GREENSBORO, N.C. - City Council voted to approve a number of items Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning concerning major projects downtown.
First, council voted to approve Phase II of the Tanger Performing Arts Center. The entire project costs a little more than $84 million dollars, and $57 million of that is the cost of Phase II - construction of the center itself. Since July, Coliseum Complex Director Matt Brown says although it may not seem like much on service, crews have worked to complete Phase I.
"What you saw on the surface is a lot of grading work being done," he said, "What we accomplished from July through actually, last Friday in December, is installing all of the major utilities – storm water, sewer – all the kinds of utilities that have to be put underground."
He says the builder estimates the construction process will take 22 months, so at this point, he believes the center will open in early 2020.
The second talker for council to vote on: two proposed parking decks - one on Eugene Street, and another on February One Place. Many people in opposition packed the meeting, including Hester Petty.
"I've been going downtown since the 90s and everybody I know, myself included, has never had a problem with finding a parking space," she said, "You kind of have to ask yourself, is it a matter of not finding a parking space or not finding a convenient parking space?"
Those in support of the decks said they are necessary for business to grow downtown. Right now, there are four city-owned parking decks, and leaders say those are technically at capacity. The cost of the two decks total is around $60 million.
Council ultimately decided to approve the plans and funding for both.
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