Vertical parking devices, like the steel stacking shelves that hold several cars, are common around the city, but a new vertical parking system that can turn two street-level parking spaces into a dozen have come to Brooklyn.
Three 43-foot-tall steel structures from ParkSmart, a company based in New York, were recently installed in a parking lot on the corner of Tillary and Gold Streets. The system tries to simplify vertical parking by stacking cars on an automated Ferris wheel of sorts and has increased the capacity of the Brooklyn lot almost 30 percent.

Parking method with long history makes debut in downtown Hackensac


HACKENSACK - A parking concept that was born in the United States and thrived all over the world is making a comeback here in a luxury housing complex planned for a slender piece of downtown Hackensack real estate.

Parking system gets a test drive in Brooklyn

By REW Staff
9:00 am, October 30, 2014

A new environmentally-friendly automatic parking system is being given a test drive in downtown Brooklyn. ParkSmart, specialists in mechanical and automated parking systems for more than 20 years, is introducing its Carousel Parking System to the US at Verti-Park, 169 Tillary Street, at the corner of Gold Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

“FOR DRIVERS LEAVING or retrieving their cars at a parking garage, it's a dream: no exhaust fumes, no strange nicks or scratches appearing on the fenders, no budding Mario Andretti squealing the tires around hairpin turns, no tip for the attendant.” automated garages can now be more price-competitive. According to the New Jersey Parking Institute, a trade association, a garage parking space in the state cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to build. "I think automated garages are cheaper [than traditional ones because you get more spaces for the land value," says Steven Monetti, president of the institute.”

It was in early December of 1997 that two 19th-century structures in downtown Annapolis burned to the ground - an event that was followed by years of controversy about the rebirth of the area's pricey real estate and the eventual sale of the property. Today, however, construction is finally underway. As mandates from the U.S. National Park Service and the city's Historic District Commission (HDC) dictate, what is now known as 7 State Circle will have an old yet modern look, complete with offices, ground-floor retail condominiums and a parking garage that evokes images of a James Bond movie rather than harkening back to the days of colonial patriot Jonas Green.

“In Europe and Asia, the development history, traffic patterns, and parking "culture" are different, she said, and cities simply are not built to accommodate the hulking presence of a typical ramped structure. There are roughly 5,000 automated garages on those two continents” "This is amazingly proficient use of space," commented Darius Sollohub, a New Jersey Institute of Technology professor who studies parking and urban land use. ''It may provide one of the solutions to the most important conflict in urban design: where do you put all the cars in environments where car volume is high and space is at a premium?''  “Although an automated garage is more expensive to build it typically takes only about half as much precious real estate as a conventional ramped garage to handle the same number of cars, or even more. That is why in European and Asian cities, the automatic garage was long ago anointed as the best solution, Mr. Sollohub said. “Urban land use specialists say that this sort of situation will continue to occur in congested American cities and that automated parking could become a widely used option.”

Benefits of the automatic parking system include optimization of space utilization, security (vehicle and personal), convenience (all ground level access), lower garage owner's liability insurance, greater depreciation schedule, lower lighting and ventilation requirements (no cars driving around inside; no people go inside), and lower emissions and less pollution (clean parking system).

“The garages can squeeze up to twice the number of cars in the same space as a conventional garage and don't require attendants. The automated valet, so to speak, will fetch your car in minutes. Parking has never been this easy”

“The United States has taken a great leap forward in the parking department, with the opening of a fully automated parking facility.” The influential American "Kiplinger Letter" said they expect automated parking to be so widespread as to be commonplace in the US by 2007. “Instead of ramps, with entrance and exit lanes, the entrance to the garage is simplicity itself. The driver drives his or her car into one of several entrance bays at grade level, gets out of the car, keeps the keys” “Because no one enters the garage itself, it virtually eliminates any danger of vandalism, scratches, dents or theft of a vehicle. And more importantly, it eliminates any threat of personal danger. No more having to walk around alone in a dark, dangerous garage looking for one's car, and the convenience of all ground-level access. No more having to take elevators or walk upstairs with heavy parcels to search for one's car.” “As one expert enthused: "Automated parking provides all the convenience of a valet service - without the valet, practically no wait, and no tip!"

“Fully automated garages offer computer-controlled parking and space-efficient stacking, which can fit twice as many vehicles as a conventional garage.”

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Berkeley Mayor Favors Automated Parking Facility

"If we pit the new facility in place, it would hopefully be funded by a self-supporting bond," Dean said, meaning the structure would pay for itself.”

"By eliminating that unnecessary space in the current parking structure, you can open up corner cafes and retail stores, making the community much more valuable," Kennedy said. "To me, it's a great idea."

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