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LCDC: Parking Garage Ready Nov. 19

The latest newsletter of the Lake City Development Corp. includes an update on the $20M McEuen Field expansion, a tribute to the late Jim Elder, preliminary thoughts re: reconstruction of the Four Corners (NW Blvd/Garden Avenue) area; and a profile of board Chairman Dave Patzer. The newsletter reports the new McEuen Field parking structure should be ready by Nov. 19:

Hundreds of cubic tons of dirt are currently being excavated from the northwest edge of McEuen Park to make way for the new parking structure, which will increase parking spaces at the parking area from 595 to 702. Team McEuen spokesman Phil Boyd, an engineer with Welch-Comer Engineers, said the parking structure is expected to be open by November 19. Meantime, the contractor, the city, and engineers are working closely to inform the public on street closures, brief utility interruptions, and other construction-related issues that may impact the public. You can read the rest of the story & the latest newsletter here. (Duane Rasmussen photo of McEuen Field reconstruction)

County Weighing Space Options

Item: Little space, many opinions: County officials weigh in on infrastructure/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Kootenai County department heads are on the fence about costly structural improvements the commissioners are considering in a draft facilities master plan. Although officials agree on the need for the recommended infrastructure overhaul, projected at roughly $36 million, some have doubts about the details. "We do have to plan ahead and know where we're going to go in the future, so this master plan is a benefit," Treasurer Tom Malzahn said of the draft prepared by NAC Architecture, which calls for new buildings and consolidating operations on the main campus. "But is it appropriate in its form right now? From my opinion, no." Malzahn acknowledged the parking demand at the Government Way campus, which the draft plan recommends fixing with a 6- or 8-level parking garage.

Question: Is Kootenai County wise in planning for expanded space to meet staffing/courthouse needs?

Commissioners Clarify Garage Plan

The Board of County Commissioners has received several calls regarding an article in the Cd’A Press on Tuesday regarding the development of our Facilities Master Plan.  There appears to be some confusion as to the development of the Plan and the eventual implementation of the Plan. The Plan is a work in progress.  The Board is working with NAC Architecture and the plan is only about 50% complete.  The plan’s emphasis is to streamline our operations and consolidate County facilities as much as possible.  Currently, county facilities are very fractured in nature.  For example, we have court rooms in four separate locations with two of those locations being off the main campus.  The manpower required to service these sites is a substantial drain on county resources/Kootenai County commissioners news release. More here.

Question: The county goes on to say that the master plan includes a $27 million plan to build a new Justice Building and garage. What do you think of that idea?

County Plans To Build Parking Garage

Item: Parking proposal: Commissioners seek to build 7-story, $7.8 million structure on Northwest Boulevard/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The Kootenai County commissioners hope to construct a nearly $8 million, 7-story parking garage on Northwest Boulevard, and the officials are asking the city of Coeur d'Alene and the Lake City Development Corp. to jump on the project to share cost and use. "This is going to happen fairly soon," said Commissioner Jai Nelson on Monday afternoon, at a meeting between the commissioners and city and LCDC officials. "If we can work out a relationship benefiting several parties, it could maybe happen sooner."

Question: Is this a good project for LCDC money?

Kroc Center Mulls Parking Structure

Item: A case of spaces: Kroc Center considers parking structure/Tom Hasslinger, Press

More Info: An upper level parking structure that could cost more than $1 million could grace the west side of the Kroc Community Center parking lot by late next summer. Right now, the center is working on a conceptual design for the one-story project with around 120 additional spaces, hoping to send it out to bid by February.

Question: Do you avoid the Kroc Center at certain times because it’s hard to find parking?