Friday, May 3, 2013
A consultant explained to Port Washington downtown business and property owners how parking can affect the economic development of the area.
Jason Schrieber of Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates told dozens of merchants and property owners at a meeting that parking is about access to stores and entertainment, reported the Ozaukee Press. Schrieber said signs throughout the area that proclaimed no parking, two-hour parking and loading zones are elements that can hurt a downtown's economic development, reported the Ozaukee Press. He gave a number of examples of parking myths, such as each business needing to have their own parking, time limits are needed for customer turnover and more. Port Washington Main Street has proposed a redesign of the parking lot behind Duluth Trading. The Common Council approved a study to be done by Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Port Washington Main Street is working with a Boston-based company on the parking study, and a public hearing will be held next Tuesday as part of the process.
Parking in downtown Port Washington has popped up in several discussions in the past few months, considering ongoing developments and changes in the city's landscape. Port Washington Main Street has proposed a redesign of the parking lot behind Duluth Trading (PDF attached), and the Common Council approved a study to be done by Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission of Port's parking needs this fall — at no cost to the city. Next week, Nelson/Nygaard of Boston — a nationally recognized parking consultant, according to a Main Street flier — will be in the city to analyze Port's parking situation. The group will conduct a "series of focus groups, tours and individual visits within the downtown," Main Street Executive Director …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Design plans for an overhaul of the parking lot behind the 100 block of Franklin Street in Port Washington's downtown will be introduced in early April.
Design plans for an overhaul of the parking lot behind the 100 block of Franklin Street in Port Washington's downtown will be introduced in early April. The Main Street Design Committee will present the plans during a meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 8 at the Blue Heron Artisan Gallery, 102 E. Pier St., according to an Ozaukee Press article. Though the lot will have about the same number of parking spots after the redesign — about 60 — the traffic flow will change. The design also includes landscaping, but with plants low enough that water views are not impeded, the article said. The plans will require approval by city committees as well as the Common Council.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Port Washington officials have approved a parking survey set to be complete this year by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.
After suggesting the idea last fall, Port Washington officials have finally received the green light to perform a study of the city's downtown parking situation. Officials brought up the idea of approaching the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to do a parking survey in the downtown area in September, and the city's request was answered this month. SEWRPC — an planning agency for seven counties, including Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha — is funded by tax levies at those county levels as well as federal and state aids, according to its website. The council approved the survey to be performed at no cost to the city on Wednesday. Mayor Tom Mlada said approval of the survey comes at a …
Monday, February 11, 2013
In discussing whether to approve a special permit needed to move forward with renovation plans for the former M&I buildings in downtown Port Washington, some officials raise concerns about parking needed for such developments.
A debate surrounding the planned height of the former M&I buildings as part of its renovations quickly turned to lower ground as several aldermen raised concerns about parking issues the addition could create. The council approved the special permit on Tuesday allowing developer Gertjan van den Broek to move forward with plans for the buildings at 122 N. Franklin St. — the property will reach 48 feet in height at its tallest point and city code only allows buildings to be 35 feet in height. That approval, however, came after a lengthy debate over whether the council was putting the cart before the horse by granting the permit. The height allows the developer to build its planned 18 condos, as well as retail space on the first floor, with a…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Gasoline tanks that are still buried below the M&I Bank drive-thru that city officials planned to assume as city land for a parking lot may pose environmental issues, causing the city to think twice.
A tenative deal between the city and business owner Daniel Ewig — who's currently renovating the former Lueptow furniture buildings — is now costing the city up to $4,100 as officials work to determine whether the property is environmentally safe. The Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday night approved the hiring of Konicek Environmental to conduct soil and groundwater samplings on the site of the M&I Bank drive-thru that was planned to be turned into a city-owned parking lot. The property, the M&I Bank drive-thru site, was planned to become the city's through a swap that gave Ewig's building access to a parking lot directly behind the new Boerner Mercantile Building, according to an Ozaukee Press article. The site used to be home to …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
City officials are discussing adding some no parking signs to a portion of the road nearest to the Ozaukee Interurban Trail for safety reasons; Community garden organizers looking for volunteers as the construction continues.
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Concerned for the safety of Ozaukee Interurban Trail users and hoping to avoid congestion along Hales Trail because of the opening community garden, Port Washington officials are considering an ordinance that would ban parking along a portion of the street. The recommendation to ban parking comes from the Port Washington Police Department, and would eliminate parking on Hales Trail where it meets with Pierron Street until about 90 feet east of the intersection with Kaiser Drive. The Port Washington Common Council discussed the ordinance at it's Tuesday night meeting. It will require a second read before being approved. The garden site is along the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, just a short walk in from Hales Trail. It has room for about 60 …