LETTER: Reader warns residents about new paid parking lot in Olde Burien

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]


Dear Editor,

Families in Burien need to be aware of a new Joe Diamond Pay-Parking Lot on 9th Ave SW behind the shops on SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien where I received a $40 Parking Ticket.

There is no signage at the street and no striped stalls, just the rough gravel with big potholes its always been. People have often parked there for free. Now, there is a sign attached to the back of a store, but we didn’t see it and you need a cell phone to pay, and must give your credit card over your cell phone to a stranger at Diamond.

Burien City Manager, Kamuron Gurol, was extremely helpful as was his assistant, Chip, who advised me how to proceed. I followed their advice and Diamond waived the ticket.

Apparently it’s all legal, and there is nothing that can be done, except to complain to Diamond and the contractor of the lot, who is Steve Yang, who lives in Bellevue.

Be warned,
Bette McCullom

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21 Responses to “LETTER: Reader warns residents about new paid parking lot in Olde Burien”
  1. messy hair says:

    Well that sucks…..Thanks for the head’s up. I imagine we have all parked there at one time….Mr. Yang must be hard up for revenue….

  2. Janet grella says:

    OLde Burien has paid parking? Well aren’t they fancy? Seems like a business killer to me! What are the businesses saying about this? Who let Diamond in to our town? Has this been announced to the public?

  3. Susie says:

    Yes we saw that. How ridiculous. It’s a gravel lot with no markings for parking spaces. We will never park there again. We ate dinner out the other night and it was vacant. No one else is going to use it. Steve Yang, come on, really?

  4. Lee Moyer says:

    Was the “ticket” issued by the police or was it just a surcharge or penalty from Diamond Parking for parking in their lot and not paying?
    Maybe the city needs some standards for private pay parking lots. We could also use clarification on the makeshift “customer only” type signs in front of businesses that seem to be sharing larger lots.

  5. Question Authority says:

    Maybe with all the money he greedily brings in the mess of a lot will get a makeover. Just wait, Burien will hire Diamond to manage all City parking and hire another new employee to be the policy liaison.

  6. Carol says:

    Absentee landlords do not care what happens to the wider area as long as they cash in early and often to the fullest. Burien has had little to no business growth for 20 years! With the compliance of developer friendly city council, new storefronts open and remain empty for years. Old B. has deteriorated from a vibrant fun place to be a few years ago, to an area of empty, moving or closing businesses…3 at the moment. How much of Burien does Steve Yang own/control? Is he the one that prices marginal business space out of range for most start-ups? And Joe Diamond? That guy has even spread his tentacles to Maui. Bah.

  7. Guess I won’t be parking there anyway. I don’t have a cell phone.

  8. JJ Greive says:

    So silly!!! private property rights people! if a private property owner wants to charge for parking, that their right. And you as a citizen have a right not to park in their lot, simple!
    Save the drama for something other then restricting private property rights.

    • Peter says:

      Private property rights – yes! But also free speech rights – we have the right to express our frustration at the development of a pay only by cell parking lot that used to be free, and also express concerns in the overall context of the business climate of Burien (Olde town and elsewhere). Also free association: if we do not like the situation in a commercial area, we have the right to go elsewhere, as some here have said they will. Lots of rights – and they do not preclude each other.

  9. Kari B says:

    And if you don’t want to give out your information to someone over the phone, or perhaps or some people that deal with cash only and don’t have credit cards at all, like my mom, so everyone is just SOL? WOW.

    If they are going to have something like that the signage needs to be better, as does the parking lot, and their should be somebody you can pay in person or drop box.

  10. AD says:

    Sounds like it really a problem of poor/ insufficient signage. I think that is something City Hall supervises, isn’t it?

  11. Jimmy says:

    From looking at their web site I found there address and local phone number for there downtown office.

    605 First Avenue, Suite 600
    Seattle, WA 98104
    (206) 284-3100
    (800) 340-PARK
    [email protected]

    I would take a guess they have other payment options. In case of people that want to use cash you might have to get a money order or something. But this is one parking lot in burien if your that worry take a bus or ride a bike,walk.

    For the 1 out of 100 people that don’t have a cell phone in 2016 you might just have to wait for a parking attendee or who ever is writing the tickets and ask them. Or jump into the future ditch the flock of messenger pigeon’s and buy a pre-paid cell phone some are as cheap as $20 it might not be the fancy cell phone but it will make calls and receive calls. If you can afford to drive a car you should be able to afford $20 for a cell phone.

    • Jimmy says:

      What the flock? I guess messenger pigeon’s have learn how to hit the thumbs down button!

      • Question Authority says:

        Gee whiz Jimmy, as many down votes you seem to get I wonder if people have you confused with Joey Martinez.

        • Jimmy says:

          I think it has more to do people that don’t like seeing honesty and people that have a real fear of change especially in old burien (sorry but it’s true). I hope no one is getting me confuse with joey martinez. I think one of tbc or tcb got a little confuse awhile back.

          But in this case like you said before they could be collecting funds to fix up the parking lot or make changes.

          Then there also something that diamond has called the we care program. Which who knows if that works as good as it sounds. But seems have some helpful stuff in case of some typical issues when parking (flat tire fix,get locked keys out ,ect) but I have not seen one post saying anything about these services. These are things this parking lot did not have before.

          I forgot to mention you can also get things called prepaid credit cards at most grocery stores and some corner stores. That you control how much you want to put on them. Then you can use them for things like parking or shopping with out a credit check or worry of a outrages bill. These can make services like this parking lot more accessible to people that don’t want to risk having a credit card or can’t get a credit card.

  12. Ethan says:

    I think we all need to get used to this. I’m sure there will be more paid parking in Burien. Currently there is not enough parking in Burien and local businesses and building owners are being forced out of their own private parking lots. We can’t assume the right to park on private property for free, even though we’ve been doing it for years.

    I’m sure there will be more of this, we just need to park in public spots and not private spots, or get used to paying.

  13. mark pitzner says:

    Well i heard about this also just recently, it is one of the last things Burien needs economically right now. Businesses struggle to stay open, attract new customers and change with the times. Increased city interventions, regulations, and rising costs make it even more difficult. Now the private sector i.e. landlords are adding to the added difficulties, although totally legal it is ironic that these parking fees will probably make it even more difficult to stay economically viable. At the very least there might be validation policy for the parking if shopping with local vendors. Patronage should be encouraged obviously not penalized, just look around being a long time resident former business owner I do not remember more vacancies, empty storefronts, people it is time to get a clue……

  14. Katja says:

    I hate Diamond with a passion and do not know anyone who has not ever gotten a ticket from them. They use a lot of dodgy and almost illegal business practices and I loathe that they were let into Burien -THAT REALLY SUCKS!!!

  15. betterburien says:

    I guess thats Buriens way to feel all grown up, charge for parking.

    • Jimmy says:

      Privately owned property not city’s property. It’s the property owners decision to have paid parking on there property.

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