Where will people park? Will there be enough parking?In vibrant, walkable environments like the Bridge Street District, places are planned first with pedestrians in mind. That means buildings and sites are designed to allow for convenient pedestrian and bicycle access, with buildings close to the sidewalk, and large surface parking lots discouraged.
Since people living, working, and visiting the Bridge Street District will still frequently travel by car, new development is required to provide a minimum number of vehicular parking spaces. Developments are also limited from exceeding maximum parking requirements to avoid creating large swaths of mostly unused surface parking lots.
Parking in the Bridge Street District will be accommodated in several ways:
- While there will still be some surface parking lots, they are generally required to be behind the buildings to limit their view from the street.
- Nearly all new streets developed in the Bridge Street District will include on-street parallel parking, which is critical to walkable, urban environments and is an important part of having successful businesses. Not only does on-street parking provide convenient access to nearby buildings, it provides a “buffer” between the street and the sidewalk which provides an added layer of protection for pedestrians.
- In more intensely developed areas, parking structures tucked behind and beneath commercial and residential buildings will also be provided.
Will there be bicycle parking?Bicycle parking is required for all development projects in the Bridge Street District that requires six or more vehicular parking spaces. Bicycle parking will be located at private development sites, in public open spaces (such as pocket parks), and in portions of the public right-of-way.
Where will people park to access the new riverfront park and other amenities?
Details for the individual development projects shown on both sides of the Scioto River are still to be determined; however, most of the required parking will be provided within structured parking garages to minimize the amount of land consumed by traditional surface parking lots. In addition to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, new streets will include on-street parking in most areas to provide visitor and short-term parking.
The City is also exploring opportunities for providing public and/or shared parking to help serve the needs of the park. Mixed-use development (housing, retail, office, and other land uses) provides opportunities for “shared” parking arrangements where, for example, parking used for daytime/weekday office workers can also serve evening/weekend restaurant and park users. Successfully incorporating public parking into adjacent mixed-use developments requires visibility (for easy wayfinding), convenient access, and safe and attractive street crossings (refer to “How will pedestrians be able to safely cross major streets such as Riverside Drive and Bridge Street/State Route 161?”).
Where will people living in the new residential development park?Many of the Scioto River corridor project development details are still be determined. All new residential development is required to provide dedicated private parking, ranging from individual garages built into townhomes, to “podium” parking garages with residential development on the upper floors and “wrapping” structured parking decks. On-street parking spaces will provide short-term and visitor parking, and will be the most visible and easily accessible of the proposed parking. On-street parking also provides a physical buffer between the street and the sidewalk, creating a more comfortable walking environment for pedestrians, while providing a visual cue for drivers to control their speed while driving on these streets.
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