The DDA & Parking – Projects & Impacts
4th & William Stair Elevator Update
In 2017, the DDA updated the stair elevator in the Fourth and William structure. The Fourth and William structure is the largest public parking structure. The elevators were over 30 years old and needed to be replaced to meet the needs of downtown residents, shoppers, visitors and employees. Since this structure is in use every day, an important project goal was to utilize a phased construction plan that allowed patrons to continue to use the structure even as elevator and stair replacements took place. Spence Brothers was selected as the contractor for the project. They provided weekly project updates so that neighbors and parkers knew what to expect. Throughout the project the parking structure remained open to both hourly and monthly parkers. Work was complete in the summer of 2017.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
In 2012, the DDA installed 18 public electric vehicle charging stations at six locations in downtown Ann Arbor. To find charging stations and check real-time availability, visit the DDA EV Web Portal.
Fourth and William Parking Structure Addition
In 2005, Ann Arbor City Council voted to approve the “Resolution Requesting Preparation of Requests for Proposals for the Redevelopment of City Owned Properties” and in this resolution authorized the Downtown Development Authority to “immediately take the necessary action to construct an additional floor of public parking at the Fourth & William garage as soon as possible.”
The DDA’s project created approximately 140 new public parking spaces, and added a new interior speed ramp which has done a great deal to ease traffic congestion in the structure by making it easier for patrons to utilize the Fourth Avenue exit.
Library Lane Parking Structure
The 2006 Downtown Development Strategies Report prepared by Calthorpe Associates set forward a community vision for the central core area that called for strengthening the connections between the four commercial areas by redeveloping the library parking lot, including an underground parking structure. In support of this vision, the Library Lane Parking Structure was designed so that one day it could support a future public plaza and a large building. In addition to adding 711 underground parking spaces, the project included the installation of three large new water mains, enhanced electrical infrastructure, a new service alley, a new street connecting Fifth to Division (Library Lane), and extensive pedestrian improvements.
Parking Vacancy Signs
In 2007 the DDA Board voted to install new parking vacancy signs onto 6 downtown parking structures. These double-sided signs communicate to patrons how many parking spaces remain available within the facility, thus helping patrons to more easily locate a place to park. The signs also help overcome a common misperception that there aren’t enough parking spaces downtown.