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For years, residents of Uptown lobbied the City to reform the Uptown Partnership, the nonprofit responsible for administering the community parking district in Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Five Points, and Banker's Hill.

On December 28 of last year, the city council did not renew Uptown Partnership's contract. The city then hired consultant firm, Turpin McLaughlin Communications, to recommend a new way to administer the community parking district.

In an April 20 report, TurpinMcLaughlin released their findings. The consultant recommended keeping things as they were, keeping Uptown Partnership as a contractor. "There is not enough time to create a new, district-wide nonprofit, therefore the only existing agency that meets City requirements is Uptown Partnership," reads the report.

The consultant did recommend some major changes such as using another name, revising their bylaws, and prohibiting past board members from sitting on the board. The revamped parking-administrator will also give each community its fair share of parking revenues: Hillcrest will keep 52 percent, Banker's Hill 34 percent, Five Points 6 percent, and Mission Hills 3 percent.

In addition, the consultant recommended that each community form an advisory parking committee.

Uptown's planning group will discuss the report during their June 7 meeting.

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