The Parking Authority is often involved in a number of collaborative improvement initiatives and development projects in Norwalk. Current projects include:
Issues around parking in Norwalk have been rising to the surface. The Mayor, the Redevelopment Agency and the Parking Authority are being approached by local businesses and residents requesting assistance to accommodate increasing demand for parking. It has become clear that these requests can no longer be handled singularly, but must be considered in the context of an overall parking capacity plan for the City.
The Parking Authority, along with representatives from the Mayor’s Office, the Redevelopment Agency, the Library and the SoNo and Wall Street Task Forces, will commission an in-depth parking capacity study and strategic parking plan. The study will involve a comprehensive inventory of Norwalk’s current public and private parking stock, as well as analysis of future parking needs, including a recommendation on the potential need for capital investment in additional surface or structured parking.
The goal of the study is the development of a citywide strategic parking plan to provide the City and the Parking Authority with a framework that helps articulate and clarify a vision and approach for parking in Norwalk. The aim is to come out of the planning process with a plan that will serve to align policy-makers, city staff, residents, business and property owners so that parking goals outlined in the plan are shared and reflect a common vision for the city as a whole. The plan will explore innovative strategies and parking values from a variety of users’ perspectives so that the implementation tools outlined in the plan can be used by all stakeholders to achieve the best parking plan possible. It is our intent that the study and resulting plan will be used to inform the Planning of Conservation and Development process.
As part of the ‘Art in Parking Places Program’, The Parking Authority received funding to create an illuminated art installation on the façade of the Yankee Doodle Parking Garage. The Garage, located in the Wall Street District, overlooks the Norwalk River. This installation, planned for spring/summer 2017, will be located on the outside wall where the entrance of the garage is facing the corner of River Street and Burnell Boulevard. The project is expected to transform the Yankee Doodle Garage into an artistic centerpiece in the Wall Street area as well as provide security and wayfinding through its unique lighting design.
The Main/High Street Parking Lot is slated for redevelopment as part of the project, called Head of the Harbor North. This will create a mixed-use development that combines new construction and historic restoration to include housing, restaurants, retail establishments and office space. The project will preserve the existing 91 public parking spaces, but will require temporary alternative parking plan during the construction. See below for public meeting notes and updates.