Valleca said that the lot only has room for 12 underground spaces, nearly 50% less than required. In response to a board member's question, he said that test drilling hit water at a depth insufficient to allow a 2nd underground parking level. Given the mix of neighboring institutions as workplaces, he reasoned that the building would have great appeal for people who had no need for cars. He added that bicycle spaces – 4 bikes per car space -- could make up for some of the shortfall.
During the public comment session, several people said the idea of more residential units in the Jewelry District was welcome. But a number of property owners and residents were concerned about adding to what they say is an acute lack of overnight and weekend parking. Nearly half the acreage in the Jewelry District – 38 acres - is given over to surface parking, but many lots get chained at night and on weekends – they are simply too small to operate economically as public lots.
Chairman Myrth York said that it seemed clear that while there was clearly an issue, it was resolvable. She asked that the developers investigate possibilities in the area for additional spaces and re-present at the next meeting of the board on July 10th.