Birmingham Parking Authority

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The Birmingham Parking Authority, created in 1972, oversees the construction and operation of off-street public parking lots and decks for the City of Birmingham. The Authority is governed by a three-member board of directors, appointed by the Birmingham City Council.

The authority currently employs 70 full- and part-time personnel to operate 7 parking decks and 3 surface lots with a total of 8,116 parking spaces.

The authority was authorized by Act of Alabama 1971-2079 (link), which was signed by Governor George Wallace in October 1971. In its findings, the legislature determined that, "the free circulation of traffic on the streets of cities having a population of 300,000 or more is necessary to the health, safety and general welfare of the public," and that, "parking facilities in such cities are grossly inadequate.". It further explained that, "private enterprise has not been able to solve the problem, because private parking lots are frequently temporary in nature, located without regard for actual parking requirements, with vacant land being used for parking purposes in more or less haphazard fashion," and "those operating parking facilities impose upon the public by charging grossly excessive and oppressive fees for parking."

The 1971 law authorized the creation of a public corporation, comprised of three directors, who must be qualified electors and property owners in the city, to be elected by the Birmingham City Council. The Authority, in turn, was granted authority to issue revenue bonds, acquire property and impose service fees. Bill Voigt served for 14 years as executive director, and was also vice-chairman of the board under Ferd Weil. The authority was reclassified as a "dependent agency " for the 2002 Census of Governments.

In October 2020 the newly-formed Birmingham Economic Development Partners, headed by Shipt founder Bill Smith, offered to purchase six of the city's parking decks for $40,375,000, leaving Deck 2 adjacent to Boutwell Auditorium in BPA hands. Mayor Randall Woodfin supported the proposed sale as a way to offset the city's revenue shortfall from the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, and potentially re-hire some of the 158 Birmingham Public Library staff on furlough. The BPA's board of directors criticized the proposal as "short-sighted," and said that it could modernize on its own.

Executive director Lynn Thomas resigned in 2019 and was succeeded by acting director Wanda Knight. A search committee hired long-time parking executive Daniel Lassiter. He accepted the offer, but then changed his mind two days before his anticipated start due to "personal family reasons". Consultant Brett Wood took his place as interim director as the search for a permanent CEO resumed.

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