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Committee: Stick with parking deck plans

October 10, 2013

Reversing course on the downtown parking deck construction would “be disasterous to the city” in terms of cost and planning. That’s what Mayor Gabriel J....

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Oct-10-13 12:15 PM

"Stop. Don't Double Down". Will this project have long-term financial obligations exceeding locally-generated revenue potential? That's the questions Williamsport should be asking. Are we getting the highest rate of return on investing in a parking garage? Look at the long-term numbers and think about the future of our town. Do not keep repeating bad development mistakes of the past. Be thoughtful about it. And keep the discussion going. No one person makes the final decision for our city.

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Oct-10-13 10:42 AM

z3r0c00l, they lost the grant that they had planned on using for this project.

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Oct-10-13 8:39 AM

Hi Francine -

You may have more insider info than I. My understanding: funds do indeed exist but required a final council approval. I may have incorrect information and so can only comment on what I've learned. If indeed funds do not exist, we have a different issue.

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Oct-10-13 7:16 AM

I believe the right decision was made in terms of continuing the parking deck project.

1)We may have liabilities tied to contract with Kohl’s. There may be penalty clauses in the contract with expectations that the parking deck remain. In addition, we should have the integrity to keep our promise if indeed a promise was made. 2)There was a parking survey conducted before deciding to rebuild. The survey is in need of re-refreshing data based on business index changes, however, that exercise should have been conducted 1 year ago VS now where we create other risks halting the project. 3)There is a need for more parking based on merchant feedback. The deck, being built up vs outward will provide more parking. This is good for long term users and enables more available lot parking for customers. 4)We have not defined the risk of not re-building. Are monies lost based on contract guarantees? I suspect so. 5)Make a decision based on facts and see it through.

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Oct-10-13 2:59 AM

Hoping they figure out how to rebuild the deck. Many of the monthly parkers, including me, have been displaced by the old deck being torn down.

The City is really letting down the people who work downtown that need parking.

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