- Kelsey Hawes
- P is for parking—and price increases.
While the head-spinning pace of construction in downtown Boise continues, city planners are just as busy making changes to downtown parking options.
Last month, a study from Michigan-based Carl Walker, Inc. confirmed Boise will face "dramatic growth in parking demand" during the next five years, and there is a "greater sense of urgency related to crafting a new strategic plan." The study reflects an anticipated deficit of 458 parking spaces by 2017, compared to 2014 surplus of 864 spaces.
The City of Boise has since approved a "tiered" pricing scheme, designed to increase rates at meters in the downtown core with Boise City Hall at its center.
On Monday, Feb. 8, the Capital City Development Corporation is expected to set a public hearing for a plan to convert up to 400 hourly parking spaces in four downtown garages into monthly use. According to CCDC, 2,567 parking garage spaces are at 65 percent occupation during peak demand time (around lunchtime), which means about 900 spaces sit vacant. However, more than 200 people are on a waiting list for a monthly parking space in a CCDC garage. Of the 400 spaces CCDC wants to convert, the breakout is as follows: 25 spaces at the Boulevard garage; 75 spaces at the Capitol Terrace garage; 200 spaces at the City Centre garage; and 100 spaces at the Myrtle Street garage.