General Concept for the Parking Yard in Heppenheim
- Owner Nassauische Heimstätte Housing and Development Company
- Project period 11/2012 - 11/2013
The town of Heppenheim encourages the targeted development of the city center and the local economy. In this regard, the possible development of the “Parking Yard” stands as a central question. The “Parking Yard” is a central square area within the urban core and is currently used as a parking lot for the city center. The facility consists of two levels; public parking spaces are available on the ground-level with an underground garage reserved for privately rented spaces. Working in partnership with the urban planning office KrischPartner, alternatives for further development of the “Parking Yard” were examined in depth, taking into account land-use specific considerations. Using a land-use / trip generation study within the framework of an integrated approach that includes both urban development and traffic engineering, the planning requirements in terms of capacity were identified. As part of the traffic study, the traffic impacts of different land-uses (retail, health club, office building) have been identified and the competing demands reasonably combined. Concepts for the redesign of the parking facilities were developed and incorporated in terms of the resulting parking capacity in the planning process. Where mandated by capacity restrictions, the land-use plan was reviewed and adapted. Likewise, the parking space design was re-worked to accommodate for land-use generated parking demand. At the end of the planning process, an optimal integrated land-use / traffic engineering concept was produced and tested for accessibility using swept path analysis methods.