Municipal Parking Ramp to Open March 26
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New Municipal Parking Ramp to Open March 26
March 21, 2019 – ROCHESTER, MINN. – On Tuesday, March 26 the City of Rochester’s newest municipal parking facility will officially open to the public. Located on the northwest corner of First St. SE and First Ave. SE, the ramp features 630 total parking stalls, raising the total number of structured parking stalls in municipal ramps to 3,513.
The project has several noteworthy design features. Importantly, the ramp will provide two skyway access points at the Hilton Hotel and Broadway Plaza. Four entry/exit gates on 1st Street SE can be converted to speed up vehicle exit at busy times. The three bay design of the ramp will allow two-way traffic on all levels. Flexible payment options allow pay by card at the gate or payment at one of seven kiosks stationed in both skyway and ground-level lobbies.
In addition, a landscaped plaza to the east along First Ave. NE will provide bicycle storage options and feature backlit art walls to create a welcoming public space.
City officials tout this expansion of downtown structured parking as part of an ongoing commitment to deliver necessary parking and transit resources to a growing city.
“The facility adds needed capacity to downtown parking, and will enhance options for downtown shoppers, visitors, and commuters,” according to Public Works Director Chris Petree. “We are incredibly proud of the technology and design that went in to Ramp 6. It is reflective of the type of experience we want community members and visitors to have when using public facilities.”
Some leading-edge parking technologies will be implemented once usage patterns allow for the systems to be fine-tuned. These features include a space guidance system to help parkers more quickly find available stalls, license plate recognition to speed entry and exits, and a mobile app to help locate parked vehicles.
In addition, the facility was constructed to accommodate up to 10 stories of residential development over the east section. The City is actively seeking proposals to construct mixed income or affordable housing units on the site.
A grand opening for the new ramp is being planned for summer.