TROY — The streets and sidewalks committee approved to recommend city staff to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for the South Mulberry Street parking lot project at a cost not to exceed $420,000 on Monday.
Bobby Phillips, Brock Heath and Lynne Snee approved the recommendation.
According to the city of Troy Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington, the project was set in the 2016 budget, but the city ran out of time and the funding and it was moved to 2017.
Titterington said he was unsure how the lot would be designed for the parking kiosk. He said the city was waiting on the Woolpert traffic study, which is expected to be complete by the end of this month or early February.
“We don’t anticipate additional meters out there, not set in stone, but we don’t envisioning it at this point. We’ll probably have some kind of restrictions on it and something dedicated for resident parking or some kind of permit parking,” Titterington said. “The study includes this area as well.”
The scope of the project includes resurfacing of the lot located on South Walnut Street, storm sewer improvements, the police department exterior wall improvements and will increase parking spaces for the police staff and general public.
In the fall of 2015, the city purchased three properties on Mulberry Street to expand parking for the East Main Street area.
The properties included 9 S. Mulberry St., 15 S. Mulberry St., and 24 S. Mulberry St. The the city paid $230,000 total for all three properties. The homes on the properties were removed off the sites last year.
Council member Robin Oda asked if the study would be considering a proposed parking garage in the downtown area.
Titterington said the cost of a parking garage would be “a huge expense.”
“We don’t seem to shy away from huge expense,” Oda said.
Oda said people who visit downtown often struggle to find appropriate parking and with the two hour limits to spend time in the historical district.
“That is why the analysis is being done,” Titterington said.
Oda said she’d like to see a parking garage be considered in the future.
“I would like to know how much a parking garage would possibly cost,” Oda said.
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