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Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Parking Recommendations

Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Parking Recommendations

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The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce released its recommendations on the city's plan to implement metered parking.
The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce released its recommendations on the city's plan to implement metered parking.

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FOR
 
IMMEDIATE
 
RELEASE:
 
The
 
Greater
 
Bloomington
 
Chamber
 
of 
 
Commerce
 
Shares
 
Its
 
Recommendations
 
on
 
the
 
Proposal
 
for
 
Metered
 
Parking
 
Bloomington,
 
IN
 
 –
 
February
 
5,
 
2013
 
 –
 
The
 
Greater
 
Bloomington
 
Chamber
 
of 
 
Commerce
 
today
 
announced
 
its
 
recommendations
 
on
 
the
 
proposed
 
parking
 
management
 
ordinance
 
that
 
included
 
metering
 
of 
 
on
street
 
spaces
 
in
 
downtown.
 
The
 
Chamber
 
had
 
announced
 
opposition
 
to
 
the
 
proposal,
 
instead
 
calling
 
for
 
the
 
City
 
to
 
adopt
 
a
 
strategic
 
and
 
careful
 
approach
 
that
 
looks
 
at
 
metering
 
in
 
the
 
context
 
of 
 
a
 
comprehensive
 
parking
 
plan.
 
In
 
an
 
effort
 
to
 
assist
 
the
 
City
 
in
 
creating
 
this
 
plan,
 
a
 
parking
 
sub
committee
 
comprised
 
of 
 
representatives
 
of 
 
downtown
 
businesses,
 
non
profit
 
organizations,
 
City
 
employees
 
and
 
local
 
elected
 
officials
 
reviewed
 
recommendations
 
from
 
a
 
2007
 
parking
 
study
 
and
 
drafted
 
the
 
final
 
list
 
of 
 
recommendations.
 
These
 
recommendations
 
were
 
reviewed
 
and
 
approved
 
by
 
The
 
Chamber’s
 
board
 
of 
 
directors
 
and
 
were
 
shared
 
with
 
City
 
of 
 
Bloomington
 
officials
 
at
 
the
 
end
 
of 
 
last
 
week.
 
The
 
Chamber’s
 
recommendations
 
appear
 
below.
 
Late
 
on
 
Friday
 
of 
 
last
 
week,
 
Mayor
 
Kruzan
 
and
 
City
 
Council
 
President
 
Darryl
 
Neher
 
 jointly
 
announced
 
the
 
postponement
 
of 
 
this
 
week’s
 
City
 
Council
 
vote
 
on
 
the
 
proposed
 
ordinance.
 
The
 
Chamber
 
commended
 
both
 
the
 
Mayor
 
and
 
City
 
Council
 
members
 
on
 
the
 
decision
 
to
 
postpone
 
the
 
vote,
 
which
 
would
 
have
 
taken
 
place
 
tomorrow.
 
“The
 
Chamber
 
applauds
 
the
 
Mayor
 
and
 
the
 
City
 
Council
 
for
 
their
 
decision
 
to
 
postpone
 
a
 
final
 
vote
 
on
 
this
 
proposal.
 
The
 
additional
 
time
 
to
 
thoroughly
 
review
 
every
 
aspect
 
and
 
its
 
impact,
 
coupled
 
with
 
the
 
creative
 
recommendations
 
solicited
 
from
 
others,
 
will
 
provide
 
our
 
businesses
 
and
 
our
 
community
 
with
 
a
 
more
 
solid
 
solution,”
 
said
 
Jim
 
Shelton,
 
interim
 
president
 
and
 
C.E.O.
 
of 
 
the
 
Greater
 
Bloomington
 
Chamber
 
of 
 
Commerce.
 
“We
 
are
 
pleased
 
to
 
present
 
our
 
recommendations
 
and
 
look
 
forward
 
to
 
continuing
 
to
 
be
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
process
 
to
 
build
 
a
 
comprehensive
 
parking
 
plan.”
 
Recommendations
 
for
 
Implementing
 
Metered
 
Parking
 
Downtown
 
January
 
31,
 
2013
 
We
 
appreciate
 
the
 
opportunity
 
to
 
share
 
recommendations
 
on
 
proposed
 
downtown
 
metered
 
parking
 
with
 
City
 
of 
 
Bloomington
 
officials.
 
In
 
2007,
 
The
 
Greater
 
Bloomington
 
Chamber
 
of 
 
Commerce
 
and
 
Downtown
 
Bloomington,
 
Inc.
 
released
 
recommendations
 
in
 
response
 
to
 
the
 
Downtown
 
Parking
 
Master
 
Plan
 
created
 
by
 
Walker
 
Parking
 
Consultants.
 
Today,
 
in
 
2013,
 
we
 
applaud
 
the
 
City’s
 
efforts
 
to
 
implement
 
many
 
of 
 
those
 
recommendations
 
over
 
the
 
years,
 
and
 
believe
 
it
 
is
 
important
 
to
 
continue
 
looking
 
at
 
metered
 
parking
 
in
 
the
 
context
 
of 
 
a
 
comprehensive
 
plan
 
that
 
considers
 
the
 
full
 
range
 
of 
 
parking
 
challenges
 
and
 
options
 
as
 
we
 
address
 
the
 
needs
 
of 
 
our
 
community.
 
Our
 
parking
 
committee,
 
comprised
 
of 
 
representatives
 
of 
 
downtown
 
businesses,
 
non
profit
 
organizations,
 
City
 
employees
 
and
 
local
 
elected
 
officials,
 
has
 
met
 
for
 
several
 
months
 
to
 
revisit
 
the
 
2007
 
recommendations,
 
share
 
ideas
 
and
 
gather
 
information.
 
A
 
subcommittee
 
representing
 
both
 
public
 
and
 
private
 
sector
 
individuals
 
has
 
been
 
formed
 
to
 
provide
 
a
 
comprehensive
 
approach
 
for
 
further
 
input
 
on
 
current
 
and
 
future
 
parking
 
issues
 
and
 
to
 
identify
 
and
 
help
 
implement
 
a
 
range
 
of 
 
solutions.
 
The
 
initial
 
meeting
 
between
 
the
 
subcommittee
 
and
 
City
 
officials
 
took
 
place
 
on
 
January
 
8,
 
during
 
which
 
subcommittee
 
members
 
heard
 
details
 
about
 
the
 
proposal.
 
more
 
– 
 
 
Bloomington
 
Chamber 
 
Offers
 
Recommendations
 
 for 
 
Parking
 
Page
 
2
2
2
2
 
The
 
City
 
has
 
had
 
ample
 
time
 
to
 
consider
 
and
 
prepare
 
the
 
current
 
proposed
 
plan.
 
The
 
Chamber,
 
DBI,
 
businesses,
 
and
 
other
 
interested
 
parties
 
are
 
at
 
a
 
severe
 
disadvantage,
 
as
 
we
 
work
 
within
 
a
 
very
 
limited
 
timeframe
 
to
 
fully
 
understand
 
the
 
plan,
 
its
 
intended,
 
and
 
more
 
importantly,
 
its
 
unintended
 
consequences.
 
Additional
 
time
 
is
 
needed
 
to
 
study
 
parking
 
issues
 
and
 
solutions
 
before
 
the
 
City
 
makes
 
the
 
financial
 
investment
 
in
 
parking
 
meters.
 
A
 
full
 
understanding
 
of 
 
the
 
current
 
financial
 
situation
 
of 
 
garages,
 
utilization,
 
capacity
 
and
 
impacts
 
of 
 
future
 
developments
 
is
 
an
 
essential
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
equation.
 
For
 
these
 
reasons
 
it
 
is
 
recommended
 
that
 
the
 
City
 
Council
 
vote
 
to
 
table
 
Ordinance
 
13
03
 
for
 
a
 
period
 
of 
 
ninety
 
days.
 
During
 
the
 
ninety
day
 
review
 
period
 
an
 
advisory
 
committee
 
could
 
be
 
formed
 
to
 
study
 
all
 
aspects
 
of 
 
the
 
proposed
 
plan.
 
At
 
the
 
end
 
of 
 
the
 
review
 
period,
 
the
 
advisory
 
committee
 
can
 
present
 
its
 
findings
 
and
 
recommendations
 
to
 
the
 
City
 
Council
 
for
 
a
 
comprehensive
 
downtown
 
parking
 
plan.
 
The
 
City
 
and
 
advisory
 
committee
 
should
 
consider
 
the
 
following:
 
 
The
 
advisory
 
committee
 
should
 
look
 
at
 
creative
 
opportunities
 
for
 
increasing
 
parking
 
supply
 
as
 
well
 
as
 
benchmarking
 
from
 
other
 
cities
 
of 
 
similar
 
size
 
and
 
demographics
 
on
 
ways
 
to
 
manage
 
parking,
 
with
 
metering
 
being
 
one
 
of 
 
several
 
potential
 
components
 
of 
 
a
 
plan.
 
This
 
advisory
 
committee
 
should
 
include
 
City
 
and
 
County
 
officials,
 
representatives
 
of 
 
businesses
 
and
 
organizations,
 
and
 
citizens
 
representing
 
a
 
broad
 
spectrum
 
of 
 
the
 
population.
 
 
A
 
benchmarking
 
study
 
on
 
the
 
financial
 
impact
 
of 
 
paid
 
parking
 
on
 
municipalities
 
and
 
businesses
 
in
 
other
 
cities
 
of 
 
similar
 
demographics
 
should
 
be
 
conducted.
 
Additionally,
 
the
 
current
 
economic
 
climate
 
for
 
Bloomington
 
businesses
 
needs
 
to
 
be
 
considered.
 
Paid
 
parking
 
should
 
be
 
addressed
 
within
 
the
 
full
 
context
 
of 
 
financial
 
burdens
 
placed
 
on
 
businesses
 
by
 
government
 
including
 
increases
 
in
 
tax
 
rates,
 
increased
 
local
 
fees
 
for
 
services,
 
and
 
how
 
those
 
rates
 
are
 
likely
 
to
 
increase
 
in
 
the
 
near
 
future.
 
 
A
 
plan
 
for
 
garage
 
improvements
 
should
 
be
 
developed
 
with
 
a
 
definite
 
timeline
 
for
 
implementation.
 
Priority
 
issues
 
should
 
include:
 
 
Immediate,
 
specific
 
measures
 
to
 
address
 
cleanliness,
 
lighting,
 
cameras
 
and
 
security
 
 
Increased
 
visibility
 
of 
 
call
 
boxes
 
 
Uniformity
 
in
 
the
 
operation
 
of 
 
the
 
garages
 
(e.g.
 
installation
 
of 
 
a
 
gate
 
and
 
post
pay
 
ticket
 
system
 
in
 
all
 
garages
 
similar
 
to
 
that
 
in
 
use
 
at
 
“market”
 
garage.)
 
 
Improved
 
signage
 
to
 
explain
 
how
 
the
 
garages
 
operate,
 
for
 
consistency
 
,
 
simplicity
 
and
 
better
 
communication;
 
do
 
away
 
with
 
the
 
names
 
of 
 
the
 
garages
 
and
 
name
 
them
 
based
 
on
 
their
 
location
 
such
 
as
 
4th
 
&
 
Walnut
 
Street
 
Garage,
 
7
th
 
&
 
Walnut
 
Street
 
Garage,
 
6
th
 
and
 
Morton
 
Street
 
Garage.
 
This
 
simplifies
 
the
 
name
 
and
 
provides
 
the
 
location.
 
Even
 
the
 
city
 
employees
 
get
 
confused
 
about
 
which
 
garage
 
is
 
where.
 
 
Immediate
 
removal
 
of 
 
confusing
 
signage
 
about
 
reserved
 
parking
 
affixed
 
to
 
the
 
4
th
 
street
 
garage,
 
along
 
with
 
re
assignment
 
of 
 
reserved
 
spots
 
 
Add
 
electronic
 
signage
 
at
 
each
 
garage
 
that
 
gives
 
patrons
 
information
 
on
 
the
 
availability
 
of 
 
parking
 
such
 
as
 
“FULL”
 
or
 
“Parking
 
Available.”
 
 
To
 
encourage
 
the
 
public
 
to
 
make
 
use
 
of 
 
existing
 
garages,
 
a
 
partnership
 
for
 
a
 
broad
 
public
 
relations
 
initiative
 
is
 
recommended
 
to
 
communicate
 
garage
 
improvements
 
already
 
made
 
and
 
those
 
underway
 
or
 
expected,
 
followed
 
by
 
a
 
highly
 
visible
 
unveiling
 
of 
 
the
 
newly
 
improved
 
garages.
 
This
 
should
 
be
 
done
 
well
 
in
 
advance
 
of 
 
any
 
on
street
 
parking
 
changes,
 
with
 
the
 
public
 
clearly
 
understanding
 
how
 
to
 
access
 
and
 
use
 
the
 
garages.
 
Garage
 
pricing
 
and
 
various
 
promotions
 
should
 
be
 
considered.
 
 
Rebrand
 
the
 
garages
 
to
 
include
 
physical
 
location
 
in
 
the
 
names
 
to
 
help
 
the
 
public
 
identify
 
and
 
locate
 
garages.
 
This
 
is
 
a
 
crucial
 
element
 
of 
 
the
 
public
 
relations
 
plan.
 
more
 
– 
 

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