Council can take next step toward demo of parking garage


The city will make another move toward the demolition of the Liberty-George Parking Garage demolition project in this week's Common Council meeting.

The seven-member body meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St.

Councilors will vote on a measure affirming that the demolition, a Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) project, will have no negative environmental impact, as is required by state law.

The city's Board of Estimate and Contract voted to sign with Delta Engineers of Vernon for demolition design in December for $132,900, but no timeline for demolition has been given.

The plan is to lay pavement for surface level parking after the garage is demolished. In the long term, city officials will seek a developer to build apartment housing on the site, while preserving some space for public parking.

The council will also vote on a measure to close off North James Street from Erie Boulevard to West Liberty Street on July 11 and 12 for the "Cycling the Erie Canal" event. The legislation would also allow cyclists to camp out in the Liberty-James parking garage in the event of inclement weather.

Also before the council on Wednesday:

Amendments to the city's budget

A resolution confirming three commissioners of deeds, a notary-like position, including Councilors Cam T. Tien, D-1, and Ramona L. Smith, D-4.


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