The Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee on Wednesday reviewed plans for the Downtown Transportation Terminal with consultant John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation. Listen: RealPlayer MP3
"We are still working with Bill Ross of Mitchell Historic Properties," Carrara said, explaining that Mitchell is purchasing the parking lot on the northeast corner of The Strand at 25th Street for the terminal. "As soon as they own the property then they will execute the ground lease between the city and Mitchell Historic Properties; and then they can hire the architects and start the design of the building."
"They already have a contract on it," said Jeff Brown, a member of the Brown Family Trust that is selling the property to Mitchell and a member of the Intermodal Transportation Committee. "It is set to close at the end of the month, unless they back out for some unknown reason between now and then. They'll lose their earnest money if they do."
Carrara noted that the State Historic Commission must approve the plans before the project can move forward.
The committee also discussed progress on the commuter rail project and the Seawall Streetscape Improvements project.
Carrara said that the city is working on the final draft of project priorities of the 2011-2014 Transportation Improvement Plan. "We expect the city manager to finalize and forward to H-GAC next week."
Leonce Thierry, a newly appointed member representing the University of Texas Medical Branch, attended his first meeting. Chair Jim Casey, Brad Brown and Jeff Neilson were absent.