The City of Annapolis will hold a Grand (re)Opening for the downtown Noah Hillman Garage from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 with live music, giveaways and free parking. The garage closed in April of 2022 for the rebuild.
FEATURES OF THE NEW GARAGE: The new garage will include: more parking spaces (165 more than the old garage); gateless entry and exit; easier payments through the app, text-to-pay, or at payment kiosks; two elevators; two public restrooms; stormwater controls; EV charging stations (nine in total, including six Level III “fast” chargers and three Level II’s); 594 solar panels on the roof that will generate 281 kWh (enough for all connected loads for the garage itself); bicycle racks; greater ADA accessibility; increased lighting for public safety; space counter indicators at the entrances on Gorman Street and Duke of Gloucester; and more.
Premium Parking is the parking vendor for AMRP and will operate the garage as part of the concession agreement. Premium has been working in the City since mid-2022 when they were brought in to handle on-street parking enforcement in Districts 1 and 2 (downtown). Monthly parkers who were moved to other garages in the City are now eligible for monthly parking at the new Hillman. All other monthly applicants will be served in order of receipt of application by visiting www.premiumparking.com/P4902.
ABOUT GATELESS ENTRY: Operationally, the new Hillman Garage will function without entry and exit gates, allowing faster ingress and egress (no queuing of vehicles that cause back-ups). Upon entering the garage, don’t wait for the gate to go up or struggle to pull a ticket. Just drive right in and find a space. Cameras at the entrance are outfitted with license plate readers (LPRs) that take a picture of every vehicle’s license plate.
Once inside, patrons will need to pay for parking in one of three ways: app, text-to-pay, or at the pay kiosk. You’ll estimate the amount of time you want to use (don’t worry, you can add time on the app if you decide to stay longer). When ready to leave, visitors simply exit the garage. There’s no time spent feeding a ticket or figuring out which way the credit card goes into the slot. Just drive away. The LPR on exit will calculate and sign off that you paid for the amount of parking you used.
The new garage will offer free parking between the Grand Opening on June 14 and Monday, June 19 in order to encourage residents and visitors to check out the new garage and celebrate by shopping and dining downtown. Parking enforcement will begin on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.