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City: $12M grant for parking garage falls through

September 19, 2013

City leaders at the Williamsport Parking Authority meeting Wednesday expressed high hopes that they will find the cash needed to build a replacement of the Mid-Town parking garage at West Third and......

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Sep-19-13 1:47 PM

I think a lot of bad decisions have been made regarding the revitalization of the downtown area. So much money being borrowed and spent to attempt to attract business and tourism but have we really seen any rewards? That's why I get upset when I read articles stating they have no money for a pool for the kids but they can continue to find money to dump into these ventures; gambling on, if we build it they will come.

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Sep-19-13 1:44 PM

How did the Trade and Transit 2 project get so far without the proper funding being secured? Is this really a WPA project or is it a an RVT project. I think RVT owns the Midtown deck. Who is responsible for what appears to be one of the largest blunders in City history? Is anyone going to lose their job? Didn't Delta Development get paid over $500,000 for securing the funding on behalf of the City and/or RVT? Are they going to pay back the City and be terminated? Unless something drastic happened to the substructure of the Midtown deck in the last 5 years, it was not falling down and passed an engineering and maintenance study done by LDG after $120,000 in repairs were performed. RVT has been playing Henny Penny for the last 10 years so they could expand the bus station. Whoops, looks like they screwed up big time.

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Sep-19-13 9:59 AM

Im not sure exactly why we need more parking? Whenever I am in downtown I am able to find parking within 1city block of where I am going, it never seems to be a problem. If we are doing this for a 10k sq ft retail space, it doesnt make sense they would only hire 20 people at min wage.

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Sep-19-13 9:52 AM

Why are we replacing a 3 level deck with a 2 level deck? Are we planning for growth? Why did we remove the existing deck before securing funds for the new deck? - was it that bad? maybe? Does the temporary parking prevent other revenues while we build a new deck? What are the real numbers in terms of potential added jobs - with facts? Do we have an efficiency issue vs a space issue? Is the new deck modular? Can you add new levels in the future - building up vs out? If the fallback is to count on taxes to pay for the deck, do you have a job growth rate at x% to cover costs or will you raise taxes to pay for a smaller deck? What businesses have you contacted in terms of attracting them to Williamsport while taking part in funding the deck? E.g. do you have an anchor? If you get the deal with the “major retail chain” mentioned in the article, how does this impact our story? Seems we should have inked a deal and used as revenue upside when applying for the grant.

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Sep-19-13 8:05 AM

Let's hope they didn't already award any construction contracts.

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Sep-19-13 6:07 AM

Like any sane individual we generally know where the money is coming from to pay for that new house or new car we don't just hope we are going to win the lottery, well williamsport you didn't win the lottery so now how are we gonna pay for this new carport

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