Parking Gets Easier At Rice Village Houston

Public/Private Partnership to Help Ease Parking Congestion in Rice Village Houston –

 To help alleviate parking issues in Rice Village, the City of Houston Parking Management Division of the General Services Department, in coordination with Lamesa Village, will open a paid parking lot at 2400 Bolsover on March 1, 2010. The parking lot is bounded by Morningside, Kelvin and Bolsover and will be open to the visitors and employees of Rice Village. “This partnership is a win-win situation for the community and the City,” said Council Member Anne Clutterbuck, “I am pleased with the combined efforts put forth by both Lamesa Village and the Parking Management division.”

Parking rates at the new lot will be $1 per hour before 6 pm and $2 per hour after 6 pm. The lot is equipped with solar-powered wireless pay stations that accept credit cards, cash or coins. Customers will need to remember to enter the number of their parking spaces and their desired amount of time. Once payment is received, the pay station will print out a receipt that will provide their expiration time. These receipts are only valid for parking in Lamesa Village’s Bolsover Lot and cannot be used to park at metered parking spaces in other locations. Monthly parking permits are available for employees in the area for $50 per month. “Difficulty in parking has driven some customers away.” said Aubrey Mendonca of Perimeter Gallery. “Knowing it will be less of a hassle to find parking will encourage customers to return to Rice Village.”

To ensure that long-term parkers are storing their vehicles off-street and to increase the availability of on-street parking, the City will conduct a soft enforcement period where vehicles in violation of the on-street two-hour parking limits are issued warnings. Citation issuance will begin on March 1. Additionally, vehicles with three or more outstanding parking citations or only one outstanding handicap parking violation will be subject to booting. Parking Management will have Ambassadors stationed at the parking lot to help visitors during the transition to the new technology.

The parking lot will operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the lot will take place on Monday, March 1 at 1 pm. The parking lot is located at 2400 Bolsover and bound by Morningside and Kelvin. The ceremony will be presided over by Council Member Anne Clutterbuck, District C. For more information about the City of Houston Parking Management, please visit http://www.houstonparking.org or contact City’s helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 if outside the City of Houston. ###

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