City Inks 2nd Shared Public Parking Agreement

By Stephen Siegel
Falls Church Times Staff
December 23, 2013

One of the long-term issues on the minds of many City residents has been the lack of public parking facilities – and the need to build one – to serve the central business district on Broad Street.

That’s easier said than done, of course, because the cost of building such a parking structure is prohibitive.

But for the second time this year, city officials have come up with a creative alternative — and this one is at no cost, at least for now.

The new agreement allows residents and shoppers to use level two of the Kaiser Permanente garage at 201 N. Washington St. for free at certain times. Those times are Friday evenings from 6 pm to 3 am; Saturday from 7 am to 3 am; and Sunday 8 am to 11 pm.

A number of holidays also are included in the deal, including the upcoming New Year’s Eve (6 pm to 3 am) and next May’s Memorial Day (7 am to 11 pm).

Officials remind those who plan to use the garage that it is not open 24 hours, and anyone wishing to retrieve a vehicle must do so by the time it closes.

Falls Church City police will patrol the garage during the public use hours.

Earlier this year, officials also set up an agreement with Atlantic Realty, owner of George Mason Square, to allow public parking in the garage at 103 W. Broad. Free two-hour public parking is available weeknights, weekends, and federal holidays on the ground level of this garage.

The specific times are Monday through Friday, 6 pm to 4 am; Saturday and Sunday all day; and Federal holidays all day.

That one wasn’t no cost to the city; it was part of a complex transaction involving a variety of land swaps, so it is difficult to determine the actual cost.

The initial agreement with Kaiser will run for six months and be re-evaluated at that time.

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December 23, 2013 

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One Response to “City Inks 2nd Shared Public Parking Agreement”

  1. Brian Williams (Falls Church City / EDA Member) on December 24th, 2013 9:07 am

    Kudos to the city council members, city staff, and leadership at Kaiser who all worked hard to make this deal happen. It’s a great example of pragmatic thinking and proactive efforts to improve our city, leveraging very logical public-private cooperation. I hope the agreement lasts for many years.

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