The anticipated parking garage has become the focal point of anticipated downtown development. The various groups who have endeavored to bring business interests to the buildings that once housed The Hub are united in their understanding that no viable entity will consider Danville without a multi-floor parking garage.
Within the community, there is no evidence of unanimity. There is an appreciation for those who spend countless hours wrestling with the continuing vacancy of these properties. It appears that the final push is on for the garage structure and at least one city commissioner thinks that the city taxpayers should have no reluctance to embrace a bond issue that would assure the construction of a parking edifice. The assumption that the city will not be exposed to any liability is a bit off the mark.
One of the problems that exist for Danvillians, as it relates to this issue, lies in the fact that any question that has a hint of negativity in it is seen as opposition. Those of us who support our friends and neighbors, as they serve on committees designed to bring about the culmination of a parking garage, are reticent to comment. The attempt to have open forums, as they relate to asking questions, etc., usually falls on fallow ground. Simply put; we don't want to offend our friends.