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Deck gets a lift (video)

Warren hopes to reverse parking money woes

March 24, 2013

WARREN — The $2.6 million Franklin Street parking deck has not earned a profit in the last five years, according to its operator. It’s a trend officials are looking to turn aroun....

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Mar-25-13 2:00 PM

Fertile has some good points... What does everything this person touch have issues and plenty of informed complaints about everything he runs?

How does one man hold two full time positions?

And will council or administration ever lean on this man to make sure that he services the street enforcement end of the contract in the spirit every other company ran it?

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Mar-24-13 10:07 PM

This deck in Warren is a microcosm of everything that is wrong with Warren/Trumbull if you work as a public employee especially in a management role you should be ashamed. There are grass root organizations and one in particular that is coming for you to expose you and have you prosecuted

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Mar-24-13 8:35 PM

surv69, You are exactly right about the two hour daily parking law. I absolutely refuse to frequent a downtown merchant unless that business has their own parking lot. I also have been ticketed for parking over two hours. The last time there were virtually hundreds of empty parking spots available.

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Mar-24-13 3:02 PM

I don't know where to begin... So I won't.

Ok. I will.... 60 hours a week for street enforcement? Those girls aint on the streets thirty hours each... They are sitting in the parking deck and going out only once every two hours.... Contrary to how every previous holder of this contract has handled the contract... I guess nobody gives a darn about this organization stealing more contact money....

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Mar-24-13 1:59 PM

"The city has not yet sought new bids for the contract."

What's up Franklin?

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Mar-24-13 1:43 PM

How many more times does the city have to listen to this man give excuses for why things he is in charge of fail before he is fired?

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Mar-24-13 1:34 PM

Why oh why would the city get in the parking business when it is obvious that they don't know ANYTHING about the parking business? Zenith is right. Bring in the professionals. Government types should be restricted to mismanaging in their traditional areas of so called services.

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Mar-24-13 1:28 PM

Anthony Iannucci is the Executive Director of Sunshine Homes (20 hours per week, 40k annual salary per the company's tax returns) the Executive Director of WRAP (40 hours per week, 38k annual salary per that company's returns), Program Manager earning commission on the Warren Business Exchange and he is also the president of WPS?. How much does he make managing WPS? How many hours are in his work week? Are there two of him? Why are all these things FAILING I wonder? Does this seem fishy to anyone else?Every resource he mismanages for his own personal gain is a MISSED OPPORTUNITY for the city of Warren to MOVE FORWARD! Pick one job and do it right!

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Mar-24-13 12:49 PM

I just looked a some aerials and the one thing that strikes me is how absolutely many . . . large parking areas exist all around downtown . . .

As I said, this parking deck was never needed, but the city council felt they had to waste money to some politically connected friend.

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Mar-24-13 12:38 PM

Revitalization will NOT be success until the issues with drugs, prostitution, vagrants and thugs alike are cleaned up from the area. Parking is trivial to the success of our downtown area. It's not like we're going attract any major staple when you can't even have a pizza delivered when the sun goes down with out being robbed! It's a major obstacle and it must be handled before any success flourishes. Anyone who differently really doesn't see the big picture.

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Mar-24-13 12:34 PM

Back in the late 90's(I think), the city legislated a huge . . . I mean really, REALLY HUGE, entertainment district . . . maybe they thought they'd get a casino or something . . . I don't know . . . anyway, nothing happened and I don't suppose anything will.

Then the city came up with this absolutely ridiculous 2 hours total daily parking in it "HUGE"(for this town), business district.

This seriously flawed parking regulation has done absolutely NOTHING to help downtown parking.

It doesn't take a genius to realize that such a ridiculous parking regulation could do nothing more than aggravate people who frequent downtown and diminish their will to patronize the downtown businesses.

Eventually the city council will realize they have no more toes to shoot off and they'll stop with these outlandish ideas and fixes.

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Mar-24-13 12:26 PM

Often, when the town was more vibrant, I would drive downtown, take care of business and often be back out of town within 1/2 hour, unless I walked to Saratoga to eat.

I would sometimes travel to town two or three times during the day and often meet my wife in the evening to eat . . . at Saratoga's.

The last time I did a "multiple trip", many years ago now, I got a ticket for having parked "somewhere", in the business district more than 2 hours past my first trip.

That first trip took about 10 minutes, but I was lucky and got "marked".

Later, I came down to a business way down on High Street, and got a ticket after about a 1/2 hour parking for some office supplies.

Now I go to Office Max and eat anywhere else.

This parking deck has never been needed and never will be needed unless someone expects real serious growth in town.

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Mar-24-13 12:19 PM

Back . . . in about 1995 and before, the downtown area of Warren was still relatively vibrant. The parking deck had not been built yet.

The parking was inadequate, in part because business owners and courthouse workers would park & move through the day.

Otherwise the parking bordered on adequate. I remember parking meters too.

Today, the county has a large parking area, which, by the way is FREE to the public ALL DAY LONG.

Seldomly do I have a problem parking on the square . . . somewhere.

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Mar-24-13 11:50 AM

Unfortunately, if Warren is to attract more businesses to the downtown area, then the city must provide more parking. Granted, it seems to be a worthless cause, but a necessary one. Similar to the proverbial "rock and a hard place".

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Mar-24-13 11:07 AM

DHSmith, Actually, a RAT HOLE it is! The entire downtown district is infested and is in bad need of being exterminated. I say, bring in the professionals and lets do it right!

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Mar-24-13 9:38 AM

No problem . . .

We'll just outlaw any parking on any streets within our downtown business district or even our even bigger entertainment district.

We'll force those "citizens" to park in our deck . . . even if it means shutting the downtown . . . down!

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Mar-24-13 9:35 AM

How does the executive director of WRAP also become the president of the company that profits from selling parking spaces in the deck while receiving subsidies from the city to operate the parking deck?

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Mar-24-13 8:29 AM

The parking deck is in need of repair and makes no money,sounds like a golf course, community building,sanitation,road dept,city hall complex,police/fire station,park building or that mess on summit street.56 more cars in the deck will still=no profit and will not pay for the repairs.2.6 million dollar deck should profit $208,000 a year. What Now?

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Mar-24-13 8:06 AM

talk about pouring money down a rat hole this is it

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Mar-24-13 6:56 AM

Your personal safety is always a concern in downtown Warren as js says. I always park where it's open viewing when I go downtown.

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Mar-24-13 6:07 AM

I have worked downtown for years and will NEVER park in there .. It's not safe! It's not my car I'm worried about its ME and my personal safety.

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