City asking taxpayers to pay $40,570 per parking spot in proposed ramp

While it is fine to get excited about a new $50 million dollar, 120 room, 13 story hotel downtown, that excitement quickly deflates when you consider the private developer is asking taxpayers to pony up $21.3 million toward that figure for 525 public parking spots.

While there is nothing wrong with a public/private partnership, we are definitely getting hosed.

Stalls in a typical parking ramp range in value from $20-25,000. Paying $40,570 per stall is freaking ridiculous if not ALMOST criminal. The airport recently proposed a parking ramp in front of their terminal that came in at that $25,000 stall range.

I’m curious if we are paying for a parking ramp or a hotel? This wreaks of corruption from the developer who toppled the Copper Lounge.



7 comments ↓

#1 Briggs Warren on 11.14.17 at 8:24 pm

First I was very surprised by the design of it. Kind of reminded me of the Guthrie Theater in the Twin Cities. Also my quick math must have been wrong I thought it worked out to around 52k per space. While at this point I’m cautiously optimistic about it and can see the long term benefits to downtown. I do know I would never vote to approve it until we have a list of the partner involved with Legacy’s side.

#2 l3wis on 11.14.17 at 8:46 pm

You are partially correct, the Hotel will be leasing over a 100 of the spaces so that would increase the cost of the stalls that are for public use to around $50K.

#3 Emoluments Clause on 11.14.17 at 10:12 pm

#WhereIsTheGrandJury?

#4 Emoluments Clause on 11.15.17 at 1:09 am

Oh, and where’s the blight? (Never mind that) This project would be a perfect candidate for a TIF, don’t you think so?

#5 anominous on 11.15.17 at 9:03 am

Lol, the 300 Building (N. Dakota Ave) is where the Federal Building used to be. (pause at 0:57).

#6 The D@ily Spin on 11.15.17 at 9:29 am

The design looks like a certain hotel chain. There should be construction safety concerns for a Legacy project inspected by incompetent city inspections. Somebody could get killed.

#7 LJL on 11.16.17 at 5:54 pm

This is publicly announced, unbridled corruption.

The new vacant lot at the railroad switchyard will be a great place for a plain ol parking lot. We the taxpayer already own it. Pave, stripe and call it good.

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