City Awards New Parking Contract
Annapolis, MD (3-1-12) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announces that Towne Park has been awarded the City’s municipal parking facilities contract. This broad-based contract covers management of the City’s Knighton, Gotts and Hillman parking garages and two parking lots. Towne Park has a separate contract with the City for Park Place garage. The seven year contract to operate the garages and lots goes into effect today.
“I am thrilled that for the first time in 15 years, Annapolis is overhauling our parking management contract,” Mayor Cohen said. “I am equally thrilled that Annapolis’ own local success story, Towne Park, will once again be our partner. This contract will be a major step forward in improving mobility in our city. It builds upon our recent successes in converting the bus system to an arterial system, launching the free Circulator Trolley in the Central Business District, and instituting a market pricing strategy for our garages.”
The annual expense budget of $1.3 million covers all garage-related operating expenses such as payroll, supplies, business expenses and a $5,000 monthly management fee. In addition, the budget includes the lease of more than $900,000 of parking equipment upgrades and $300,000 of parking facility upgrades, including public restrooms at the Hillman garage.
“We focused on the need to upgrade services and produce a high level of performance which, in turn, will help the bottom line,” City Manager Mike Mallinoff said. “Not only will customers benefit from the enhanced service like credit card readers, better signage and restroom facilities, but taxpayers will benefit from the cost savings and increased revenues.”
Representatives from the City, Towne Park and the City’s current parking manager, Park America, have been meeting to create a smooth transition.
“Our initial interaction with the Towne Park team leaves me extremely optimistic that we will experience a significant number of efficiencies in our garages,” Transportation Director Richard Newell said.
The City issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) in August of 2011. Ten companies responded.