Advisory Parking Committee Agendas & Minutes
Parking Lot #6
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR WEDESDAY MARCH 7, 2018, AT 7:30 AM
ROOM 205, MUNICIPAL BUILDING
(PLEASE ENTER FROM THE PIERCE ST. (POLICE DEPT.) SIDE OF THE BUILDING)
The municipal parking lot located between 588 and 600 N. Old Woodward Ave., on the north end of the business district, is in need of maintenance. The asphalt is nearing the end of its service life, and needs to be resurfaced. Funds have been budgeted for this work in the coming construction season (2019).
The Advisory Parking Committee has been presented with three options for how to handle this project. There is an ongoing concern relative to the lack of public parking in this area, and there is an opportunity to address that issue to varying extents.
The first option is to basically resurface the lot in its present form, and add a small amount of landscaping to provide screening along the east side. The second option would expand the size of the lot slightly to the east, allowing the addition of 14 parking spaces, as well as the same landscaping improvements suggested in Option 1. The final option would expand the lot further to the east, allowing the addition of 34 parking spaces. Since the expansion would have more impact on the existing natural area to the east, this option includes significantly more environmental improvements as well, as described in detail below. Download an image of all three options here.
OPTION 1 – RESURFACE EXISTING LOT
The attached plan shows the areas of the lot that have not been repaved in almost 20 years. (The remainder of the area was repaved last year as a part of an Oakland County sewer relocation project.) It is envisioned that the top two inches of asphalt would be removed and replaced, with other various base repair work as needed. In order to enhance the area, some arborvitae are proposed to be installed along the east edge of the lot, between the existing mature evergreen trees. Such a project would give the entire lot a new fresh look, but would do nothing to enhance its capacity or storm water quality. The engineer’s estimate for this work, including a contingency, is $242,000.
OPTION 2 – PROVIDE MINOR EXPANSION TO EAST, AND RESURFACE EXISTING LOT
The attached plan depicts the small 4 foot wide expansion to the east that was discussed last month. The expansion would attempt to save the existing evergreen trees to the east, as well as supplement them with new arborvitae, as in Option 1. The curb relocation would allow for an increase in capacity by 14 parking spaces, or an expansion of 10%. Such a project would give the entire lot a new fresh look. It would do nothing to enhance its storm water quality. The engineer’s estimate, including a contingency, is almost $290,000.
OPTION 3 – PROVIDE GREATER EXPANSION TO THE EAST, PROVIDE STORM WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS, AND RESURFACE EXISTING LOT
The attached third plan has proposed the removal of the existing remaining evergreen trees, and depicts a 20 foot expansion to the east, thereby accommodating an expansion of 34 parking spaces. To improve upon the aesthetics and storm water quality of the lot, a bioswale has been proposed behind the east curb edge. The bioswale would be enhanced with plantings that would work as a filter to stop pollutants coming off the lot before they enter the river. The new curb would have several openings to allow storm water to flow into the bioswale. In the lowest area, at the southeast corner, the existing concrete spillway would be removed in favor of a stone lined sedimentation basin. The basin would allow all of the storm water to flow very slowly into the river, allowing pollutants and sediment to drop out of the water before entering the river. Given the close proximity to the river, and the work within the floodplain, the design would have to be approved by the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The total cost of this option, including contingency, is estimated at almost $500,000. If the City chooses to pursue this direction, an application for a grant to cover a portion of the environmental improvement costs could also be sought.For meeting agendas and minutes prior to 2014, please contact the Engineering Department at 248.530.1840.