Council votes to increase sustainability of Civic Center parking lot

Marissa Page, Assistant City Editor

Aldermen moved Monday to add two electric car charging stations to the parking lot at the Civic Center.

The stations, which can each charge two vehicles, would accommodate the three all-electric Nissan Leaf vehicles the city purchased in June for the Community Development Department.

Both the Civic Center and the Service Center parking lots were considered for the installation of charging stations, but the Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave. allows for greater public availability and accessibility to all city staff. The stations are accessible to the general public during the day, with the city charging its vehicles at night.

The city installed the same charging stations, manufactured by ChargePoint Technologies, at both the Maple Avenue and Sherman Plaza parking structures over the past two years.

The Maple Avenue stations, the first ones implemented, prompted the city to explore more venues for electric car chargers due to unexpected success rates.

The Civic Center station installation will cost just over $36,000.

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