November 16th, 2009 | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall

Sam Adams' Deal With Parking "Don" Dick Singer

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The Northwest Examiner, WW's neighborhood broadsheet, has a detailed account of the deal Mayor Sam Adams recently struck with commercial property owner Dick Singer, who has long wanted to build a parking garage off Northwest 23rd Avenue.

"Mayor Sam Adams and developer Richard Singer have a tentative agreement to postpone construction of Singer's Irving Street Garage until parking meters can be installed in the Northwest District," the story begins.

Now an update: Thursday's City Council agenda contained an obscure item under "consent" that provides a footnote to that story (see below.) On Thursday, the council voted 5-0 to approve extending a land-use decision that affects Singer's plans for building a parking garage on Northwest Irving Street. That vote is designed to give the city and neighborhood businesses time to develop a comprehensive parking plan for Northwest. Gwenn Baldwin, Singer's City Hall lobbyist, told the Examiner her boss is prepared to wait one year but not necessarily until the parking plan is complete.

Juliet Hyams, president of the Northwest District Association, predicted the wait would lead to a "net improvement" in the area and had positive words for the mayor's approach. "If we're ever going to have a mayor who can apply appropriate policy to this, it's Adams," Hyams said.

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