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July 29, 2013

Only in Williamsport would they hold up a 160- foot tall building that would bring new jobs and business to our city so the land could sit as a parking lot for two years so we have a third parking......

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wwhickok

Jul-30-13 7:22 AM

FYI, my last sentence was sarcasm.

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wwhickok

Jul-30-13 6:33 AM

LSL, you're ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! The City owned lots and garages are about making money, nothing more, nothing less. Keeping taxes high and having an excuse and the ability to continue to raise parking costs.

This city is sorely mismanaged and it's about lining the pockets of politicians and frankly I don't even think it's about lining the pockets of politicians IN Williamsport, because I doubt that is who is profiting from our misfortune.

Better planning, less tax hikes, more knowledgable and responsible spending and this city could be thriving throughout every community.

Who's the richest person in town? Maybe they should just purchase the city and start over.

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LeisureSuitLarry

Jul-30-13 6:19 AM

Williamsport would NEVER allow any buildings to be built in town with their own parking facility below ground. I think it's a fantastic idea, like Scranton's Mall at Steamtown, but the parking Gestapo wouldn't have dominion over the private parking lot and therefore it just would not fly in Williamsport.

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MrShaman

Jul-30-13 6:08 AM

"In my opinion, I don’t think putting a garage on pine & LL or Hepburn plaza will serve much of a purpose unless your intent is to move the downtown shopping area deeper into Williamsport. What I mean is there are few business back there and a run-down residential area." - Smid1972

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You think there should be more entertainment-value, to peoples' parking-"experience"????

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MrShaman

Jul-30-13 6:04 AM

"I for one can tell you building a garage at pine and little league won’t solve anything. who wants to park that far from downtown." - Smid1972

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No doubt. The planners (QUITE) obviously never considered the "needs" of those folks who (typically) use/occupy handicapped-parking spaces...'cause they're too-LAZY to commit themselves to any additional leg-work.

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enigma

Jul-29-13 5:16 PM

What jobs will a building bring to the city? Even if it will, this kind of thing is certainly no 'only in Williamsport'. Most cities are mismanaged.

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Smid1972

Jul-29-13 4:09 PM

In my opinion, I don’t think putting a garage on pine & LL or Hepburn plaza will serve much of a purpose unless your intent is to move the downtown shopping area deeper into Williamsport. What I mean is there are few business back there and a run-down residential area. I agree it is only two blocks but it’s two blocks in a direction there isn’t much going on. A two high parking garage behind the Hampton could be a nice addition. Maybe a parking deck behind the library would be nice. But the problem is still my point of the cost implications for a parking deck. Not only to build, but to maintain as well.

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wwhickok

Jul-29-13 1:03 PM

Sounds like we need some new architects in our City Planning Dept tbh.

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wwhickok

Jul-29-13 1:02 PM

KrazyK, now you're getting somewhere, that's a very valid point, building structures with Garages 'in them'.

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wwhickok

Jul-29-13 1:01 PM

Pine Street and Little League Blvd is "far from downtown"? You're kidding me right? It's 2 blocks, I could understand that arguement if it were like a 1/4 mile.

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KrazyK

Jul-29-13 12:33 PM

Parking should be a moot point if buildings are built like they are in more congested center cities like Manhattan. Most buildings have their own parking and it is underneath the building and comprises 2, 3, 4 or more subterrainian levels.

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Smid1972

Jul-29-13 12:10 PM

Should have guessed where mrshaman was going to go with this. There has always been a problem in the city with parking. The old parking deck has to come down due to being unsafe, so until a new deck is built there has to be spaces to park, plain and simple. Tearing down that building didn’t lose that many jobs, most of the businesses moved. You need parking for work and to shop downtown. Also, we need to consider one more thing, parking garages aren’t always the answer, they do supply more parking but at a higher cost to maintain. I for one can tell you building a garage at pine and little league won’t solve anything. who wants to park that far from downtown.

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wwhickok

Jul-29-13 10:15 AM

If you put up an additional 4-5 Parking Garages (yes I have locations in mind for them) how many parking spots would that give you?

What's the average Parking Space limit for a garage? What's the tallest you could make a garage?

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wwhickok

Jul-29-13 9:57 AM

If the city is truly worried about parking there is, imo, a very simple answer.

Think about all of the parking lots we have in this city that have 'limited spacing'. Then think about how many ADDITIONAL Park spaces building a Parking Garage in that parking lot would create. The one issue with this is that it requires the funds to do it.

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Magic1

Jul-29-13 6:54 AM

So....one of the first things company's looking before building a store/office building in a area is if there is enough parking! There isn't enough parking downtown even with a new parking deck! So lets build buildings and stores that people need to park a mile away from. God think people!!

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MrShaman

Jul-29-13 6:33 AM

"True Story! I've said this before and I'll say it again. Every single person on the City Council needs to be voted out. They're supposed to be doing what's in the best interest of the citizens in this city, because whether they like it or not, that's the only reason they were elected in the first place." - wwhickok

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So...what...local-"conservatives" assume the City Council has (already) snapped-their-fingers, ONCE...and, we should have ALREADY seen a stellar local-economy????

When WAS it...regarding long-term investing...that "conservatives" deemed such investing one o' the new "evils"??

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MrShaman

Jul-29-13 6:24 AM

"Only in Williamsport would they hold up a 160- foot tall building that would bring new jobs and business to our city..." - Nancy Renninger

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THAT'S where Corporate America plans on "parking" their off$hore-account buck$????

Interesting.....

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wwhickok

Jul-29-13 6:11 AM

True Story! I've said this before and I'll say it again. Every single person on the City Council needs to be voted out. They're supposed to be doing what's in the best interest of the citizens in this city, because whether they like it or not, that's the only reason they were elected in the first place. Now, they're not only not doing what's best for us, they are doing the worst possible thing they could for those people out there who are praying for jobs.

Good Work City Council, just another example of the lot of you acting like morons. Do us a favor and resign.

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