A dedication for the Judge John Aiso Parking Structure and Rev. Howard Toriumi Plaza will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, at noon at the intersection of First and Aiso streets in Little Tokyo.
The entrance to the underground lot is located halfway between First Street and Temple Street on the west side of Judge John Aiso Street, across from the Union Center for the Arts. The Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) is encouraging visitors to Little Tokyo to consider using the Aiso parking lot.
“The hope of the Little Tokyo Community Council is that visitors will consider using this new lot in the future,” explained Mike Okamoto, LTCC chairman. “By creating the fee structure to encourage short-term visitors to use the Aiso Parking Structure, the City of Los Angeles is supporting the businesses and non-profit organizations of our community. But, people need to take advantage of this opportunity, or this price structure might change in the future.”
Currently the Aiso Parking Structure is open seven days a week and is a bargain for those making shorter visits to Little Tokyo. Run by the city’s Department of Transportation, the lot charges only $1 for the first hour, another dollar for the second hour and $3 for the third hour. Fees go up after three hours to $6 an hour with a maximum charge of $14.
However, the Aiso Parking Structure is also convenient for those coming to Little Tokyo after 5 p.m., with each car charged a flat rate of $3. The parking structure is open most nights until midnight, with longer hours on Friday and Saturday. Individuals should check their hours with the attendant upon admission.
For information about the dedication, call the office of Councilmember Jan Perry at (213) 473-7009. For information on the Aiso Parking Structure, go to www.littletokyola.org.