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Building Tumbles to Ease Downtown Parking Shortages

The city of Royal Oak acquired a building at 225 S. Troy in 2009 with the intent of using it for a public purpose. A study commissioned by the Downtown Development Authority recommended a parking structure.

A building at 225 Troy St. was demolished Monday to make room for a surfaced parking lot to provide more space for downtown merchants' customers. (Photo: City of Royal Oak)
A building at 225 Troy St. was demolished Monday to make room for a surfaced parking lot to provide more space for downtown merchants' customers. (Photo: City of Royal Oak)

A building at the intersection of 225 S. Troy and Third Street tumbled down Monday to make room for a 93-space parking lot.

The city of Royal oak purchased the building in 2009 with the intent of using it for a public purpose, later deciding on a parking lot recommended in a study commissioned by the Downtown Development Authority.

In it, Rich and Associates concluded that existing facilities have neared capacity on peak nights during the year. Parking is “a critical issue when trying to encourage and

continue development in the downtown,” the study said, recommending that the city develop a plan before all existing parking is full.

Providing parking downtown is difficult  for many businesses to accomplish on their own, and is an essential function of local  government for economic development purposes, the study recommended.

Able Demolition Inc. is doing the work for a bid price of $75,320 to demolish and clear the sites at 225 Troy St., 123 Knowles St. and a garage a 117 Knowles St.

The city thinks it will cost another $540,000 for construction of a surface parking lot.
RON Ostrodamus May 13, 2014 at 07:26 PM
I agree with you 100% Debbie. This is without an iota of a doubt in my mind a sweetheart deal involving a kickback, or a returned favor for some past nominal campaign support. And its just the beginning, wait until the real costs are added up and the city is asked to kick in even more. That is unless a city manager or someone on the commission is brave enough to demand a full accounting and a full investigation into this political heist. This height of fiscal skulduggery begins with the hiring an agency, and not just any agency to answer the rhetorical question of whether the CBD could use another parking lot. How much did that cost? Only a fly on the wall could know as there are no names named here. I did not know that the Art in Bloom flower show sold money trees just across the street. Meanwhile our park across the street looks like sh.t and our library cannot even afford one Sunday copy of the New York Times.
RON Ostrodamus May 13, 2014 at 07:32 PM
We have met the enemy and its city hall!!!!
Debbie Campbell May 14, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Wow –the engagement propagandist sure got this story hustled off the front page quickly-- The city will squander just about any number of tax dollars to get a handful of quick fix parking spaces over there near Farmer’s Market to accommodate their alcohol fueled events—What they really need though to handle the flow of all that booze are expanded restroom facilities—Leaky port-a -john /chemical toilets in a Farmers Market?—Not so good.---
Jack Manning May 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Ah! Just what we need, more Parking Meters. Royal Oak has to be near the top of list for more parking meters per resident than any city in the nation.

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