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Parking problem

Businessmen offer parking deck alternative

October 17, 2013

By MARK MARONEY The Williamsport Parking Authority is trying to find the best and highest use of a space where the city plans to build a 246-space Trade and Transit Centre II on the site of the......

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Xeo920

Oct-17-13 5:32 AM

If they go with the deck I hope they have a better entrance design than at the Court Street deck. All you need to do is look at the damage on the curbs and equipment to see it was poorly thought out. It is at awkward angle even for my mid-size car. I cannot imagine the trucks getting in especially from the south. Hopefully those involved will think out all the aspects.

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Progressive

Oct-17-13 6:13 AM

Whatever they do- I hope that they make it one way. The midtown garage is a DISASTER and an accident just waiting to happen.

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Thaddeus

Oct-17-13 8:48 AM

A surface lot will suffer from the same issues of every other surface lot in Williamsport. During 90% of business hours it will be full an none of Schauer's or Imbro's "customers" will be able to park there anyway. Then the city will turn it into permit parking essentially making it worthless for anyone who doesn't work full time in the city or visit outside of business hours.

A surface lot may be the cheap quick answer, but it won't do anything for those who visit the city during business hours.

I'm sure the Cell Block would love a surface lot there though...

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weldnpipe

Oct-17-13 9:37 AM

"Campana.... plans to travel to Malvern to see the portable facility"

Better be careful, people will be watching to see if he is driving an old police cruiser!

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Shirly

Oct-17-13 10:09 AM

Honestly, I'm amazed people still go downtown for anything other than their employment or jury duty. The closest I get is Kohl's parking lot. I don't even drive through town if I can avoid it at all which mostly I can, on my way to or from someplace I really want to be. Perhaps I'm the only one who used to love downtown but never go there anymore 'cause there's no there there.

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ray6770

Oct-17-13 10:54 AM

That is the stupidest idea I have ever heard and those two are business owners. Man, 22, gets month for role in kidnapping, WOW now not only is this place a druggies paradise you kidnappers and murderers should move here also. WILLIAMSPORT, DISGUSTING.

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streetmachine

Oct-17-13 5:45 PM

downtown is only for the rich any more so who cares about parking

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ActiveCitizen

Oct-18-13 2:39 PM

"Stop. Don't Double Down". Will this project have long-term financial obligations exceeding locally-generated revenue potential? That's the question 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 an inventory of the parking downtown and re-allocate as necessary. No need for a mega structure. Make incremental change with that provides the highest return on investment. More debt and government subsidy is not the answer. Do not keep repeating bad development mistakes of the past. Just because this was decided in 2000 doesn't mean things don't change, and the city needs to be agile and responsive to the needs of the local business owners. Without them, the only thing downtown in government, attorneys, and criminals. Be thoughtful about it. And keep the discussion going.

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ActiveCitizen

Oct-18-13 2:39 PM

"Stop. Don't Double Down". Will this project have long-term financial obligations exceeding locally-generated revenue potential? That's the question 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 an inventory of the parking downtown and re-allocate as necessary. No need for a mega structure. Make incremental change with that provides the highest return on investment. More debt and government subsidy is not the answer. Do not keep repeating bad development mistakes of the past. Just because this was decided in 2000 doesn't mean things don't change, and the city needs to be agile and responsive to the needs of the local business owners. Without them, the only thing downtown in government, attorneys, and criminals. Be thoughtful about it. And keep the discussion going.

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