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

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.

Shelby White
Shelby White covers banking and finance, law and Lancaster County for the Central Penn Business Journal. For tips, email her at swhite@cpbj.com.

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