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Here is state of the art for underground parking.
For investor types here is the company (7 years young) that won the contract.
I believe this would aid to providing more green space and an open air atmosphere that is more in keeping with a small tropical island. However, if poorly managed and unchecked, it could also lead to more densely packed highrises or allow more parking garages in some areas of the city. For example, it could lead to increase density in certain areas of the island i.e. Midtown District Redevolopment. Just consider the recent Density Transfer Ordinance to allow higher densities to encourage hotel development near Veterans Park. Densities never originally envisioned by the original developers nor those that agreed to purchase the Glon Property to create Veterans Park and a city council which eliminated the transfer of density credits as a result of this purchase in 2007.
To stop this unchecked and hodgepodge style development, you also need height restrictions as well, to preserve a small town vision.
I know there are many that like the height restrictions that were established in downtown Naples to preserve a small city ambiance, especially 5th Ave and 3rd St. Note: this lead to a host of above ground parking garages (3 level)especially in the 5th Ave area.
If you want state of the art, you go underground with parking, but Marco Island, I believe, does not have a 3 story height restriction for the Midtown Redevelopment District or areas it wishes to develop. The city is in fact, encouraging the development of parking garages in this area to sustain increase density as well as to promote pedestrian mobility within that area.
Pay attention, there are many moving parts and they are all focused on revenue enhancement, some of which will not add to enhancing the character of a small tropical town, and eventually may lead to diminishing the relative valuation of property especially residential property owners.
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