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No Plans to Lease Parking Spaces in Transit Center

PARTA, city plan to make 365 spaces available to public

Drivers will not be able to lease or "buy" the rights to one of the 365 parking spaces in PARTA's new Kent Central Gateway transit center in downtown Kent.

The new transit center, in which the parking aspect was scheduled to open this month, won't open until mid April, the Record-Courier reported Friday.

Bryan Smith, director of planning for PARTA, said that when the deck opens it will be available to everyone.

"We do not plan to lease spaces," Smith said in an email.

Essentially, that means business and property owners won't be able to plunk down cash for guaranteed spaces in the deck.

The city, which invested about $4 million to help build the parking levels of the deck, has entered into a lease agreement with PARTA to manage the public spaces.

Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling said the lease agreement gives sole responsibility of managing those 365 parking spaces to PARTA.

Bowling said the lease agreement also stipulates that PARTA shall manage both the transit aspects of the center and its parking spaces to maximize their uses and make parking available for downtown users.

"The city does not directly control any spaces in the deck," Bowling said in an email.

It will cost drivers to park in the deck. PARTA is working with a consulting firm to determine how much it will cost to park.

Smith said part of the discussion includes the idea of selling parking passes to the deck so drivers don't have to pay a daily fee.

"And no, we haven't sold a single pass," he said.

Laurel Myers Hurst March 31, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Hip, hip, Hooray!
Laurel Myers Hurst March 31, 2013 at 11:17 PM
(Hee Hee) ...at least pave it in gold leaf!
Laurel Myers Hurst March 31, 2013 at 11:24 PM
I don't mean to appear contentious, Chriss, but I suggest that most citizens, not only the "corporate raiders," live in relative luxury compared to how they lived during the height of your career. Our current high-life is the result of a choice to live a dual-career lifestyle. I was in high school in the 1980s in a one-income family headed by a small business owner. I had 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of black dress pants (that were hand-me-downs) and 2 dresses. By that measure alone, we are living today in great luxury.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! April 01, 2013 at 12:43 AM
"They misunderestimated me." "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." "You work three jobs? ... Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." --to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005 "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." "There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on --shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." -- All from former president George W. Bush.
G Myers April 01, 2013 at 01:28 AM
so what? this smug self-righteous "I am a good little party member" crap is the #1 reason this country has gone downhill! no politician wants to step up and do what is right for the country for fear of '"harming the party" and losing seats to "the evil others"! starting at a local level, people need to grow up and do what is right for America, not "the party"!, and leave this schoolyard bully behavior behind, please!

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