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Parking rates take a hike


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June 12, 2014
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Municipal parking rates are going up for the first time in at least 10 years.

Short-term meter rates, which hadn't changed in 20 years, are doubled.

Long-term lot rates — three hours or more —go down. They'd been unchanged for a decade.

Higher rates

Rates for meters on Kercheval and Mack in Grosse Pointe Farms, which cost 25 cents per half hour, become 50 cents for the same timeframe.

Also, one-hour parking at the same meters doubles from 50 cents to $1.

In municipal lots, rates double for the first three hours of parking, yet decline thereafter compared with current pricing.

Rates in lots become 50 cents for up to one hour, $1 up to two hours and $1.50 for three hours.

Rates thereafter are:

$3 for four hours,

$4 for five hours,

$5 for 6 hours and

$6 for up to 10 hours.

New lot rates mean parking from four to 10 hours is $1 to $2 less than before.

"Revenue from these sources, especially in the municipal lots, has declined over the past several years," said John Lamerato, Farms controller.

He attributed less parking demand on the Hill to a reduction in businesses that operate mainly during normal daytime hours.

"Occupancy on the Hill (changed) from nine-to-five business-hour establishments to more restaurants and nighttime establishments," Lamerato said.

Longer hours

Hours of operation for meters and lots are extended into evenings.

Meters on Kercheval, which operated from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., now are enforced from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The same with meters and lots on Mack.

Hours of the Hill lot, which operated from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., are lengthened to 10 p.m.

"These changes will generate approximately an additional $30,000 a year in revenue, which will better cover the costs of maintaining parking facilities," Lamerato said.

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