Downtown has an excess of parking spaces: in garages, surface lots, and on the street, parking downtown is no problem at all. Yet some building owners seem to think each building needs it’s own dedicated parking. This is what’s done in suburbia, each building placed in the center of the property.
On Monday the Preservation Board will consider a request by the owner to raze the building at 1105-09 Olive Street for parking. The 4pm meeting is held at 1520 Market St #2000. I emailed my objections to the Director of Cultural Resources Betsy Bruce, 7th Ward Alderwoman Phyllis Young, and Partnership for Downtown St. Louis President Maggie Campbell days ago.
We need an immediate moratorium on surface parking to protect downtown’s future. Nobody ever planned a convention or family vacation based on the amount of cheap surface parking. That’s also not a factor in deciding to live downtown. Companies that’ve relocated from the suburbs to downtown have done so because of the vibe, the places to walk to.
– Steve Patterson
UPDATE: 11/27/2012 8:30am: I saw postings on social media last night that the Preservation Board denied the preliminary request for demolition. We still need to pressure leaders to get a moratorium.