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Philly firm hired for $152K study of parking situation in Lancaster

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The Lancaster Parking Authority, in partnership with the City of Lancaster and the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, plans to pay $152,300 for a city-wide analysis of parking supply and demand.

The study will be undertaken by Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. and is scheduled to begin this month. It is expected to take four to six months to complete.

Four main areas will be evaluated, with recommendations expected at the end: the Lancaster Central Business District; the Southwest Neighborhood Group or SoWe; the Southeast Neighborhood Revitalization Area known as South East Elm Street; and the New Holland/East Walnut corridor.

"We are looking for the right blend of parking to support economic development in the downtown Central Business District and to keep our neighborhoods livable. We believe this study will help direct our efforts to address parking efficiently and adequately," Marshall Snively, president of the Lancaster City Alliance, said in a statement.

Kimley-Horn, an engineering firm based in Philadelphia and Northern Virginia, was selected after a request for proposal process.

Six companies from around the country responded to the request, with three semifinalists interviewed in Lancaster by a panel representing each of the study areas.

The review team included representatives from the parking authority, the city, the Lancaster City Alliance, SoWe and the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership.

"Parking was identified as a major concern for neighbors in SoWe. This study will provide the neighborhood with direction on how to alleviate parking constraints," Jake Thorsen, SoWe Neighborhood director of the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, said in a statement.

Project manager Michael Connor of Kimley-Horn  will lead a team of parking professionals, engineers, planners and computer-aided drafting and geographic information systems specialists.

Connor has 30 years of experience as a consultant and municipal administrator.

The $152,300 cost of the study is being split among the organizations involved. The parking authority, which is overseeing the Central Business District portion, is kicking in $69,000; the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership/SoWe is contributing $35,100 for its area; and the city will cover the $42,800 for South East Elm Street and the New Holland/East Walnut corridor.

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saAD November 16, 2018 6:07 am

from your post only i came to know that the new partnership with the City of Lancaster and the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership. can i subscribe the blog for more details? if possible share those details too. i am waiting for your updated post to know more. remove pop ups

Dayna Roberts October 16, 2018 1:41 am

It is good thing that such a vast study is being conducted to understand the parking situation in Lancaster. Traffic and parking is one of the biggest concerns in the city and studies like this can be truly helpful. printer not responding

Dax October 15, 2018 7:11 am

I am damn sure that the new hiring will improve productivity. From this post only I came to know about this. I will be grateful if you have shared more details here. I am waiting for your updated pot to know more. Thank you. computer virus removal

Taylor October 13, 2018 7:35 am

The city roads have been suffocating with the traffic these days and finding a parking spot has become a needle in a haystack situation. If the firm finds a solution to the issue we might get some relief. professional Photoshop services

Dorrah October 12, 2018 8:31 am

The parking demand in the city was increasing day by day and i think this was a perfect decision taken by the Lancaster parking authority. I have gone through the news shared here and looking for more updates about it. Hope that you will share it soon here.my response

peter long September 24, 2018 9:27 am

The philadelphia contractors are the one who get the benefit while also have to ensure that the dream parking space is effective.

Peter September 24, 2018 5:25 am

The philadelphia contractors are the one who get the benefit while also have to ensure that the dream parking space is effective.

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