New garage, eCabs aim to ease DC parking squeeze

Posted by John Wolfe on 18th Sep 2018

The city of Chandler opened its newest downtown garage Sept. 6, and announced the introduction of a new shuttle service that will operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The Overstreet garage, with 350 parking spaces, is located on Oregon Street, between Buffalo Street and Chandler Boulevard.

It was constructed in conjunction with the Overstreet project, which will comprise the Flix Brewhouse theaters, offices, and restaurants Over Easy and Camp Social when they open in December.

The parking is free.

The city has also launched a eCab free shuttle, known as the Wave, which will run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 5 to 9 p.m. The announcement featured Mayor Jay Tibshraeny in the driver's seat.

The city has contracted with Electric Cab North America, a Texas company, to

provide the free shuttle service of electric vehicles that can accommodate a driver and five passengers.

The Wave electric vehicles will pick up visitors in any of the four parking garages and take them to any downtown business of their choosing.

The Wave will also take visitors from one establishment to another within the downtown boundary. The phone number for pick up is 602-730-5153.

“We are excited to bring this free shuttle service to our residents and visitors and believe it will encourage more people to use our parking garages, while enhancing their overall downtown experience,” said Kim Moyers, Chandler’s downtown redevelopment manager.

The impetus behind the new service is a wave of new development that is eliminating more than 200 surface parking spaces on vacant property located south of the historic square. The five-acre parcel across from Chandler City Hall is slated for hotel, office and commercial buildings.

“We have plenty of other parking available in nearby garages, but wanted to enhance their convenience by providing this shuttle,” Moyers said. “In addition to driving, shuttle operators will also serve as ambassadors and be able to provide essential information about the various services and establishments available downtown.”

People can "catch the Wave" at the following Downtown garages:

* Chandler City Hall, enter off Washington Street, between Frye Road and Chicago Street;

* Ports America, near Washington and Buffalo streets;

* First Credit Union, near Washington and Boston streets;

* Overstreet garage at Oregon and Buffalo streets.

Meanwhile the Arizona Avenue reconstruction project is in its final stages.

The last phase is construction of a median in the center of the road.

The work should be completed by the end of September.