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The city is studying a 5-6 level parking deck downtown with the first level having about 10,000 sq ft of retail space. The city has been talking to several possible tenants, including a small grocery store and a sandwich shop. The garage will be located in the eastern part of downtown at the intersection of Holmes and Green, on the same corner as the 301 East condos and the Times building.

http://www.al.com/business/huntsvilletimes....xml&coll=1

Though the "small grocery store" would probably be no bigger than a convenience store, it would be great to have some type of food store in the area. The closest one is Star Market in Five Points, which isn't that far away, but still....

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sounds like something may be on the drawing board

City Planning Director Dallas Fanning said Friday the parking garage will help ease a shortage of parking downtown while luring more downtown development. "We're trying to encourage mixed use," Fanning said of the commercial space. "This is an effort to serve the demand as well as create some incentive for more growth. When we get that garage built, I think you'll see some office development on that north side of downtown."

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In other business Thursday, the city awarded an architectural and construction administration contract for a six-level parking garage facing Lincoln Street downtown that is in tandem with an apartment development. The city-owned lot is across from The Times building.

Apartment development?

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Plans call for a six-story, 400- or 500-space parking deck off Holmes Avenue between Green and Lincoln streets. The parking deck would adjoin an apartment building and possibly offer retail space on the first floor, if negotiations pan out between the city and interested proprietorsConstruction is expected to get under way by summer.

The apartments would be on the east end of the garage fronting Lincoln Street. The apartments would be a more attractive "transition" between the parking deck and the Old Town Historic District adjoining Lincoln Street.

http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/ind....xml&coll=1

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^ A parking structure with ground floor retail bays and apartments in a liner building -- good stuff. If they get this right, what an asset it will be for downtown.

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Opposition to parking deck

Parking deck raises concerns

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

By JOHN PECK

Times Staff Writer [email protected]

Neighbors ask about lighting, crowding issues

Nice look, but we need more convincing.

That seemed to be the sentiment of residents Monday night in a town hall meeting on a downtown parking deck with an adjoining apartment building.

http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/ind....xml&coll=1

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The rendering looks very nice in the paper. They seem to be putting for honest effort to make it blend. I think the height of that building is a perfect transition from the historic neighborhoods to the CBD. I hope this goes through.

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Rendering from the front page:

holmes_apartments.JPG

This is why there shouldn't be a height limit downtown. We'll never have more developments like this if the height limit is kept the way it is.

Also, hints on another downtown development from Mayor Spencer:

"Spencer revealed Monday night that a North Carolina developer was interested in a downtown site and the city asked for a formal proposal. She refused to identify the location but said the project would be a similar "mixed-use" development in conjunction with a city-built parking garage."

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That pic looks pretty good to me. Would this project take up that whole block (meaning they would remove the abandoned building on the corner of Lincoln and Clinton)?

Also, I think the city council should require them to put a 70's era discoteque on the top floor. :P

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