Danville gets $650,000 for parking garage

September 22, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Danville accepted a state check for $650,000 to help with the Hub-Gilcher project Tuesday at a reception in city hall.

The Governor's Office for Local Development and members of U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning's office came to give the money to city and county government officials.

Renaissance Kentucky Director Shawn Dyer said that Danville had some of the best movers and shakers in the state.

"Thank you for what you do for this community."

In August, Bunning was in Danville to present a check for $1.7 million federal transportation dollars to build the garage.

Dyer and Mayor John W.D. Bowling thanked Heart of Danville Executive Director Julie Wagner for her and the Heart's efforts to lobby for the money.

Bowling said that despite differences in opinion between the city and the Heart that he thought the end result was an accomplishment.


"I think everyone got what they wanted," Bowling said.

Asked after the meeting about "differences in opinion," Bowling said he meant the conditions the city put on the parking garage, such as that any losses be covered and that the city get first option to buy the Hub-Gilcher.

A group of local doctors plans to put an ambulatory surgery center in the Hub and has agreed to help pay for changes to the garage design, so that it will fit the center's needs.

The city is still in negotiations with the doctors about the parking garage. Construction will likely begin when a final design is approved by both parties.

The city would have to issue $3 million in bonds to make up the balance of the cost to construct the garage. Revenue from the structure would help pay for the bonds.

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