City Commission Vote on Midtown Garage
This Wednesday, February 20, City Hall at 4:00
City planners are still asking to build a big parking garage in Midtown. It will be up for a City Commission vote this week. Planners are recommending:
- Negotiating for a $24-$30 million, 5-story, 550-car garage at Thomasville/Monroe Point that is not financially viable now; if talks are not successful, re-negotiating for the original $14 million, 5-story, 331-car garage at Thomasville and 5th Avenue
- In addition, identifying and negotiating for other properties along Monroe for more parking garages
- Hiring an outside parking expert
Friendly. Safe. Well-being. Those are three words that the BHNA would like for neighbors to have in mind when they think of Betton Hills. Recently, the board held a retreat to prioritize how we could best advance those concepts in 2019. Here are the things we agreed to focus on:
Neighborhood resident Dustin Carruthers has organized a playgroup for kids at Winthrop Park on Thursdays at 9:30am! Bring the little ones by to make some new friends and enjoy the playground.
The BHNA board researched the proposed Midtown Garage, found it lacking in a number of aspects, and voted to oppose its construction. We support reconvening the Midtown Working Group to come up with a data-based consensus approach solution to Midtown parking and other pertinent issues. As a general rule the board supports urban infill, but in this instance the proposed garage is the wrong project in the wrong place and at the wrong price.
A number of Betton Hills residents have asked how they can help to prevent the Midtown Garage proposal from going forward. Find out more about the garage and how to help in this article.
It was a cloudy but warming morning for Arbor Day at McCord Park this year. Nearly 25 volunteers turned out to plant native trees, remove invasive plants, care for past plantings and maintain nest boxes. We gathered at 9:00 AM, getting fired up with hot coffee, hot chocolate, delicious pastries and bagels.
We got a lot done in two hours! This year we benefited tremendously from volunteer efforts of five professional arborists, one arborist in training (the owner’s 7 year old son who worked as hard as the adults), and one administrator from Arbor Pros.
Recently, safety concerns for drivers, walkers, and bicyclists using Betton Road and other neighborhood streets have been raised more vigorously by Betton residents. I want you to know that the BHNA hears you . . . and has been working with the city for improvements, first to Betton Road.
BHNA will be celebrating Arbor Day this Saturday, February 2nd from 9am – 11am at McCord Park. Walk, bike, or drive to the Armistead Road parking area and look for the refreshment table.
We have a lot to do in two hours so please join us and bring your friends!
Should a 312 car, 5-story parking garage be built smack dab in the middle of Midtown? Get an initial peek at this project. Find out about its public meeting.
On Sunday, November 18, at noon, neighbors (of all ages) will meet near the tennis courts in Winthrop Park for a short ride to Cascades Park. We will ride our way through adjacent neighborhoods to Franklin Street and Cascades Park.
Misery loves company! Come to the BHNA Fall Fest to get life back into perspective with some great food , happy music, and good company.
Here are the menus for the Food Trucks.