Parkade project again focus at city hall
The controversial Lorne Street parkade project will be back in front of city council on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Council will take a final vote on a borrowing bylaw to build the parkade.
When the bylaw gets the final approval, it will trigger the alternative-approval process, which gives opponents 30 days to gather 10 per cent of the electorate’s signatures, forcing council to drop the project or send it to referendum.
The city has set the deadline to receive a counter-petition by Oct. 11.
A group intending to challenge the bylaw is also expected to make an appearance at city hall.
Bob Gamble, a member of Friends of Riverside Park (FOR), will again be asking council to consider placing the petition in civic buildings, such as the library and Tournament Capital Centre, and to allow petitions to be dropped off at buildings other than city hall.
Council refused a similar request a few weeks ago.
In May, council decided to proceed with a two-level, 350-stall parkade in the Lorne Street parking lot adjacent to Riverside Park.
The parkade is estimated to cost $7.8 million, with the project expected to go to tender in late December.