A legislative commission began looking Wednesday into whether building a parking garage adjacent to the Garrahy Judicial Complex on Dorrance Street would be a useful public project.
Garages are easy to build, going up Erector set fashion in months, but expensive — from $30,000 to $35,000 per space, he noted.
“They don’t support themselves out of the gate,” [I-195 Redevelopment District Commission chairman Colin] Kane said.
So it sounds like Kane is setting up the expectation that the public will have to subsidize this parking. GrowSmartRI tweeted:
Unfortunate that there was no mention of mass transit in this discussion. http://t.co/CEzJmMZLsg
— GrowSmartRI (@GrowSmartRI) October 24, 2013
…indeed.[box style=”alert”]Update: GrowSmartRI updated their status to indicate that Mr. Kane let them know that he “discussed the importance of transit, walking, and zipcars as part of the transportation equation.” We see the fact remaining that an entire Commission was created to ‘discuss’ parking at one specific location. A Commission where other transportation options may be mentioned, but are hardly the focus. Parking should be being discussed as a part of a transportation system. Parking should not be the focus where every other form of transportation is treated as, ‘oh, sure, that’s important too.'[/alert]
Previously: State to study Garrahy Courthouse Garage. Again.