Coun. Mike Nickel wants you to have a place to park when the Valley Line LRT opens up. He’s tabled a motion at city council to have the private sector get involved.
“Anybody who knows that area knows if we don’t address some of those parking issues we’re going to have a major, major traffic problem,” Nickel said.
“Right now we have a parasitic parking problem around the hospital for example. We have all sorts of issues around the transit centre. We had the Mill Woods Senior’s Centre there, that is a very very busy area.”
In the fall of 2020 the Valley line starts taking passengers. Coun. Mike Nickel wants to be ready, and not reactive. He sees no trouble opening it up to the private operators.
“We’ve got to go out and get some competition around the idea, and that way we’ll get a better outcome. But at least we have to start putting this on the table now, not wait until after the thing is built. That would just be a disaster.”
“I’ve talked to at least one or two developers who said yes, they can make money doing this. It’s kind of funny, the hospital makes money doing it, the airport makes money doing it, the university makes money doing it, so tell me why we can’t make money doing it?”
Nickel also included Clareview in the north, on a list of sites the city should ask for a ‘expression of interest’ from operators. However a third option at Century Park, was struck from the list at the request of Coun. Michael Walters.
“Parking in some form I think is important to include at that site,” Walters said. “So we’re in conversations with the developer about best to include parking. So I think we already have some sort of a pathway that we’re walking down to get to a solution at Century Park. There’s the expiry of the lease, there’s the ongoing negotiations with the developer.”
Nickel’s motion will be tabled at a future meeting.