Palo Alto Weekly

News - March 15, 2013

City's proposals to improve parking in downtown Palo Alto

Build a new garage between High Street between University Avenue and Hamilton Avenue, across from an existing parking structure. With five stories, it could fit 145 self-parked cars or 194 cars using tandem or stacked parking. To be jointly funded by city and developer Charles "Chop" Keenan.

Sell more parking permits. A total of 174 more parking permits would be sold for the Bryant Street and Cowper Street garages, where spaces reserved for permit-holder spaces are currently underused. Sales to start at the end of this month.

Launch valet-parking program at the High Street garage between University and Hamilton. Having an attendant park cars would increase garage capacity by 20 percent but also drive up permit costs.

Free up City Hall parking spaces. By launching a program that encourages city employees not to drive to work, city hopes to free up 50 to 100 spaces in the City Hall garage.

Identify more sites for garages. Five downtown parking lots are being evaluated as possible sites for garages: Hamilton Avenue and Waverley Street; Gilman Street and Bryant Street; Gilman and Waverley Street; High Street between Hamilton and University avenues; and Urban Lane.

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