Police and fire stations, parking to be broached at work session

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City Council members are scheduled to discuss improvements to public safety buildings and planned changes stemming from a parking study finished last year during a Monday work session.

City manager Marvin Collins said the city plans on borrowing money to finance the building changes.

In a June 5 work session, design firm GuernseyTingle suggested the city renovate its police station. The building dates back to the 1970s, and the renovations could take place during ordinary operations, the firm's representatives said.

City Council allocated $3.6 million toward renovating the building during the 2018 fiscal year. GuernseyTingle believes renovations could cost $4.4 million to $5.2 million.

The city's fire department building also needs to be replaced, said Chief Pat Dent in June.

Firefighters are based in the 18,053-square-foot building along Armistead Avenue. The new building should be closer to 34,459 square feet, according to the firm's projection.

GuernseyTingle suggests the city raze the existing fire station and build anew on the same 2.9-acre site. During construction, the fire department would move off-site for as long as 15 months, the firm suggested. Building a temporary fire station would cost $675,000 to $1.7 million, excluding the cost to set up information technology.

Parking study

Assistant City Manager Andrew Trivette is scheduled to provide council with an update about the downtown parking study, meant to gauge the city’s parking needs.

Representatives from Walker Parking Consultants found that as much as 38 percent of the city’s parking spots go unused.

The city's last parking study was done in 1993, but no change came of it. The 2016 study said issues with signage and the perception of available parking are issues motorists face.

Williamsburg does not charge for on-street parking, which fills quickly, but it does charge for off-street parking.

The 2016 study from Walker Parking Consultants suggests a switch: charge for on-street parking to push long-term visitors to the area off the streets and into garages and other lots.

Want to go?

When: 4 p.m. Monday.

Where: Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary St.

Wright can be reached by phone at 757-345-2343.

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