Interesting. We were getting hundreds of hits on our Slovak awards report from a message board on sme.sk, the website of the popular daily SME. Turns out a debate had broken out about parking in Petrzalka, and someone linked (sarcastically) to the awards page post on the blog where it was announced that Digital Park won the Best Office Development prize. Not that we mind all the attention, mind.
HB Reavis had been planning to introduce paid parking at Aupark because as you’ll know if you’ve tried to park there in the past couple years, it’s pretty hard to do. With Incheba across the street on the one side, and the growing Digital Park scheme on the other, it seems a lot of people were using the mall’s parking lot for free. Aupark ironically then came in for a lot of criticism for not providing enough parking. Clearly, that’s too low a price for the convenience provided, so HB Reavis may end up implementing a paid parking service. Reasonable enough. But parking is a lifestyle issue, as it ends up determining if you begin your day in the car, on a bus, and it can cut into your budget at the end of the month. We’ll try to get a reaction from the developer on its take later on in the day.