100 Ideas for New Paltz

87. build a hidden parking garage

Build a parking garage on the current Plattekill Avenue Municipal Parking Lot, and front the garage with three story mixed use buildings along Plattekill Avenue, continuing downtown up Plattekill towards the college.

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  1. Steve Greenfield said, on July 8, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Just headed over here from Gadfly. This idea has merit. I had another idea that does not necessarily conflict with this one.

    My concept (just a concept — Village parking solutions is not my prime focus) has been to submerge parking at the pit (or some other suitable location) beneath a green roof that would serve as the picnic grounds currently missing from Hasbrouck Park. If that gets financed by metering the tourists who park there, which in turn allows them to fully patronized the shops on downtown Main Street, it looks a lot like a win-win to me

  2. David Santner said, on September 23, 2009 at 5:19 am

    I love both ideas, but it isn’t practical to expect parking meter fees to fully finance the cost of a parking garage. Ultimately providing parking is an infrastructure cost that the Village/Town must accept. A well run garage will offset a portion of the cost but not all of it.

    • Jason West said, on October 26, 2009 at 9:51 pm

      i wouldn’t expect the parking fees to cover the cost, but would be interested to see whether the revenue generated from sale of the lots fronting the parking garage along Plattekill Avenue might cover cost of contruction plus some. Were we to have a row of mixed-use buildings shielding the parking garage from view (hiding an obvious eyesore) while also organically expanding downtown up towards the college, it’s feasible that we may be able to provide more parking with the money generated from sale of the lots while at the same time increasing the number of local businesses, the amount of rental housing and increasing property tax revenue on new private ownership of a formerly tax-exempt public parking lot.


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