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Sewickley public parking garage no-go for now

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Plans for a nearly 300-space public parking garage in Sewickley's business district have been shelved — at least for now.

“The parking garage is on hold until we figure out how we're going to pay for it,” Mayor Brian Jeffe said.

Jeffe said 100 spaces needed to be leased to make funding work for the garage.

“Until we figure out how the users are going to pay for it, it's on the back burner.”

Sewickley leaders introduced an idea earlier this year to construct a garage and aggressively moved over the summer to finance construction.

“There is nothing in here for the parking garage,” said Jeffe, referring to the proposed 2014 borough budget.

Plans were halted last month when borough leaders couldn't solidify a feasible payment plan, Jeffe said. Leaders said the garage could cost at least$6 million.

Instead, council members opted for a parking-needs analysis.

Results of the study are supposed to be available in January.

Jeffe noted that finding a place to park in the business district can be easy many days.

Until borough leaders can decipher if a public garage could become part of the business district landscape, land where the garage is proposed could be turned into a flat-surface lot, Jeffe said.

Construction of a flat-surface lot could cost about $200,000 and add about 20 parking spaces, he said.

“No sense spending a lot of money if you're going to bulldoze it over and put a parking garage there,” Jeffe said.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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