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Salmi Addresses Houghton Parking Deck Demo Cost

Houghton city voters will go to the polls a week from today to select a new council member.

Mike Salmi, Robyn Johnson and Craig Waddell are on the ballot, and all appeared on Copper Country Today this past Sunday.

With a bill for more than a million dollars coming up for demolition of the city’s aging parking deck, host Todd VanDyke asked each of them where the money will come from.

Salmi anticipates the city will need to borrow the cash, but could recoup part of the cost by selling the land…

There will be property down there that perhaps the city would then hopefully market to find residential, commercial, restaurants, anything that could use that space, that purchasing the property could pay down principal.

Salmi regrets the loss of the original deal with the Veridea Group from Marquette to develop the area and replace the deck at no cost to city residents…

Hopefully it’s not decades that we’re paying for something that we kind of had a solution for, and then we didn’t have a solution for.

We’ll highlight Johnson and Waddell’s answer to the same question in future stories this week, and you can hear their full Copper Country Today interviews here.

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