Parking Spot: Expand Affordable, Long-Term Lot At LGA
The Parking Spot, the nation’s leading near-airport parking company in the United States with 34 locations at 21 airports, including LaGuardia, JFK and Newark, has been making its case to community leaders and elected officials in support of its proposed parking development near the Marriott at LaGuardia Airport.
The Parking Spot has illustrated that the proposed development will be able to provide LaGuardia users with the parking they’ve been seeking and desperately need. Right now, of any major airport in the United States, LaGuardia has the fewest parking spots per passenger.
The Parking Spot commissioned a poll, conducted by the Parkside Group, a major polling and consulting firm based in New York, to gauge Queens and city residents’ views on transportation hubs and their opinions on expanding parking facilities at LaGuardia. The poll’s findings showed that LaGuardia was the least popular transportation hub out of any of the region’s major airports, train stations or bus terminals, in large part due to the lack of adequate parking, and that LaGuardia users and Queens residents solidly support the development of additional parking facilities.
The Parking Spot has been communicating with community leaders that the proposed parking development would alleviate the growth in black cars that currently idle on local streets causing severe traffic congestion and air pollution. Additionally, the project would create 300 union construction jobs, and 60 permanent jobs with a preference for local hiring.
Many organizations and leaders have come out in support of the project including the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “Traveling to LaGuardia Airport continues to become harder for residents, businesses and entrepreneurs alike. More needs to be done to support Queens’ growth as a destination borough for business and tourism,” said Thomas J. Grech, Executive Director of the Chamber. “The Parking Spot’s proposed development will generate millions in economic activity, a stronger tax base, and will create good jobs for Queens residents. The city should approve their proposal.”
The proposal for The Parking Spot’s long-term parking development is currently being reviewed by the Department of City Planning.
And working on expanding affordable parking facilities for Queens residents isn’t the only thing the company is focused on. As part of their ongoing community service work, the Parking Spot recently partnered with New York Cares, a leading charity organization, in sponsoring a coat drive at their LaGuardia and JFK locations. The company collected several hundred coats for needy families. Gary Bagley, Executive Director of New York Cares stated, “New York Cares is grateful to the Parking Spot for their participation in the Coat Drive and for their dedication to serving New Yorkers in need. The support of companies like the Parking Spot means children can go to school this winter wearing a warm coat, and adults can get to work, job interviews, and other appointments without concern about cold temperatures.”