Public can comment tonight on parking overhaul

The city of Indianapolis, whose effort to overhaul public parking could result in high-tech meters, extended hours and increased parking rates in Downtown and Broad Ripple, brings seven plans before the public tonight.
Officials are interested in finding someone to oversee about 24,000 public parking spaces at meters, garages and lots under a long-term contract. Those spots are owned by the city and other public entities but are mostly privately run by a hodgepodge of operators.

The goal in bundling them under one manager is to wring more money from the assets -- through operating efficiencies, new meters and potentially higher rates -- and channel the extra revenue toward much-needed improvements to streets, sidewalks and curbs in Downtown and Broad Ripple, where the parking spots are located.

Sixteen offers were made to operate the city's parking lots, metered spaces, garages and similar assets, said city spokeswoman Jessica Higdon in a news release.

The seven selected proposals are as follows: ACS Denison Global Parking, Evens Time and Sease Gerig & Associates; Gates Group, Serco and Imperial Parking; Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.U.; Central Parking System, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co. and Duncan Parking; Lanier Parking Solutions; P4 Partners, Aurora Capital Group and LAZ Parking; and Standard Parking, T2 Systems.

The first meeting will be Downtown from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Indianapolis Public Schools Center for Inquiry, 725 N. New Jersey St.

Indianapolis oversees more than 15,000 parking spaces and hopes this effort will incorporate thousands of other spaces including other governmental entities' parking lots throughout the area.

Included in this request are three Capital Improvement Board surface lots and one parking garage, one City of Indianapolis parking garage and all metered street spaces. In addition, the proposal asks for responses for the state government's Downtown parking garages, four garages affiliated with Simon Property Group and the parking to be created at the new Wishard Memorial Hospital.
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