Steps taken to ease Town Center parking programs

By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff

July 13, 2017

MEQUON — While it awaits results of a comprehensive $50,000 study, Mequon officials announced several short-term steps Tuesday aimed at alleviating parking woes in the Town Center.

City Administrator William Jones said the city will implement several steps soon and is looking at more options to provide additional parking in the 2-year-old development at Mequon and Cedarburg roads.

During his monthly report to the Common Council, Jones said the city will:

Reduce the number of spots on the south side of City Hall designated for 30-minute parking from nine to three.

Eliminate half of the spots on the west side of City Hall reserved for city-owned vehicles. That will open six spaces.

In addition, he said city officials are working with the property owner to consider the feasibility of providing valet parking during peak times. Jones said the bump-out near the American Legion post, which has an entrance off Mequon Road at the west end of the parking lot, would be a good drop-off location.

He said owners of Lokre, the Plover-based development company that purchased the development in late 2016, will have a conversation with businesses about implementing the service.

“I think it would benefit their businesses – particularly Café Hollander and possibly Colectivo – during certain hours of the day,” Jones said.

Jones added city staff are talking with Lokre about the possible short-term use of underground parking in the development. He said Lokre is “assessing that,” but the city has not yet received an answer. He added the prospect is “somewhat doubtful,” but the city is continuing the discussion.

The city is awaiting the results of a parking study that includes the Town Center development and the surrounding area. It involved several days of counting parked cars and traffic flow in the area. The initial cost was $50,680 and services requested later will cause that price to increase somewhat.

The study, which is being conducted by Cedarburg-based Traffic Analysis and Design Inc., has prompted several lengthy discussions by aldermen over the past few months.