Pay more to park? CCDC proposes new downtown rates

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The Capital City Development Corporation, citing an increase in demand, plans to hold a public hearing to raise parking rates in its downtown Boise garage.

Every type of parker would be affect by the increases - including hourly, monthly and hotel guests.

From our April story:

The Capital City Development Corporation, which administers the public parking garage in the Downtown Boise core knows it has a problem -- one it anticipated.

CCDC chair John Hale said during a public meeting earlier this month that the tight parking situation is a "good problem to have."

"This continues to be a problem that is growing, it is not leveling off," Hale said. "We as a board are going to have to make some tough decisions in the next 90 days."

Those problems include a fully sold-out allotment of monthly parking spaces in the publicly-owned garage system. A growing number of workers are turning to paying the daily rate to stow their cars in the public garages, which is causing garages to fill up and divert folks who may be coming to downtown for just a few hours to a less-ideal parking spot.

CCDC has seen an 81% increase in so-called all-day parkers - and the number has spiked in recent cold-weather months.

“We have attempted to accommodate everybody," CCDC parking & facilities director Max Clark said. "Historically we’ve been able to do that because it’s (been) a sleepy downtown."

The agency last raised rates in early 2016 - which caused about ten people to cancel their parking passes, according to Clark.

For those who park their cars in any one of the agency's six public garages, the hourly rate would increase by about 17% - from $2.50 per hour to $3 per hour.  The popular "first hour free" program would be retained for those who are able to get in and out quickly. The maximum daily rate would also rise - up 20% from $12 to $15.

Currently, the monthly rate at each garage is different - but under the plan, rates at all garages would increase significantly.

Here's the breakdown:

Capitol & Main (aka Capital Terrace)
Current rate: $135/mo.
Proposed rate: $175/mo.
Percentage increase: 23%

9th & Main (aka Eastman)
Current rate: $135/mo.
Proposed rate: $175/mo.
Percentage increase: 23%

9th & Front
Current rate: $120/mo.
Proposed rate: $140/mo.
Percentage increase: 15%

10th & Front
Current rate: $120/mo.
Proposed rate: $140/mo.
Percentage increase: 15%

Capitol & Myrtle
Current rate: $120/mo.
Proposed rate: $140/mo.
Percentage increase: 15%

Capitol & Front
Current rate: $120/mo.
Proposed rate: $140/mo.
Percentage increase: 15%

Two new garages are set to come online soon - the 5th & Broad St. garage - which would set monthly parking at $175, and the 11th & Front garage that's part of Parcel B - which would offer a deal at just $100 per month.

Several other miscellaneous parking types would also increase - including hotel valet, which currently costs $2.85 per use -- and would would more than triple in price to $10.

Folks who self park for a hotel would see the daily rate rise from $5.70 to $10 - an increase of 75%.

The monthly "night plan" - which allows workers who work the late shift downtown - would increase slightly from $43 per month to $50.

A public hearing is slated for noon on November 13th at the CCDC board room - 121 N. 9th St., Suite 501.