When talking about Baltimore's newly gentrified middle-class communities like Canton, Fells Point, Federal Hill-----the number one issue TODAY is parking space so when Wall Street Baltimore Development says ----BRING ON MORE AND MORE GLOBAL HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS WE WILL DO SOMETHING ABOUT PARKING AND ROADS LATER------you have as leadership people having no development talent----they are simply doing whatever Wall Street says. We saw the photo post of LA's traffic---the global 1% and their 2% don't care---they fly in on helicopters or light planes. So too with this Baltimore as global Foreign Economic Zone.
PUBLIC PARKING GARAGES WORKED TO BE A BENEFIT TO CITIZENS CHARGING LOW PRICES FOR WORKERS AND RESIDENTS. CORPORATE PARKING DOES THE OPPOSITE.
'Propark America, a national parking management company, operates the garage. The Gateway Garage features monthly, daily, and hourly parking, immediately adjacent to the Stamford Train Station. Additional information, pricing, and specials can be found at www.thegatewaygarage.com.
INTRODUCTORY OFFER $65 A MONTH'----
Below is the ProPark tied to the Stamford, CT HARBOR POINT development and we can be sure it will follow our harbor development. PROPARK is simply yet another corporation made to look American-----or regional when it is owned by global hedge funds flush with tens of trillions of dollars of Wall Street and corporate fraud from these few decades. PROPARK is fast growing taking much of the US public parking real estate and here we see it going global. These same global hedge funds likely have public parking corporations named differently in all global Foreign Economic Zones. We see already this global parking corporation tying to our airports probably including airport parking----BWI is of course still 'called' a Maryland Public Airport---in name only.
'Expresso represents the first asset close into the parking acquisition platform with Parking Real Estate, LLC, our partner entity represented by senior executives from Propark America'.
Parkit Closes US$18,600,000 Acquisition
Press Release: TAKEOVERS/ LETTER of INTENT – Mon, 29 Sep, 2014 9:18 AM EDT
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 29, 2014) - Parkit Enterprise Inc.
("Parkit" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:PKT)(PKTEF) - is pleased to announce the successful closing of the Expresso Airport Parking acquisition ("Expresso"), previously announced on April 7, 2014 for a total purchase price of US$18,600,000. Expresso is a 14-acre off-airport parking facility located in San Leandro, California servicing the Oakland International Airport.
The acquisition price represents a capitalization rate of 8.9% on trailing twelve month net operating income of US$1.65 million.
The purchase was funded with a new US$13,200,000 first mortgage. The fixed-rate loan bears interest at 5.4%, amortizes over 30 years and matures in 2019. US$5,000,000 debt financing announced on September 5, 2014 and US$400,000 in cash completed the transaction.
Expresso represents the first asset close into the parking acquisition platform with Parking Real Estate, LLC, our partner entity represented by senior executives from Propark America.
"Expresso will be a cornerstone asset for our private equity platform." - Rick Baxter, CEO, Parkit.
David Schmid, Chief Investment Officer of Propark America states, "This transaction is the first of many in a deep pipeline of quality, income-producing assets."
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Rick Baxter, CEO
Propark America is a premiere parking facilities management company with over 2,200 employees servicing 450 locations in 56 urban centers in 16 states. A 30-year industry leader managing over $2.5 billion in parking assets, Propark offers a stellar track record of enhancing asset values, applying innovative and disruptive technologies and providing unique access to diversified real estate portfolios.
Parkit Enterprise Inc. is a listed private equity real estate company that acquires and aggregates income-producing real estate in the parking sector.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.
Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information
Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them.
In the never-ending drive to 'innovation' technology with APPs we see citizens in Baltimore paying for ever more products needed to simply live in our communities. We saw SEINFELD some decades ago where entire comedy routines surrounded the life of NYC citizens and their fight for PARKING. We do not want to redevelop our mid-size cities into what we already know IS A DISASTER; yet that is exactly where Wall Street Baltimore Development is going.
People are allowing themselves to be $3 here----$3 there----as parking meters are allowed to set rates according to community and not a set rate. Of course our gentrified communities with businesses wanting to attract citywide consumers have to deal with a predatory city wanting to set high rates. As someone victim of Baltimore's predatory towing and ticketing we want to shout to our new Baltimore citizens-----
BE PROACTIVE AND FIGHT WHAT IS HANDING ALL PUBLIC PARKING AND GARAGES TO CORPORATIONS WE KNOW WILL SOAK WE THE PEOPLE.
We are seeing in other US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones where new high rise apartments and newly gentrified communities are being tied to global parking garages. Even those luxury buildings that used to have underground parking are now subcontracting to global parking corporations.
Seriously folks---if gentrified Canton, Fells Point, and Federal Hill are having these same problems already what will happen as they expand these global corporate campuses?
That's what development planning is about-----PROACTIVELY installing infrastructure to make life easier.
A new app helps residents find parking, but at a price.
By Jess Blumberg Mayhugh - August 2014
Eric Meyer, CEO of Haystack. -Photography by Sean Scheidt
The tried and true way of saving spots with a chair may become a thing of the past, as Canton resident Eric Meyer has come up with a more innovative way to ensure residents a parking spot. After facing several parking woes himself (including tickets and an eventual boot), Meyer developed Haystack, an iOS and Android app that allows neighbors to alert each other to open spots. The catch? Spot takers pay $3 and spot leavers earn $2.25, putting a price on public parking.
“I don’t see Haystack as buying a spot,” says Meyer, 24. “It’s an exchange of information. It’s an option for users to pay $3 to save 40 minutes of their time circling for parking.”
The concept of Haystack is simple: Based on GPS, residents can see and match up with others in their neighborhood who are either looking for or leaving a parking spot. (The app has users input vehicle type, so it can even match like-sized vehicles.)
Since its launch at the end of May, Haystack has acquired thousands of users, some of whom, like Canton resident Rebecca Moschina, are big fans. “I have used it about five times in a month,” says Moschina. “It’s always been a quick, easy exchange.”
But the app has also drawn criticism, mainly for its monetization of public parking, as well as potential glitches like people “squatting” in spots for a profit.
“I imagine the city will get involved the same way San Francisco has gotten involved in similar parking apps,” says Mike Brenner, CEO and cofounder of tech incubator Betamore. “My prediction is they’ll pivot their product into something different but related,” like another transportation app.
For now, though, Haystack is helping users like Moschina during desperate times. “Of course, nobody wants to pay for parking,” she says. “But I use Haystack as a last resort."
This is how Wall Street Baltimore Development sells every city agency it outsources or property it sells-----WE WON'T LOSE MUCH REVENUE----
O'Malley famously said that as our Port of Baltimore was handed to a global investment firm HighStar now operated by a global Chinese corporation which seem to be earning tens of billions looking at hundreds of billions. WE THE PEOPLE of Baltimore get to pay higher and higher taxes so we can pay for all the development costs and infrastructures---but hey---they send a few hundred million in 'fees' our way which of course is then redirected right back to that Port of Baltimore development.
More importantly than losing revenue we are losing vital public real estate as we must have SOME KIND OF PUBLIC SPACE IN OUR DOWNTOWN. The sale of these public garages will no doubt end with those parking spaces being designated to one or another global corporate building. It is our public garages that will keep some downtown parking affordable and create competition against this global corporate capture. Those new citizens living in luxury apartment and condo buildings better WATCH OUT----these Wall Street players always price rates lower and a few years down the road those same rates are allowed to soar.
You can see why global Wall Street is parading Rawlings-Blake all around----this ONE WORLD GLOBAL CITY MAYOR---will do ANYTHING global Wall Street says.....we have a Baltimore City Hall full of Wall Street players!
Baltimore won't lose much revenue by selling 'old parking garages,' mayor says
Jul 15, 2015, 2:42pm EDT Updated Jul 15, 2015, 3:06pm EDT
Rick Seltzer Reporter Baltimore Business Journal
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CoStar Group Inc.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan to sell four city-owned parking garages to pay for recreation center improvements has raised the question of whether the city would be trading long-term pain for short-term gain.
It's a question that often comes up when talk turns to selling a revenue-generating asset in order to pay for a project. But the Rawlings-Blake administration is arguing the garages that would be sold actually net a surprisingly small amount of income.
The mayor's office estimates the garages could be sold for $40 to $60 million. Such a sale price would be much larger than the amount of money they make for the city each year — together, the four garages generated net income of $2.8 million in 2014.
That's not counting taxes, but the mayor's office doesn't anticipate tax revenue changing with the sale. The garages actually pulled in $8.7 million in gross revenue, only to have operating expenses and debt payments eat into that.
Rawlings-Blake anticipates the city would have to sink more money into the garages if it continues to own them, she said Wednesday.
"These parking garages aren't state of the art," she said. "They're old parking garages. People are talking about the lost revenue. We would have lost revenue because of the money that we would have to put into the garages in order to maintain them."
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young has been among those questioning the long-term financial wisdom of the plan. He has not changed his stance, said spokesman Lester Davis.
"It's still a concern," Davis said. "He's certainly not in any rush to unload property that is, by all accounts and all parties involved, an absolute asset."
Young doesn't dispute that investments should be made in recreation centers, Davis said. But he'd rather see the money come from other places in Baltimore's budget.
The mayor's office provided a breakdown of 2014 revenue generated at the garages, and we've posted it below. The Marriott Garage is at 405 W. Lombard Street, the Redwood Street Garage is at 11 S. Eutaw St., the St. Paul Garage is at 210 St. Paul Place and the Water Street Garage is at 414 Water St.
As you can see, revenue generation and operating expenses vary depending on which garage you're examining. Debt payments are also a big part of the equation — the St. Paul Garage's debt service of nearly $1.8 million forced it into a 2014 loss that depressed the group's net income by more than $1 million.
The article above spoke about the need for STATE OF THE ART PARKING GARAGES ---well this is an example of that and guess what? Having these kinds of problems in any city agency sees just this-----years to fix a simple problem. Now, as someone living in cities for decades one has to ask----how could anyone not think these electric charging stations would not be vandalized? It's a wonder they have not been pulled up like an ATM to be sold for scrap parts. That's what happens when we allow EXTREME WEALTH AND EXTREME POVERTY.
So, we encase technical structures needed to be left with no security guard with folks having a pass card to open when needed.
The point is this-----STATE OF THE ART-----will be used to sell all our public garages because it becomes TOO EXPENSIVE to simply hire public employees. Heaven forbid we grow our city agencies with public employees doing ordinary public services.
The State of Maryland and Baltimore City always allow public services to be neglected and bad creating the appearance of needing to privatize to fix service problems.
“The Level 2 Ports of the Charge
Point charging station in Water Street Garage has been out of service since at least September 14, 2012,” EV driver Lanny Hartmann explained. “I’ve reported it several times to the parking Authority of Baltimore City, most recently on April 5 via email. I called the parking attendant's office at Water Street Garage last week, and she said that it is still not fixed.”
This garage is part of our quasi-governmental PARKING AUTHORITY so it is not public it is outsourced to a global parking corporation.
Every time our Baltimore City spends tons in fixing what it contracted out or bought as redevelopment we lose revenue to expand development elsewhere and this has been Baltimore's history these several decades and it is because there is absolutely no oversight and accountability and outsourced contractors win big having to come again and again to replace things.
THIS OUTSOURCED PARKING AUTHORITY IS GETTING TONS OF OUR BALTIMORE CITY MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF THESE PROBLEMS. THAT IS WHY IT IS NOT BEING TAKEN CARE OF
PABC Access Card Application - PMS Parking of ...
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MONTHLY PARKING CONTRACT ... The Parking Authority of Baltimore City hereby grants monthly parking privileges ... St. Paul Street Garage ... Water Street Garage ... All cards will be activated 24 hours after the PABC Administrative Office .
Why Baltimore's Vandalized Charging Stations Have Taken Too Long To Fix
By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield · June 28, 2013
The Level 2 Charging Stations in this Baltimore parking garage have been out of action since September of last year.
In late August 2011, the City of Baltimore, Md, installed its first public charging station in a city-owned parking garage. With funds received from Maryland’s state Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant, it has installed a further ten since, giving residents and visitors a chance to refuel their cars while they work or shop.
Since then, the charging stations have proven so popular that the Baltimore City Department of General Services is trying to procure additional funding to increase the city’s charging station provision. But two charging stations—located at the city’s Water Street Garage—have been out of operation since September 2012 after vandals smashed the stations’ J1772 connectors.
Worse still, despite numerous complaints from EV drivers in the area, the City of Baltimore is still in the process of ordering the necessary replacement parts.
“The Level 2 Ports of the ChargePoint charging station in Water Street Garage has been out of service since at least September 14, 2012,” EV driver Lanny Hartmann explained. “I’ve reported it several times to the parking Authority of Baltimore City, most recently on April 5 via email. I called the parking attendant's office at Water Street Garage last week, and she said that it is still not fixed.”
To illustrate how broken the charging stations were, Hartmann even sent the relevant authorities photographs of the damaged points, which you can see above and below.
Hartmann isn’t alone. The Charging stations, with their innards exposed for the world to see, have been frustrating other electric car drivers for months.
“Stopped by today, and the plug was laying on the ground destroyed,” wrote one user on the popular PlugShare EV charging station directory two months ago. “110v plug also did not work. Might as well consider this station non-existent.”
Drivers say they have been reporting the stations faulty for months—both to ChargePoint and to the Parking Authority of Baltimore City. But why has it taken the city so long to respond to the vandalism?
Simply put, the city wasn’t prepared for the possibility that the charging stations would be vandalized.
Coulomb, the manufacturer of the ChargePoint charging stations purchased by the City of Baltimore, offers both a standard warranty and an extended warranty on all of its equipment. The warranty covers internal defects and malfunctions of the units themselves, but does not cover vandalism.
“When we received the chargers as part of the aforementioned grant, we planned ahead and purchased an extended warranty in case issues arose,” said Jason Mathias, spokesperson for Baltimore City Department of General Services. “However, we do not charge for the use of the EV chargers, and we did not anticipate purposeful destruction of the chargers.”
The Baltimore City Department of General Services Says things will get fixed... soon.
Despite being in a public parking garage, with 24 hour access, no-one at the City Department of General Services saw vandalism as a possibility. Now faced with vandalized charging stations, the wheels of bureaucracy are turning very slowly.
“We had no system in place to purchase a replacement part,” Mathias continued, “So, although we were notified and began acting within days of the vandalism occurring, we have taken the past months to create a method to properly procure the replacement core in a expeditious manner.”
The Water Street Garage charging stations aren’t the only ones causing a headache for the City of Baltimore, however. Another charging station in the city was reported as vandalized, but the city has since discovered it was suffering a fault covered under warranty.
“We also have a charger that is malfunctioning at the Arena Garage, 99 South Howard St.,” Mathias confirmed. “The malfunction occurred in early March. This charger was reported by a user to Coulomb as vandalized, thereby voiding warranty. There was a delay due to testing being needed to determine the issue and to verify that it was a mechanical failure, not an act of vandalism.”
While the City of Baltimore assures us both the vandalized and the malfunctioning charging stations will soon be functional, the length of time it has taken so far to repair them is completely unacceptable. Not only does it inconvenience EV owners, but leaving charging stations vandalized for such long periods of time dissuades others from making the switch to electric as well as posing a health and safety risk.
If electric cars are to be adopted in large numbers, it is up to existing owners, charging network providers, and public and state-owned parking garages to work together to ensure that the problems experienced by the City of Baltimore are not replicated nationwide.
REVENUE NEUTRAL is a very Republican term and yet all candidates for Baltimore City Hall and mayor run as Democrats. We need Republican voters to stop being so tied to chamber of commerce and profit and come over the the social Democratic view of social benefit legislation.
We are glad to see our newly gentrified communities of Canton, Fells Point, and Federal Hill not getting soaked with the $3 an hour some of our surrounding communities are paying but as we see here PROGRESSIVE POSING by Baltimore City Hall ends with changes more predatory than before. We know evening brings lots of citizens out to play and this will increase revenue for the global parking corporations outsourced as BALTIMORE PARKING AUTHORITY.
'The DC District’s premium demand zone rate is comparable or lower than the premium rates in other major cities across the nation including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia where rates are $3 an hour or more'.
Federal Hill needs to WAKE UP to Costello being that Community Association Wall Street player-----middle-class citizens can do better in getting WE THE PEOPLE city council members in office. For goodness sake----if Jack Young backed Costello we know he is captured.
'This is an outrage. It's hard enough to find parking after 6pm with the free metered spots. Residents rely on those spots in this overcrowded area. Now it will cost $6 per day'
New Hours and Rates for Federal Hill Parking Meters
Kevin Lynch | November 20, 2013 |
The Federal Hill Business Association (FHBA) has been lobbying for less expensive parking meter rates in Federal Hill for several years. The Parking Authority of Baltimore, after also receiving input from the Federal Hill Hospitality Association (FHHA), the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association (FHNA) and the South Baltimore Neighborhood Association (SBNA), has decided to make changes to the parking meters in Federal Hill. Parking rates will decrease, but the hours of enforcement will increase.
Previously parking meters were enforced Monday through Saturday from 9am-6pm at $2.00/per hour with a two hour maximum. Meters will now be enforced seven days a week with changes in the rates. From 10am-5pm rates will be $1.50/per hour and from 5pm-9pm rates will be $2.00/per hour. There will be a three hour maximum at all times.
As the Parking Authority was looking for a revenue neutral solution, the extended hours were needed to justify the lower rates from 10am-5pm. Federal Hill is one of the five areas in the city with $2/per hour parking rate, joining Mt. Vernon, Fells Point, Harbor East and Downtown. Meters on Washington Blvd. in Pigtown are $1/per hour, meters in Hollins Market are $.20/per hour and meters in Hampden are $.50/per hour. Canton no longer has parking meters.
Several groups in the area opposed these changes, including FHHA, which is comprised of many of the bars and restaurants around Federal Hill. “By lowering the rate during the day and adding hours, we feel you have pushed the burden to the hospitality sector,” said Brian McComas, president of FHHA. “$.50/per hour will not save an ailing business, and my lunch business (Ryleigh’s) is better than it has ever been. This has also made it much more difficult on the residents.”
The FHNA also opposed the change. “I don’t know one neighbor who is supportive of what happened. We have a parking crisis in areas 19, 30 and 9, and neighbors rely on those spots to park after 6pm,” said Eric Costello, president of FHNA. “Zero evidence was presented to show that dropping the rates $.50/per hour would make a difference.” Costello noted that continuing to use those spots from 6-9pm each day would cost residents $120/month and more than $1400/year.
The SBNA took a neutral stance on the changes. The FHBA could not be reached for comment by the time of publication.
It looks like all of the US cities' parking problems are the fault of bad citizens and not very, very, very, very bad development planning as is happening right now in BALTIMORE. We have the same problems for our public school teachers in our city centers where parking is tough. They were told by a Baltimore Parking Authority that they did not qualify for permit parking in the communities where they worked. We are seeing citizens with disability finding it harder to park as more and more global transportation corporations take our street parking. Baltimore does have a problem with disability parking signage but that could be easily corrected with oversight and accountability.
When citizens are so disrespected as to not have a voice in being able to park where they work-----
Our Maryland State capital Annapolis has absolutely no parking because they don't want citizens coming to the capital. People have to park at the city border in a sports stadium and shuttle in ---and that will be what ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES WILL DO AS WELL.
WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO GET RID OF THESE 1% WALL STREET PLAYERS AS POLS----FIX THESE RIGGED ELECTIONS!
Monday, January 7, 2008
Weingarten: “Teachers Are Not Abusers of Parking Permits”by Aaron Naparstek
A car with a teacher's permit on the dashboard is parked beneath a "No Parking Anytime" sign. The license plate number does not match the one printed on the permit. (UncivilServants.org)
United Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg Friday expressing objections to his plan to reduce the number of city government parking permits and prevent unions and city agencies from printing their own. Weingarten's letter echoed Teamsters president Gary LaBarbera's recent assertion that "parking permits are a form of compensation for teachers"and other city employees (Is anyone paying taxes on that "compensation?" Is it accounted for in any city budget?)
In her letter, reprinted below in full, Weingarten makes three particularly remarkable claims:
- "Teachers are not abusers of parking permits."
A quick visit to UncivilServants.org (or your own neighborhood streets) shows Weingarten's blanket claim is, obviously, incorrect.
- "Teachers do not clog areas such as lower Manhattan" with their personal vehicles.
Not only are teachers' cars part of the Lower Manhattan traffic jam, in a city where 43 percent of elementary school kids are unhealthily obese, teachers and education officials have been known to clog school playgrounds with their personal vehicles. In one notorious case, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum intervened to stop city employees from using the Tompkins Square Middle School's playground as a parking lot in 2004.
- Parking permits are necessary to "attract the best and the brightest to teaching" in New York City.
Really? I'm no education policy expert and I'm sure that some teachers really do need to use cars for work, but do the world's best and brightest come to live and work in New York City for the convenient parking?
A recent Independent Budget Office report found that cops, firefighters and teachers drive to work at double the rate of any other group of New York City workers. Why?
As DOT Deputy Commissioner Bruce Schaller told Streetsblog in the very first post we ever published, "Free parking has a tremendous impact on the decision whether to drive or take transit." Moreover, among teachers working in Manhattan, "nearly all of these auto commuters have transit alternatives," Schaller said. His 2006 study found that ninety-five percent of the government employees driving into Manhattan from Brooklyn and Staten Island live in neighborhoods where the majority of their neighbors use transit.
No one is proposing eliminating teachers' permits. Rather, there just needs to be a more centralized and rational system for distributing parking permits based on real need. And there needs to be real enforcement. Hopefully Weingarten and the unions will realize that they are better off pushing for a parking "cash-out" law like California's than fighting to maintain their oft-abused parking privilege.
Here is Weingarten's letter to the Mayor in full:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler
Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott
Labor Commissioner James Hanley
Chancellor Joel Klein
It was deeply troubling to learn -- through media coverage -- of your plan to reduce by 20 percent the number of parking permits issued to all city employees.
On the numerous occasions we have raised the need for more parking for teachers, we have been repeatedly told that this is a collective bargaining issue. If increasing parking availability is a bargaining issue, then clearly, reduction is as well. Now you have apparently chosen, by fiat, to move forward a plan that would penalize the hardworking men and women who teach our city's kids.
Teachers in New York City public schools receive permits that enable them to park on a portion of their school block, during school hours only. Taking away these permits at a time when we're making strides to attract the best and the brightest to teaching (the NYC education workforce is the highest-qualified it's been since the fiscal crisis of the 1970s) makes absolutely no sense. Many city schools are difficult to reach by public transportation, many teachers travel between schools and available parking is clearly one incentive to attract teachers to high-needs schools.
Teachers do not clog areas such as lower Manhattan. Teachers are not abusers of parking permits, and to publicly suggest that they are is deeply troubling. Holding abusers of parking privileges accountable for their actions should not be done at the expense of teachers whose jobs are hard enough already.
I urge you to reconsider your position and would like to meet with you on this as soon as possible.
All around the city communities being gentrified are fighting as development is contained to just the city center communities. Meanwhile our surrounding communities are being left unoccupied and with no marketing because they are slated to become global corporate campuses and global factories. Squeezing brand new development around existing old housing and businesses that could be renovated for new city citizens but 1% Wall Street Baltimore Development is not building our communities for today---they are building with a vision of a decade or two. So, as they squeeze in new buildings like those below----they have every intention of demolition and removing many of those row houses in Hampton. Remember, city center will be filled with global 1% and their 2% and they will not be living in century-old lead laced Baltimore row houses.
Since Wall Street Baltimore Development cannot do all these MASTER PLAN ONE WORLD FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE developments at once----it comes to MARY PAT CLARKE and all the Wall Street players at Baltimore City Hall to PRETEND this is about building density -----and not building around what will disappear.
This is of course what is causing parking headaches in Hampton-----with no parking garages ----public parking lots disappearing.
BALTIMORE'S NEW MIDDLE-CLASS HAD BETTER WAKE UP AND FIGHT-----YOU ARE BEING BROUGHT INTO A CITY IN FAST TRANSITION AND IT WILL BE TRANSITIONING WE THE PEOPLE OUT IF WE DO NOT STOP ALL THIS MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE BALTIMORE.
Wall Street BAltimore Development by a very, very, very global neo-conservative BLOOMBERG UNIVERSITY JOHNS HOPKINS---- is predatory folks---if you are new to Baltimore get in their and fight---and stop allowing Wall Street players be elected to our Baltimore City Council and as Mayor of Baltimore!
You mean Mary Pat Clarke is serving the coming global 1% and their 2% while pretending to be working for her constituents? How Baltimore City Hall of you Mary Pat!
Business & Development
by Fern Shen and Danielle Sweeney9:06 amFeb 2, 201589
Hampden parking war moves to full Council tonight
As a revamped Rotunda rises, residents are divided over whether permit parking will help or hurt
Above: The 3800 block of Elm Avenue, site of new apartments under construction at The Rotunda, would be part of controversial RPP plan.
A measure to guarantee some parking protection for Hampden residents against a Rotunda project that’s sure to add to the popular neighborhood’s already-tight parking situation?
Or a “vicious” and “punitive” piece of legislation, crafted “out of xenophobia” and destined to worsen the parking problem for visitors and residents alike?
These competing views of a proposal to create a Residential Permit Parking (RPP) zone in Hampden have made the bill coming before the Baltimore City Council tonight one of the most contentious in months.
Under the provisions of Council Bill 14-0397, introduced by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, residents in parts of North Hampden would have to purchase permits or visitor passes from the Baltimore City Parking Authority.
The areas included were originally bounded by Roland, Chestnut and Elm avenues and 37th and 38th streets, but the zone has since been amended. [SEE BELOW FOR UPDATED INFO FROM MPC]
The 800 block of Union Avenue would also be covered by the parking permit plan. (Photo by Mark Reutter)
Cars without stickers would only be allowed to park in these areas for up to one hour per day. The rules would be in effect 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
Merchants along “The Avenue” seem overwhelmingly to oppose the plan, predicting that it will mean parking tickets for their customers, as well as added expense for residents in the zone who will have to pay $2o per permit, per car.
“It seems like a veiled forage-for-revenue by a city that more often than not takes a short-sighted approach to fund-raising,” said Deborah Patterson a Hampden resident, owner of 834 on the Avenue and director of ARTblocks.
Debi Matassa, owner of Alchemy on 36th Street, in a comment on the online petition against the Hampden RPP, said:
“I employ 26 people in my restaurant. This RPP will make me lose valuable employees as well as losing customers who already have difficulty parking.”
“Like a Mini-Harbor East”
Why is Clarke persisting in pushing permit parking for Hampden when so many dislike it, calling it – at one-hour – among the strictest RPPs in Baltimore? More than 1,000 signatures are on the anti-RPP petition and two groups, the Hampden Community Council and the Hampden Village Merchants Association, have voted to oppose it.
Clarke said she became convinced that the Rotunda’s neighbors will need protection from parking pressure that will be caused by the development’s 385 new apartments, restaurants, movie theater and shops.
“These row house streets are too densely occupied to sustain such an impact without stronger protections and without incentives for Rotunda apartment residents and shoppers to park onsite,” she said in a statement to The Brew.
Clarke said she knows they’re outnumbered. “Rotunda residents are in the minority in this issue, because there are not many of them,” she said, adding that she supports other measures to help Hampden merchants, such as the valet parking plan under discussion and the idea of a city-built parking garage.
The Rotunda project’s developer, New Jersey-based Hekemian & Co., has not taken an official position on the RPP, but has said the company provided ample parking. One North Hampden resident who supports the RPP has a different view.
“We tried to get the developer to include the cost of parking – there is a parking garage – in the rent, but it will be included for only about 40 apartments,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “The rest of the tenants will have to pay to park.”
She said she fears these tenants will try to park in the neighborhood to save money and noted that the community is already dealing with Hopkins Keswick employees who do the same thing.
“I can’t blame them. Hopkins charges their employees to park – the former tenant didn’t,” she said. She added that spillover from the Avenue shops and restaurants is also a problem, but that the main concern is a redeveloped Rotunda that she believes is overbuilt for the area.
“It’s like a mini Harbor East.”
One council member unlikely to support the bill is Councilman James B. Kraft, who represents the car-clogged 1st District. Kraft famously repealed Canton’s residential parking area 43 (the RPPs are known by their numbers) in 2013 because it did little to solve the area’s chronic parking problems and struck Cantonites outside the permit area as unfair.
Residential permit parking was so divisive in Canton, Kraft not only got rid of the permit parking area, he issued a moratorium on any new residential parking areas being created for five years. Parking is also a highly charged issue in Councilman Eric T. Costello’s South Baltimore district.
But Hampden, home to some of Baltimore’s most upscale restaurants and shops, is the city neighborhood going through one of those epic parking “moments” now, it seems.
Hampden’s West 36th Street, “The Avenue,” down the hill from the proposed RPP, where parking is at a premium. (Photo by Fern Shen)
As always, the issue makes all the familiar urban tensions flare and inflammatory battle-lines form.
Newcomers vs. longtime residents, renters vs. homeowners, affluent vs. non-affluent, “hipsters” vs. the not-so-hip, drivers who own multiple vehicles vs. pedestrians who bike or walk. Some hope to dial down the rhetoric.
Chrissy Goldberg, a member of the Community Council and the Merchants Association, is a resident who says she understands her neighbors’ parking issues and fears. But the current problems from the Rotunda – construction workers parking in the neighborhood, she believes – will recede when the project is done, the surface parking spots and garage open up and the construction workers leave.
Goldberg said she respects Clarke, but wishes she’d waited to see if an RPP was needed.
“The Rotunda construction is a big part of the problem,” Goldberg said. “But it is a temporary problem.”