LAKELAND ENTERS PUBLIC/PRIVATE AGREEMENT FOR ADDITIONAL PARKING IN DOWNTOWN
LAKELAND, FL (April 29, 2016) - The City of Lakeland has reached an agreement with Trinity Presbyterian Church located at 301 North Florida Avenue to utilize 60 paid parking spaces in the lot that faces Tennessee Avenue through a public/private solution to increase parking spots in downtown Lakeland. The City Commission is scheduled to vote on the agreement on May 2nd. Once approved, the 60 parking spaces will be available to the general public starting May 9th.
The Church will provide 60 parking spaces that the general public can use at the rate of $1/hour. The City of Lakeland will provide enforcement, accounting, administration and a payment solution through the Park Mobile app available on all mobile platforms and through http://us.parkmobile.com. Paid parking for the general public will be available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Parking will be FREE on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.
City Manager Tony Delgado said, “This is a great solution to increase the parking space inventory in downtown Lakeland. It would cost taxpayers over $1 million to build a parking facility for 60 plus spaces.” He added, “This public/private partnership is a much cheaper alternative so it is a win-win for both parties.”
Frank McCaulley, Director of Operations, Trinity Presbyterian Church said, “We have seen the demand for parking downtown grow remarkably without even reaching its peak. Partnering with the City of Lakeland allows us to use our parking and bless our neighbors with it. Our vision is “A City Transformed” and this partnership with the City is a step toward that vision. We are thankful for the City’s lead in managing the parking inventory for the benefit of all.”
The total upfront cost for the City of Lakeland is about $150 and the cost of enforcement is approximately $20 per day according to Angelo Rao, Manager of Traffic Operations for the City of Lakeland. Rao said, “We have been exploring various alternatives to add more parking to the downtown area because businesses and patrons have expressed their concerns. This option creates much needed general public parking spaces at little or no cost to the City of Lakeland and Trinity Presbyterian Church benefits because of the 50/50 agreed upon split of the collected parking fees.”