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Privately run parking garage proposed in Sewickley

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

First there was a proposal for a publicly run garage.

Now, there's a proposal for a privately run garage.

Frank Zappala and Peter Friday, of Green Street Partners LLC, presented plans on Monday night during Sewickley's council meeting to consider a privately run parking garage on the site of the current Green Street municipal parking lot.

Council members at next month's Committee of the Whole meeting could consider a plan to allow Zappala and Friday to study over a six-month period the possibility of a privately run garage, “so that we can offer or propose a structure and facility that would be in the best interest of the borough, as well as economically feasible,” Zappala said.

With a proposed two-screen movie theater from nonprofit Village Theater Co. and Friday proposing two office buildings under Forbes Trail Development, Zappala said parking will be an issue.

“Other properties are in play that would otherwise be somewhat stymied without the opportunity … for more parking,” he said.

A parking study released earlier this year found that a garage with 300 spaces would be adequate for the borough.

Zappala said they have considered 180 to 200 spaces in a three-floor garage with a fourth floor set aside possibly for development.

“We think we can do it on three levels and still provide a fourth level for another use that is marketable and feasible — another level of parking, potential residential, potential office,” he said.

No cost estimates were publicly discussed.

Zappala said the small size of the property, its configuration and a 45-foot-high building ordinance could limit the facility.

Borough Manager Kevin Flannery said he would meet with Zappala and Friday to draft an agreement for council members to consider.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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