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AutoParkit™ prepared for changing parking landscape

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple This is an exterior view of the former Delphi plant where Warren native Christopher Alan wants to build his AutoParkit manufacturing facility. He said he met with the property owner last week and expects to hear soon about the sale of the land.

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Mayor Doug Franklin: Tour of AUTOParkit was ‘spectacular’


WARREN — The developer working to bring an automatic parking manufacturing facility to Warren expects to finalize terms of the purchase of the former Delphi property on Dana Street in coming weeks.

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A Southern California company that constructs fully automated car garages is seeking to eliminate the sometimes troublesome process of parking a vehicle.

Auto Parkit has built several advanced-technology garages, including a new one at the Helms Bakery campus in Culver City. The structure houses 247 vehicles.
According to the company’s president and founder, Christopher Alan, a similar-size standard garage — with driveways, ramps, and headroom — would only be able to fit 86 vehicles.
Though the price of an individual structure was not disclosed, Auto Parkit officials said the company is able to build robotic garages for roughly the same cost as regular concrete facilities — but with far less maintenance.

Standard garages need ventilation and lighting systems that must run constantly, a concern that does not apply to automated garages as they remain unoccupied.
“The cars don’t run, they’re not using gasoline…. So that energy consumption alone is about 60 percent less than a traditional parking structure,” Alan said.

Precise, computer-controlled parking also prevents possible vehicular damage.

“No cars get scratched. No birds get in there. Your car’s going to stay clean,” said Walter Marks, owner of Helms Bakery. “You can leave it unlocked and there’s no one in there to get it.”

Auto Parkit said it is currently in talks to build more than 40 garages in the Los Angeles area.

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CBS Los Angeles

Automated Parking At Helms Bakery

It works like a giant vending machine at the Helms Bakery Complex.

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AutoParkit Owner Says Time Is Right to Close the Deal

The Business Journal


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ask Christopher Alan why he wants to move his California company’s headquarters into the former Delphi Packard Electric building in Warren, and he’ll point to his wristwatch.

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AutoParkit System Dubbed ‘Future of Parking’


WARREN, Ohio – “The future of parking in Los Angeles” will be on display March 10 when the ribbon is cut on that city’s largest fully-automated parking structure, which was built by Warren native Christopher Alan and his AutoParkit LLC, says the developer of the historic Helms Bakery District.

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Auto Parkit LA Site Opens, Warren Operation Next


WARREN, Ohio – Auto Parkit LLC plans to move forward with its proposed multimillion-dollar project in Warren although it might not be at the former Packard Electric Building on Dana Street Northeast.

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Chapter 1 – Prelude



Welcome.  My name is Shawn Adams and I am currently the VP of Automation at AutoParkit. I joined AutoParkit in July of 2013 and was associated with the company before that helping them launch their inaugural installation in February 2013 at “The Savannahs” located at 14309 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91401.


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Chapter 2 – Introduction





Whew, second post and I am still standing.

This blog is dedicated to telling a real-time story from a front row-seat of a fully automated parking development. It will start with Concept move to Construction followed by Commissioning and end with Completion.

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Chapter 3 – Lines & Boxes

Every initial meeting we have hosted with a perspective developer/architect generally centers around 2 fundamental questions: How many cars can you park on my site? How much will this system cost?

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