DEC.2.2014: The parking efforts have been rolled up into the broader community master planning effort. Further information will be found under the post on that topic.
MAY.22.2014: The HPNC parking committee efforts have broadened the scope of the parking project. Meetings with key area stakeholders, including Captain Butler from District 2 police and Dan Schimberg, CEO of Uptown Rentals (Ravenswood and Tarpis Woods apartments) have shed better light on the sources of parking demand and the realistic scale of a solution. Accordingly, the HPNC parking committee and Chamber have taken a step back to assess the neighborhood and business district more holistically.
Communications with other neighborhood business district leaders have revealed prior similar experiences within other Cincinnati neighborhoods. There is a process to identifying, funding, and implementing parking and traffic-congestion related projects, and it begins with a city-approved study of vehicular traffic and parking demand. John Jarczyk (HPNC) and Jay Ashmore (Dutch’s, EHPC) have logged considerable hours in the past couple months putting together an application to have such a study funded through the CNBDU (Cincinnati Neighborhood Business Districts United) program. The application has been presented for competitive peer review and feedback from other business district leaders was positive. However, funding remains contingent on the City’s current budget process, set to play out over the next couple weeks in City Council.
SEP.17.2013: The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council is taking on the parking issue front and center. The Chamber is supporting the efforts of the HPNC parking committee, led by John Jarczyk, as the group develops a solution to relieve congestion in the East Hyde Park neighborhood. The focus is on improving supply of available parking through growth, efficiency, or some combination of the two. The parking demand is a strong sign of the residential and commercial appeal of East Hyde Park, and the group is aware that solutions must avoid impacting this demand.
Increasing the supply of parking in the neighborhood requires a major capital improvement project. The feasibility and practicality of constructing a garage is questionable. Nonetheless a parking structure is one end of the solution spectrum. On the other end is a concept called dynamic parking. Dynamic parking basically uses technology to improve how efficiently existing parking spots are used. Primarily, there are a number of commercially zoned properties with parking lots of 5-20 spots, that sit empty during ‘off hours’ for the particular property.
Regular meetings have taken place to identify specific aspects of the problem and discuss the details of proposed solutions. A community survey earlier this year yielded approximately 200 responses from business owners, residents, and visitors. The HPNC parking committee has approached this issue with a thorough and methodical process and a broad group of stakeholders are engaged.