A Proposal to Increase Parking in Downtown Hilo
Submitted by: Rey Mishina Date: 11/8/11
Display Name: Rey
Tagged: Parking, Downtown revitalization, Transportation
Description: This is a picture of the Bayfront Parking Lot adjacent to the Mo‘oheau Bus Depot. Approximately 17 more parking stalls can be created without building a new parking lot if 1) the existing curb is set back approximately 7-9 feet and 2) the stalls are restriped from angled to perpendicular. Depending on the width needed, several trees may need to be relocated. If the community shows support for this idea, we would like to take another step so this ideas can move forward – please ‘like’ it now!
If the intent of our community is truly to “save” Downtown Hilo, then the addition of adequate parking will help to increase sales for vendors in the area. Additionally, as sales in the area increases, then hopefully, property owners will be encouraged to improve their properties so that they can benefit from increased sales in the area. A side benefit of increased parking at the existing Bayfront lot would be better utilization of an existing area that already has infrastructure in place. This should slow urban sprawl.
This initial step advocated here can be seen as confidence builders with the community and the County government. If supported, the concepts could be implemented in a relatively short period of time and are lower in cost than a new lot, because the County already owns the properties identified and the installation costs are relatively low when compared with the costs of constructing a new parking facility.
There are currently approximately 1,000+- public parking stalls (on street/public parking lots) in Downtown Hilo. Back in 1994, approximately 918 parking meters were removed to keep Downtown competitive with the shopping malls. As we strive for a livable and healthy community, new parking facilities for Downtown Hilo are best developed along the edge of Downtown Hilo to ensure a pedestrian friendly, walkable, and safe environment.
The boundaries of Downtown Hilo are Ponahawai St, Kapi‘olani Street, Wailuku Drive, and Hilo Bayfront. See Downtown map.
What other features would enhance this parking lot?
How do we plan for future parking needs that balance economic vitality with pedestrian and bicycle safety, reduce car traffic, and encourage alternate forms of transportation?
Where along the edge of Downtown are other ideal future locations for environmental-friendly parking lots?
How do we encourage people to park a little further and walk?
Any and all comments would be welcomed as additions to the discussion.