San Francisco proposal would convert parking garage into affordable housing, hotel

 : smartcitiesdive – excerpt
Dive Brief:
  • San Francisco has proposed a plan to redevelop the Moscone Convention Center’s 732-space garage into a multiuse complex with at least 100 affordable housing units and at least 650 hotel rooms, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • The garage, which is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, reportedly is 53% occupied during peak hours and generates $2.3 million each year for the city.
  • Leaders with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are scheduled to vote today on whether to move forward with the plan and issue a request for proposals for developers to build the multiuse facility… (more)
Does this mean the SFMTA that never produces a project on time or within budget will take on another construction project while they are stuck in the tunnels and having problems with the contracts they are already working on?

SFMTA to solicit hotel developer for Moscone Center Garage

By  : sfexminer – excerpt
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted to begin accepting proposals to replace the Moscone Center Garage with a hotel and affordable housing…
In July 2017, the Parking Authority transferred ownership of the Moscone Center Garage to the SFMTA, and the hotel development terms will see the transit agency retain jurisdiction of the site. The lease terms are for 65 years, with the option of a 34-year lease extension…(more)

The S.F. dream home every buyer wants may not be what you thought

sfgate – excerpt

Some Things Never Go Out of Style

While trends in home design and decor come and go (apparently sleek and ultramodern is on the way out again), there are certain amenities buyers can never have too much of, including parking. “A garage is always hot,” said Butch Haze of the TeedHaze Group. “A garage with two-car parking for SUVs is also a big plus. Most garages barely fit one car, let alone SUVs. Maybe in the not-too-distant future with driverless cars, garages will be for storage but for now they are still in high demand.”

All the agents agreed that another always-hot factor in our gorgeous city is views. “Bridge and bay views are always in high demand because our city is so beautiful,” said Haze… (more)

No surprise to me.

Parking crunch crimps growth at SF General

By Jerold Chinn : SFbay – excerpt

Parking at San Francisco General Hospital could soon get worse for patients and employees if a plan is not in place to figure out how the solve the parking situation, health officials said.  Health officials presented their dilemma to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Policy and Governance Committee last Friday seeking help from SFMTA staff to find solutions.

The Health Commission last Tuesday also passed a resolutions urging health officials to work collaboratively with the SFMTA find transportation and parking solutions for patients to access the hospital.

The hospital has been going through major renovations with a new hospital expected to open in December of this year and a proposed UCSF Research Building expected to open in 2019, said Kathy Jung, director of facilities and capital planning for the Department of Public Health.

Jung also said the hospital is planning to move its emergency care services from the south side to north side of campus, which will result in the loss of some parking: “Opening the new hospital and the changes to the campus that will follow have significant impact to the supply and demand of parking at SFGH.”

The hospital is expected to have an increase in demand and higher staffing levels once the new facilities are open, said Jung… (more)

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A’s prioritize parking over development at Coliseum

By Matthew Artz martz : contracostatimes – excerpt

OAKLAND — In another potential blow for transforming the sprawling Oakland Coliseum complex into a bustling sports and entertainment district, A’s co-owner Lew Wolff said that if his team were to build a new ballpark at the site he would want it surrounded by acres of surface parking spaces — just like O. Co Coliseum is now.

Less than a week after the Oakland Raiders announced they were pursuing a stadium proposal in Los Angeles, Wolff said there is not enough land readily available at the Coliseum complex to build a stadium and satisfy the city’s desire for additional development, such as homes, shops, offices and a hotel.

The only way it could work, Wolff said, would be to build multilevel parking garages, but that would leave fans waiting in long lines to exit the garages and begin their drives home.

“Parking is a key issue for us,” Wolff said. “We want surface parking surrounding the ballpark wherever we build it unless we’re in the heart of a downtown.”… (more)

Walnut Creek: BART Transit Village parking garage approved, construction likely to start soon

By Elisabeth Nardi : Contra Costa Times – excerpt

WALNUT CREEK — The first phase of the Walnut Creek BART Transit Village will not be retail stores or apartments, but rather a new five-level parking garage.

While the village was approved by the city two years ago, design approvals needed to begin work are just now occurring.

Developers Walnut Creek Lifestyle Associates, a joint venture of Essex Property Trust and Transit Village Associates, were at the city’s Design Review Commission earlier this month getting final approval on the garage, planned for the southwestern portion of the BART property on Ygnacio Valley Road… (more)

Walnut Creek city officials are listening to BART riders when they say, parking is an element of mass transit that needs to be addressed. Maybe SF will get the message. We need more parking near BART stops.


How many parking spots are there in S.F?

Pity the intern who had this job.

San Francisco’s transportation agency just finished counting all of the city’s public parking spots — by hand, mostly.

The four-year effort, unveiled this week, tallied 275,450 street parking spaces citywide, for a grand total of 441,950 spots when you throw in parking garages and commercial lots.

While the number is a bit abstract — the transportation agency says the length of all street parking spots exceeds the length of California’s 840-mile coastline — city officials say the figures help them with planning. For example, knowing when to require a new office project to add a parking garage, or when and where to install parking meters.

FYI: Of the city’s 275,450 street spots, just 26,750 are metered… (more)

Considering that according to the information the SFMTA has, there are not nearly enough parking spots for all the cars. So, what will they do with that info they just spent who know how much to gather?

Us it to prove they need more parking meters when the citizens want more parking garages.

Five Story BART Parking Garage Opens In Richmond

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Commuting just got a little easier for residents of Richmond and surrounding cities with today’s opening of a 750-space parking garage at the Richmond BART station.
The five-story garage adds 120 parking spaces to the station and is now the only parking option at the Richmond station, located at 1700 Nevin Ave.
A surface parking lot on the east side of the station has closed to make way for a commercial development, said Chad Smalley, a development project manager for the city of Richmond.
Commuters parking in the garage are required to pay $1 between the hours of 4 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday… (more)

Park and ride in Richmond. If Richmond can build parking garages and rent out spaces for $1 so can San Francisco. Time to take it to the ballot and let the voters decide.

Days like today when the BART system melts down, we need to be able to rely on our cars.

SEIU San Francisco Protesting Mall Parking Lot

BY THOMAS MOYER : – excerpt

It looks like the SEIU are protesting in front of the parking garage at the downtown mall in San Francisco. If you know anything about this city, you will find that there are so many protests all the time somewhere in the city. But what caught my eye about this one is that they were protesting at the entrance and inside of the parking garage ticketing machines…