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Will the garage demolition close access to City buildings and if so, for how long?
No, it will not close access to City Hall or 145 Gorman. However, the walkway behind the garage between City Hall and Gorman buildings will be closed. The lower level door to City Hall will be closed as well. The front and side doors of City Hall will be accessible.
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You will be provided free employee parking at the Park Place garage at West Street and Taylor Avenue. The address is 1 Park Place, Annapolis, MD. A free shuttle service will be provided by the Annapolis Department of Transportation (ADOT) from Park Place to City Hall and to Gorman Street from Main Street. The shuttle is easily recognizable as it is bright pink (magenta) in color.
Employees can park wherever they like. The only free parking garage for employees is in the garage at Park Place. We discourage employees from parking on downtown neighborhood streets, which will require payment via ParkMobile and will be limited to two hours.
City employees may park on any level, however, P-3 has the most parking spaces including near the elevators and is highly recommended for employee parking. There are signs outside of and in the garage that will guide employees into the garage and to the lowest level (P-3). For electric vehicles, there are 3 charging stations with 2 plugs per station on P-1 level near the Plaza elevator. There are bike racks available as well, in the garage, near the electric car charging stations. We will have ambassadors to assist with employee parking the first few days that we relocate to Park Place garage.
You will enter the garage from the Taylor Avenue entrance which is the main entrance to the garage or you may enter from West Street near the Park Deli Sandwich Shop/Miss Shirley’s restaurants. You will be provided a new garage pass for Park Place garage which gives you 24/7 access. Human Resources will be distributing parking passes to each department/division to hand out to their employees. You will be required to turn in your Hillman Garage pass.
Yes, there are working elevators in the garage that are marked. The garage on the P-3 level that takes you to the lobby for shuttle pick-up has bright orange markings.
There will be a well-marked location for pickups and drop-offs at Park Place garage. You should take the Park elevators to the tower lobby which provides climate-controlled waiting area for the shuttle that will arrive just outside the door for pick up. Once on the Park elevator, press L for Lobby to get you to the climate-controlled waiting area with the clear visibility of the arriving shuttle.
Yes, shuttles will transport City employees to the front of City Hall and to the corner of Main and Gorman Streets near the CVS store.
Free Downtown Shuttle Hours (focus on city employees during peak periods – two buses will be operating)
Normal Operating Hours (one bus will be operating)
ADOT buses will be providing the transportation service and they are equipped to assist riders with mobility issues.
The main gathering spots in front of City Hall and near the corner of Main and Gorman Streets (closer to front of CVS and also in front of Jimmy John’s) will have benches for employees to use while waiting for the shuttle. We will ensure there are benches at Park Place elevator lobby where employees will wait for the shuttle.
Shuttle service will continue throughout the day at a reduced schedule; however, we are making arrangements to allow employees who regularly come and go to the office during the day to park in a limited location downtown. Employees who drive City vehicles will drive their personal vehicles to the Park Place garage to pick up their parked City vehicles and will be able to park them in spaces designated near the Harbormaster Office for daytime use.
Teleworking will remain at the discretion of the department head in accordance with the City’s policy that was reissued on April 12, 2022.
Gorman St will be available only for construction traffic.
City business will continue through the entire construction period. The demolition period is expected to take six weeks and the construction phase is expected to be complete prior to Commissioning Week in June of 2023. The working hours for the construction crews is expected to be 7 am until 4 pm. The garage will not be demolished using a wrecking ball or an implosion method.
No, there is no other set aside location for employees to work. If you need to conduct meetings outside of the downtown area you may arrange for meeting space with the other departments located outside of the downtown area as you would have in the past.
City employees (including those who don’t work downtown), vendors and independent contractors will park at Park Place and use Free Downtown Shuttle to get downtown. We will be able to provide access passes to exit the Park Place garage just as we were able to do for Hillman Garage. All City and business customers for the downtown area may park in Gotts Garage or Knighton Garage (at their own expense if they do not wish to park at Park Place), and ride the Free Downtown Shuttle or walk downtown.
The Free Downtown Shuttle and the Green Line bus will operate throughout the day to transport employees to the schedule provided. In addition, with the assistance of an app that can be added to your phone, there is a van service that operates much like an Uber to pick patrons up and take them from point A to point B for just $2.00. The service, known as VIA, may pick up more than one person based on the demand. The service hours are noon until 8 pm. Beginning May 17th they will operate three vehicles during those hours from their fleet of four vehicles.
It is not anticipated that this will add a significant amount of time to the workday with the frequency of the shuttle runs and the location of the stops near the downtown buildings. Should this be the case we can revisit this concern in the future.
Some departments have pool cars that can be utilized for that purpose during the day but you should check with your department head about ways to manage the necessary travel during the course of the day.