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Automated Parking Structure Unveiled at New Apartment Complex on Burbank Blvd.

The AutoParkiT system can provide roughly three floors of parking for every two floors of a traditional garage, according to the company.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday for a fully automated parking system at a new apartment complex that allows for three floors of parking for every two floors of a traditional garage.

Located at 14039 Burbank Blvd., the structure was built by AutoParkiT and heralded as Southern California's first fully automated parking system.

AutoParkiT works by implementing a mechanical system of lifts and shuttles. According to the company's website:

1) User activates external door

2) Vehicle enters garage, ignition is turned off and vehicle is locked

3) User exits garage and activates system

4) Equipment loads vehicle into system

5) Lift/shuttle travels to a cell and deposits vehicle (steps 1-5 can occur while lift/shuttle continues automatic transfer of a previous vehicle)

6) Shuttle awaits instruction or returns for next vehicle

7) User initiates retrieval and the entire process works in reverse

"Do you still go to the bank to get cash or do you go to an ATM?" said Christopher Alan, who developed the project, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. "This is the same thing."

The Daily News also reported that because no concrete needs to be poured, construction costs can be kept between $17,500 and $23,000 per stall by AutoParkiT, while the local parking structure average is $18,000 to over $30,000 per stall.

The apartment complex is located in Van Nuys on the border with Sherman Oaks.

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Rep. Tony Cardenas, Building and Safety General Manager Bud Ovrom, and Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian were on hand for the ribbon cutting.

See the attached YouTube video for more information on how AutoParkiT works.

notmyfault February 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Craig, This is Sherman Oaks, remember the new boundary is now Oxnard, no longer Burbank Blvd.
Craig Clough February 22, 2013 at 11:57 PM
If the border has moved, I am unaware. We at Patch use the neighborhood council maps to determine a neighborhood's boundaries for our stories, and the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council official map on its website shows the south side of Burbank Blvd. as the border - http://www.shermanoaksnc.org/area_map.php
Catt February 23, 2013 at 03:21 AM
I went to an open house last month. The parking is cool, but paying 3,000 a month..not worth it. Apartments too small, nothing fancy.

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