City of Ferndale Mixed-Use Parking Structure
As a community, we have been aware for some time now that the demand for parking in Ferndale’s downtown exceeds the supply. This constraint puts pressure on our residential neighborhoods, limits the ability of our downtown businesses to grow and thrive, and weakens the City’s overall economic resilience in the long term.
As a result, Mayor David Coulter and Downtown Development Authority Chair Dean Bach convened a Downtown Parking Committee (DPC) comprised of Ferndale business owners and residents, and charged the group with evaluating the parking climate and providing recommendations about future development options.
After working for the past year to research options and prioritize needs, the DPC delivered a recommendation of Lot 6, located at the intersection of W. Troy St. and Allen St., as the optimal site among those considered for development of a mixed-use parking structure. Ferndale City Council unanimously approved this site recommendation on Oct. 24, 2016.
The goals of this project include:
- Meeting the parking supply needs for our downtown businesses
- Minimizing business disruption during construction
- Minimizing the impact of the parking deck height on residents
- Creating a sense of place for the public
- Providing a buffer for the residents adjacent to the parking lot
- Creating a vibrant street, active with complementary retailers
“Mixed use” indicates that the site is ultimately intended to include retail, residential, and/or office space in combination with a parking deck. While the primary objective is to address the need for additional parking, the structure is intended to adhere to good urban design principles, which will likely include street-level retail. Additional mixed-use components such as office space and residential will also be considered. The most successful mixed-use projects are stitched into the existing urban fabric creating a walkable community with convenient access to services while creating a vibrant backdrop for social exchange.