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January 28, 2014

Eigerman seeks protection for historic buildings

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Though study in committee will likely bring out more detail, it appears that Eigerman’s proposals address a concern heard during debate of the LHD: that the city doesn’t have adequate ordinances to protect its historic downtown in a rising real estate market.

Eigerman’s third initiative is “an ordinance regarding off-street parking regulations.” This proposal calls for developers to pay more for the creation of parking, especially if a municipal parking facility is developed.

The ordinance would create a Unmet Parking Need Credit, which would be levied on business owners whose enterprises create a need for more parking.

The UPNC fee “shall be calculated by multiplying the number of required parking spaces for the principal buildings, structures or uses to be provided by the rate of $10,000 per required parking space, or at a municipal pricing structure by the rate of $25,000 per required parking space.”

Eigerman’s proposed ordinance states, “The rates are intended to offset the city’s reasonable cost to construct new parking facilities of each type, and to maintain them for a period for 30 years.”

Eigerman said that one of his goals regarding parking is to make sure developers and business owners are helping to pay for the parking that their enterprises require.

The councilor noted that his proposals concerning demolition and historic preservation had their roots in proposals of former Councilor Kathleen O’Connor Ives, now a state senator.

The proposals that O’Connor Ives brought to the council in her final weeks did not win approval.

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