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Formerly the "Kingston Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre" or KRSEC
Formerly the "Large Venue Entertainment Centre" or LVEC
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Daily Points on Traffic and Parking, #13
Parking Availability and the Addressing of Key Factors

Beginning May 19th, 2005, Bruce Todd, who is supposed to be retired from a 40+ year career in traffic engineering, but nonetheless branded an "instant expert" by several pro-LVEC luminaries, none loftier than William Leggett, ex-principal of Queen's University, is briefing everyone about the field, pointing out "features" of the full Phase I Traffic and Parking Study prepared by CastleGlenn Consultants , who were hand-picked by Don Gedge for their "keen understanding of the Wellington Street Corridor" (pages 13 and 16 therein). 

Articles in the Daily Points on LVEC Traffic and Parking series

#1 - Concerns About the Content of Phase I (May 19)
#2 - No  Pedestrian Counts in Intersection Analysis (May 20)
#3 - A Discussion of the Two Adjacent Parking Lots (May 21)
#4 - Drop Off and Pick Up Mode of Access (May 22)
#5 - Display Maps (May 23)
#6 - The Anglin Parking Lot (May 24)
#7 - Reporting of Available On-Street Parking (May 25)
#8 - Determination of Mode of Travel (May 26)
#9 - Infrastructure and Management Requirements (May 27)
#10- Study Area and Study Data (May 28)
#11- Traffic Counts (May 29)
#12- Acceptable Walking Distance (May 30)
#13- Parking Availability and Key Factors (May 31)
#14- Clearance Time After an Event (June 1)
From: Bruce Todd
To: "Gedge, Don" <dgedge@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor S Garrison <sgarrison@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor R Downes <rdownes@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor L Foster <lfoster@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor G Stoparczyk <gstoparczyk@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor B Pater <bpater@cityofkingston.ca>, Mayor H Rosen <hrosen@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor G Beavis <gbeavis@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor K George <kgeorge@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor G Sutherland <gsutherland@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor F Patterson <fpatterson@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor E Smith <esmith@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor S Meers <smeers@cityofkingston.ca>, Councillor B George <bgeorge@cityofkingston.ca>
CC: "Hickey, Sheila" <SHickey@cityofkingston.ca>, "Baldwin, Derek" <dbaldwin@thewhig.com>, gwallace@cityofkingston.ca

Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 07:40:58
Subject: [KCAL] LVEC Traffic & Parking - Item #13

Parking Availability and the Addressing of Key Factors

I believe that the Traffic and Parking Report Phase I needs to show, through sound and pertinent traffic data, and prescribed and properly applied traffic engineering standards and practices, that an LVEC located on the Inner Harbour is feasible. In my view, the REPORT HAS FAILED on every major issue.

Traffic and pedestrian data around the proposed LVEC site on a Friday night WAS NEVER CARRIED OUT.

The SITE IS TOO SMALL to allow for sufficient handicap parking, for post-event re-entry by taxis and general pick-ups, and for adequate room for bus and transit flows.

The pedestrian activity along the existing street system before and after an event WAS NEVER ANALYZED.

A worst-case scenario WAS NEVER PRESENTED.

A VERY QUESTIONABLE mode of travel to the proposed LVEC was used.

No consideration of the effect of the parking needs of other downtown activities WAS EVER CONSIDERED.

A measure of the daytime parking availability in the downtown in relation to a daytime event at the LVEC WAS NEVER CALCULATED.

A full set of infrastructure needs HAS NOT BEEN PRODUCED.

A sufficient supply of guaranteed parking within an acceptable walking distance HAS NEVER BEEN IDENTIFIED.

When it was mentioned at the May 18 public meeting at Memorial Hall that a venue such as this needs a guaranteed supply of appropriately located parking, Mr Gordon's answer was that nothing is guaranteed. Well, my retort is, either one works toward maintaining the needed infrastructure for an LVEC, or the LVEC's viability will fail.

Let me reiterate the parking availability in public parking lots within 500 metres of the proposed LVEC front door. I have shown my measurements, and the CastleGlenn measurements are in brackets (see Table 3.7 on page 40 of the report).

Anglin - 182 (revised) parking spaces - at 185 metres (CastleGlenn says 60m)

Rideaucrest - 167 parking spaces - at 350 metres (CG says 230m)

Barrack - 104 parking spaces - at 431 metres (CG says 250m)

Total available spaces = 453, assuming completely empty lots. Keep in mind that the Barrack lot is usually over half full on a Friday night, as Food Basics stays open until 9:00 p.m.

The next three closest lots will disappear (as well as the Barrack Lot) when the North Block project gets underway.

Frontenac North - 178 parking spaces - at 536 metres (CG says 280m )

Drury - 46 parking spaces - at 540 metres (CG says 390m)

Frontenac South - 65 parking spaces - at 606 metres (CG says 280m )

Please note the recent changes. The Anglin lot was to have served special-purpose parking for about 228 cars, but that number has been revised to 182 cars and the lot has been put into the general parking pool. As well, a small lot on the north side of the proposed LVEC building was to provide 98 parking stalls, but it has been revised to provide 83 parking stalls.

According to Table 2.6 on page 17 of the TPRPI, 1,625 parking stalls are needed for a crowd of 5000, assuming none of the 292 drop-off/pick-up vehicles need parking. For a sold out crowd of 6800 people, that would require about 2,025 parking stalls. We have about 400 parking stalls empty and within the acceptable walking distance.

One must ask oneself that, with ticket prices for major acts going in the $50 to $60 range now, and a parking availability only 20 PERCENT OF FULL REQUIREMENTS of standard practice, what chance does the proposed LVEC at this site have of being successful and paying off its debts?

Tomorrow, I wind up this series of major flaws in the Traffic and Planning Report Phase I with a discussion of Clearance Times After an Event. You won't want to miss it.

Bruce.

P.S. Feedback notes (excluding congrats) to date - from local citizens = 22 ; from city hall, council, or other = 1

Articles in the Daily Points on LVEC Traffic and Parking series

#1 - Concerns About the Content of Phase I (May 19)
#2 - No  Pedestrian Counts in Intersection Analysis (May 20)
#3 - A Discussion of the Two Adjacent Parking Lots (May 21)
#4 - Drop Off and Pick Up Mode of Access (May 22)
#5 - Display Maps (May 23)
#6 - The Anglin Parking Lot (May 24)
#7 - Reporting of Available On-Street Parking (May 25)
#8 - Determination of Mode of Travel (May 26)
#9 - Infrastructure and Management Requirements (May 27)
#10- Study Area and Study Data (May 28)
#11- Traffic Counts (May 29)
#12- Acceptable Walking Distance (May 30)
#13- Parking Availability and Key Factors (May 31)
#14- Clearance Time After an Event (June 1)