City of Ypsilanti to install meters, charge for parking in Washington Street lot
Downtown Ypsilanti visitors will soon have to start paying for parking in the Washington Street parking lot.
City Planner Teresa Gillotti presented preliminary lot plan to City Council last week. If the plan, or one similar, is approved at a future council meeting, then visitors will be paying 50 cents an hour by the end of the year.
The lot holds 163 total spaces and abuts the Ypsilanti Transit Center. It's partly utilized by Ann Arbor Transit Authority bus riders as a park and ride lot, and the city and AATA are working on an agreement under which the city would "lease" 11 spots to the AATA.
Those spaces could generate up to $5 per day if the meters were in, which would equate to revenue of $15,675 for the city annually. The city is requesting $7,800 annually from the AATA to use the spots.
Under the proposed plan, the lot would also have 30 spaces designated for people with residential and employee permits, which cost $75 every three months and could provide the city with a maximum of $6,750 in revenue. Right now 25 people hold passes, though that number could grow as several downtown loft projects are completed.
The lot's remaining 122 spaces would be metered for ten hours during weekdays.
Installation costs are estimated at $35,000, of which the city already has $17,000 set aside in a Washington Street lot fund.
The city recently entered into a five-year lease at $1 annually with EMU to take over 72 spots the university previously owned. In return, the city removed four parking meters from the southwest corner of Adams and Pearl Streets so the AATA bus can drop off students directly in front of the College of Business. EMU also gave the city $17,000 to to use the spots.
Students who commute to the College of Business have been parking in the Washington Street Lot for free and walking a block to class instead of paying a $75 fee to park in the business school's parking structure.
Prior to taking over the entire lot, the city regularly received complaints from people whose cars were “parked in” by other cars, as well as complaints about faded striping, litter and broken glass.
The lots on North and South Huron streets will remain free for two hours. Visitors can also find free parking off Michigan Avenue behind Materials Unlimited and will soon be able to find free parking on Ferris Street. Gillotti said the city's parking plan remains flexible.
"This is the first time we done this with this many spaces so if we have to make changes then we will," she said.