Traverse City Commissioners Extend Purchase Date For Parking Deck Land

Discussion around a new parking deck continues in Traverse City, the plan staying alive tonight.

City Commissioners decided to extend the purchase date for a piece of property at West Front and Pine Streets.

The one point three million dollar plot of land has been the center of discussion since September.

For months commissioners have been going back and forth about whether and how to buy the property.

They looked at a lot of different development ideas, including a parking deck, retail and residential spaces.

Commissioners voted to take more time to hash out details and remaining questions before moving forward with the land purchase.

"The option is to purchase the majority of 145 West Front and the purchase price would be 1.3 million dollars. There would be some more details to that including we would be able to build underneath the entirety of the property with underground parking," said Rob Vacigalupi.

Discussion at the commission meeting centering around buying land for a more parking in Traverse City.

"We get a lot of people here not just summer anymore year round and that puts a lot of pressure on downtown parking wise and the whole goal of parking garages is to organize parking vertically up and out of the way and that frees up land that’s currently being used for surface parking," he said.

Commissioners, deciding to push the purchase date back to their next meeting.

"Prior to next Monday if we could have a concise textual summary, and color coded diagrams and drawings so we can clearly understand it before the meeting then share it with the public," said one of the commissioners.

Despite concern from some in the community about how the project would be funded, the extension passed.

"The downtown development authority and the city as a whole has really been working on this West Front garage for many years. It was in 94 master plan, 97 downtown plan and we actually had a few other parking garages in the plan we’ve built two so far and they’ve been very successful," said Rob Vacigalupi.

Commissioners will make a decision on whether to buy the land at their next meeting which is on June sixth.