Third Street holding open house to make case for parking garage

November 17, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

As its Nov. 30 deadline draws near, Third Street Development Corporation will take its case for a parking garage to the people today at 5:30 p.m. at a Hub-Gilcher building open house.

The corporation needs the Danville City Commission to make a commitment to issue bonds for the garage or its members said that they will lose their latest tenant prospect. The tenant has told them that they have until Nov. 30 to get the commitment from the city.

Commissioners met at 8:30 a.m. today in executive session to discuss the matter, but no decision was made.

Mayor John W.D. Bowling has said that he wants to wait until the city receives a $1.75 million federal grant before he commits to selling bonds for the garage. The grant would be official when the federal budget is signed, which could be as late as February.

Commissioners Jamey Gay and Terry Crowley have said that they felt the city could make a commitment before then.


Gay said he plans to take the parking garage model "on the road." He will be at McDowell Wellness Center, Centre College, Boyle County High School, Danville High School and First Baptist Church this week to talk to people about the garage.

If no garage is built there wouldn't be enough spaces for employees and parking on the street would become crowded and even harder to find, said Julie Wagner, executive director of the Heart of Danville.

The garage would cost more than $4 million. State and federal grants would account for $2.75 million. The city would have to issue bonds for the rest.

Members of the Corporation will be at the Hub today to talk about the parking garage. Residents can schedule tours of the building.

Janet Hamner, corporation chairperson, said hat there had been rumors that the Hub was falling down, which are not true.

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