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Sewickley plans parking study meeting

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Based on a study released last month, Sewickley will need 300 additional parking spaces over the next five years to accommodate demand.

A public comment session will be offered at the May 19 council meeting when Sewickley leaders will discuss the parking study results.

Sewickley Mayor Brian Jeffe said he encouraged residents and business owners to attend the meeting as it could help determine the future needs of parking within the borough.

In the report, Khurshid Hoda, a consultant with Chicago-based Kimley-Horn and Associates, said the borough would need 353 spaces in a public parking garage, if leaders were to reconsider that option that was delayed until after the study was completed.

“The borough's parking supply must provide adequate and convenient parking to its patrons,” Hoda wrote in the report. “At present, the public parking supply is operating at or above capacity. To support future developments, additional parking is needed.”

According to data, Hoda surveyed the borough on Nov. 21, determining the peak hour of use was 1 p.m. when spaces had an 87-percent occupancy rate. Hoda recorded 784 parking spaces in the area he studied, which included the “business core of downtown Sewickley” — from Logan Street to Blackburn Road and Walnut Street and from Centennial Avenue to Frederick Avenue.

Hoda studied Beaver Street from Grimes Street to west of Blackburn Road, he said. He did not study Hill Street and the 10-hour meters on that road.

Of the 784 spaces, Hoda determined 349 were on-street public spaces and 96 were off-street public spaces.

“Based on current parking demand … the study area currently has a parking deficit of 34 spaces,” he wrote.

Kimley-Horn was hired in October at a cost of $25,700.

Borough leaders last year shelved a plan to build a nearly 300-space parking garage along Walnut Street until at least results of the parking study are known.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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