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Old 06-09-2013, 02:56 PM
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Construction on parking garage set to begin in July

Construction is set to begin next month on the city's new downtown R.W. Fair Parking Garage, Tyler City Manager Mark McDaniel said at the specially called city council meeting on Wednesday.

A fence will be placed around the current 132-space public lot, at Broadway Avenue and Elm Street, so construction can begin, McDaniel told council members.

The new $7 million, four-story garage will have 380 spaces, and motorists will enter and exit off South College Avenue. The council approved that guaranteed maximum price in April. Part of the garage will be funded from the city's half-cent sales tax fund.

Many of the city's capital improvement projects are funded through the half-cent sales tax program that voters approved in 1995 as a way to fund capital infrastructure projects that enhance the community and attract economic development opportunities, Assistant City Manager Susan Guthrie said.

The goal of the half-cent sales tax is to lower the tax rate, attract businesses and build infrastructure, including parks.

In November 1995, voters elected to adopt the One-Half Cent Sales and Use Tax within the city of Tyler for public improvements to include public safety, streets, traffic control, airport, water utilities, parks and drainage for the promotion and development of new and expanded business enterprise as allowed in Texas law, according to the city's website.

The engineering department manages $13 million in capital projects each year. The half Cent sales and use tax generates between $11 million and $12 million each year, City Engineer Carter Delleney said in January. The costs for most of these capital projects are projected into the next 10 years.

The new garage will replace that public 132 space lot. South College Avenue will be closed until the garage construction is complete in March or April 2014, Delleney said.

That closure is not expected to affect those who park in the area during the day. Employees at the Fair Oil Company on South College Avenue will not be affected by the closure because they have their own private lot, according to information received from that office.

George Faber, who is the director of performing and visual arts for the Tyler Independent School District, said on Wednesday that he looked forward to the building of the garage. The garage will provide free parking for evening events at the Caldwell auditorium.

“We are glad for the safe and secure parking for the auditorium,” Faber said.

Fair Oil allows those attending events at the auditorium in the evening to park in the company lot, he said. The College Avenue closure should not affect parking at the school either, Faber said, as long as there is access to the side streets around the school.

There will be an automated entrance to the garage, and a kiosk will be inside the garage for people to pay before leaving the facility, Delleney said, but the cost to park there is not known yet.

The garage's exterior will have historic facades from Tyler Commercial College and the old Blackstone Hotel, as well as the original clocks from the 1909 Smith County courthouse.

In other news, the council approved two new appointees to the city's Half Cent Sales Tax Board: Brian Brandt, chief executive officer of Core Insights in Tyler, and Mark Whatley, a City Council member who represents District 5. Whatley will chair the board.

Brandt is on the Leadership Tyler Board of Directors and the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He volunteers with the Bethesda Clinic and serves on the board of Grace Community Church.

Whatley has worked as a commercial real estate broker for Burns Commercial Properties since 1992. He has served on the Grace Community School Board, and on the board of the East Texas Crisis Center, and has served with the Texas Association of Realtors and the Tyler Men's Bible Study Fellowship, among many organizations.
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:03 PM
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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This aesthetically pleasing 4 story structure will get rid of a sightly old parking lot covering part of a city block at Broadway & Elm St.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:04 PM
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Metro Matt, thanks, missed you on here for over a week. Good to see you back.

Maybe we should start a thread for Tyler/Longview Developments like is on the Texas Thread for Midland/Odessa, that thread will last for years or as long as the oil stays up in price. M/O would have many more posts, of course, due to the oil boom. But hey, are we really in competition? lol For now "we" lose if we are. lol
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