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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:30 am | Updated: 1:25 pm, Wed Oct 10, 2012.

LEAD — Lead voters, who will determine the fate of downtown parking at a Nov. 6 election, now have a chance to see what the future of their Main Street could look like.

For the past six weeks, Tallgrass Landscape Architecture of Custer has been designing digital images of what downtown Lead could look like when the city remodels Main Street in 2014 and potentially continues street-side renovations afterward.

The architecture company presented their designs to about 30 Lead residents Monday night.

While not the first digital designs the city has seen portraying the possible future of downtown Lead, those presented Monday night are the first to be based on the parking options the city has been considering for more than a year: whether to leave it as is or take it off the south side of the street in the downtown area.

Come November, the issue will go to the ballot and the citizens will decide which option to follow.

“No matter what you vote, this is going to be a great transformation for you,” said Matt Fridell of Tallgrass.

In both options, the remodeling of Main Street from Julius Street to Galena Street would replace the pavement and utility lines beneath the street, as well as install new historical lighting along the sidewalks and handicap ramps.

According to the presentation, a “Yes” vote on the ballot will mean the voter supports a previous decision by the city commission to replace parking exactly as it is now on the south side of Main Street. Voting “No” will support the option to “allow parking modifications to the south side of the street.”

The wording didn't sit well with resident Jerry Apa, who insisted the discussion thus far has been whether or not to eliminate parking — not modify it — from Galena Street to Julius Street. City Administrator Mike Stahl said that parking from Galena to Stone streets will not be affected under either option, nor will the parking in front of the Post Office, though the street will be renovated through that area.

The parking options presented at the meeting include widening the sidewalk on the north side of the street; adding a short bend and several parking spots to the lower end of Main Street, though doing so would intrude on Prospect Park; and installing a bus pull-out in front of the Black Hills Mining Museum. All told, the modification plan would remove nine existing parking spots from Main Street and add four new ones on the north side.

Tanya Olson, also of Tallgrass, said that even at this stage, the plans could be modified as the need arose. The presentation was simply a depiction of what the city has been considering so far.

Olson and Fridell also presented images of the city's vision for remodeling the downtown area alongside Main Street, including a revamp of the municipal parking lot, a staircase connecting the Silver Star parking lot to Main Street to make it more accessible, renovating the Julius Street parking lot and adding a staircase from that lot to Main Street. They also suggested a new library building could be constructed above the Julius lot and remodel the existing Hearst Library into a retail storefront.

Such options are still conjectural, however, and will depend on whether the city sees fit to take them later on down the road, if it can afford them at all.

“Affordability becomes a very important part of this,” Stahl said.

Tallgrass added a potential cost upwards of $6 million for all the options they presented, though the city could pick and choose any or all of them as time goes by. Resident Rose Burns noted that inflation was not accounted for and the options would likely be more costly in the future.

A second public presentation by Tallgrass is scheduled for 7 p.m., Oct. 9 at the Days Inn. Stahl said the community is encouraged to attend. A final presentation will be made as part of an election forum at 6 p.m., Oct. 23 at Lead-Deadwood High School.

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5 comments:

  • Ted and Edna posted at 7:28 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

    Ted and Edna Posts: 5

    M Watson

    Have you started tour investigating into the conflicks of interest on this revitalization.

    Please advise your readers why you will only tell one side of the story!

     
  • MWatson posted at 7:50 am on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    MWatson Posts: 7 Staff

    A couple comments to this story have been deleted as they contained material that fell outside the rules of conduct.
    Comments such as these will not be permitted. We encourage everyone to comment on our stories, but keep it clean. This is an open dialogue where name calling and other such remarks will not be tolerated.

     
  • ME posted at 1:41 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    ME Posts: 1

    Pretty pestimistic aren't you RJ. Maybe you should try positive statements instead of putting everyone down and acting like a child with the name calling. That or...put you rmoney where your mouth is and you become a commissioner.

     
  • The Great One posted at 10:11 pm on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    The Great One Posts: 195

    RJ............you nailed it. nuff said.

     
  • RJ DEGRANDO posted at 8:08 pm on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    RJ DEGRANDO Posts: 17

    Busy narrow sidewalks are more attractive than wide empty sidewalks. Nothing has changed from the poor design that was presented by Bob Morcom from TSP under the guidance of Dave Snyder. There should be on street parking across from the post office on both sides of Main Street.. The high curb on the Silver Star side of the Street should be eliminated.

    The snow removal problem with wide sidewalls has been discussed several times but nobody seems to pay attention.

    There is no need for a bus parking spot in front of the Mining Museum. This has not been a problem for 50 years. This is a stupid idea of Less Rosales. The buses have always unloaded on Main Street and then Returned to load. This is part of the Opera House Crowd wanting more exposure for the Opera House.

    The Opera House crowd are not able to support themselves and cry for Lead taxpayer money every year.. I do not believe they know how to run a profitable business and they definitely should not be designing main street.

    Where is Ron Everett. His campaign slogan was something about, "Thinking outside of the box". He is the box. Mr. Everett seems to have trouble understanding what made his quick lube and ice cream stand a failure and now he wants to extend this stupidly to the design of the downtown business district.

    The commissioners did not listen to Lewie Sternhaghen. Lewie knows that convenient parking and no obstacles is the key to a successful business. None of them including T.J. Larson know how to attract customers and make Lead's Main Street functional.