City May Award Parking Contract to Nashville Firm


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One of the biggest questions hanging over downtown Portland is how City Hall would deal with a sticky, big-dollar problem: who would get the contract to manage six city-owned Smart Park garages. In 2003, the city awarded the business to the Schlesinger family's Star Park and a consortium of minority chambers of commerce. In so doing, the city ended the 18-year stranglehold by the Goodman ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Parking Contract Update: City Rejects Goodmans' Protest


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One protest down, one to go. As WW reported earlier, the city's two biggest parking companies are plenty steamed about the City of Portland's April 28 announcement that it planned to award a three-year contract to manage six city-owned SmartPark garages to a Nashville firm. The SmartPark garages, which charge motorists the lowest fees in Portland—$1.50 per hour for the first four hours—are ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Parking Contract: Roy Jay, Minority Chambers Catch "Hail Mary"


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Last week, the city's two biggest parking companies protested the City of Portland's announcement that it intended to award a three-year contact to manage six city-owned SmartPark garages to a Nashville firm, Central Parking System. The protest by the Goodman family's City Center Parking and the Schlesinger family's Star Park effectively united two rivals who compete hard for parking. In ...   More
 
Monday, May 17, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Downtown Parking Contract Protest Deadline Looms


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Last week the Portland Bureau of Transportation issued some startling news: that it intended to award the contract to manage nearly 4,000 city-owned parking spots in six city-owned garages to a Nashville firm, Central Parking System. That news came as an unpleasant jolt to the city's dominant parking company, the Goodman family's City Center Parking, which controls a majority of parking garages ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Officials Reject Star Park Protest on Garage Contract


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City of Portland Procurement Officer Christine Moody has rejected a second protest of the city's intention to award a three-year contract to manage its six SmartPark garages to Nashville-based Central Parking System. Earlier, Moody rejected a protest from City Center Parking, Portland's largest parking company and the holder of the city contract from 1985 to 2003. Subsequently, in a May 19 letter ...   More
 
Thursday, May 20, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Parking Group Sues to Expel Roy Jay: Updated with Jay's Response


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The CM Group, a consortium that operates the six city-owned Smart Park garages in Portland, filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Court yesterday seeking to expel one of its members, the African American Chamber of Commerce. The lawsuit comes as the latest twist in the maneuvering around the contract to manage the garages, which generate about $10 million in annual revenue. For all intents and ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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