Allyn Rifkin, principal transportation engineer of the LADOT, offered his support for the newly developed transportation task force and described how parking structure proceedings operate.
'Any project that comes forward will be reviewed by the SPRF
committee and at the recommendation of the [L.A.] city council, funds will be appropriated,' Rifkin
Along with assisting communities construct a parking structure, the SPRF
committee also looks at additional opportunities to develop parking, which include working with local schools and city departments.
'We're also anxious to work with chambers of commerce and neighborhood groups to look at commercial buildings to see if there are opportunities to lease spaces on weekends when the office buildings don't need the parking,' Rifkin
Council member Harry Sondheim told Rifkin he
believes numerous other communities in L.A. will want to build parking structures.He
asked how the SPRF
committee is going to decide 'who's first in line' for funds.
'The task force has not yet developed criteria,' Rifkin
replied, adding that the committee hopes to have guidelines developed by the mayor's election [in March 2005].
said that 'since land is so expensive, the LADOT
would entertain a partnership with a private or public entity to fund extra parking.' He
cited 'a train station where the [SPRF committee] issued a proposal for developers to participate and make use of the city's land, and in Hollywood, where a developer entered into an agreement to add extra parking in their lot.'
Constructing a parking structure in the Palisades village has been debated for years.