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DDA Parking Structure Maintenance and Repair Work

This summer and fall, the DDA will be undertaking important preventative maintenance and repair work in several public parking structures. The goal is to take care of the little things along the way so they don’t become big things. Extending the life of these important downtown assets is a top priority for the DDA.

This year’s work will focus on the Liberty Square, Ann Ashley, Maynard, and Library Lane parking structures. The scope of work will include concrete repairs, joint work, and the application of deck coating. We anticipate the work being complete in late fall.

If you are a regular user of the parking system, please pardon our dust and noise. Throughout the work our parking operator Republic Parking will coordinate with the contractor to manage the projects so that the impact to available parking is minimal.

DDA Launches Mobile Parking App

 

 

Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Launches Mobile Parking App

epark Ann Arbor app makes paying for parking easier at over 1500 spots around Ann Arbor

 

In support of its mission to strengthen downtown Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced today the launch of Ann Arbor’s first mobile payment application for parking, epark Ann Arbor.  The DDA has made downloading and using the application free for all parkers, with no upcharge or convenience fees, as may be found in other cities.

Parkers will be able to easily download the epark Ann Arbor app to their phone and pay for parking with a debit or credit card without having to visit an epark payment station.  This app will also enable patrons to extend their parking sessions remotely, receive notifications when their session is low on time, and get email receipts.

“We are eager to launch the app because we know that it will be a great way to ease concerns some may have about parking, and make it that much easier to enjoy downtown,” said Susan Pollay, DDA Executive Director.  Epark payment stations are located in and around downtown Ann Arbor, serving on-street public parking spaces and certain parking lots.  The epark app is available for use with any epark metered space in Ann Arbor.

The epark Ann Arbor app also offers a convenient digital wallet feature, enabling parkers to add funds directly to the app and use them for paying for parking.  When they pay using the prepaid wallet, the transaction is simply deducted from their pre-funded account rather than being charged to a credit or debit card.

The epark Ann Arbor app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at eparka2.com.

The mission of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to undertake public improvements that have the greatest impact in strengthening the downtown area and attracting new private investments. For more information on DDA programs and projects visit www.a2dda.org

South University Streetscape Project is Underway!

The DDA has begun work on the South University Streetscape improvement project!

Mother Nature had some problems with our intended schedule.  The rain this past week was not helpful to the construction progress.  However, Fonson Company (our contractor) did take advantage of the few good days to set up the construction zone and saw-cut the pavement to prepare for concrete/roadway removals.   Necessary first steps that set the stage for future work.

Next week’s work (weather permitting!) will include removing concrete on the north side (1200 and 1300 blocks) of South U., as well as beginning underground water main work in the roadway.

Updates will be happening regularly on our website and social media feeds.

More information on the project can be found here:

https://newa2dda.pairsite.com/current-projects/south-university-street-design/

 

Construction on South University

On-Street Bicycle Racks

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY INSTALLS ON-STREET BICYCLE RACKS FOR 2017

In support of its mission to strengthen downtown Ann Arbor, the DDA has begun installation of its on-street bicycle parking.  Each bicycle rack provides parking for 14 people, taking up the same space as one car.  The racks are located in an existing on-street parking spot, and will remain in place until foul weather returns.

The first five racks will be installed this weekend in front of Bivouac, Mighty Good Coffee Co., Zingerman’s, the People’s Food Co-op, and Spencer.

These businesses reached out to the DDA to request on-street bike parking for their customers.  The DDA will install an additional four racks this year, and are actively working with businesses to determine locations.

The DDA welcomes feedback about bicycle parking.  If you have a location you would like to recommend, or have a question or concerns about existing bike parking options, reach out to Amber Miller (amiller@a2dda.org).