Stacked, Underground Parking Plan Proposed In Dallas

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) — Former Dallas City Council member Ron Natinsky unveiled a new plan to give Pacific Plaza in downtown a high-tech make over.

The plan, put together by 4P Partners, would get rid of the current surface parking lot, and put in its place a park surrounded by commercial and residential properties. In addition, the design would bury a fully automated parking garage, with some 1,600 spaces deep underneath city streets. The cars would be electronically parked, using elevators at ground level that would stack the cars precisely one on top of the other.

Speaking of the plan Natinksy, a managing partner at Tirgo LLC, a company helping 4P Partners, said, “No more surface lots. And even above ground structured parking is really not in the long-term best view of downtown Dallas.”

A designer of the new facility said they already have similar types of automated parking systems in Tel Aviv, Mexico City, and Hoboken, N.J. They say it allows machines, rather than people, park the cars. In return the developers say it gets rid of human error — like backing up into another car, or denting doors.

Natinks added, “We know the system works. We just need to find the opportunity to help solve Dallas problems.”

The 4P Partners plan is the third in three propositions that were offered to the city for the re-design of the Pacific Plaza. Two other developers outlined plans that would also bring commercial and real estate properties to the site.

Almost all the plans call for luxury high rise building, but the 4P Partners proposal is the only one with a buried subterranean parking structure.

City leaders are expected to review all three plans on May 22.

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