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Parking Garage Plans To Get An In-Depth Look Local News

LACONIA – Spacious and convenient parking is seen as an essential ingredient in the continued resurgence of the city’s downtown core, giving a sense of urgency to a meeting on Monday to discuss the future of downtown parking.

The city council’s lands and buildings committee is to meet with a design engineer and an architect to discuss options for reconstruction and modernization of the underused and deteriorating structure.

The cost to correct structural flaws in the garage, add modern convenience, and improve its appearance has been valued at $ 6 million, according to a preliminary estimate.

City Manager Scott Myers said a big question is whether the consultants think it’s best to move forward with the plans that were discussed when talks to upgrade the facility were put on hold there five or six years ago, or to consider “new ideas”.

The garage was built to accommodate 250 cars, but can now handle less than half of it. The entire upper level of the three-level structure and parts of the second level are now closed due to deterioration of some of the structural supports.

City Councilor Mark Haynes, who sits on the committee, said he was particularly interested in hearing changes that would encourage more people to use the facility.

Myers said a glass staircase and better lighting were among the ideas suggested to make the garage more user-friendly.

Haynes, stressing that he only spoke as an individual member of the committee, said he wanted to hear not only about the project itself, but also how to plan the ongoing maintenance of the rebuilt garage to ensure its use. keep on going.

“I think we need to have a maintenance program and possibly regular policing for people to use it,” he said.

Haynes said he hopes the project will move forward quickly enough that the city can take advantage of the current low interest rates on municipal bonds.

Myers said if the engineering design work is completed by next June, funding for the project could be included in next year’s city budget, with the city guaranteeing bonds soon after.

The committee meeting with architect Peter Stewart and engineer Bob Durfee is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall. The entire board must receive a report from the committee at the board meeting which will begin at 7 p.m.

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