Arcata City Council to discuss downtown parking; Plaza Point Apartments report on tap

The Arcata City Council today will hear an update from the police department on downtown parking, which includes a recommendation that the 11th Street overpass be converted into parking for neighboring residents and businesses via a permitting program.

"I think we need to think about how to provide parking for people that work in the downtown, so they are not moving their cars every two hours," Councilwoman Alex Stillman said. "That way, we would have more parking for shoppers."

The council asked the police department in January to examine the feasibility of creating long-term permit parking on the 11th Street overpass -- which has a total of 50 parking spaces-- for businesses.

After further research, the police department proposed two options: convert one side of the overpass from four-hour parking to preferential, or make the entire section all day, unregulated parking, according to a staff report.

"Staff recommends option one, changing the area to preferential, because it will provide a specific parking area for people who live and work in the preferential zone," the report said.

From March 2012 to March 2014, $1,525 was collected in parking violations on the overpass, according to the report. If one side of the area was converted to preferential, revenue from permits and violations would make the change fiscally neutral or possibly provide additional funds. If it is converted to unregulated parking, staff anticipates an annual decline of about $760 in revenue, the report states.

While researching the issue, staff identified underutilized private parking lots that may help alleviate the need for more long-term downtown parking, and determined there is unregulated parking within two blocks of downtown that provides eight-hour parking, according to the report.

The council will also hear a report on the annual monitoring of Plaza Point Apartments, an affordable housing facility for seniors.

The monitoring is done to verify compliance with state standards because the complex received funding from the city through the Home Investment Partnership Program, which assists housing development organizations in creating and retaining affordable housing, according to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

Several Plaza Point residents spoke about management, construction and safety concerns during a February council meeting.

Michael Burke, the vice president and co-owner of AWI Management Corporation, said he's responded to every letter he's received from tenants.

According to a staff report, the city recommends the council review the monitoring process and requirements for properties in Arcata that received financial assistance.

If you go:

What: Arcata City Council meeting

Where: City Council chamber, 736 F St.

When: 6 p.m. today

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