Oakland-based CityLift wants to make parking more compact and automated, cutting costs for real estate developers.
This week, construction will start on the company’s first automated parking tower in the Bay Area at Signature Development Group’s Hive project in Uptown Oakland. Visitors will be able to drive their cars into a sliding platform that lifts cars into the seven-level parking tower.
CityLift touts a smaller footprint and cheaper costs for its systems compared to traditional parking structures. If new projects use the systems, that could leave more space and money for additional housing and commercial uses.
“Developers will have to solve the need for parking. We believe we can do that with less space and less cost,” said Scott Gable, CEO of CityLift.
The Hive parking tower, at 24th Street between Broadway and Valley Street, will have 39 parking spots in a 1,500-square-foot space, or under 40 square feet per car. Conventional parking structures, which require pathways for cars to be driven to spaces, require about 350 to 400 square feet per car, Gable said.
Conventional parking structures cost $50,000 to $60,000 per space, while CityLift projects 20 to 30 percent lower costs. Jayhawk Construction is the general contractor and Flynn Architecture designed the all-steel structure, which is slated to open next spring.
CityLift has already installed systems in 13 countries and is now ramping up its activity in the Bay Area, with other semi-automated systems in San Francisco, Emeryville and Berkeley, and also at Signature Development’s Broadway Grand project. It’s also working in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Boston.
“We’re looking to put CityLift in just about all of our projects now,” said Mike Ghielmetti, president of Signature Development. “The space and the economics are so compelling.” (CityLift is also an office tenant at the Hive and Ghielmetti is an investor in CityLift.)
If you provide us with your email address to subscribe to Signature Development Group communications, we will use it only for notifications of market reports and our own services. We will NEVER share your information with anyone else. If you don’t like receiving our periodic emails, please unsubscribe anytime and we will take you immediately off the list.
We collect personally identifiable information, like names, postal addresses, email addresses, etc., when voluntarily submitted by our visitors. The information you provide is used to fulfill your specific request. This information is only used to fulfill your specific request, unless you give us permission to use it in another manner, for example to add you to one of our mailing lists.
The Site may use cookie and tracking technology depending on the features offered. Cookie and tracking technology are useful for gathering information such as browser type and operating system, tracking the number of visitors to the Site, and understanding how visitors use the Site. Cookies can also help customize the Site for visitors. Personal information cannot be collected via cookies and other tracking technology, however, if you previously provided personally identifiable information, cookies may be tied to such information. Aggregate cookie and tracking information may be shared with third parties.
We may share information with governmental agencies or other companies assisting us in fraud prevention or investigation. We may do so when: (1) permitted or required by law; or, (2) trying to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud or unauthorized transactions; or, (3) investigating fraud which has already taken place. The information is not provided to these companies for marketing purposes.
Your personally identifiable information is kept secure. Only authorized employees, agents and contractors (who have agreed to keep information secure and confidential) have access to this information. All emails and newsletters from this site allow you to opt out of further mailings.