Lowes to install 2 new 2-story parking meters in Irvine, Calif.
LOWES, Calif.— Lowes will install 2-foot parking meters on all of its new 2.2 million square feet of new, environmentally-friendly high-density housing in Irvine.
The new meters, which will be installed on a 45-foot wide, 2-acre lot, are designed to offer more than one meter per person per hour, said Brian O’Brien, vice president of engineering for the Irvine, California-based company.
Lowes plans to have a new parking meter in each of the existing low-density buildings in the Irvine area by year’s end.
In an interview, O’Brien said that with low parking demand, he hopes to make the parking meters a standard feature of low-income neighborhoods throughout the community.
Lowes currently offers parking meters at high-rises in both New York City and San Francisco, but the Irvine project will be the first low-cost parking in the area, O-Brien said.
High-density developments have a lot of parking, but also lots of amenities that could be a draw to low- to middle-income families, he said.
The parking meters are designed with technology that detects the proximity of nearby cars to each other, including streetlights and street furniture, and then alerts the meter to change a meter’s setting to automatically shift to the highest setting, O.B. said.
In addition to providing a “parking-aware” experience, the technology also helps to reduce the number of times the meter is reset after an incident, and to minimize the number and type of violations that occur.
Low, which has more than 1,300 employees, has plans to build its Irvine office and manufacturing plant in Irvine as part of the project.
As part of its investment in Irvine and the Irvine community, Lowes also will spend $3 million on a new “smart parking” system, said O’Connell, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.
The parking meter system, which Lowes hopes to roll out in all of Irvine’s high-rise buildings by the first quarter of 2021, will feature a camera system that detects cars and then sends a text message to each meter owner if a vehicle has violated the parking rules.
If the meter owner answers the text message and the violation has been reported, the parking ticket will be issued and the meter’s settings automatically switched back to the lowest setting.
Low will also be installing “smart meters” that are “smart” in that they automatically reset if a meter is stolen or if a parking ticket is issued, O.’
O’Brien said that Lowes has had a “very positive impact” on Irvine.
“We have one of the lowest crime rates in the nation, and we have one that is very well-served by our parking meters,” O’Sullivan said.
“It is very important for us to be a part of Irvine, to be part of what is happening here, and also to provide opportunities for people who are not part of our community to participate in this and get involved.”
O’Connell said that while the Irvine development will be low-rent, it will be more affordable than many high-rent developments in the city.
Because of its proximity to Irvine International Airport, the Lowes parking garage will be able to serve both residential and commercial clients, Ollie added.