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Utica Parking Fee Increase: How Much and Where?

The Utica Common Council has approved what is believed to be the first rate increase for city-owned parking lots and paved areas in three decades.

The increase will affect those who pay a monthly fee for unlimited parking and those who pay by the hour when doing business or visiting the city centre.

The city is still in the process of installing some of the machines needed to collect, and has ordered the installation of new electronic gates at the exit points of the city’s three parking lots and two paved ones, as reported by the authorities

The municipal properties affected by the increase are:

  • Washington St. Parking Lot (attached to Delta Hotels by Marriott Utica)

  • Kennedy Parking Garage (covered garage attached to Utica City Hall, does not affect open parking in front of Utica City Hall)

  • Utica Place Garage (attached to the old Boston Store at the corner of Genesee and Oriskany Streets)

  • Parking: Open lot next to the Stanley Theatre

  • Union Street Parking (paved lot)

The monthly fee has been increased to $50, up from $40. However, those who live downtown can purchase a monthly pass for $25, Councilwoman Katie Aiello told WIBX 950.

Kennedy Parking Garage, attached to Utica City Hall (google maps)

Kennedy Parking Garage, attached to Utica City Hall (google maps)
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Parking in city garages previously cost $1 for 30 minutes, $1.50 per hour, with a maximum daily rate of $10. Going forward, the cost is $2 an hour, with a maximum daily charge of $18, Aiello said.

The biggest increase will be felt by those who previously parked in the two open spaces in the city. The previous cost was reduced to 50 cents for 30 minutes, $1 per hour, with a maximum daily charge of $6. But, these lots will also have a fee of $2 per hour, with a maximum daily fee of $18.

Washington St. Parking Garage, attached to Delta by Marriot Utica (google maps)

Washington St. Parking Garage, attached to Delta by Marriot Utica (google maps)

Assistant City Engineer Mike Mahoney said it’s the first increase he’s seen in his 23 years with the city, but noted the need to pay for maintenance on garages and lots.

“The garage on Washington Street will hold 550 cars, but there are parts of it that can’t be used because it’s being rehabbed,” Mahoney said. “This is expected to cost the city $8 to $9 million. In the Northeast, with all the rain and salt in the winter, there’s a significant cost to maintain them (parking lots).”

Parking: Paved parking lot next to the Stanley Theater on Genesee Street, Utica (google maps)

Parking: Paved parking lot next to the Stanley Theater on Genesee Street, Utica (google maps)

If you attended a show or event at The Stanley in recent years and parked in the lot next to the theater (parking lot), chances are you didn’t pay anything. Mahoney said fees are charged to those who use the Parking on weekdays, but he said that, for the most part, nighttime showgoers at The Stanley were not. However, he said there will be a cost to park in the lot, day or night, once the city installs new exit gates.

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