residents often had to visit a New Haven Cornell Scott Hill Health site to be treated in a timely manner.

The new location, he said, is considerably larger.

“Now we have 14 examination rooms, two of which are oversized to accommodate procedures such as gynecological procedures and podiatry. they choose – and we’ve expanded the behavioral health capacity, ”he said. “We now have 50 parking spaces on the new location. All the things that were missing from the old facility, we now have them at the new location at 410 Campbell Ave., and on top of that, we’re located literally across from the pharmacy, where people can fill their (prescriptions).

According to the DataHaven report, there are considerable racial gaps in health care in the city, including gynecology: for every 1,000 live births, there is an infant mortality rate of 12.4 for residents of Black West Haven compared to 7.4 for white residents of West Haven. West Haven’s average death rate of 6.9 per 1,000 live births is higher than the state average of 4.6 per 1,000 live births, the report notes.

Mayor Nancy Rossi said her office receives calls from residents seeking medical services and not having insurance; she said her office is trying to refer them. From there, she said she knows gynecological services are in high demand in the city and there is a relative shortage.

“I’m very, very excited about this,” she said. “They have a sliding scale (payment structure) and they take some uninsured patients, and that’s really very, very important because if you’re sick you have to be treated.”

City council member Bridgette Hoskie, D-1, whose district includes the new center, said she recalled going to a place in New Haven several times while growing up – something she thinks she was. of great help to his family.

“Growing up with a single mother, health insurance and medical care were not always readily available,” she said. “These medical insecurities were real life for us.”

Hoskie said she believes the easy and accessible location would be of great benefit to underinsured or uninsured residents.

She believes the expansion of behavioral health services will be crucial for city residents as they deal with the effects of an unprecedented pandemic on the lives of residents. She said she has a friend who seeks mental health services for her child, but has to pay thousands of dollars before she can reach her deductible. Hoskie said she was able to recommend the center to her friend.

“There has always been a need for behavioral health services everywhere, but now there is an extraordinary demand that was really triggered by the experiences people have had with the pandemic: isolation, depression,” Taylor said. “So now we have an increased capacity in the facility and the staff to respond to it. “

Neil Cavallaro, principal of West Haven schools, said the district was “excited” about forming a partnership in the new facilities at the center.

“It is a first-class health center that will be able to deal with physical and mental health issues,” he said.

Cavallaro said that although the district has a school health center in its high school, the district has external health partners to provide additional services.

“Given the stressful times we live in, they often need support that in many cases schools simply cannot provide,” he said.

Anthony Santella, acting chair of the University of New Haven’s Department of Health Administration and Policy, said community health centers such as Cornell Scott Hill Health “play a very important role in promoting health. ‘equity in health’.

“Often laypersons don’t really recognize them for their contributions because they think it’s another clinic or doctor’s office, but the power of community health centers is that they can do so much more than they do. it seems, ”he said, as“ promoting access to high quality and affordable primary care, behavioral health, specialized care – including dental care, vision – which is often put aside and which are an equally important part of maintaining good health and well-being.

Santella said that despite this, the pandemic could draw more attention to the role of these centers.

“COVID has really caused us to reimagine the role of health and healthcare in our lives. Now more than ever, people have come to appreciate the role health plays in their overall success and well-being, ”he said.

Santella said the “real test” of the centre’s long-term success on Campbell Avenue will be its relationship with the community.

“It will be determined by who they hire, what type of community partner they are, how friendly their services are to the public in terms of language, culture, hours and menu of services,” he said. declared. “As someone who works in West Haven, I will be delighted to see the good service they provide to the community.”

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New Orleans City Council OK Rules Against ‘Double Dorm’ Conversions Uptown | Local politics

New Orleans City Council on Thursday passed rules to stop conversions from modest homes to massive dorms and address parking issues that have long plagued Uptown.

The motion that council approved Thursday requires developers to provide one off-street parking space per bedroom in new or renovated homes with more than four bedrooms. The rules exempt properties that have received homestead exemptions, as well as commercially zoned properties and affordable housing developments.

Parking spaces must be constructed of permeable materials and properties cannot have more than two and a half bathrooms. The rules apply to the Hollygrove, Leonidas, Carrollton, Black Pearl and Audubon neighborhoods, among others.

Joe Giarrusso, chair of the public works and quality of life committees, speaking at a city council hearing on July 8.

Council member Joe Giarrusso said the changes would help keep neighborhoods affordable. The move makes permanent a temporary requirement for developers to provide parking for each new room, something the council adopted last year.

“These dorms increase rental rates, decrease affordability and ensure that the prices of homes purchased in the area are higher, which also results in higher taxes,” Giarrusso said.

His proposal, unanimously approved by council, went against the recommendation of the planning commission, which had studied the matter for months at the request of council. Commission staff said the off-street parking requirement would increase housing costs and discriminate against tenants.

New Orleans City Council moved closer to permanently changing parking rules in Uptown University District on Thursday, a move designed …

At issue are the conversions of single and two-family homes to multi-bedroom developments near Tulane and Loyola universities. These developments are then marketed to students who wish to live off campus.

Instead of charging $ 1,100 per month to rent a two-bedroom shotgun, a common practice in the Uptown area, developers turn these homes into multiplexes, then rent them out for up to $ 1,100 per month per bedroom. , said Giarrusso. This represents up to $ 96,000 in income per year.

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Students between classes at Tulane University in New Orleans on the first day of school during the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

The practice has crowded residential streets in the area, as many university students living in these properties have little off-street space to park their cars. The city’s infrastructure is also under stress with so many people living in one space, supporters of the council’s decision said.

“In the four blocks around my house, we have 13 houses where families have been moved to allow investors to come in and change the structure of these houses into something they were not intended for,” said Ken Gelpi, who lives near Lusher. Charter School and Tulane University.

A representative from the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, one of the early critics of the rules, welcomed the amended rules more warmly on Thursday, though he urged the council to ensure that onerous parking requirements do not drive up the prices of houses.

In response to complaints that recent dormitory-style housing renovations have caused traffic jams on the streets, New Orleans City Council agreed on Thursday …

“It’s a neighborhood that is already not affordable, and I understand that the units that are created by these opportunistic developers are even more expensive,” said Maxwell Ciardullo. “But if you need any new development to include parking spaces, that will increase the cost of the development and… of housing as well.”

Still other affordable housing advocates have bluntly criticized the effort. Andreanecia Morris of HousingNOLA and the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance called it “bad policy that does not address the fundamental problem … it wants to solve, while discouraging the development of affordable housing in the process.”

The council’s rules would not apply to affordable housing projects that reserve 50% of their units for families earning 60% of the area’s median income or less, or up to $ 42,060 for a family of four. These units are to remain affordable for two decades, the rules say.

The board will draft the details of the motion approved Thursday in an ordinance, which board members will approve at a later date.

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Car-free future: how European cities are experimenting with green transport

A snack in a parking lot can be like something out of Alice in Wonderland.

But views like these, of the parklet countryside in London last month, or of people strolling the middle of the Champs-Elysees in Paris, are increasingly common as we reinvent our city centers.

Greener cities come in many shades, and it’s not just about banning cars, but offering inspiring alternatives.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the travel revolution in some places, with widened gateways and thriving cycling infrastructure. As further proof of the adverse effects of air pollution is emerging, should we regain even more ground?

These are some of the strategies used across Europe to help improve the lives of citizens, as defined by the climate charity Possible.

Redraw the streets

Once you stop taking the presence of cars for granted, many new possibilities open up.

In Oslo, most of the street parking has been replaced with street furniture like benches and mini-parks, as well as larger cycle lanes and sidewalks. While some businesses feared a loss of trade, the city center actually saw its footfall increase by 10% after the reduction measures.

One British man who has taken charge of town planning is Adam Tranter, Mayor of Coventry. When the mini-garden he built in a parking lot was removed by the local council, Adam found a loophole in replant your parklet on top of a truck.

London Parklets Campaign founder Brenda Puech has big ambitions for parklets. On the first “People Parking Day” in September, Londoners requisitioned some of the city’s 1 million parking spaces for fun and games.

“Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a private garden, so providing social spaces near homes is essential,” she said.

With a third of UK carbon emissions coming from travel – and private cars the biggest contributors – the push for parklets is not just a colorful performance but a vital intervention.

Invest in bicycles

The medieval city of Ghent saw its narrow streets submerged in traffic in the 1980s.

After banning cars from its historic center in 1997, the German city invested in cycling exhibitions – resulting in cultural change – and built 300 km of cycle paths and rental bicycles to navigate them.

In many other cities in Europe, e-bike programs are booming. In his sustainable guide “How to Thrive in the Next Economy,” John Thackara writes that an “ecosystem of bikes, some of which are electrically assisted, will meet most of our needs for connecting and dealing with each other using 5 % or less of car and train based systems.

Bicycle and mobility lanes are undoubtedly an important part of future infrastructure, but they are not suitable for everyone. Some people with disabilities need vehicles to get around; as Possible put it, a “car-free city” is free from the dangers, pollution and emissions caused by massive private car ownership. It is not a city without cars at all.

More accessible public transport systems like streetcars are also ripe for expansion.

Better town planning

Reducing the need to travel is another obvious way to reduce our carbon footprint.

Planning new developments for homes and businesses close to public transport like the tram has been an important part of Freiburg’s journey to become Germany’s unofficial “environmental capital”. Nine in ten residents now live in areas where traffic cannot exceed 19 mph – even 5 mph on some streets – a clear sign that public transport has priority.

In Milan, COVID-19 has sparked an “Open Streets” initiative, expanding cycle lanes, sidewalks and places where children can play.

One area has become a low traffic neighborhood (LTN) and is now being considered for a “15 minute neighborhood” pilot, where everything people need is within walking distance.

Although Milan and other Italian cities have a crowded recent past, the famous squares in towns and cities across the country suggest other ways of life. His ‘Open squaresis another key to the traffic-free future of Milan.

Hold on to cars

Either way, reducing the number of cars in city centers is key to meeting national climate goals and improving our health.

In northern Spain, the city of Pontevedra banned cars in its 300,000 square meter medieval center in the early 2000s, and its residents have reaped the economic, social and health benefits ever since. CO2 emissions have fallen by 70%, and the center of Pontevedra attracted some 12,000 new residents.

Things that initially seemed unpopular quickly won over people too. When Stockholm first introduced congestion charges in 2006, it encountered stiff opposition, with around seven in ten people against. Five years later, the numbers have changed to show majority support for the program.

Strasbourg in France was the first city to use an “intelligent traffic management system”, reducing the number of stop-and-go waves along its roads. This reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides and harmful particles from dragging vehicles by 8% and 9% respectively.

During her stay in Paris, Mayor Anne Marie Hidalgo experimented with a series of traffic control measures, including the ban on diesel vehicles manufactured before 2006 in the city during the week.

The capital’s annual car-free day allows pedestrians to walk “face to face” with landmarks like the Arc-de-Triomphe, providing a glimpse of what a larger, cleaner city might look like.

Decontaminating historic cities in Europe 365 days a year is a daunting task, but as more green projects gain public approval, it is a challenge the continent can take on.

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Yarra town wants to charge $ 5,000 for outdoor roadside restaurants after lockdown

A city council in downtown Melbourne is accused of stealing money by charging thousands of dollars to restaurants for outdoor eating spaces.

After 18 months of closure, many roadside restaurants have saved restaurants from going bankrupt, but advice could put that at risk.

The city of Yarra charges the highest rate in Victoria for outdoor spaces.

He wants sites on busy streets, like Rathedowne in Carlton and Smith in Collingwood, to pay $ 5,000 per car space.

For residential streets, it is between $ 2,000 and $ 3,000 for spaces.

“It really feels like giving with one hand and taking with the other with the advice,” Katie Marron of Katie’s Crab Shack told Fitzroy to 7NEWS.

A city council in downtown Melbourne is accused of stealing money by charging restaurants thousands of dollars for outdoor eating spaces. Credit: 7NEWS

“Being on a main street, I’m going to fetch $ 10,000 a year. “

On Tuesday evening, council voted in favor of the motion.

Fees will be waived until April, then a reduced rate will be applied before full payments start in October.

“They just managed to survive the lock by the skin of their teeth and we’re trying to push them underwater. It’s just madness, ”Yarra adviser Stephen Jolly said.

The restrictions will limit the number of patrons restaurants can have inside and many rely on parking spaces.

Melbourne City Council plans to remove the fee until March, then it will cost $ 2,000 per space. Stonington Council has also removed the fees for the summer and they are generally $ 1,200 each. Darebin City Council does not charge any fees for the use of the spaces.

The city of Yarra charges the highest rate in Victoria for outdoor spaces.
The city of Yarra charges the highest rate in Victoria for outdoor spaces. Credit: 7NEWS

The town of Yarra says it will not derive any income from the payments, but they are needed to help recover some of the money lost during the lockdown, including parking fees.

Yarra town mayor Gabrielle De Vietri said this also means the taxpayer would not have to subsidize businesses in the future.

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The focus of the relocated Elk Grove library on Wednesday’s forum

Work in progress at Old Town Plaza on Railroad Street in historic downtown Elk Grove on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The pavilion structure, now complete, will be the centerpiece of a community gathering space that will be enhanced by relocation of a new library two blocks away.

Work in progress at Old Town Plaza on Railroad Street in historic downtown Elk Grove on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The pavilion structure, now complete, will be the centerpiece of a community gathering space that will be enhanced by relocation of a new library two blocks away.

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Elk Grove’s plans for a new library on the outskirts of the city’s old town will be a visit to two community events Wednesday.

Residents can stop by an open house Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Elk Grove Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove-Florin Road; or 5 p.m. at the city booth during the Food Truck Mania event at Old Town Plaza, 9645 Railroad St., Elk Grove Boulevard, to learn more about the plans and influence the design of the project.

The new library branch is slated for the old Rite Aid location, 9260 Elk Grove Blvd., a few blocks east at Elk Grove and Waterman Road, replacing the two-story 13,875 square foot site in the cramped corner of Elk Boulevard Grove and Elk Grove-Florin Road.

The planned 17,340 square foot site at the former Rite Aid will be more than 3,500 square feet larger than the current library house and, with 95 parking spaces, will have double the number of spaces at the current site of the old Town.

Elk Grove and the Sacramento Public Library are designing the project.

Elk Grove bought the Rite Aid site earlier this year in a $ 3 million deal, one-third of its 2018 asking price of $ 9 million. A 2018 city study on needs Elk Grove’s long-term library and arts facility revealed that the Old Town and Franklin High School branches were undersized for the town’s population.

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The former Kogarah communal parking lot becomes a guesthouse | County Chief of St George and Sutherland

The former Shaw Street public parking lot, Kogarah, sold by Georges River Council last year, is slated to become the site of a guesthouse.

Georges River Council sold the 14-space parking lot at 2 Shaw Street, Kogarah last October, despite calls from local business owners and traders that the sale would hurt their businesses.

The companies sent an SOS – Save Our Shops – after the council decided to sell the public parking lot behind their premises on Rocky Point Road.

The parking lot was one of many sites the council described as surplus and decided to sell.

According to the development application filed last week with Georges River City Council, the 344 square meter site will become a “small guesthouse designed to fill an isolated site that was previously land owned by the local government.”

The plans submitted by Rockeman Town Planning are for a two-story, six-bedroom boarding house with three parking spaces.

If approved, the two-story pension will feature six self-contained boarding lounges ranging from 21.7 square meters to 24.6 square meters and each will include a bed space, bathroom, kitchenette and laundry room.

There will be an indoor common area at the rear of the ground floor with an area of ​​21.7 square meters and an outdoor common area along the west-southwest corner of the site.

The common areas will not be used after 10 p.m. in the evening, according to the DA management plan.

There will be three parking spaces accessible from the driveway along the eastern boundary.

“The proposed pension is a small contribution to the achievement of housing goals in an area that achieves urban quality of life by providing inclusive and affordable housing in a typical low-density residential area ‘with three bedrooms’,” says declaration of the environmental effects of AD.

“The proposal will provide a choice and diversity of affordable housing while maintaining the local character and residential objectives of the area.

“The proposed pension development is a prime example of low density infill development that provides additional housing in a strategic area for key workers.

“Overall, the request does not pose any negative impact on the surrounding neighbors and locality and approval of this request is considered to be in the public interest.”

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Durham seeks to create permanent outdoor dining spaces ::

Durham is looking to make permanent its outdoor dining spaces created to adapt to COVID-19 regulations.

Restaurants and bars have been able to install outdoor seating in city-owned parking spaces from July 2020. These restaurants will need to return indoors unless Durham City Council votes to designate these. permanent outdoor dining spaces.

“Under current regulations, businesses can apply for an outdoor seating permit up to 25% of their indoor capacity, on an adjacent sidewalk. This amendment allows these restaurants and bars to provide outdoor seating up to 50% of the indoor capacity, ”the document said.

Most Durham residents and business owners say they would like to make these outdoor dining spaces permanent. A recent survey of Durham residents and visitors, conducted by Downtown Durham., Inc., showed that over 80% of them support the use of parking spaces for activities other than parking.

Elizabeth Turnbull, owner of Copa restaurant on Main Street, said having the extra space, all the time, would help her business and create jobs.

“If we can keep something similar to what we’ve put in place now, hopefully a little bit nicer visually, that means the world of difference to us,” she said. “It can be the difference between surviving and not.”

Durham Mayor Steve Schwel said he hopes the city can continue to eat al fresco.

“We have heard from many people who want outdoor dining to be permanent in Durham,” he said. “And I want alfresco dining to be permanent in Durham.”

The city plans to discuss alfresco dining during its next working session on Thursday.

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The cheapest places to park in Swansea city center

There is nothing more frustrating than driving around town desperately trying to find a parking spot – and this parking ordeal can be even worse when the only spots available are in exorbitantly priced parking lots.

While we are fortunate to have a great choice of car parks in Swansea town center, many of which are within walking distance of our favorite cafes and shops, some of us were surprised at some of their prices!

So we’ve compiled this list of downtown Swansea car parks, with locations, hours of operation and prices for over 20 car parks.

From cheapest to most expensive (by minimum payment), here is our guide to parking in Swansea town center:

All information correct at time of writing, always check parking lot signage for any changes or new rules

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FREE parking in downtown Swansea

Tawé Park

Location: Tawe Park, A4067 Quay Parade, Swansea SA1 2AS

Parking Fee: Three hours of FREE parking for customers when shopping on site, no ticket required – if staying beyond three hours: buy a parking ticket for £ 1 per additional hour. Maximum stay of six hours.

Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 328

Number of disabled places: 4

Civic Center East Visitor Parking Lot (owned by Swansea Council)

Parking prices: up to two hours of FREE parking (but paid and displayed ticket is still required), up to three hours: £ 3.50, up to four hours: £ 4.50, all day : £ 7

(Blue Badge holders up to three hours of FREE parking, up to four hours: £ 4.50, all day: £ 7)

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 122

Number of disabled places: 11

Cheapest car park in downtown Swansea – (very) short stay

Oxford Street parking lot

Location: Oxford Street, Swansea, SA1 3BG

Parking rate: 50p for 30 min (maximum stay 30 min, no return within three hours), Blue Badge holders are free

Opening hours: 24 hours

Number of parking spaces: n / a

Plymouth Street parking lot

Location: Plymouth Street, Swansea, SA1 3QQ

Parking rate: 50p for 30 min (maximum stay 30 min, no return within three hours), Blue Badge holders are free

Opening hours: 24 hours

Number of parking spaces: n / a

The most affordable car parks in Swansea town center – long stay

Parking Park Street West (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Park Street, Swansea, SA1 3DF

Price of parking: Blue Badge concession up to two hours: £ 1 up to four hours: £ 1.50, up to six hours: £ 2.70

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 0 non-disabled spaces

Number of disabled places: 15

Multi-storey High Street car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Ivey Place, Swansea, SA1 1NU

Parking rate: up to one hour: 50 p, up to two hours: £ 1, up to three hours: £ 3.50, up to four hours: £ 4.50, all day: £ 6, midnight to 7:59 a.m.: £ 3

Opening hours: 24 hours

Number of parking spaces: 716

Number of disabled places: 30

Castle Street parking

Location: Castle Street, Swansea, SA1 1HZ

Parking rate: 30 min: £ 1, 1 hour: £ 2 (Blue Badge holders: free)

Parking hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., no return within the hour

Oxford Street car park

Location: near Singleton Street, Swansea, SA1 3AZ

Price of parking: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40, up to three hours: £ 3.50 (Blue Badge concessions: up to two hours: 70 p, up to four hours: £ 1.20, up to six hours: £ 2.40)

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 116

Number of disabled places: 27

The parking lot of the Pumphouse [Local Parking Security Ltd]

Location: The Pumphouse, 2 Gloucester Place, Swansea, SA1 1TT

Parking rate: one hour: £ 1.20, one to two hours: £ 2.40, three hours: £ 3.50, four hours: £ 4.50, max: £ 7

Hours: Open 24 hours a day, paid parking Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., free outside of these hours

Number of parking spaces: 143

Number of disabled places: At least two

East Burrows Road car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: East Burrows Road, Swansea SA1 1RR

Parking fee: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40, up to three hours: £ 3.50, up to four hours: £ 4.50, all day : £ 7

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 230

Number of disabled places: 5

Pocketts Wharf car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Pocketts Wharf, East Burrows Road, Swansea SA1 3XL

Parking fee: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40, up to three hours: £ 3.50, up to four hours: £ 4.50, all day : £ 7

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 53

Number of disabled places: two

Trawler Road car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Trawler Road, Swansea, SA1 1UN

Parking fee: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40, up to three hours: £ 3.50, up to four hours: £ 4.50, all day : £ 7

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 20 approx.

The Strand car park (post office) (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Strand, Swansea, SA1 2AE

Parking fee: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40, up to three hours: £ 3.50, up to four hours: £ 4.50, all day : £ 7

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 218

Number of disabled places: 12

Park Street East car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Park Street, Swansea, SA1 3DJ

Parking rate: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40, up to three hours: £ 3.50 (Blue Badge concession up to two hours: 70 p, up to at four o’clock: £ 1.20, until six o’clock: £ 2.40)

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 31

Number of disabled places: six

Paxton Street car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Park Street, Swansea, SA1 3DJ

Parking rate: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40, up to three hours: £ 3, up to four hours: £ 4.50, all day: 7 £

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 331

Number of disabled spaces: unknown

Pell Street car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Park Street, Swansea, SA1 3DJ

Parking fee: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40 (Blue Badge concession up to two hours: 70 p, up to four hours: £ 1.20)

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 30

Number of disabled places: three

Northampton Lane Car Park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Northampton Lane, SA1 4EW

Parking fee: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40, up to three hours: £ 3.50, up to four hours: £ 4.50, all day : £ 7

Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 84

Number of disabled places: four

YMCA car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Newton Street, SA1 5JW

Parking fee: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40, up to three hours: £ 3.50 (Blue Badge concession: two hours: 70p)

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 21

Number of disabled places: 2

Parking Salubrious Place (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Salubrious Place, Swansea, SA1 3LW

Parking fee: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40, up to three hours: £ 3.50

Opening hours: Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Friday only for subscribers)

Number of parking spaces: 25

Worcester Place car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Worcester Place, Swansea, SA1 1HY

Parking fee: up to one hour: £ 1.20, up to two hours: £ 2.40, up to three hours: £ 3.50 (Blue Badge concession: up to two hours 70p, up to four hours £ 1.20, up to six hours £ 2.40)

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 21

Number of disabled places: 2

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Slightly more expensive parking in downtown Swansea

The Quadrant multi-storey car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: Wellington Street, Swansea, SA1 3QR

Price of parking: up to one hour: £ 1.40, up to two hours: £ 2.80, up to three hours: £ 4, up to four hours; £ 5.50, more than four hours: £ 2.29 per hour, midnight to 7:59 a.m.: £ 3

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Saturday

Number of parking spaces: 517

Number of disabled places: 30

Swansea Kingsway car park (NCP car park)

Location: The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5JQ

Parking prices: one hour: £ 1.50, one to two hours: £ 3, two to four hours: £ 5.50, four to six hours: £ 8, six to eight hours: £ 11, eight to 24 hours: £ 16, ‘early entry’ (arriving 7-9 a.m. but staying after that time – must ask employee to adjust cost before paying): £ 5.20

Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Number of parking spaces: 328

Number of disabled places: 4

Swansea The City Gates (NCP parking lot)

Location: City Gates, York Street, Swansea, SA1 3LZ

Parking fees: one hour: £ 1.50, one to two hours: £ 3, two to four hours: £ 5.50, four to six hours: £ 8, six to eight hours: £ 11, eight to 24 hours: £ 16, ‘early entry’ (arriving 7-9 a.m. but staying after that time – must ask employee to adjust cost before paying): £ 5.20

Opening hours: 7 a.m. to midnight

Number of parking spaces: 251

Number of disabled places:

Swansea Orchard Street (NCP parking lot)

Location: Orchard Street, Swansea, SA1 5AS

Parking fees: one hour: £ 1.50, one to two hours: £ 3, two to four hours: £ 5.50, four to six hours: £ 8, six to eight hours: £ 11, eight to 24 hours: £ 16, ‘early entry’ (arriving 7-9 a.m. but staying after that time – must ask employee to adjust cost before paying): £ 5.20

Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week

Number of parking spaces: 421

Number of disabled parking spaces: 3

St David’s multi-storey car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: St David’s Place, Swansea, SA1 3LQ

Price of parking: up to two hours: £ 2.00, up to three hours: £ 3, up to five hours; £ 5, all day: £ 7

Opening hours: 24 hours

Number of parking spaces: 460

Number of disabled places: 33

St David’s multi-storey car park (owned by Swansea Council)

Location: St David’s Place, Swansea, SA1 3LQ

Price of parking: up to two hours: £ 2.00, up to three hours: £ 3, up to five hours; £ 5, all day: £ 7

Opening hours: 24 hours

Number of parking spaces: 460

Number of disabled places: 33

The most expensive car park in Swansea town center

Swansea Station (NCP car park)

Location: Swansea Station, Station Approach, Swansea, SA1 1NU

Parking rate: 24 hours a day: £ 7, two days: £ 14, three days: £ 21, one week: £ 28, night rate (7 p.m. to 5 a.m.): £ 4

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Number of parking spaces: 30-ish

Number of disabled parking spaces: 3

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Selectmen wants more information on the construction sites of the new buildings of the town hall and the senior center | New

WILMINGTON – At their Monday evening meeting, the board heard a presentation which was the result of a joint vote of the committees for the new senior center and the town hall / school administrative buildings. City Manager Jeff Hull reminded the community that the work is being led by the 2020 City Assembly approvals for the feasibility study and schematic design of the two projects.

P3 Owners Project Manager Dan Pallotta explained how it became apparent as soon as the sites were initially considered that it was imperative to look at the two projects together. To objectively examine the four identified sites, they rated each site against a set of criteria and adopted a matrix to compare the totals. Some of the criteria he mentioned in the review were things like availability of water and gas service, storm water service, adequate parking, site visibility, potential for future expansion, and relative site development costs.

The Swain Green and St. Dorothy Church sites were identified as the two best sites for Town Hall and the Seniors Center respectively, and the committees unanimously approved to submit them to elected officials as next step.

Selectman Kevin Caira expressed doubts that the designers took into account the full impact of baseball fields as a space when they assessed the current City Hall area. He then suggested the possibility of the two buildings being placed on St. Dorothy’s property.

He also asked about the parking requirements for the town hall. Pallotta shared that the suggested number of spaces was 150 based on the area of ​​the proposed building. Caira wanted even more information, such as the number of parking spaces at the St. Dorothy’s site and how much they would take out by building on Swain Green, but the OPM could not provide an answer.

Pallotta replied that the purpose of the matrix and criteria was simply to narrow down sites and pick the best.

Caira then asked why they were counting the Glen Road baseball diamonds out of space considerations. Hull said it was he who ordered the OPM and Public Buildings Superintendent George Hooper to avoid the space on the ground. Hooper added that this was included in the FMP’s instructions.

“We have not explored this opportunity,” Caira continued. “We don’t know the impact on the fields.

He said he wanted to see every stone turned and every avenue explored regarding the three proposed sites.

Pallotta argued that even given the space on the ground, the current Town Hall site did not measure up to Swain Green or St. Dorothy’s by the criteria they used.

Selectman president Lilia Maselli has said she intends to keep the ball fields out of the conversation and asked the discussion to move on to other items. She also asked why Caira waited until this moment to express her displeasure, when he was on the committee that voted to move this presentation to the board.

Gary DePalma’s main issue was with the presentation itself, which didn’t clarify whether ball fields would count in spaces.

“I don’t think we should touch the recreational facilities in the city,” he added.

Judy O’Connell said she was concerned about the Swain Green flooding and wanted to see more opportunities for community feedback in the process.

Greg Bendel stuck to the positives in his commentary on the presentation – mainly that one of the four sites was eliminated as an option. He later said that a visual element could help residents connect and form an opinion.

Regarding new ideas, he suggested reallocating the Roman house area for additional parking at the high school once the new space is built.

The committee disagreed on whether baseball fields should be considered for construction, but Hull summed up their additional considerations and Pallotta said the direction was clear enough to move forward. A tip for consideration was on the agenda for approval, but they passed it.

The council then let a few residents in attendance share their comments, and most felt that the schedule for the new senior center was further delayed.

Suzanne Clark expressed her displeasure especially to the board members who had approved the matrix results in their committees but did not want to approve it that evening.

“I fully understood the matrix because I was at every meeting until now,” she continued.

Bendel responded by saying that the exercise was still helpful even if the process was not going as fast as he would like.

Deborah Russo also said the issues named that night should have been raised earlier. In addition to referring to how the proposal for a new senior citizen center was first made in August 2019, she reminded council that the cost of construction would have been much lower back then s ‘he had approved it.

MJ Byrnes was the final comment, recommending that the board go ahead with only the senior center instead of trying to consider both at the same time.

“I respectfully oppose the idea of ​​us dragging our feet,” Bendel said. “We gave feedback and direction. “

Pallotta also responded by saying that the elderly center project was already ahead of the town hall / school administration and the projects are being concentrated separately.

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$ 13.5 million apartment community in Sacramento, Calif. Sold by TMG

SACRAMENTO, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Mogharebi Group, (“TMG”) Finalized the sale of Continental Terrace in Sacramento, a Community of 141 units, located at 6921 Lewiston Way. The property sold with several offers for $ 13,500,000. The buyer was a private investment group in the Los Angeles area.

“Due to the competitive institutional inventory in the Sacramento market area and lower rents than the competition, Continental Terrace has been a quick sale,” says Robin Kane, Senior Vice President President of TMG. “It was our property 1031 exchange platform, from wealthy private buyers and exchanges, who eventually got a private investor who was in a 1031 exchange and bought the property as the top dollar, ” Mr. Kane concluded. “The property offered an opportunity to improve short-term returns by providing the buyer with maximum value.”

Built in 1973/1979, Continental Terrace Apartments is a two story, 141 unit apartment community located on Lewiston Way in Sacramento, California. The property comprises 7 residential buildings and 1 common area totaling 77,100 rentable square feet. The resort is located on a 5.14 acre site with 205 surface parking spaces. The apartments have spacious studios and one-bedroom floor plans. The property has a swimming pool, clubhouse, outdoor picnic area, controlled access community and laundry facilities.

About the Mogharebi Group (TMG): The Mogharebi Group is a brokerage firm specializing in the multi-family real estate industry across California. With unparalleled local knowledge, a vast global network of leading real estate investors, cutting-edge technology and direct access to capital, the Mogharebi Group is the best choice to meet the needs of leading private investors and investment funds.

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Berkeley to open first secure parking lot, leaves some residents displaced

Berkeley opened the city’s first secure parking lot as part of the Horizon Transition Village on Wednesday to provide 40 secure parking spaces for those living in RVs and other large vehicles for 11 months.

The land will not provide parking spaces for families with children, small vehicles that do not meet size restrictions or unusable vehicles. According to Friends on Wheels organizer Yesica Prado, this leaves few options for residents of vehicles that are not eligible for a Safe Parking shelter.

According to a press release from the National Lawyers Guild, families who will be displaced will be directed to a family shelter bed, while others will return to the streets and continue to struggle with parking restrictions.

“The secure parking lot is quite exclusive,” Prado said. “It’s not really going to prioritize the people who really need it, which is the people who live in smaller vehicles like cars and vans, and then families.”

Residents of the lot will have to return to the street after an 11 month parking lease. This is not suitable for most of the 161 motorhomes and 157 cars and vans serving as housing for residents, according to the press release.

Residents of vehicles that do not obtain parking spaces will be subject to towing and will be required to adhere to parking restrictions starting October 7.

Four-hour parking spaces were imposed on Wednesday as a trial parking restriction on neighborhood streets, according to Berkeley City Council member Rashi Kesarwani. Berkeley City Council also established a vehicle weight restriction in the area, banning vehicles weighing more than three tonnes, the press release added.

“It’s a bit unfair to use this social program to enforce parking. On the contrary, it just throws people back into chaos, as they now have to search every three days for a place to be, ”Prado said. “If you don’t provide help to our neighbors who live in vehicles, at least let us help ourselves. “

Prado said she would prefer the city to provide a map showing safe streets with unlimited parking and provide trash and repair services for vehicles. Instead of taking vehicles off the streets, Prado noted that she would like to see changes that would help these residents find housing if they needed it.

Prado added that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for residents from vehicles to access amenities such as showers, but a temporary disruption in parking restrictions has given many community members a “reprieve” from worry about losing their vehicle.

“People are going to lose their homes and the only property they have in their name are their vehicles,” Prado said. “If they’ve been through the eviction process already, it’s traumatic enough, and then when they take to the streets, there’s all this other harassment.

Contact Emma Taila and Lauren Cho at [email protected].

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Additional parking plans put in place to help cope with foreign visitors

Doune could get a new parking lot in an effort to help the community deal with the so-called “Outlander effect”.

Design consultants Boyd Brothers Ltd have applied to Stirling Council planners to create the parking lot for the old Stirling Council depot in the village.

In addition to at least 34 parking spaces, the project also includes two disabled parking areas, four charging stations for electric vehicles, 12 spaces for bicycles, four spaces for camper vans and a minimum of 16 spaces for motorcycles.

The area has seen an increase in tourist activity after Doune Castle was used for the filming of the cult television series Outlander.

As the village continued to welcome visitors, there was a ripple effect for parking and congestion.

Boyd Brothers has produced a design and access statement on behalf of the Stirling Council for the reallocation of the abandoned depot site on the outskirts of Doune into a public car / bicycle park.

In this, they said: “The community has identified the increase in parking and the flow of vehicles among visitors to the Chateau de Doune as a problem. The proposal addresses this problem by providing overflow parking which, when used, is expected to increase footfall to local businesses, visitors using the parking lot and walking around town to the castle, while reducing car travel. in the city.

“The site has been designed for the future by providing four charging areas for electric vehicles and four areas for motorhomes, given the emphasis on tourism.

“It is primarily owned by the Stirling Council, the surrounding lands belonging to the estate of Moray. The purpose of the design is to respond to the increase in traffic and associated parking by visitors to Doune Castle and the city center, which has increased significantly in recent years.

Data provided by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) showed that in 2013/14 there were around 40,000 visitors to Doune. By 2019/20, that number had grown to 150,000 visitors – a growth of 300% – putting strain on the limited availability of parking.

In 2019, council began the process of consulting with the community regarding a community parking management plan (CMP).

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The statement added, “It was clear from the parking data collected, qualitative responses gathered during the consultation and the PPC Steering Group that the lack of available parking to serve the community was a problem.

“In addition, the community and local elected officials have long viewed the Green Shed as a potential solution to parking problems in the village. The depot building was demolished in 2020 and work to advance the designs continued in discussion with the PPC steering group.

“A footpath connects the site to the town and to the castle, so the site lends itself well to the parking available. There is currently no street lighting on the site itself, so lighting will be required. ”

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Free2Move conquers new markets with their all-inclusive,

Atlanta, September 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Boston Consulting Group Has Recognized Automotive Subscription As Increasingly Important To The Automotive Industry; this market could represent 30 to 40 billion dollars by 2030. Free2Move car on demand is uniquely designed to meet this niche, offering customers a flexible, all-inclusive, monthly program easily accessible through the Free2Move app. Free2Move Car On Demand does not require any long term commitment.

Already available in Washington DC and Los Angeles, as well as in France, Spain and Portugal, Free2Move is expanding its Car On Demand service in Portland and Baltimore as well as in the UK and Germany. Further launches are planned by the end of the year, both in Europe and the United States. This large expansion marks Free2Move’s objective: to simplify the mobility of its customers with high-performance and tailor-made solutions in line with the world of tomorrow.

Recognized for its expertise in the mobility services sector, Free2Move recently received the Frost & Sullivan “2021 New Mobility Marketplace Company of the Year” award. The Free2Move Mobility Hub is 100% digital and includes innovative approaches to carsharing, carpooling, parking access and rental services, all brought together in the Free2Move app.

“Since we launched Car On Demand two years ago, we have perfected it as a flexible and efficient solution, created to meet the needs of our B2C and B2B customers. Our service is considered a real alternative to purchasing a vehicle, as it covers daily or one-off access. We are proud of our success; in 2021, we responded to 110,000 vehicle access requests and have a 97% customer recommendation rate!“actions Elodie Picand, Director of Sales and Marketing at Free2Move.

About Free2Move

Free2Move is the only global mobility brand offering a complete and unique ecosystem to its private and professional customers around the world. Relying on data and technology, Free2Move places the customer experience at the heart of the company to reinvent mobility and facilitate the transition to e-mobility. Free2Move mobility, as part of Free2Move, offers a range of services to meet the multiple travel needs of its customers from one minute to several days or months with car-sharing service, short, medium or long-term rental as well as the reservation of VTC drivers , parking spaces and charging stations via the app.

Free2Move Mobility in figures: 2 million customers, 400,000 rental vehicles, 500,000 parking spaces, 250,000 charging stations.

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Churchill Downs Incorporated Announces Historic Race

LOUISVILLE, Ky., September 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) today announced its intention to open a new historic racing machine (“ HRM ‘) entertainment venue, Derby City Gaming Downtown, Louisville, Kentucky. The 43,000 square foot entertainment venue will be located at 140 South 4e Street, corner of South 4e and West Market, diagonally from the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Derby City Gaming Downtown will initially feature 500 HRM, an outdoor playground and more than 200 on-site parking spaces. The new entertainment venue will offer guests – including locals, tourists and convention attendees – three unique bar concepts: a main level sports bar with a stage for music and shows, a top bourbon library range and an elegant wine and charcuterie lounge. A retail and merchandise store will be located at street level where customers can purchase Kentucky Derby-themed merchandise. Construction of Derby City Gaming Downtown will begin later this year with an expected opening date of early 2023.

The investment in the new entertainment venue will create 450 jobs for the local economy, including 350 construction jobs and over 100 new permanent jobs. The Company will collaborate with OneWest and other community organizations in an intentional effort to provide employment opportunities in the entertainment venue for those residing in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of Louisville, as well as to provide training and support services. additional social focused on retention, workforce development and career advancement. CDI will intensify its efforts to identify and contract with women-owned and minority-owned businesses for supply chain and contracting needs.

CDI also announced a pledge of $ 1 million to the West End Opportunity Partnership (the “Partnership”), a community-led collaborative initiative that will fund projects to kick-start economic development and improve the quality of society. living in a neighborhood made up of nine West End neighborhoods. : Shawnee, Portland, Russell, Chickasaw, Parkland, California, Park Hill, Park Duvalle and Algonquin. The new Tax Increase Funding District (“TIF”) was created by legislation championed and passed by State Senators Robert Stivers, Julie Raque Adams, Morgan McGarvey and Gerald Neal, and representatives of the State Ken Fleming and Pamela Stevenson. The TIF guarantees that for the next 20 years, 80% of the new tax revenue generated in these neighborhoods will be returned to the Partnership to reinvest in economic development projects and homeowner stabilization in the West End. Seed capital and revenues will be managed by a partnership council made up of neighborhood residents and appointees from community organizations.

“CDI is committed to investing in the city of Louisville and today we are especially excited to announce this new downtown entertainment venue,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “Our expansion of human resource management will be a victory for the entire Louisville area community. and will create an additional $ 10-12 million per year in scholarship for Churchill Downs Racetrack. The West End Opportunity Partnership and our collaboration with OneWest can help us achieve this vision in a responsible and sustainable manner.

“We congratulate Churchill Downs for their continued investment in Louisville hotel infrastructure. Having a downtown point of contact with one of our most iconic brand pillars is a godsend in helping us successfully market our destination, ”said Cleo Battle, President and CEO of Louisville Tourism. “The attraction will meet a need for much-requested evening options for convention delegates and provide locals and visitors with yet another authentic experience in the heart of Bourbon & Derby City.”

“Today, Churchill Downs is becoming an important part of a revitalization of downtown Louisville that has gained momentum in recent years. The downtown area is the center of our community and, as the economic engine of the region, our downtown area is also the center of our region, ”said Mayor Greg Fischer. Derby City Gaming Downtown will bring even more life to Fourth Street with just under an acre of space for more entertainment offerings, another stop for bourbon fans, a store for Kentucky Derby merchandise and permanent jobs downtown. Thank you, Churchill Downs, for your commitment, your investment and for your confidence in our great city. “

“OneWest is extremely excited about this collaboration and what it will mean for minority contractors in Louisville,” said Evon Smith, President and CEO of OneWest. “This initiative represents intentionality around inclusion and diversity and it starts at the top. The Churchill Downs Incorporated management team is leading the action! “

“I applaud the leaders of Churchill Downs for taking this meaningful step to support the West End Opportunity Partnership and for encouraging other local corporate citizens to follow suit,” said State Senator Gerald Neal. “By taking action to address the inequalities and disparities in our local communities, we are helping to make our Commonwealth a better place for all Kentuckians.”

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated is a leading racing, online betting and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event, the Kentucky Derby. We own and operate three betting-mutual gaming entertainment venues with approximately 3,050 historic racing machines in Kentucky. We also own and operate TwinSpires, one of the largest and most profitable online betting platforms for horse racing, sports and iGaming in the United States and we have eight retail sports betting. We are also a leader in physical casino games in eight states with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games. Additional information on the CDI is available online at

Certain statements made in this press release contain various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by the use of terms such as “anticipate” , “Believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “may”, “could”, “plan”, “foresee”, “plan”, “seek” “,” “” Will “and similar words or expressions (or negative versions of such words or expressions).

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that these expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors, among others, that may affect actual results or results are: the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and related economic issues on our results of operations, financial conditions and our outlook; the effect of economic conditions on our consumers’ confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; additional or increased taxes and fees; public perceptions or lack of confidence in the integrity of our business or any deterioration in our reputation; loss of key or highly qualified personnel; restrictions on our credit facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; general risks associated with real estate ownership, including fluctuations in market values ​​and environmental regulations; catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations; online security risk, including cybersecurity breaches; failure to recover under our insurance policies for damage sustained to our properties in the event of inclement weather and accidents; increased insurance costs and the inability to obtain similar insurance coverage in the future; failure to identify and complete acquisition, expansion or divestiture projects, on time, on budget or as planned; difficulty in integrating recent or future acquisitions into our operations; the costs and uncertainties associated with the development of new sites and the expansion of existing facilities; risks associated with equity investments, strategic alliances and other agreements with third parties; the inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; inadvertent infringement of the intellectual property of others; failure to protect our own intellectual property rights; payment risks, such as the risk associated with the fraudulent use of credit and debit cards; compliance with the law on corrupt practices abroad or applicable money laundering regulations; risks associated with current or future legal proceedings and other actions; the inability to negotiate agreements with representatives of the industry, including riders and other racetracks; work stoppages and manpower problems; changes in consumer preferences, attendance, betting and sponsorship with respect to the Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Kentucky Derby; litigation for bodily injury related to injuries occurring on our racetracks; weather and other conditions affecting our ability to run live races; the occurrence of extraordinary events, such as terrorist attacks and threats to public health; changes in the regulatory environment for our racing operations; increased competition in the horse racing industry; difficulty in attracting a sufficient number of horses and trainers for full horse races; our inability to use and provide aggregation services; changes in the regulatory environment for our online horse betting business; A reduction in the number of people betting on live horse races; increased competition in our online horse betting business; the uncertainty and changes in the legal landscape regarding our online horse betting business; the continued legalization of online sports betting and iGaming in the United States and our ability to anticipate and benefit from such legalization; the inability to expand our sports betting operations and compete effectively; failure to manage the risks associated with sports betting; failure to comply with laws requiring us to block access to certain people could result in penalties or impairment of our mobile and online betting products; increased competition in our casino business; changes in the regulatory environment for our casino business; concentration and evolution of the manufacture of slot machines and other technological conditions which could impose additional costs; and the inability to collect gambling claims from customers to whom we extend credit.

We assume no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Investor contact: Nick Zangari
(502) 394-1157
[email protected]
Media contact: Tonya Abeln
(502) 386-1742
[email protected]

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Using valuable downtown land for parking? In a housing crisis, it does not stick

When I first moved to New Zealand – even after living in some of the more expensive US real estate markets – I was surprised at the house prices. My shock was reinforced by the condition of the houses, many of which lack adequate insulation, adequate heating or cooling, or double-glazed windows.

I wondered why I would pay so much for a house that needed so much attention. Then I heard someone joke, “In New Zealand you pay for the land and the house is free. Suddenly, things took on a lot more meaning.

Unlike the United States, where the land is valued at a small fraction of “improvements” (the building that stands on the section), in New Zealand it is the exact opposite.

But it also raised a big question: in a country where the cost of land is so high and the supply of housing so scarce, how could there be so many surface parking lots?

Auckland’s Wynyard district: apartments, restaurants, playgrounds and car parks.

The price of parking

Take Auckland, for example, arguably the most limited housing market in New Zealand. Specifically, the still developing Wynyard neighborhood on the downtown waterfront has a clear case of car parking versus potential housing.

One of the many abundant surface parking lots is located on Jellicoe Street. It includes 8,146 square meters of tar, paint and parked cars. The massive lot is appraised at NZ $ 37,000,000, with upgrades valued at $ 1,000,000 – presumably all that paving stone and paint.

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The next part is a little harder to swallow. The land is valued at just over $ 4,500 per square meter. With an average parking space occupying 15 square meters, that means each space is worth around $ 68,000.

It’s just for the parking spots themselves, not all the land needed for people to get in and out and around the parking lot.

What parking pays

Now things are getting interesting. The Jellicoe Street parking lot is maintained by Auckland Transport, which offers people traveling to the CBD the courtesy of a first hour of free parking followed by a charge of $ 6 per hour.

So, for just $ 18, drivers can park for four hours. On weekends, those four hours of parking will cost just $ 6.

Assuming a parking spot is fully occupied during all hours of operation (7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday), it could hopefully net $ 480. Spanning an entire year, a single space can net just under $ 25,000.

Ignoring overheads and more realistic occupancy rates, it would take almost three years for a single outdoor parking space to recoup the cost of the land it sits on. It may seem economically viable. But what is not in this equation is the real and very high cost of cheap and abundant parking.

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The widespread availability of low cost parking in high demand locations has significant impacts on our cities. When people expect parking to be available in these locations, they often choose to drive rather than use a more sustainable mode like public transportation. This means that people are buying more cars and taking more personal vehicle trips.

When cheap parking spots fill up during rush hour, people tend to look for a parking spot rather than looking for slightly more expensive and less convenient alternative locations. That is, they go around a parking lot or a block until someone else leaves. When enough drivers do, it creates more congestion, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more: What can our cities do about sprawl, congestion and pollution? Tip: junkyard parking

The long-term availability of inexpensive city parking lots also implies that parking in such places is a public good. People expect parking to always be in these places and will fight to prevent the land from being used for higher and better purposes.

This is where the rubber hits the road. Outdoor parking is the least productive use of large urban land. In the midst of the biggest housing affordability crisis in perhaps a generation, we could lose some of that automotive space to apartments.

People before parking

According to the Auckland District plan, a one-bedroom / one-bathroom apartment should occupy approximately 45 square meters – precisely three parking spaces.

The advantage of a building over an open-air parking lot is that it can be built. Instead of around 200 parking spaces for cars, we can build more than 600 apartments on ten floors.

Rather than storing a few hundred cars for part of the day, with bare sidewalks overnight, we could provide living space for up to 1,200 people around the clock.

Read more: What can our cities do about sprawl, congestion and pollution? Tip: junkyard parking

We could do the same with the parking lot across the street and the parking lot a block away and so on – until we are a city and a country that focuses more on the housing people than on the parking lot of cars.

It will be difficult to let go of the parking lots. Where some see an opportunity for urban regeneration through the development of underutilized spaces, others see the loss of parking as another hurdle for city workers to overcome.

But we just have too much space in our cities dedicated to the car. Our land is far too precious to be paved. It’s time to use a fraction of that space to house a lot of people instead of a few machines.

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UK government launches £ 950million infrastructure investment and shipper mandates for car park operators

The Department of Transport (DfT) has opened consultations on measures to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), with new proposals outlining plans to close infrastructure gaps.

The UK’s electric vehicle fleet has been growing relative to its charging infrastructure for several years

Through its Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), the Ministry is consulting on whether it would be supported to introduce a mandate requiring operators of non-residential parking lots to install a minimum number of charging stations. The consultation suggests a loader for 10 parking spaces as a potential target in the near term and suggests that landowners eventually prepare to accommodate at least one loader for five spaces.

The consultation focuses on whether the Department should have the power to adopt such a mandate, which means that the changes will not be implemented immediately.

Also under consultation, new powers require local councils to plan, disclose, deliver and report on electric vehicle infrastructure plans. A recent Centrica study found that UK local authorities will only host an average of 35 on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers by 2025. However, councils have widely cited funding constraints, rather than ‘a lack of mandate from Whitehall, as the key challenge. A Guardian FOI request in 2019 revealed a similar trend. Out of more than 300 councils, around 100 said they had no confirmed plans to install more charging points due to financial constraints.

The private and public sectors, the DfT proposed, could be supported to finance the installation of new electric vehicle charging infrastructure through a new £ 950million fund, to be allocated on a competitive basis. The Fast Charging Fund, suggests the DfT, would accept requests from operators for services on motorways and major A routes across England.

In addition, the DfT consults on changes for designers and operators or the charging points and networks themselves, intended to improve the user experience for motorists. The ministers are seeking advice on whether the charging station design specifications are changed to improve accessibility, safety, familiarity and compatibility with a wide range of vehicles. They are also thinking about how best to improve customer protection against poor service.

Consultations on the four proposals will end at 11:45 p.m. GMT on November 22.

A pivotal decade

The UK is banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said electric vehicles “will become the norm within a decade”.

However, many green groups have argued that the ban needs to be backed by more investment in infrastructure and support for consumers who may struggle with the upfront cost of an EV.

A Policy Connect report released in February found that the UK’s annual charging point installation rate is currently only one-fifth of the levels needed to make the transition. Some 35,000 new points are to be added each year through 2030, the report says, saying many local councils do not have the funding or in-house expertise to expedite delivery.

Likewise, an FOI request from DevicePilot found that UK councils had only received £ 0.45 per capita in government funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the past year.

Then, in May, members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published a report entitled “First report – low-emission cars”. The document urges MPs to work better in Whitehall, and with the private sector and regulators, on electric vehicle issues, including upfront costs and charging infrastructure.

Many groups highlighted the fact that not all regions have equal access to EV infrastructure. The DfT therefore promised to develop a specific rural strategy for the future of transport.

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The Suffolk Theater offers an extension of 28 apartments and five floors

The Suffolk Theater is proposing a 59-foot-tall addition to the rear of its building that will create approximately 2,970 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 28 apartments on the second through the fifth floor.

A render of the expansion’s exterior shows large murals of music legends like Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, and Jimi Hendrix, among others.

Former Riverhead city councilor Vic Prusinowski, working as a consultant on the project, said 20 of the market-priced apartments will be studios and eight will be one-bedroom units.

The owner of the Suffolk Theater, Bob Castaldi, discussed the project during the city council working session last Thursday, with Mr Prusinowki and architect Ric Stott.

“Mixed use guarantees income for the future operation of the theater,” Mr. Prusinowski said. “The performing arts part of this business is a business of ups and downs, subject to weather conditions, pandemics and so on. We were closed during the pandemic and only reopened on August 27. “

Income from rentals will help secure a source of income, he said.

The proposed addition also includes an expanded backstage area for the theater, with a new “green room,” new changing rooms, restrooms, kitchenette, laundry room, showers and a new mechanical room, according to Greg Bergman, assistant to planning for Riverhead Town.

Mr Castaldi bought the theater from the city in 2006 and has always intended to expand it, he said. A number of high profile acts have happened there, including the Rascals, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins and Art Garfunkle, he said.

The proposal is located in the Downtown Riverhead Parking District, which means the theater pays a parking fee which, in return, allows it to use the city’s land for parking.

Mr Bergman said the parking lot shown in the sitemap appears to be based on the zoning of the parking lot behind the Suffolk Theater ahead of an $ 800,000 reconfiguration of that lot earlier this year.

He stated that the drawings submitted by the applicant seem to indicate that 28 parking spaces will be lost, while 14 will be gained, even though the drawings show only 12 spaces. He said it is not clear and needs to be clarified.

Mr Bergman said the city has never had a request that resulted in the loss of parking spaces.

City Councilor Tim Hubbard, the City Council’s liaison to the parking district, said the district had just bonded about $ 800,000 for various parking space projects at this location and others in the downtown. city. He asked if Mr. Castaldi would be ready to reimburse the district.

Mr Castaldi said these parking spaces were lost when he bought the property in 2006.

Mr. Hubbard said there will be fewer spaces once this expansion is complete.

“I don’t think that’s correct,” Mr. Castaldi said.

“If you do a tally of what’s there now and then again when your project is finished there will be less parking,” Hubbard said.

Mr. Prusinowski said they would look into this issue in more detail. But he said the theater pays the parking taxes and also posted the $ 800,000 bond.

Mr Prusinowski pointed out that the Suffolk Theater also pays property taxes, but noted that it plans to seek tax breaks from the Industrial Development Agency on sales tax for building materials for the addition.

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Plans for four apartments in Woodston, Peterborough withdrawn

A planning application to convert a parking space into four one-bedroom apartments at Toll Bar House in Shrewsbury Avenue, Woodston has been withdrawn by the applicant.

The proposal was validated in June 2021 with Peterborough City Council.

In addition to the four apartments, the proposal also included plans for four parking spaces, a private amenity area, garbage and bicycle storage and two additional parking spaces for Toll Bar House.

The application was filed by a Mr. Fagan of East West Holdings Ltd.

According to plans, the development would have resulted in the loss of five existing parking spaces at Toll Bar House.

But as early as Monday (September 27), the planning officer confirmed that the applicant had withdrawn the proposal.

Previously, the highways department had raised objections to the plans and said, “The proposed development would not provide adequate facilities within the perimeter of the site for parking and turning of vehicles.

“In the opinion of the Local Highway Authority (LHA), there will be no resulting increase in site usage in terms of increased traffic generation. However, the development of the proposed indoor parking does not meet the parking standards in force as set out in the Local Plan.

“At the moment, the site consists of 10 apartments and there is space on site to park 20 vehicles. After the development there will be four additional apartments = 14 units. A total of 18 parking spaces, including visitor spaces, will be required as the provision of on-site visitor parking is part of the minimum parking standard set for residential use class C3.

“A number of parking spaces will be lost due to the proposed development. The proposed development provides for 15 parking spaces, which represents a shortage of three, which could lead to an overflow of vehicles parked on the public road.

“This is unacceptable. Hence the recommendation of the LHA.

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Opening of the new car park at Scunthorpe hospital with 150 spaces

Almost 150 new spaces have been created in the new car park at Scunthorpe hospital.

The covered parking is open from today outside the nephrology.

It offers 91 seats for the public on the ground floor and 58 seats for staff on the upper floors.

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Four charging stations for electric vehicles will soon be added on the ground floor.

The creation means that the hospital will not lose any parking spaces in the complex during the construction of the new emergency department.

Parking is accessible via the one-way system at Cliff Gardens in Scunthorpe.

The new covered car park at Scunthorpe General Hospital

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Estates and Facilities Manager Jug Johal said: “The opening of this car park is a milestone in the work to build new bespoke facilities and improve existing facilities at Scunthorpe.

“Having this in place means that we will not lose any on-site parking arrangements due to the construction of our new emergency department.

“This is something that was really important to us, because we know how important it is for you to be able to park nearby if you are coming for treatment or to visit someone – especially if you have problems. mobility issues. “

He added, “We are not just there to treat you when you are sick. We also want to help provide a healthier environment for our staff and the surrounding community.

New electric charging stations will be installed

“In this context, we are in the process of installing four charging stations for electric vehicles on the ground floor, in addition to those we have already set up for our fleet of pool Trust cars.

“However, it went further, down to little details that may seem small but can make a real difference in the long run.

“For example, when considering which plant species to use in landscaping around the parking lot, we selected those that are recommended for increasing the population of pollinating insects.

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Construction of the new emergency department will begin soon.

A small number of parking spaces outside the current one will be closed as final preparations are made.

The hospital says it will be done in stages to minimize disruption.

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What is happening at Canal Basin Park?

CLEVELAND – The former parking lots under the Veterans Memorial Bridge connecting downtown to Ohio City are closed at least until Halloween while crews work on Phase 1 of the Towpath Trail Extension. This is part of a larger master plan to improve the canal basin park.

The trailhead would connect the towpath from where it runs along the Scranton Peninsula, off Carter Road, across the Carter Road Bridge, with a newly completed section that takes pedestrians and cyclists under Columbus Road. The work is expected to be completed this fall.

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The new area under the bridge will bring towpath users to the Cuyahoga River while keeping parking spaces nearby.

Part of Merwin Avenue will be converted into pedestrian zones, sometimes allowing service vehicles to pass to access the Sewer District facility near Settler’s Landing.


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A 70-space parking lot will remain near the towpath.

Future phases of the project could do away with West Avenue entirely, creating a larger green space and pavilion.


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The towpath will eventually be completed through the area in the center of the image.

The Towpath Trail follows the same route where the channel that inspired the name of the park was. You can see a full history of the National Park Service area and Cuyahoga Valley National Park here.

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An overwhelming number of buyers willing to lease indoor and outdoor space as a side hustle – are you?

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In the age of sideways turmoil, it’s no surprise that more and more Americans are looking for new ways to generate extra income. For homeowners, that means leasing space from others – and many do.

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Nearly half of Americans say they would be interested in renting additional space in their home, according to a new survey from An even higher percentage of recent buyers – 69% – would rent part of their home if it had a separate entrance, kitchen and bathroom.

The vast majority of homeowners (85%) would invest in creating additional space to monetize their home, with half willing to spend $ 30,000 or less. Sixteen percent would rent the space to “anyone” if they really needed the money, regardless of whether they had had any previous tenant relationships.

Homeowners aren’t just looking to rent out living space. Many of them, especially new home buyers, are open to renting out outdoor space for social and recreational purposes. Some are even open to the rental of parking spaces.

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These ideas all align with the larger sharing economy movement, said George Ratiu, head of economic research at

“As the next generation of home buyers embrace carpooling and short-term rentals, it’s a natural next step that they start to see their greatest asset – their home – as a potential source of income.” , he said in a press release. “For people looking to take advantage of the sharing economy… it may be worth exploring creative solutions, such as listing your home for vacation rental when you leave town or renting out your space. outside or your swimming pool. Even a small amount of income each month can multiply over a year or more and can turn into bigger returns. “

The HarrisX survey of over 3,000 Americans, conducted in July, found that young people are more comfortable with sharing space than their older peers. About 67% of Millennials and 57% of Gen Zers have expressed an interest in doing so. In addition, owners in urban areas were more open to sharing space than those in suburban or rural areas.

The need for additional income has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left many Americans in financial difficulty. The survey cited a number of reasons homeowners might want to rent parts of a home, including the potential to earn extra money, offset higher monthly expenses, increase their savings or enjoy additional spending income.

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Despite the allure of making extra money by renting or sharing space, Ratiu urged owners to exercise caution.

“It’s important to keep in mind that while today’s sharing economy may seem easy to generate rental income from your home, there are many factors to consider before taking the leap,” a he declared.

He suggested starting with the following steps:

Considering all of these factors, would you be willing to put in the effort if it meant a substantial increase in your additional income?

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Lompoc Planning Commission Gives Green Light for Mustang Cannabis Plant | Local News

A proposed 68,100-square-foot facility for growing and processing cannabis passed through the Lompoc Planning Board on Wednesday evening, one of two similar projects the committee will be considering in a few weeks.

Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC’s one-story facility is proposed for 3 acres at 1501 North O St. plus 801 and 851 Cordoba Ave. in the city business park area. The three vacant lots are located along North O Street between Cordoba Avenue and Aviation Drive.

Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve several aspects of the project, including reviewing the architectural design / site development and a mixed negative statement for the Mustang cannabis facility, which will also distribute cannabis.

Commissioner Dan Badertscher voted alone against the project without explanation.

The site improvements would include an 8-foot-high fence and gates at the back of the building, which would be surrounded by other members of the business park as well as Walmart to the east of the site, the planner said. Greg Stones at the commission.

“We have done everything possible to comply with the current code. We are very comfortable with the terms of approval as well as the mitigation measures, ”said John Dewey, who is listed as CEO of Newport Beach-based real estate investment group Mustang Lompoc Partners LLC.

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Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC plans to build a 68,100 square foot facility for growing, processing and distributing cannabis in Lompoc. (Map of the city of Lompoc)

The architectural style of the Mustang facility will maintain the character of the neighborhood with a design similar to the nearby Sea Smoke, Dewey said. .

A greenhouse gas condition due to the project’s expected energy consumption – for lighting, freezing and cooling – will most likely lead to the installation of solar panels on the roof as a mitigation measure , said Dewey.

“We’re going to give Lompoc (Electrical Division) a very good customer,” said Dewey.

Sixty-one off-street parking spaces are available, exceeding the 59 spaces required by municipal regulations.

Mustang Lompoc Partners must still submit an application for a commercial cannabis use license for review and approval by the city before starting operations, city staff said. This application process through the City Clerk’s Office includes a comprehensive review of the applicant’s background, business proposal, and operational procedures.

An artist's concept shows the Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC cannabis installation project on North O Street.
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An artist’s concept shows the Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC cannabis installation project on North O Street. (courtesy of the city of Lompoc)

This was one of two similar facilities proposed for Lompoc, which has no limit on the number of cannabis businesses allowed in the community.

In October, planners will review Organic Liberty Lompoc LLC’s proposal for 1025 and 1035 Central Ave. to accommodate a center for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, processing, testing and distribution on an undeveloped 3.8-acre site.

The building would be approximately 91,000 square feet and two stories, or 35 feet in height, with protection for mechanical equipment on the roof up to 44 feet in height.

The two companies would only sell cannabis products at state-licensed wholesale facilities and would not provide on-site retail, city staff said. They would also not be open to the public, with visitors only allowed when escorted and for specific business purposes.

“It’s good to see new businesses coming to town,” said planning director Brian Halvorson, “and it’s bigger companies that will provide a new base of jobs for Lompoc.”

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Utility providers promote shift to electric vehicles – The Fort Morgan Times

Think of a vehicle driving down a country road and you’re probably more likely to imagine a dusty pickup than a shiny electric vehicle (EV).

But the Highline Electric Association (HEA) is working to change that, through the Beneficial Electrification EV Experience Fleet program of Tri State Generation and Transmission, the cooperative’s electricity supplier.

Earlier this year, Highline, which serves seven counties in northeast Colorado and four in southwestern Nebraska, brought a Tesla Model Y from the fleet to the area for members for a test drive. They also planned to have a Tesla Model 3 available for road testing later in the year.

A Level 2 HEA charging station was installed late last year at its headquarters in Holyoke, funded by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office and funds from the three designated states to help member co-ops cover costs. . of VE infrastructures.

Highline’s website also has a comprehensive section on “Choose an electric vehicle” which describes some of the advantages of electric vehicles over traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, such as environmental friendliness and savings in operating costs. The site also includes a savings calculator that shows how much you could save by comparing the cost of fuel to the cost of recharging an EV. There are now Electric Vehicle and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) listings on the market that display stats like price range, battery capacity, and efficiency. And there is also information on incentives such as tax credits for electric vehicles and charging equipment.

HEA’s Tad Huser explained that electricity providers see electric vehicles as a win-win solution for themselves and their customers. Customers can save money by using electricity instead of gas to power their vehicles, while the utility earns more money due to the additional electricity consumption.

Highline isn’t the only local electricity supplier encouraging consumers to consider switching to EVs. Xcel Energy announced earlier this month a series of electric vehicle charging programs aimed at making electric vehicle charging “easier, faster and more affordable for Colorado customers.”

“We are absolutely committed to making electric transportation accessible to everyone, and our innovative programs will make it easier for all customers and communities in Colorado to consider the switch to electricity,” said Alice Jackson, President of Xcel Energy – Colorado. “Our new electric vehicle programs can help our customers and communities take carbon emissions even further by addressing the country’s largest source of carbon emissions – the transportation sector – and by at the same time helping them save money and enjoy a cleaner environment.

These programs and offerings are part of the company’s Colorado tr