The Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) Parking Committee announced that the new Aiso Parking Structure will have a “soft” opening on Monday, Dec. 12.
As previously reported, the grand opening will be scheduled in early 2012 when the automated ticketing machines are installed. However, the soft opening can accommodate year-end and new year visitors to Little Tokyo.
The parking is located on the corner of First and Judge John Aiso streets. With 300 parking spaces underground, the structure will provide low-cost, short-term parking for visitors to Little Tokyo.
Rates are currently set at a low $1 per hour for the first two hours.
“There is a perception in the community that there is no parking in Little Tokyo,” remarked Mike Okamoto, LTCC chair. “Most people choose to park at the parking meters, but they get filled up very quickly, and they get frustrated from circling around and around, looking for a parking space. They won’t have to do that anymore, because it is cheaper to park in this parking lot. We encourage you to utilize this parking to the full so that our community needs can be met.”
Visitors parking after 5 p.m. will pay a flat fee of $3 instead of the hourly rate. This provides a low-cost option for those who want to enjoy Little Tokyo’s nightlife or go to evening events held by local arts institutions like East West Players, Visual Communications, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts.
1st hour – $1
2nd hour – $1
3rd hour – $3
4th hour and thereafter – $6/hour
or every 15 minutes – $1.50
Daily maximum rate – $14
Flat rate after 5 p.m. – $3