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Officials Look to Add Parking in Downtown Fenton

Fenton DDA plans to expand parking lot at 106 Shiawassee Street and at the former Fenton square.

It might be a little easier to find a parking spot in Fenton this winter.

The Fenton Downtown Development Authority had planned to expand the parking lot behind 106 Shiawassee Street, but budget restraints previously prevented them from completing the project. However, after for the old Fenton Fire Hall Project, instead of the the funds may be available for crews to move ahead with the project.

Officials hope to install the lots this fall, so there will be additional parking for the opening of the Fenton Fire Hall and the . They also plan to put parking spots at the former Fenton Square, the grassy area on the east side of Leroy Street near Caroline Street. The lots would add more than 50 parking spaces to the area.

The DDA approved $9,000 for the city's engineering firm, OHM, to begin researching the projects at Tuesday's meeting. The total cost of the project would be $193,823.

DDA member Terry Green, owner of , voiced his concerns that as a business owner it seemed like a lot of money for 50 or 60 spots.

The land is city owned and the projects must be approved by the Fenton City Council.

stephanie pytlowanyj August 22, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I agree with Terry Green, that does sound like a lot of money for 50 parking spaces.
michael henk August 22, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Why do they need more parking spaces? Start first by adding more businesses that will draw people and then put in spaces. You know, build the proposed Cornerstone building, tear down the old dealership/gas station and use that space for another anchor business, wait 6 months after construction is finished, then tear up the streets, sidewalks to put in parking.
karen piacentini August 22, 2012 at 03:16 PM
It would be nice if Terry had talked to the businesses in the Dibbleville districk first. The parking has been a #1 problem for customers. Thanks DDA for addressing this problem.
Melissa Lindsey August 22, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I think what Terry was saying was why does it need to cost $193,000 for a parking lot. Dibbleville does need more parking as does his store, just why so expensive?
EclecticCitizen September 07, 2012 at 06:55 PM
The museum needs only one parking spot (for the person who works there one day a week) lol

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