Town Administrator April 8, 2019
We are negotiating and expect this week to execute a contract with Kimley Horn to complete a study of parking and traffic patterns in Downtown Erie. The study will identify, among other things, the complete inventory or parking spaces (both public and private), how much, when and for how long they are used. Parking is something we often take for granted, but the supply of parking (or lack of it), where it is located and oriented, how it is singed, how it is managed (short-term, 2-hour, all-day, free, paid) can have a dramatic impact on economic activity, neighborhood livability, and, as this article illustrates, even on historic preservation. That's why we are engaging Kimley Horn to help us develop a detailed inventory of existing parking,and a customized strategy to make the best use of the parking that is already there, how much additional parking may be needed, and how we might satisfy that demand.