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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Proposed Uncle Sam Parking Garage schematics

Below are the schematics for the proposed addition of a third level to the Uncle Sam Parking Garage. The expansion will be discussed at the next regular Planning Board meeting, scheduled for October 14, according to the city's website. (The agenda is not yet online.)

Last month, the Industrial Development Authority approved an agreement with developer David Bryce for the purchase of the garage. The addition of the third level was part of the agreement with the IDA, that also included bonding for the sale and an estimated $399,630 in savings through a Payments-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) program.

According to the documents, it appears that the area surrounding the garage will experience some partial road closures during the expansion. At a June meeting of the IDA, Bryce said that they would use pre-cast parts for the expansion, which would only take about two weeks to complete.

From the schematics, it appears that, for one week, the bus stop at Third and Fulton Streets will be moved near Fourth and Grand Streets, there will be lane closures on Third Street and on Fourth Street at Fulton and the east entrance to the garage will be closed. The other week would still have lane closures on Third Street, but the bus stop would remain at its current location and the western entrance of the garage would be closed.

It appears that the exterior of the expansion parts would be simulated limestone, the existing glazing on the southwest stair would be replaced with a contextual treatment and "Frear-like" cornices would be added.

City Planning Director Sondra Little has said that Bryce will have tenants on the third level during the week but that there will be public parking on the weekends.

What do you think of the proposed expansion?

Proposed Uncle Sam Parking Garage expansion schematics

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