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The hidden parking spots nobody uses

It’s time to rethink parking space requirements for apartment buildings, new study finds

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Thu, Mar 30, 2023 9:50amGrey Clock 2 min

Australians are paying for $6 billion worth of parking spaces they don’t need, a new study has found.

Research from RMIT University found that 20 percent of households in apartment blocks were not using all the parking allocated to them, while 14 percent found their allocation inadequate.

Based on earlier estimates by Committee for Sydney that each parking spot has a value of $100,000, the team concluded that’s $6 billion worth of unused space. 

The study conducted in collaboration with the University of Western Australia surveyed more than 1,300 apartment residents in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Lead researcher Dr Chris De Gruyter from RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research said the study shows regulations mandating parking allowances according to apartment size needed review. 

In Victoria, for example, every two-bedroom apartment must be allocated at least one parking spot while apartments with three or more bedrooms are required to have at least two parking spaces.

“We found in our study that people living in larger apartments tend to have an oversupply of parking because of this policy, which means they’re paying for a space they’re not using,” Dr De Gruyter said. “This oversupply is not just an inefficient use of space, it is exacerbating housing affordability issues.  

“Meanwhile, apartment households with an undersupply of parking are forced to park on the street, competing with visitors in the area.” 

Dr De Gruyter says the solution is to ‘unbundle’ parking spaces to give residents the flexibility to choose as little, or as much, parking space as they need.

“We can choose the number of bedrooms we want in our homes, yet we have no say in how much parking we need,” he said. “We want people to have the option to choose not to have parking instead of it being imposed on them. Similarly, those who wish to have additional parking can have this.” 

Allowing residents to choose more or less parking space as required has flow-on effects, Dr De Gruyter said.

“Unbundled parking is going to help with housing affordability, reduce car use and on-street parking issues,” he said. “We’re also going to see better health for residents as there will be more physical activity due to more public transport use, and better air quality from less car use.” 



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Tonino Lamborghini recently revealed a new luxury project comprising 241 units in Ras Al Khaimah, developed in partnership with Arista Developments.

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Named the Tonino Lamborghini Residences, this project promises a fresh take on luxury living with its iconic design, cutting-edge amenities, and stunning sea views.

Set on Al Marjan Island, the development is adding 241 high-end units to the area’s real estate offerings, all reflecting the sleek, Italian elegance associated with the Lamborghini name.

These residences are designed to impress, featuring modern architecture that harmonizes with the scenic surroundings and interiors marked by meticulous craftsmanship and top-quality finishes.

Living in this one of the project’s units means access to a range of upscale amenities: a state-of-the-art fitness center, multiple swimming pools, beautifully landscaped gardens, and dedicated areas for children’s play. The complex also offers a business center with a conference room, an outdoor BBQ area, and a chic café, catering to all aspects of high-end living.

Arch. Abdulla Al Abdouli, Chief Executive Officer, Marjan, expressed excitement about the introduction of Tonino Lamborghini Residences to Al Marjan Island, noting the project’s blend of sustainable construction and smart home technologies. This integration, he mentioned, guarantees a luxurious lifestyle equipped with the finest modern amenities, reflecting the exquisite Italian craftsmanship. He is confident that this new venture with Arista Developments will significantly boost the allure of Al Marjan Island as a top lifestyle destination in Ras Al Khaimah for both investors and residents.

Tonino Lamborghini, President of the Tonino Lamborghini brand, said: “We are delighted to be among the pioneers in this remarkable new destination in one of the seven emirates of the UAE. Our heartfelt gratitude and recognition go to H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, for his visionary leadership and foresight, and for embracing innovative strategies to revitalize a region full of potential.”

Mr. Arthur Chu, Chairman of Arista Developments, highlighted the project’s ambition to capture the essence of the Tonino Lamborghini brand in every aspect of its design. He described the development of a prestigious residential tower on Al Marjan Island that will reflect the lifestyle and beauty synonymous with Lamborghini. From the sharp, well-defined lines of the exterior to the elegantly designed interior common areas, every detail is crafted to showcase the brand’s distinctive elegance and sophistication. Chu emphasized that the interior designs, personally crafted by Tonino Lamborghini, aim to fully immerse residents in the Italian brand’s luxurious identity.

The variety in housing options is vast, ranging from one and two-bedroom apartments to duplexes, sea view villas, signature villas, and exclusive penthouses.

The collaboration between Tonino Lamborghini and Arista Developments blends iconic Italian style with expert real estate craftsmanship. This venture marks Lamborghini’s first introduction to Ras Al Khaimah and represents a commitment to setting new standards in luxury and modern living.

 

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