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Medina looks to invest in parking deck

Medina City Council’s Finance Committee continues to work on a proposed parking deck on North Elmwood Avenue.

The state previously committed $1 million toward the construction project. Council could agree to come up with its $1 million match possibly at its next meeting March 27, which would satisfy the state’s requirement.

“The state wants to know if Council is on board for its commitment for the deck,” city Economic Development Director Kimberly Marshall said during the committee meeting Monday night.

The 44,800-square-foot, two-deck parking structure is projected to cost about $3.5 million. It would provide approximately 207 spaces.

There would be access to the lower deck provided off West Liberty Street. Access to the upper deck would come off North Elmwood.

When Council approves its $1 million commitment, that will “get the state ball rolling,” At-large Councilman Paul Rose said.

“We might as well,” At-large Councilman Bill Lamb said. “We know we are going to do it.”

Members are excited about the plan since it is expected to lead to development across West Liberty Street in the form of apartments and business space.

“We need more downtown housing,” Lamb said. “The downtown area is the economic engine of the city.

“If you can put 100 to 200 people downtown, look at what that will generate. You can’t lose. It would be young people, inner-city living. They want to live where they can walk.”

The city wants to get the nearby operations of Huntington Bank, the Medina Moose, the Orlandi apartment building and possibly Medina Auto Parts involved in the 1.44-acre development.

The Huntington drive-thru is the largest landowner on the parcel between West Liberty and West Washington streets.

“Huntington is not opposed to it,” Council President John Coyne said. “They don’t want land. They want a drive-thru. The carrot for them is to improve the drive-thru.”

Other news

  • Council passed a resolution opposing Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s proposed 2017-18 budget, which proposes a system of centralized collection of taxes. “I take that as an affront,” Rose said, “that we can’t handle our own money.”
  • Council approved the purchase of a 2018 Freightliner truck for the sanitation department for $107,379.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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