The Future of Parking
All too often, housing developments are shaped by their parking needs. Local zoning codes’ parking minimum regulations frequently make it unfeasible to build housing in many urban infill locations as developers are challenged to fit enough parking within either limited site configurations or limited budgets. For example, underground parking garages can cost upwards of $50,000 to $100,000 per parking stall and need sufficient space for ramps and drive aisles.
As many car-dependent cities become denser, communities are challenged with how to balance the need for new parking capacity for new residents (for at least the foreseeable future), while simultaneously adapting to a more transit-oriented, walkable future. High density parking systems offer one way to provide much needed parking in increasingly limited spaces for a range of budgets.
Parking Garages Innovations / Trends:
From The Essential Housing Campaign:
CityLift Parking, the leading provider of automated parking lift solutions, was granted Los Angeles Research Report (“LARR”) approval for its most recently completed project in Los Angeles. This is the first approval for a 3-level automated puzzle parking system in the City’s history.
Chinatown’s Lotus Garden apartments has a similar parking garage, but WeHo’s project is the first municipal robo-parking on the West Coast.