FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2015
Parking solution makes 300 spaces available in the Crossroads District on weekend nights
The City of Kansas City, Missouri is pleased to announce an innovative shared parking solution. The solution transforms a private daytime parking lot into public parking for busy weekend nights in the Crossroads District. Like many metropolitan cities, Kansas City seeks to maintain a balance between thriving business and convenient parking for visitors and residents.
Recently the City of Kansas City recognized an opportunity to assist businesses in Kansas City’s Crossroads district, which needed more parking for patrons. The solution is a private-public partnership with Assurant Employee Benefits, which agreed to share its privately owned surface parking lot located at the corner of 20th St. and Grand Blvd. to support local business growth.
Beginning June 12, 2015, the City of Kansas City will operate Assurant Employee Benefits’ parking lot on Friday and Saturday evenings, providing nearby businesses and their customers with convenient parking during peak entertainment hours.
“This shared parking solution is the first of its kind in Kansas City,” said Rick Usher, Assistant City Manager. “The agreement is a win-win because it provides prime parking for downtown customers by taking advantage of under-utilized off-street parking. It also saved a nearby building from demolition. This building is now on the market for a new business tenant, which will help strengthen Kansas City’s economic development.”
Previously, the private parking lot was used only for Assurant Employee Benefits’ employees during daytime hours, and remained empty during peak entertainment times in the downtown district. City staff will manage the operation of 300 parking spaces between 5:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Downtown visitors wishing to park in the lot will pay a fee up to $5 for non-event parking and a fee up to $10 for event parking.
“Assurant is proud to partner with Kansas City to make good use of existing downtown resources,” said Marc Warrington, president of Assurant Employee Benefits. “The parking agreement is an excellent example of how businesses like ours can work in partnership with local governments for the public good.”
Media inquiries should be directed to Assistant City Manager, Rick Usher by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 816-513-6559.