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Janesville City Council to discuss Senior Center parking

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Beth Wheelock
February 8, 2009

Expect a big discussion on Senior Center parking at Janesville's City Council meeting Monday.


The amount of parking at the Senior Center has been a topic of concern for quite some time. After numerous complaints from the Senior Center participants, the City of Janesville conducted a study of parking in June. That study showed there is enough room for parking, but at a council meeting in September, the seniors disagreed. The city created six options for parking and presented them to the seniors in November. City staff recommend the Senior Center make programming changes to reduce parking demand, and relocate leased parking for nearby Mercy Options. Those two choices are considered an inexpensive solution, with an increase up up to 29 parking stalls at a cost of $1,500.


Meanwhile, in a memo included in the agenda packet, City Manager Eric Levitt says he understands the Senior Center Board prefers an option that creates a new parking lot at a cost of $440,000. However, he says he cannot justify spending that amount on land acquisition in the current economic climate.


The City Council is expected to vote on the parking solutions Monday.



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