LOGAN – Residents of an off-campus student housing complex have few options on where to park, and it is costing them. The Factory’s parking structure can only provide spaces for 75 percent of its tenants.
According to Sam Anderson, manager of the neighboring Dee’s Bridgerland Apartments, the parking situation along both 900 North and 600 East has been a “mess” since the Factory opened. He said the two streets are constantly lined with cars belonging to the Factory’s tenants.
Now that it is winter, if those cars remain on the street at night they are considered illegally parked and are subject to citations. It is part of a parking prohibition to aid the city’s snowplow system.
“A lot of people don’t have parking spots,” Factory resident Zach Taylor said. “Instead of parking here they have to park on the street and therefore get parking tickets when it snows. There used to be visitor parking, but now residents are getting booted when they park there.”
Logan City Senior Planner Russ Holley said it doesn’t sound like the Factory informed its tenants on the city’s parking prohibition that has been in effect for years.
“We get a lot of calls from their tenants,” Holley said. “Their tenants are very frustrated.
“They make it sound like we’re the bad guys, but like I said, this winter overnight parking prohibition has been in effect for decades.”
The apartment complex is located within the city’s campus residential zoning district, which requires one parking space for every tenant, but the Factory received the city’s approval during construction to have less. According to Holley, documents were provided to the Planning and Zoning Commission that showed the Factory would share some parking with Utah State University, that many of the residents wouldn’t own cars and that a redone nearby bus stop would be utilized more often.
“Based on those kinds of documents the Planning Commission decided to make that reduction from one-to-one down to 75 percent,” Holley said.
Anderson said the Factory has called him asking to rent parking spaces from the Dee’s Bridgerland lot; many of the Factory residents have contacted him asking the same thing.
“Unfortunately, our policy is that we don’t sell parking spaces to non-residents,” he said.
That policy hasn’t stopped residents of the Factory from trying to park at other apartment complexes, but it often doesn’t end well. Those who park at Dee’s Bridgerland without a pass often end up with a boot on their tire and a $75 removal fee.
“We get a couple people booted every night because of it,” Anderson said.
Another option has become available for factory residents, but it also comes at a cost. According to a recent press release from the university, the USU Parking and Transportation Service recently opened the option of purchasing a temporary parking pass this winter “in an effort to assist Logan City with their snow removal ordinance.”
The $88 pass will help, but it requires the students to park at the football stadium, three blocks from the Factory. Those who utilize the parking pass will be required to find alternative parking during basketball games and other events.
Holley said now that the Factory is finished, Planning and Zoning can’t retroactively require additional parking to be built.
“At this point it is difficult to require any changes from our end,” he said. “Obviously from their end maybe they screen their tenants and only lease to those that don’t have a car that are beyond that 75 percent.”
The Factory’s management declined to comment.
This isn’t the first time the Factory has had extensive issues accommodating its tenants. The Factory sold leases for the fall 2014 semester and again in fall 2015, but was unable to open in time for the school year on both occasions.