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Grant funding could pay for Nevada City parking studies

Nevada City leaders want to review possible grant or development fee funding before they consider any studies for a downtown parking garage off of Spring Street or anywhere else in the downtown.

On Wednesday, council members agreed federal Community Development Block Grant funding or the use of development fees should be considered for feasibility or engineering studies for potential new parking. Council members could take up the matter again at their next meeting on Feb. 13.

The city's parking committee proposed lowering the Spring Street lot behind the National Hotel, turning 22 spaces into 70 or 80 spaces. All or part of the spaces would become permit parking, according to the committee's proposal.

The parking plan also detailed the potential for a 23,000-square-foot pad on top of the parking structure that could be used to support space for retail, performing arts or a historical society.

Some council members expressed interest a expanding consideration for new downtown parking.

"Maybe the right answer is to do something at the Nevada Street lot," said Mayor Sally Harris. "We're not experts at this."

A feasibility study is estimated to cost between $35,000 and $50,000.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion.com or call 477-4234.

Greg Moberly
Staff Writer


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