The purpose of this study is to provide a comprehensive review of current and future parking needs in downtown Downers Grove. This review will consider all user groups, as well as geographic locations throughout the downtown. It will be completed in cooperation and coordination with the Downtown Management Corporation (DMC). Recommendations will also be made to insure that best practices are being used in the management of all public parking in downtown Downers Grove.
Downers Grove, with a population of 48,000 residents, is a popular shopping and dining destination and home to a busy commuter rail station. The downtown is home to 74 retail establishments, 21 restaurants, 228 service companies and over 200 residential units. The historic, 1390 seat Tivoli Theatre and over 140 community events and festivals attract thousands of visitors each year, which has helped earn Downers Grove a spot on Chicago Tribune's "Top 10 List of Downtowns." On Friday nights throughout the summer, antique and specialty cars park downtown in an informal car show. The Indian Boundary YMCA sponsors a Saturday morning market from May to October, and an ice sculpture festival is held in February. The downtown is also home to several governmental facilities including Village Hall, the Police Department and the Downers Grove Public Library, as well as a regional postal facility.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) bisects the downtown between Burlington and Warren Avenues and creates a logistical divide between the north and south sides of the downtown. Metra operates a commuter rail operation with a commuter station on Main Street and in 2006 the average number of passengers on average weekday mornings was over 2300. In 2008, 924 commuter parking spaces were counted in the downtown that had a utilization rate of 99%.
The downtown currently has one, public multi-level parking deck with 787 parking spaces, several surface parking lots and on-street parking. Short-term public parking is free. Permit fees are charged for commuter parking, overnight parking in the parking deck and for employee parking. Some businesses have private parking facilities.
A contract with Rich and Associates, Inc. of Southfield, Michigan was approved by the Village Council on May 3, 2011. A Final Report is posted below.
Transportation and Parking Commission (TAP)
- Final Recommendations--Presentation to TAP October 5, 2011
- Recommendations--Presentation to TAP September 14, 2011
- Preliminary Findings--Presentation to TAP August 10, 2011