Archive for Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Extra level for downtown parking garage wins City Commission approval

January 15, 2013


City commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday agreed to move ahead with a plan to add an extra level onto the proposed parking garage adjacent to the expansion of the Lawrence Public Library.

On a 4-1 vote, commissioners agreed to move forward with the extra level of parking and to pay for the project through a previously established benefit district that will add a special assessment to the tax bills of downtown property owners.

The project will add about 70 additional spaces to the garage, which already was designed to include 250 spaces. The extra level of parking is set to cost $840,000 to build. The city at-large will pay for about half the costs, while special assessments on downtown property tax bills will pay for the rest.

Owners of 23 of the 194 privately owned properties in the downtown district signed a petition objecting to the assessments, which figure to be about 30 cents per square foot on property they own. Property owners will have up to 10 years to pay for the assessment.

City Commissioner Mike Amyx was the lone commissioner to vote against the extra level of parking.


Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

Another freebie to the millionaire owners of the Eldridge.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 4 months ago

When someone figures out the cities "Master" plan, please share it with the rest of us. There was talk about using part of this parking garage for a farmers market and empT hub. I wonder if this addition has something to do with this using the ole bait and switch tactic we are blessed with in most every project.

headdoctor 5 years, 4 months ago

The last master plan that I am aware of was Horizon 2020 which a good share of it was ignored when it was new. About the only thing they are sticking to their guns on is the development corridors. They have been extremely bull headed about development in North West Lawrence on the North side of turn pike because the plan doesn't call for anything to be there until 2030. The argument is lack of City services when they have a sewer line already under the turn pike there.

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