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Last night’s City Council meeting included fiery discussion of a resolution calling on the DDA for a “Two Site Plan”, which ended in a 10-1 vote in favor of the plan, with Council member Kim Groome casting the lone dissent. Under this resolution, 1st/William will remain a surface parking lot for now, in order to serve construction needs and parkers displaced from the other sites during construction, to be revisited after work on those sites is completed.
The original text of the resolution called for 1st/Washington to be used for “if feasible and practical, the following components: housing; and public and/or private parking”, and for the Kline’s Lot to be used for “if feasible and practical, the following components: a building(s) with ground-floor retail and/or
Groome continued to criticize the resolution, saying, “I am afraid that this plan either sacrifices public parking or sacrifices affordable housing,” and other Council members stated they supported the resolution only reluctantly; Reid questioned the “11th hour, back-of-the-envelope” calculation showing that public parking could be provided more cheaply underground on the Kline’s lot than aboveground at 1st/William, and Lowenstein acknowledged this wasn’t the best possible idea, but, “If we wait for the best idea, we’ll end up with absolutely nothing – and I think some people would like that.”
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