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Request for reserved parking spaces in New Hampshire Street garage likely going to review committee

May 4, 2011

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Another downtown parking discussion soon will be coming to City Hall.

City Manager David Corliss said he anticipates bringing forward a recommendation within the next 60 days on a request to reserve parking spaces in the Ninth and New Hampshire street parking garage for an adjacent seven-story office and apartment building that currently is under construction.

Corliss said his office is looking for a way to use the garage to accommodate the project, but said the idea of actually reserving spots is creating some concerns.

“We would like to avoid reserving public parking spaces,” Corliss said.

A development group led by Lawrence businessmen Doug Compton, Mike Treanor and others is constructing the building at the southwest corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. The building, which will have a mix of apartment, office and retail uses, will tie into the adjacent parking garage.

The development group has asked for 65 reserved parking spaces in the garage and would like the spaces to be free of charge for the first two years of the project. The group also is asking for $280,852 in city funding to pay for various infrastructure items such as utility relocation, stormwater improvements, sidewalk replacements and other similar infrastructure projects associated with the project.

Corliss said he plans to recommend that both the funding and parking requests be sent to the Public Incentives Review Commission, which is the group that reviews tax abatement requests and other business incentives. A date hasn’t been set, but Corliss said it likely would be either in May or June.

Comments

ksarmychick 3 years, 7 months ago

They should have gotten their plan approved before the construction started. The city should reject the plan...it's not like they are going to quit building the project now. NO!!! And if they get free parking for 2 years, so should everyone that pays taxes in Lawrence.

pizzapete 3 years, 7 months ago

Reserved parking in a public parking garage, really? Add another big NO to the list.

overthemoon 3 years, 7 months ago

Treanor is really wanting special parking for his benefit all over town. Maybe we can give him his own bus.

overthemoon 3 years, 7 months ago

This is the sort of thing that should be worked out in planning stages, not when the building is half way complete. Mike should know better.

overthemoon 3 years, 7 months ago

This is the sort of thing that should be worked out in planning stages, not when the building is half way complete. Mike should know better.

Wayne Propst 3 years, 7 months ago

I pay taxes...I want a reserved spot for ten years...also we would like our power line buried ...what crooks

Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

Chad and the LJW:

"The development group has asked for 65 reserved parking spaces in the garage and would like the spaces to be free of charge for the first two years of the project.

The group also is asking for $280,852 in city funding to pay for various infrastructure items such as utility relocation, storm water improvements, sidewalk replacements and other similar infrastructure projects associated with the project." ( Why didn't the Planning Commission and the City Commission deal with these issues before project approval?)

Builder needs to pay because the project created the new expenses.

Chad and the LJW:

How does the city commission expect to pay for this tax dollar give away?

Where is the hard evidence that this will pay back the taxpayers?

Why didn't the Planning Commission and the City Commission demand that the project build parking into the project?

How does this give away impact parking demands for Art Center productions which over the years has grown and needs this space?

How much will this cost the Arts Center in lost revenue?

Taxpayers deserve answers backed with hard evidence.

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