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Firm to help determine Sewickley parking needs

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A public meeting later this month could help determine parking needs for Sewickley's business district.

Borough leaders and a representative from Chicago-based consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates will host the meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 21 in the borough building.

Business owners, residents and others are encouraged to attend to offer input on parking, borough manager Kevin Flannery said.

“And he's going to be happy to sit and talk with every single person (who attends),” Flannery said.

The representative will be in the municipalityNov. 20 conducting research as part of a parking-needs assessment council members approved last month.

Borough leaders approved spending $25,700 for Kimley-Horn and Associates to perform the analysis. Bill Cornman and Robert Glenn dissented.

Among projects Kimley-Horn touts on its website are a mixed-use development in downtown Raleigh, N.C., that included a nearly 1,000-space parking garage, a seven-level office building and about 20,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

In addition, the company has been part of several large-scale municipalprojects, including the design of an 11-mile light-railtransit line connecting Minneapolis to St. Paul, Minn.

Sewickley leaders say the study could help determine the amount of parking needed in the future.

Earlier this year, leaders began discussing plans to construct a nearly 300-space garage on Walnut Street. Those plans were shelved at least until the parking study was completed.

The study is expected to be released in January, Flannery 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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