Downtown Ypsilanti commuters to start paying to park in Washington Street lot by the end of the year
Ypsilanti residents will likely be paying to park in the downtown Washington Street Lot by the end of the year.
At its Tuesday night meeting, City Council approved the purchase of meters and equipment required to start charging for spaces. The cost is just more than $21,000, which officials say will be recovered from parking revenues over the next year.
Council had previously approved a Washington Street parking plan in August to start charging for the lot.
Part of the cost is offset by $7,800 in revenue generated from the city leasing 11 spots to the AATA for park and ride services at the adjacent Blake Transit Center. The city also is receiving $17,000 from Eastern Michigan University for use of four spots next to the College of Business.
The Washington Street Lot will 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 annual 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 10 hours during weekdays. City Planner Teresa Gillotti said someone would have to pay $5 in quarters if they wanted to stay the whole day, though she said it was likely most people who regularly need an entire day in downtown Ypsilanti would purchase a pass.
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.