The Almond Avenue lot (C) will be used during daytime hours only because it is adjacent to residences. The Grand Street (A) and West Civic Center (B) lots will be used at night. The Almond lot can host about 45 cars; West Civic Center, 50 cars; and Grand Street, 45 cars. City staff selected these lots for the pilot program because they are underused during peak hours, and valet traffic circulation would have the least impact on residents and businesses.
In an attempt to alleviate parking problems in Old Towne Orange, the city will launch an experimental valet service this month.
The city has approximately 1,490 parking spaces in public lots and on-street spaces in Old Towne. Studies have shown that during peak hours (lunch, evening), retailers and restaurants lose business because customers can’t find a parking spot. The city convened a group of merchants, property owners and other stakeholders to address the issue and identify solutions.
Among the options considered were building an additional parking structure, increasing enforcement of parking limits and metered or paid parking. A valet program was determined to be the best short-term option.
Under the city-sponsored plan, valet drop-off and pick-up will be located in front of the Community Services building at 230 E. Chapman Avenue. Valets will park the cars in three city lots determined to be “underused.” The goal is not to reduce available public parking in congested lots, but to “spread it out” to those further from the immediate downtown area.
During the pilot program, valet service will operate seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Those hours and days may change, based on actual usage experienced over the three-month trial period.
The city has contracted with AmeriPark LLC, for a monthly cost of $19,440. It is anticipated that the contract cost will be offset by the expected $6 charge per vehicle. If the program does not pay for itself, it may be discontinued.
Valet parking to be tested in Old Towne