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The Community Talks about Life After the Parking Deck

The City of Houghton and the public convened last night to discuss the future of the downtown parking deck. The first half of the public forum was headlined by a presentation with Pat Coleman, a renowned city planner, who has worked on a number of projects in the city over his career. Coleman says that the deck has had a number of issues going back to 1999.

By today’s standards the deck would be inefficient. And what do I mean by that? Well if you look up at the deck, you’ll see you could fit another level of parking in there. – Pat Coleman

The meeting then flowed into small group discussions. Among the issues and solutions discussed between community members, a number of ideas came to light for what the city can do with the space. But concerns over parking spaces in the city and access for commercial spaces were also voiced by multiple citizens.

And that may vary in terms of smart development. A combination of parking, new businesses and supporting old businesses.
We didn’t get into the question of, how are we going to pa for all of this. I think in general the sense I got was we are open to private development. Whether it is a parking garage, businesses, housing or the like.

The community voiced that they want to see more green space in the downtown sector. The public also does not want to forget about the many small businesses that rely on the parking deck for either deliveries or general access for the public. More questions were raised but the city will need to work on solutions for the space, and how to finance such a project.

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