Mayor Sam Adams
City Center Parking
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has completed a selection process for the City of Portland's SmartPark garage system by issuing a Notice of Intent to Negotiate and Award the operations contract to Central Parking System.
This is not the first time PBOT has considered proposals. The first procurement process occurred in the spring and the second one began after the Mayor and City Council expressed concern and asked for the Request For Proposals to be re-released. The second group of proposals was considered by a new evaluation committee, which included downtown retail representation, and overseen by a project manager new to the process. The independent selection process worked toward making sure there were no apparent conflicts of interest. Also, special consideration was given to companies located in Oregon as part of the evaluation criteria.
The independent evaluation committee reviewed three proposals and unanimously recommended awarding the contract to Central Parking System. The next step is for City Council to authorize a contract with the company, which is scheduled for January 2011.
The committee identified multiple reasons for choosing Central Parking System, including its partnerships with local businesses to provide better marketing and services, focus on the needs of small and large downtown businesses and on-site staffing for the garages at all times. Their proposal was refined specifically for Portland.
The six SmartPark parking garages include nearly 4,000 public parking spaces and serve shoppers, business clients and visitors to downtown Portland. The City parking facilities are located at SW First and Jefferson, SW Third and Alder, SW Fourth and Yamhill, SW Tenth and Yamhill, O'Bryant Square and NW Naito and Davis.