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August 9, 2001
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Dallas McGee, Urban Development, 441-7857
Rick Haden, Kirkham Michael, 255-3838
Tom Wright, Wright’s Jewelers, 474-0774

Mayor Releases Downtown Parking Study

Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely today released a study on downtown parking, which recommends the construction of two new parking garages one at 9th and "Q" streets and another on the eastern edge of downtown. The study was conducted by Kirkham Michael Consultants in conjunction with the Downtown Lincoln Association, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the State of Nebraska Department of Administrative Services and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Public Building Commission.

"We are very fortunate that Lincoln's downtown is thriving, and our parking needs have increased," said Wesely. "Because this study brought together all the major groups impacted by the parking situation, I am confident these recommendations will lead us in the right direction."

Kirkham Michael worked with a committee chaired by Tom Wright of Wright's Jewelers, which included representatives of downtown businesses and major employers. The study examined the future parking needs downtown by identifying existing inventory, the existing deficiencies, projected growth and possible parking solutions. The new report updates a 1993 downtown parking study. Since then, 2,422 spaces have been added to the downtown parking inventory for a total of 22,423 spaces.

Other recommendations of the study include:

A copy of the study is available on request.

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