"Under the [2010 omnibus] appropriations act, which awaits a Senate vote and approval by the president, the 17th congressional district would receive a total $7.945 million, including $450,000 for the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp. to develop a 200-space parking facility to support Phase 4 of the Tech Block downtown. The deck would feature a pedestrian walkway to the $16 million Tech Block project, Ryan said.In the world of parking decks, there are poorly designed parking decks and well-thought out parking decks.
Last month, the CIC authorized a financial and engineering feasibility study of a parking deck on the site of a surface lot that now accommodates 255 vehicles. The proposed lot, which could have 600 to 1,000 spaces, would be available for downtown workers and students at Youngstown State University, the CIC said at its November meeting."
Youngstown needs a good parking deck . . . with window space for design and limited commercial space on the street level for capacity growth.
Just think, plopping down a monolithic structure with no street interaction effectively creates a dull and lifeless pedestrian zone around the perimeter of the building.
In the space around the perimeter of the structure, there could be spaces for some amenities needed in the downtown neighborhood. For example: a dry cleaning business is needed, in addition to a convenience store or a bodega with basic sundries.
Here are some pictures of what I'm talking about in a recent trip to Baton Rouge:
In a nutshell, we are going to place a parking garage in the downtown which will be in that spot for the next 30 years.
please . . .
Let's do it right and incorporate some long-range planning.
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btw, Baton Rouge also has a Kress Building it is attempting to renovate. Check it out: