Archive for Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lawrence City Commission postpones decision to convert parking lot in 1000 block of Vermont

April 20, 2011


The Lawrence City Commission has deferred a request to convert the city-owned, two-hour parking lot in the 1000 block of Vermont Street into a 10-hour, metered lot in order to accommodate a proposed office development for Treanor Architects.

The decision happened during the commission's Tuesday night meeting.

Commissioners said they wanted to give nearby property owners more time to consider the changes.


Matthew Del Vecchio 3 years ago

Treanor's firm is one of the best in the country and he wants to move it downtown this is a win for downtown and downtown merchants. That building is an eyesore now and the parking lot is never full during the day. The hippies complaining about changing the terms of parking in this lot are what's wrong with downtown. If they chase Treanor out I hope someone turns that building into another bar,....that's just what we need.


oneeye_wilbur 3 years ago

Just meter every lot downtown and be done with it. Make all rates the same. 25cents per 1/2 hour. That's $4.00 a day for 8 hours for employees. If they cannot afford that, then their employer can subsizide them. As it is now, the general public is subsidizing parking. Some lots, are 5 cents, some are 10 cents, some are whatever.

Meter every lot and be done with it. Treanor's employees can pay $4.00 a day to park. If Treanor can spend 2.5 million, surely the firm can figure out how to help their impoverished employees pay for parking.

The city commission has not guts to change the parking. After all, it was Schumm who wanted the 15 minute meter. Get rid of that dumb idea too. What would Schumm say if everyone who had a handicapped parking sticker parked at the 15 minute stall?

Not much!


jhawkinsf 3 years ago

I'll quickly mention this again, as I mentioned it yesterday in a related thread. Because the lot will still be on a first come, first serve basis, we should assume that there will be times when a permit holder will find a full lot. They will be forced to park elsewhere. They will be paying for a spot that someone else is in, and also paying for. I agree that it's still a sweet deal but just not as sweet as some of the number crunchers are suggesting.


Bob_Keeshan 3 years ago

Mr. Treanor's powerful lobbyist, Ben Dover, will not be happy.

These neighboring businesses need to act like our city commission and school board and gladly do whatever Ben Dover tells them to do.


oneeye_wilbur 3 years ago

What is there to consider? The fact is, a $195 parking permit allows someone to pay the equivalent of 10centsan hour based on a 40 hour work week.

If Cromwell approves this and moves it forward, it only shows again that the merchants and their employees downtown subsidized more than even the Lawrence Housing Authority.

Another reason to not shop downtown and let the vacant buildings climb to 22 and higher.

City Commission members have not a clue about running parking. The merchants have become like a welfare community downtown. Landscaping, free parking, pennies on the dollar for permits.

Downtown is nothing special now and later will become even less special.


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