Mr. Miller presented a staff recommendation to substitute parking spaces within Parking District No. 2. Last year the City Council approved the Morgan Group project, which will affect parking within this district. The parking spaces affected are located between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona, and south of Whiting Avenue. Staff recommended that the surplus parking available in the Wilshire parking structure be used to substitute the displaced parking on the Whiting Avenue parking lot. This will allow staff to exclude District No. 2 parking spaces from the new parking structure that will be built in the Morgan Group development.
The Wilshire Parking structure consists of 44 3-hour public parking spaces, 2 disabled people's parking spaces, and 165 employee spaces marked in yellow. There are also 112 long-term parking spaces. Employees may secure a permit which allows them to park all day in the yellow striped stalls. However, an employee with a permit cannot park in the white striped stalls for more than 3 hours. The total number of parking spaces within the parking structure is 323.
Recently, the firm of Meyers, Mohaddes & Associates conducted a parking utilization study and determined that the percentage of available parking within the Wilshire structure is the lowest between the hours of 11 am to 12 noon. The Morgan Group project construction will be displacing 33 spaces in District No. 2. Approximately 28 spaces are being reserved for future office space in the Chapman building. Approximately 45 spaces will be available for additional use. An additional 89 parking spaces outside of District No. 2 are being removed and will be replaced in the new parking structure along with an additional 105 public parking spaces.
The recommendation before the Board of Parking Place Commissioners is to find that the substitution of parking spaces is not detrimental to the Wilshire parking structure.
Chairman Francis asked how residents will be prevented from parking in the parking structure during the day. Mr. Hodson said residents will be ticketed if parked for more than two hours.
Vice Chairman Cochran verified if the Morgan Group parking structure would be considered a private structure. Mr. Hodson stated that the ground level is for public use and the basement level will have resident parking.
Commissioner Buck asked if the Morgan Group Block will be a structure. Mr. Miller said it will be primarily a structure and will have alley access on the west side.
The hearing was opened to public comment.
Paul Birkman, 211 N. Pomona, feels that moving people around will only cause confusion. He stated that staff has not taken into consideration that the Pacific Bell employees will park in the Wilshire structure. Chairman Francis asked how full the Wilshire structure gets. Dave Langstaff, Traffic Technician II, said that about 66% of the parking lot is full during the peak lunch hour.
Pat Vannoy, First Christian Church, stated the Church sold property to Morgan Group for the project. Church members believe they will be losing the 33 spaces in the Wilshire parking structure. Mr. Hodson clarified that what was paid for originally within the District was a surface lot where the structure now sits. He further stated that there were a specific number of surface spaces that were part of the total count in the District. When the structure was built the same number of spaces was available.
Jim Bailey, 314 W. Whiting Avenue, said that the signage on the top floor does not indicate that all day parking is available. Mr. Bailey is also concerned about the disposal truck getting in and out of the parking structure.
The public segment was closed.
Commissioner Buck asked what the change in number of public parking spaces was from prior to the plaza being built until it was completed. Mr. Hodson said that it is approximately 30 spaces.
Commissioner Hardwick made a motion that the substitution of parking spaces is non- detrimental to the parking structure, and that the Board of Parking Place Commissioners approve staff's recommendation. Commissioner Buck seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Chairman Francis adjourned as the Board of Parking Place Commission and reconvened as Transportation & Circulation Commission.