Millyard Parking Project Moving Forward

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New Hampshire Union Leader

MANCHESTER — Peter Flotz of the Lansing Melbourne Group gave the Board of Mayor and Aldermen a brief update this week on his firm’s progress identifying opportunities for additional parking in the Amoskeag Millyard.

Late last year, aldermen approved spending $35,000 of economic development money to pay Lansing Melbourne Group (LMG) to conduct a new parking study in the Millyard, as well as draft an ordinance to establish a special assessment district and hash out an assessment formula to cover any construction costs.

On Tuesday, Flotz gave a brief presentation on his finding so far, saying several sites that could yield additional parking had been identified and recommending the city establish and control a parking district to establish a user tax to fund the creation of new parking decks.

According to Flotz, he has identified 857 existing on street public parking spaces in the Millyard, and 790 off street public spaces. Add in 3.202 private spaces, and Flotz said the total supply of parking spaces in the Millyard comes in at 4,849.

“The Millyard space probably represents about 10,000 to 12,000 employees,” said Flotz.Flotz showed slides depicting three early, potential configurations for a parking district — one with Canal Street as a boundary, one with Canal Street that includes the Armory property, and one with Canal Street, the Armory property, plus areas east of Canal Street that currently park in the Millyard. The drawings are in the early conceptual stages, said Flotz.

“The next thing we will be doing is having a meeting with stakeholders in the Millyard,” said Flotz. Flotz said Millyard building and business owners, along with elected officials and city staff will be notified of the meeting. From information gathered during that session Flotz will develop a plan, including costs and draft ordinances, by May.

Flotz is expected to provide another progress update to the aldermen in four to six weeks.

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