Downtown Davis Parking: Fix it first! Do we really need a new highrise parking structure?
We, the undersigned, support the adoption of effective parking management for downtown Davis. A new, highrise car parking garage between Third, Fourth, E and F Streets costing $11 million or more is not the answer when surplus parking spaces exist. A survey has shown that an average of 300 empty spaces exist in present parking structures within two blocks of the proposed 3/4/E/F structure. Survey counts included the busiest times of the day and evening.
More cars would discourage more bicycling and walking, contrary to the city's goals. Downtown Davis can become more attractive for shopping, dining and entertainment with fewer cars, not more.
We call on the Davis City Council to:
a) Use redevelopment funds in a fiscally responsible manner, for projects that promote sustainable modes of travel, consistent with the adopted goals of the Climate Action Plan;
b) Adopt a parking management plan to ensure that all existing lots are fully utilized by those most in need of half-day or all-day parking spaces -- before considering construction of more downtown car parking. Such a plan would make more spaces close to businesses available to customers and visitors.