Transportation consultant John Carrara on Wednesday told the Galveston Intermodal Transportation Committee that the Galveston Landmark Commission has signed off on the proposed Livable Communities Initiative Downtown Transportation Terminal, but that additional permissions remain to be granted. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“That completed all of the local approvals,” he said, explaining that the Texas Historical Commission must review the plans. “Because there is still a lot of opposition floating out there among different people in the community that probably is not going to be resolved real quickly. But we were able to get the Federal Transit Administration to separate that historic approval from the approval of the last million dollars of the grant that is pending,”Carrara said.
“I noticed an advertisement in the newspaper selling Shearn Moody Plaza (Garage),” said Jeff Miller, a member of the committee and a representative of the Brown Family Trust who owned the parking lot that is the site of the terminal.
“Right,” Carrara responded. “Those bids are due in Friday and we’ll see how many bidders there are.”
Carrara said there are at least three parties interested in purchasing the city-owned garage, including Mitchell Historic Properties, who is building the terminal and plans to connect it to the Shearn Moody property.
The ITC also reviewed proposals for bus graphics and advertising on Island Transit Buses. Dancie Perugini Ware will present the marketing plan to Galveston City Council at its next regular meeting workshop.