Convention center parking issue on hold after city council tables ordinance vote

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Parking concerns at the yet-to-be constructed Terre Haute Convention Center will remain on hold for now.

The Terre Haute City Council was set to vote on an ordinance that would limit surface area parking lots at 7th and Wabash Thursday, but instead tabled the issue until March 5.

Original plans for the convention center included constructing two garages for parking; however, plans were changed after looking into surface parking lots where the Vigo County School Corporation building stands now.

“When we started in this process the idea of building a parking garage for the hotels, it was okay with corporate. We’re taking their spaces so we have to put those back in the plan,” said Jon Marvel, president of the Vigo County Capital Improvement Board.

After reviewing the ordinance, the Vigo County Planning Commission Wednesday voted not to recommend it for approval.

Council president George Azar said tabling the issue will give individuals involved more time for discussion.

Tabling the vote did not stop public comment on the issue. One community member asked for transparency from the Capital Improvement Board on its parking plans.

A downtown business owner called the idea of surface parking “horrifying,” and said it would not be a benefit to area businesses.

Councilman Todd Nation argues the board should stick to the original plan. The owner of the Verve said she agrees.

“For them now to come in and say we need that space, we need that lot, we need that property for this to move forward. I’m a little confused on that,” said Connie Wrin.

It was also suggested that the council survey business owners in the 7th and Wabash area to see what they want.

Marvel said the proposed parking lot would not be just blacktop.

“It will be landscaped with green space and a brick wall along the sidewalk there. It will be a nice looking parking lot,” he said.

Jon marvel adds building the parking lot would save millions in tax payer dollars.

However, if the ordinance passes the Capital Improvement Board will move on with building the original parking garage.

The Terre Haute City Council will vote on the ordinance at their next meeting on March 5.

Renderings of the proposed parking lot are expected to be presented.

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