A month or so ago, University Park officials voted to fund a traffic examination, municipal mumbo-jumbo that essentially means “peer review.”
The review was for the Park Cities YMCA’s traffic study, a study that’s been attacked by neighbors from both sides of Preston Road, and questioned by the City Council. Well, the results are in, and it doesn’t look like anyone will be happy.
The review — conducted by Freese and Nichols — doubts some of the Y’s usage assumptions, and recommends additional underground parking:
The resulting parking assessment increases the peak parking demand on a very busy day at the PC YMCA to about 330 spaces, 71 more than the 259 in the DeShazo report.
This is troubling for both sides. On one hand, it’s incredibly expensive to build underground parking garages. The additional 71 spaces could (would?) make the project economically unfeasible. From the neighbors’ perspective, they don’t want any additional cars, and the F and N report indicates they might get even more than they expected.
The City Council will review the study at Tuesday’s meeting, where the public hearing on the Y will continue. Check out the whole report for yourself, below: