The Lauriol Plaza’s zoning “special exception” for the small parking lot off of T Street is up for renewal. This item will be on the ANC’s January 9, 2013 agenda.
These types of small parking lots often require a special exception in our neighborhood. Another example is the small parking lot behind McDonald’s on 17th Street. The ANC voted to support the renewal of that parking lot’s special exception in 2012.
As part of the discussion on their parking lot, the Lauriol Plaza agreed to apply for a valet parking permit to stage their valet system on 18th Street. In a previous post, I discussed the issues related to the Lauriol Plaza’s current valet system, which does not have a permit and therefore is not supposed to utilize any public space for staging. The Lauriol Plaza in the last several months has taken measures to try to ameliorate the traffic issues their valet system creates at the corner of 18th and T Streets, including hiring an off-duty police officer during peak times to keep traffic moving and placing orange cones on T Street near their driveway entrance. However, traffic bottlenecks still occur frequently.
The Lauriol Plaza’s application to the Board of Zoning and Adjustment for the parking lot special exception is attached here: [Lauriol-Plaza-BZA-filing]. There appears to be no change from the prior approval from 10 years ago, except that the parking spots inside the lot have been reconfigured somewhat to allow for additional cars to fit.
The Lauriol Plaza’s application to DDOT Public Space for the valet parking permit is for 3 spaces on 18th Street. The new staging area should ameliorate the traffic issues that the current valet system causes at the 18th and T Street intersection. No patrons will be turning on to T Street. In addition, when the lot is full, patrons can easily be directed straight north to Lauriol Plaza’s overflow lot at 18th and California, rather than being directed along a circuitous route down T Street and then turning at least 3 times to get up to the overflow lot. The Lauriol Plaza will have to pay rental fees to the city for the 3 spaces utilized.
Comments and suggestions are appreciated. In light of Lauriol Plaza’s willingness to change their valet system and apply for a permit, I plan to recommend that the ANC vote to support both the zoning and public space applications.
Will, happy new year.
On the staging area on 18th Street for valet parking, please try to get some assurances that the alley entrance CANNOT be used for this. Already now the alley entrance is often blocked by taxis or cars that are offloading passengers; some car owners even leave their cars. We occassionally have to go inside Lauriol Plaza to get the car owner so that we can get out of our alley.
Could we please ask you to ensure that any deal with Lauriol Plaza includes an agreement that the alleay entrance is “off limits” for offloading and any valet operations. On this condition, we would welcome the solution you are advocating.
Joe Mueller and Tim Beacom
Will–I would make Lauriol Plaza’s written agreement to stage valet parking from 18th Street part of the agreement with the ANC and the BZA. In addition, cars from both the T Street lot and the upper 18th Street Lot should be driven back to the entrance of the the restaurant by restaurant staff and then turned over to the patrons. Many thanks, Dick Best.