HSH’S Ted Brovitz Participates in Parking Improvements Panel for Downtown Hyannis

January 29, 2013

On January 29, 2013, HSH’s Manager of Community Planning and Design, Ted Brovitz, participated in an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) to address parking challenges and opportunities in Downtown Hyannis. The Panel was requested by the Town of Barnstable and sponsored by ULI and MassDevelopment. The Panel was made up of ULI members with a range of professional expertise including planning, architecture, transportation engineering, parking management, finance and development.

Downtown Hyannis has had significant success over the past several years in its revitalization efforts which have brought new challenges for the Town and the business community. As the former executive director of the Hyannis Business Improvement District (BID), Ted was directly involved several of these efforts including mixed use zoning, wayfinding and informational kiosks, enabling sidewalk dining, streetscape and pedestrian alley improvements, and marking initiatives. With more businesses and residential investment, downtown merchants and restaurateurs have greater customer demands for convenient, visible, and perpetually available parking.

The Town of Barnstable sought assistance from the ULI TAP program to consider innovative solutions to allow better access to existing parking supply and to improve parking management in Downtown Hyannis. The Panel was asked to address issues such as parking management strategies, infrastructure planning and design, and implementation strategies.

The Panel conducted a site visit of Downtown Hyannis followed by a series of stakeholder meetings with public officials, property owners, and business owners. Stakeholders were asked about their particular parking demands and needs in Downtown. After the site visit and stakeholder interviews, the panel held an internal workshop to address the noted parking challenges and opportunities.

At the end of the workshop, the Panel prepared a public presentation, where Ted presented the panel’s findings on parking and circulation challenges and opportunities. The Panel presentation was well received by town officials and local stakeholders, and ULI is currently working on the final TAP Report.