The King of Prussia Town Center may have brought city living to the suburbs, but it also seems to have brought with it the parking issues that are common in most cities, writes Maria Panaritis in an opinion piece for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Town Center calls this “retrofitting” the suburbs for city living. Also, it is the only one of its size in the region and benefits from being near King of Prussia Mall.
However, while the Mall handles parking well, the Town Center needs drastic improvement. The lack of parking was part of the developers’ goal to build a pedestrian-friendly town center, but they did not factor in enough parking.
“This is the No. 1 item that we’re working on,” said Joe Mancuso, managing director of CBRE Global Investors.
Currently, there are 1,164 parking spaces, which is a lot, but insufficient for demand.
Businesses have now added free valet parking and put signs that warn apartment dwellers, who have to pay for parking in the garages next to their buildings, not to park in the free lots for customers.
But there is still a long way to go.
“It is a problem,” said Mancuso.
Read more about the King of Prussia Town Center’s parking issues in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.