Redevelopment Commission meeting 4/21/2008

The agenda for tomorrow’s Redevelopment Commission meeting has been posted.  It looks like the painting contract, contract for the playing field and the first change order of the Harrison Square project are to be awarded.

The painting contract is going to be awarded to Thomarios.  The contract was put on hold after concerns were raised about the company’s safety performance.  Previous AFW posts: Harrison Square Paint Bid Concerns and Harrison Square Painting Contract Deferred.

Also on the agenda is a resolution approving the transfer of the parking lot on the Northeast corner of the Clinton and Superior Street intersection.  Club Soda sits on the eastern corner of this lot.  The city has looked at this lot for years as having the potential for mixed-use development.  In an article in Thursday’s Journal Gazette, Club Soda raised parking concerns if any loss of the parking lot occurs:

At least one restaurant is looking to grow in the area, as Club Soda has begun construction on another patio area outside its restaurant. Noelle Reith, restaurant owner, said the 30-by-60-foot patio is expected to be completed in about five weeks and will be about the size of the enclosed four-seasons room recently built.

Reith said it will include landscaping so people don’t have to look at a parking lot while dining. The new patio will offer appetizers and drinks, she said.

She said she would support efforts to encourage development of the area next to Club Soda, but she said the city should also consider the downside of more people, too.

“If they are going to take away parking, I hope they are going to give some parking also,” she said.

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