Give Park Place a try |

Give Park Place a try

Tuesday evening, Aug. 19, I was in attendance at the city planning and zoning meeting concerning the proposed parking facility on East Hopkins, referred to as Park Place. There were numerous public comments both for and against the project; the comments in favor definitely outweighed the negative comments.

The bottom line for the project is to take vehicles off the street and return them in a quiet, smooth and technically proven process. Some of the negative arguments were, perhaps you circle the building looking for a parking place and find that it is full. If this is the case then it’s accomplishing its purpose and taking approximately 100 vehicles off the street.

Another negative argument was that drunks will congregate around the facility after the bars are closed. Drunks will not use a facility such as this, however. If they were to, they could leave their vehicles overnight without being ticketed or towed.

Some people in attendance commented on the fact that this is a residential area, when in fact this is a commercially zoned area. If you move near an airport you have to expect the planes.

This project is not a fly-by-night idea. It has been well thought out by numerous professionals from every aspect for a number of years.

I would be willing to bet if Park Place is approved, a couple years after construction, except for the people parking, no one will realize its presence.

Remember what a horrible idea everyone thought the roundabout would be; turned out to be one of the best ideas yet. It is not going to cost the taxpayers a dime and will definitely help a solve a lingering civic problem, so let us give it a try.

Don Dixon


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