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Short Parking Stories

May 18, 2019

Next Realty Acquires Washington D.C. Parking Garage


An affiliate of Next Realty, LLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of the transient parking portion of the Metropole Condominium Garage located at 1515 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C. The purchase price for Metropole Condominium Garage was not disclosed.


The property is located below The Metropole Condominium Complex. The dynamic, mixed-use project containing 90 luxury condos also includes a parking component that is deeded to owners of units in the complex. 


The Metropole was developed in 2008 and features modern loft-style units, private terraces and fireplaces. Additional amenities of the development include VIDA Fitness and Bang Salon, TD Bank, Blue Bottle Coffee and SweetGreen Restaurant. 


“The property benefits from a prime location in one of the premier neighborhoods of Washington D.C. It is uniquely positioned as one of the only transient parking garages near the 14th Street Corridor. As the area continues to densify, the property should continue to be highly desirable,” says Michael Nichols, President, Next Parking.


The 14th Street Corridor is known as one of Washington D.C.’s most desirable neighborhoods, featuring unique single-family and multi-family residences, as well as a high concentration of destination restaurants and nightlife including Le Diplomat, Hanks Oyster Bar and Barcelona Wine Bar, among numerous others. 


“Next Realty has operated in the Washington, D.C. area for 20 years and we are excited for this addition to our portfolio., says Eteri Zaslavsky, Managing Director, Next Realty.


The acquisition was financed by Wintrust Bank. 


 


San Diego International Airport Strikes Parksmart Gold


As part of its successful pursuit of Parksmart Gold certification, the San Diego Regional Airport Authority worked with the design team for the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza to integrate design elements that not only promoted sustainable parking, but also elevated the user experience for travelers. 


The Plaza’s innovative features include expansive lightwells that bring natural light into the structure’s large footprint and state-of-the-art parking guidance and revenue control systems that elevate the user experience while decreasing emissions. EV charging stations, preferred parking for clean air vehicles and easy access to bicycle lockers, a bike sharing station and bus stops also rewards those who take steps of their own to protect the environment. 


Signage in the facility outlines many of the facility’s sustainable features, including its stormwater system, which is capable of harvesting up to 2,000,000 gallons of stormwater annually. 


Watry Design, Inc. managed the Parking Plaza’s successful pursuit of Parksmart Gold. To see the views and find out more about the project, visit watrydesign.com.


 


SKIDATA Announces Successful Deployment of ParkMobile Integration for City of Minneapolis.


Longtime, anchor customer – City of Minneapolis, along with operator ABM, have recently provided the power of mobile payment for their thousands of daily parkers and visitors. SKIDATA deployed the MPLS Parking app powered by ParkMobile to provide this convenience for both the parker and the city at 11 of the 16 municipal garages installed by SKIDATA.


Dan Stublaski, Senior Manager, Midwest – SKIDATA, shared additional insight into this process, “The ParkMobile interface provides a best in breed experience by allowing the customer to scan their parking ticket with their ParkMobile app at any time prior to leaving the garage. The payment is applied once they insert their ticket at the exit thus allowing for faster throughput.”


Dan continued, “The City of Minneapolis and ABM are continually looking to improve the customer experience and reduce friction in the parking transaction. Our patented cloud-based validation solution, sweb.Validate, provides a better experience for both the operator and the end user.”


The City of Minneapolis has been a SKIDATA customer for over 15 years and has grown the scope and functionality of their massive parking operation to over 200 lanes of equipment at 16 parking garages. Operated by ABM, the parking system has gone through recent upgrades and is in the process of increasing their modern functionality with the SKIDATA web-based tools – sweb services.


 


City of Pasadena Selects TIBA Parking Systems


TIBA Parking Systems has been selected by the City of Pasadena to be their long-term parking technology partner. Through this partnership, TIBA will create and install a comprehensive parking technology package to manage parking for 58+ lanes in eight of Pasadena’s city owned public garages.


TIBA Parking, one of the leading providers of parking access control systems throughout the U.S., will replace the existing antiquated hardware and software in the City of Pasadena’s facilities with the latest technologies in the PARCS industry, including frictionless access options, mobile payment choices, license plate recognition, EMV integration for debit/credit cards, and innovative E-Validation solutions. 


The spectrum of services which TIBA Parking Systems will provide the City of Pasadena includes:


 


• Exclusive multi-year contract for the City of Pasadena’s owned facilities, including support and maintenance


• A scalable solution that can be easily expanded to meet future technologies


• Integration with the city parking facilities one to one platform for better management control and auditing


• Installation of a control center for all facilities


• Camera technology in devices and lanes to enhance the visitor’s experience


• Expedited entry and egress via a license plate as the primary access credential


• A trial version of TIBA Parking System’s ParkBlue solution to allow access via BlueTooth (BLE)


Installation of the City of Pasadena’s Parking Access and Control System will commence in 2019.



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