San Diego: A 37-story condo or apartment tower would dominate the Ballpark Village
project approved for the block bounded by Park Boulevard and Imperial
and 12th avenues.
— Carrier Johnson + Culture
The issue of how much parking to provide in urban buildings is very contentious. Because in the US the automobile is the dominant transportation, people have a hard time dealing with what we might call outliers, or those places where the automobile isn't dominant, where people walk, bike or use transit and drive less.
A few cities, notably San Francisco and Seattle, have for many years eliminated parking requirements in their core. Spreading these practices to more cities, such as DC, has been very contentious, as residents in the more suburban parts of the city come out in force to oppose such recommendations ("DC as a suburban agenda dominated city
The San Diego Union-Tribune
has an interesting article, "Ballpark Village project OKd: Apartments or condos in $250m project still undecided
," about a project to be built next to the Petco Field baseball stadium in Downtown San Diego. In the most the current iteration, they're planning to provide 1/6 fewer parking spaces compared to previous plans. The building will have 688 units of housing. From the article:
Another point of contention
was the reduction in parking spaces planned. Earlier plans called for
1,175 spaces on three levels and now that's been revised down to 942 on
two levels -- still higher than the downtown zoning ordinance requires.
said the change was in response to potential financiers who thought a
third underground level would not be popular with residents and argued
that downtowners, especially the young, don't drive as much as in the past.
Morgan, a former
downtown resident, said she backs less parking in light of the increased
use of car sharing and interest in mass transit, biking and walking.
It's not a huge reduction but it is a reduction that is not insignificant.
It's somewhat astounding because in past experience, it is mostly the financing community (along with automobile-enamored residents) that has pushed providing lots of parking/as much parking as possible, even in very urban settings.
Now, judging by this project at least, it seems as if some financing entities see that reducing parking in those locations where parking is less likely to be needed.
Labels: financing, parking and curbside management, real estate development, sustainable land use and resource planning, transportation planning