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City buying property to add more parking

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As of June 1, the city of Marysville will own a little additional real estate.

City officials have reached an agreement with the owners of property at 222 S. Main St. to purchase the parcel and convert it into parking space.

The property is currently home to the offices of Marysville Grace Church. City Administrator Terry Emery said the owners have a contract with Marysville Grace through the end of May.

According to the Union County auditor's office, the 0.26-acre tract includes a two-story building and detached garage. It is owned by Richard and Anita Bailey and has a market value of $121,240.

A recent appraisal valued the property at $190,000, which city officials agreed to as a purchase price.

At its March 13 meeting, City Council heard the first reading of a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract to buy the parcel.

"What's nice about our ability to purchase that property is it's going to give us the ability to incorporate parking on-site of Partners Park," Emery said.

Partners Park is a $1.16 million project that will be built on the site of the former city hall at 125 E. Sixth St. The new park will include a pavilion, gazebo, splash pad, garden and kiosk. The park is adjacent to the Main Street property.

The city is working with the library, which sits nearby, on how traffic will flow once the park and the new parking lot are complete.

"The parking lot will be a fantastic addition not only for the park and City Hall, but it will be close enough to uptown that people can use it to go uptown also," Emery said.

The property the city plans to buy sits next to an existing lot across from City Hall. Emery said the tentative site plan calls for 42 new parking spaces.

Anna Krutowskis, the city's public information officer, said the buildings on the Main Street lot will be demolished to make way for parking. The city will do most of the work internally, with the exception of paving the lot; that work will likely be included in the paving program.

Assistant City Engineer Rob Priestas said the project is budgeted at $145,000.

Construction on the park and parking lot is expected to start later this month and be complete in late fall. The park may be used for a few holiday events, but due to weather, amenities such as the splash pad will not open until 2015.

One of the goals of the land purchase is to address a lack of short-term parking for people coming to City Hall.

At the March 13 council meeting, Mayor John Gore said two on-street parking spaces on the south side of Sixth Street have been designated as 15-minute parking for city business only. He said the spaces should serve the purpose until the park and associated parking lot improvements are complete.

The Sixth Street spaces may be needed permanently, depending on the level of use. Americans with Disabilities Act compliance is also a concern.

"Because of the required width for loading and unloading zones for ADA-compliant spaces, these spaces cannot be specifically labeled as ADA-compliant spaces, but will help to provide citizens (with limited mobility) a close and direct route to the front entrance of City Hall," Gore said.

The current scope for Partners Park includes two ADA-compliant parking spaces and an ADA-compliant crosswalk across Main Street to City Hall.

"We'll have a crosswalk go straight across the street into City Hall with pedestrian signals there," Emery said. "We're really going to meet a need which everyone is interested in, and that is parking."

Council's next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at City Hall, 209 S. Main St.

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