I have the chance to expand my floor to almost twice the size to accomodate a lot more people, however, I still have limited parking avalible. And because I am located on a highway there is no option to expand the parking nor let the people park ON the highway.
So, I’m trying to figure out what the “average” is of cars to people so that if I’m not able to have enough parking for more people, why expand?
Not really sure about the ratio you mention, however, quite often zoning bylaws have a minimum standard…That may mean even if you think you will need the spaces the municipals folks will require them…Good luck…RCS…
At lunch I average about 2 people per car. At dinner it goes to 3.5-4 However, we have lots of 4 to a car and lots of singles, so it really does balance out.
royster13 - I’m going to assume he is in a strip shopping center. When the building was built it was required to have a certain number of parking spaces based on its square footage. At that point, they don’t care what type of tenants go into it. Or at least that is what I experienced in my home state.
Well whats the seating capacity now and how many parks do you have? Any shared parking during day/night or both? Have you tracked amount of cars vs. capacity? Shared items"Pizza" can also mean parties driving seperate and meeting up at you place. Well all in all do you need to expand you place? More space=More expenditures and if your not packing it in is it worth it? Ego vs common sense.
CHECK THE ZONING REQUIREMENTS to be sure you are covered under the commercial shopping center. Our local zoning requires 1 space per 4 seats in a restaurant . . . . plus 1 per 2 employees. That is for a stand-alone shop. We are bumpkins, though, and most places use gross leaseable area as the standard for parking spaces required.
On a practical level, I would think that 1 per 4 expected patrons would be a starting point, probably ideal would be 1 space per 2.5 patrons at capacity. That can include shared spaces counted from businesses closing before your peak hours.
Sorry, I forgot to mention… i’m not in a minimall, just a long building in which the landlord keeps his back space as a storage area and has been waiting for me to take over/rent out the rest of the building.
According to the “building codes”, I only need 20 spaces lined… anything else is upto me and the landlord.
The major problem i’m having right now, is the fact that the landlord dosent want to pay to have the rest of the driveway paved and lined… because right now after the 20 lined spots are taken up, people start parking all over the place and limit the amount of area avalible to park.