Parking was identified as the first priority to any downtown development. It was important to the Mayor and CIty Council that the number of parking spots currently available be maintained while adding enough parking to meet the demand of the new amenities being built downtown.

Why was it important to them?  Because that is what the citizens of Livermore wanted.  

Enough parking will be added to replace spots lost, to meet the demand of new amenities being built, and after all that create 99 additional new parking spots.

It was also important to make sure that parking be spread across all of downtown.  To make sure there was adequate parking for businesses near L street a 500 spot parking garage along L street was added to the plan.  This gives people the opportunity to park much closer to businesses like the First st. Ale House.  


The current city plan has 50 more spots than the initiative concept proposed by a small group.  

At no point throughout the construction process will there be any less parking than there is today.  

Parking Frequently Asked Questions

Compare the parking in the Approved City Plan to the Initiative Concept

  • The Approved City Plan preserves the amount of parking that exists today and:

    • Adds sufficient parking for all the new uses (hotel, retail, cultural and housing)​

    • Increases total parking, after new uses, by 99 evenly distributed spaces

    • Preserves and adds to the  convenient parking behind the First Street businesses

  • In contrast, the Initiative concept

    • Relocates half of the planned L Street Garage (~250 spaces) to next to the Bankhead at an additional multi-million dollar cost

    • Overly concentrates the parking next to the Bankhead--Livermore does not need 3 garages with over 1,000 spaces immediately surrounding the 500-seat Bankhead

    • Eliminates the convenient surface lot behind the First Street businesses by placing dormitory style housing there

Where is parking needed most and why?

  • First, we need to relocate the ~500 parking spaces displaced by the construction of
    Stockmen’s Park, the expansion of Blacksmith Square, the hotel and the housing

    • The new I Street garage will enlarge the existing garage capacity by 275 spaces
      for a total of 775 (more than adequate to replace the 63 spaces currently in the
      lot next to Bankhead where the hotel will be built)

    • The L Street garage will add 500 spaces

    • The surface lot behind the First Street Ale House will have 48 spaces

    • The new street between the hotel and Bankhead will have 13 spaces along with drop-off and pickup zones for the hotel

    • There are also new diagonal spaces along Veterans Way

  • Second, we need to plan for the future revitalization of the businesses further west on
    First Street as well as on Second and Third Streets

    • This is why adding the 500 space garage near the intersection of First and L
      Streets (which is close to the geographic center of downtown Livermore makes
      good sense)

    • Concentrating the parking in the northeast corner of downtown, as the
      Initiative would, is not consistent with good planning principles

Compare the anticipated traffic impacts of the Approved Plan and the Initiative Concept

  • A professional traffic study showed there would be no significant traffic impact for
    the Approved Plan​

  • There is no comparable traffic study for the Initiative concept, however:

    • The driveways and access points identified in the drawing create a number of
      potential vehicle conflict points on L Street, S. Livermore Ave and Railroad Ave

    • The housing element behind the First Street businesses eliminates service
      access resulting in delivery trucks blocking First Street!

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