What about the parking concerns for 100 E. College Ave. tenant parking needs and property owner's needs?
Parking needs of all users will be accommodated as part of the overall Bluff Site Development. However, we need to understand that not all parking will be directly adjacent to the property it is serving. Our parking study shows that we have a surplus of parking in the downtown area.
Will the cost of parking downtown go up due to this development?
The City continuously reviews our parking rate structure. It is a user funded budget completely separate from general tax payer dollars. It is unknown at this time what the rate structure will be.
Is there enough parking for both this potential development as well as the U.S. Venture Development and what about the Fox Cities Exhibition Center?
The overall plan for the Bluff Site area will have enough parking to accommodate all of the users. We will work with each development to make sure good "shared use" parking is evaluated so that we do not construct more parking than needed. Exhibition Center guests park in many locations including the Red and Green Parking Ramps. As shown in our parking study, developments like this have been accounted for when projecting future parking needs.
Why do we get charged to park at the free, public library when all other libraries in the Fox Cities provide free parking?
Parking is a high-demand resource in downtown Appleton. The parking Utility is user funded, and therefore, needs revenue to cover operating and maintenance expenses. In order to ensure availability and affordability, the City utilizes meters and permits. Spaces labeled "free parking" would rarely be available for library patrons.
What information do you have that shows where downtown parking is needed?
Will there be short-term parking at or near the library to drop off books and run inside to pick up items on hold? What about handicap parking?
Although the details of the project have not been determined, we know that a loading zone area will be a desirable feature for the new Library. Handicap parking will be available in all parking ramps and lots.
Is the City of paying for the future parking ramp? How much will that cost?
Many details still need to be worked out. Typically, the City would be responsible for the cost of the parking structures. In the proposed concept, the estimated figure for the future parking ramp, is $26.7 million.
Is there underground parking in the phase one part of the project for library visitors?
The developer is proposing underground parking that will only be for the residents of the development.
Will the eventual ramp south of the YMCA be for YMCA members and the public?
A temporary lot will allow parking for YMCA members and the public. The proposed development shows additional parking in the location of the temporary lot south of the YMCA at some point in the future. However, that is a preliminary assumption and it could be several years before that phase of the development is built. It is also important to note that there will be public parking available as part of the U.S. Venture project. In addition, we also have two parking ramps within three blocks of the proposed site and ample on-street parking available.
Will a surface parking lot provide adequate parking for YMCA members and others?
Yes, we believe that the proposed parking lot will provide adequate parking for the YMCA. In addition to the parking lot, there is on-street parking and two city-owned parking ramps within a three block radius of the YMCA.