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.