elliottbuildingfront A new paid Diamond Parking lot has opened near the Elliott Building, located at 920 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.[/caption] A new paid Diamond Parking lot opened in the 900 block on SW 152nd Street Olde Burien on Wednesday, Sept. 7. This is the second paid parking lot in that neighborhood. The first is a gravel one located on 9th Ave SW, just south of SW 152nd Street (read a Letter to the Editor about that here). Sources told The B-Town Blog that this once-free lot – located on private property between the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest building (930 SW 152nd Street) and The Mark Restaurant (at 918 SW 152nd) – had recently been overwhelmed since the other paid lot was activated in late June. The new owners of the that building (Remick and Heather Merry) then decided to change their parking lot to a paid one, which has at least 15 stalls. So they contracted with Seattle’s Diamond Parking, which also operates and monitors Olde Burien’s other paid lot on 9th Ave SW. We have heard from many residents who are not happy with this new lot, including a few we’ve warned in person as we’ve seen them park and wander off without paying. As you can see in the photos below, to pay for parking in this new Diamond lot you need to have a cell phone. You cannot pay with cash or a debit/credit card on site (click images to see larger versions/slideshow) img_5321 img_5324 img_5323 The parking rates (including “processing fees”) from the posted hours of 5 a.m. (!) – 5 p.m. are:

  • $1.09 for 1 hour
  • $2.19 for 2 hours
  • $3.29 for 3 hours
  • $4.39 for 4 hours
  • $5.49 for 10 hours/all day
Employees of Berkshire Hathaway were given some stalls for their staff, but everyone else must pay or risk being fined (according to signage the fee is $40) or towed.]]>