The first Public/Private Partnership in the City began in 2013, whereby the City allowed the businesses abutting Herb Savage Way alley to develop the swales for additional parking. The businesses involve were from the Bargain Basket to Progressive Auto. The property owners paid for the development of the swales including storm water management and paving of the swale. The parking spaces created DID NOT give them credit towards their parking requirements to service their business. As a side note, this particular project was never brought to council for consideration and approval.
This year the City has partnered with the Island Plaza to develop alley swale for additional parking behind their complex as well as Marco Walk to develop swales along Landmark Street for additional parking, In both cases the owners of the property will pay the cost for the development of the swale for storm water management and paving. The parking spaces are for public use and DOES NOT count as parking requirements for their business.
There is another partnership in the works whereby the City is working with the business district on Bald Eagle Drive in Olde Marco. The City has agreed to pay for 50% of the design cost for the swale development on both sides of the street. Here again, I expect the City would insist that the property owners pay for the cost of the development of the swale including storm water management and paving. Also these parking spaces should not be counted as parking credits to meet the requirements of their business.
All parking spaces provided in the swales are open for general public and will not be dedicated to any business.