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Port’s problem? Way too much free parking, study concludes PDF Print E-mail
Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 19:32

Consultant recommends selling some downtown lots for lakefront development

There is such a glut of available parking in downtown Port Washington that the community could sustain twice as much business as it currently has, according to a study unveiled last week.

    “Port Washington has a huge parking problem,” consultant Jason Schrieber of Nelson Nygaard said Feb. 19 as he unveiled the study results last week. “You have way too much of it.”

    At the peak of a typical weekday last summer, during the city’s busiest season, there were 600 open spaces downtown, he said.

    There is so much parking that Schrieber recommended the city look at the land it owns east of Franklin Street and consider selling some of it for development, noting that the marina lot is underused on weekdays and barely at 50% on weekends.

    “If you allow this to happen, it will happen,” Schrieber said. “It would be the coolest thing on the lake.

    “Parking should just not at all be on the table for discussion.”

    The current mass of asphalt parking lots on the lakefront is unattractive and doesn’t draw people to the city’s biggest asset, Schrieber said.

 
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