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Lawmakers plan to build legislative parking lot in Concord

Much of New Hampshire’s state budget surplus could be used to build a new parking lot for lawmakers. State House leaders say the current legislative parking lot, a steel girder structure above Storrs Street in downtown Concord, has been used well beyond its intended lifespan and is in bad condition. The proposal put forward Monday by House Speaker Sherman Packard would spend $35 million in surplus funds to build a new garage on the current Justice Department site and relocate the Justice Department to an existing building elsewhere in Concord . Packard said the existing parking lot has about three years left before it becomes too unsafe to use. .” The proposal received its first hearing on Monday afternoon in Concord before the House Finance Committee, as several leaders spoke in favor of the project, the idea was met with skepticism by representatives on both sides of the aisle.

Much of New Hampshire’s state budget surplus could be used to build a new parking lot for lawmakers.

State House leaders say the current legislative parking lot, a steel girder structure above Storrs Street in downtown Concord, has been used well beyond its intended lifespan and is in disrepair .

The proposal put forward Monday by House Speaker Sherman Packard would spend $35 million in budget surplus to build a new garage at the current Justice Department site and relocate the Justice Department to an existing building elsewhere in Concord .

Packard said the existing parking lot has about three years left before it becomes too unsafe to use.

“Do I want to spend $35 million on parking? No,” Packard said. “Do we have to? Yes.”

The proposal received its first hearing on Monday afternoon in Concord before the House Finance Committee, as several leaders spoke in favor of the project, the idea was met with skepticism by representatives on both sides of the aisle.

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins