Sewickley Council OKs parking study
A Chicago-based design and consulting firm will conduct a parking needs analysis for Sewickley Borough that could be a factor in a decision to build a public parking garage.
Council members on Monday night voted 6-2 to approve spending $25,700 for Kimley-Horn and Associates to perform the analysis. Bill Cornman and Robert Glenn voted no.
Some council members say the report is crucial to determine the needs of parking within the business district.
Pittsburgh-based Trans Associates was the only other company to submit a bid, Manager Kevin Flannery said.
The local firm's assessment would have cost the borough $36,700.
“My only concern with the [Trans Associates bid] is that they spent a lot of time looking at current parking and I'm not sure that's our issue,” council member Tom DeFazio said. “Our goal is to spend time looking at future needs.”
Among the projects Kimley-Horn touts on its website are a mixed-use development in Downtown Raleigh, N.C., that included a nearly 1,000-space parking garage, a seven-level office building and about 20,000 square feet of street level retail space.
In addition, the company has been part of several large-scale municipal projects, including the design of an 11-mile light rail transit line connecting Minneapolis to St. Paul, Minn.
Council member Susan Aleshire said the needs assessment is necessary for Sewickley.
“We have to have it done,” she said.
Council members have considered constructing a nearly 300-space garage between Green Street and Walnut Street.
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