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Livable Communities
Galveston City Council Workshop
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Transportation consultant Barry Goodman today updated Galveston City Council on the Livable Communities Initiative.  Listen: MP3  RealPlayer

“We completed one phase of this some years ago,”  Goodman said.  “We called it LCI 1 which is the Strand improvements, sidewalks, landscaping, lighting.  We did the planning for LCI 2, which is the rest of downtown between 20th and 25th and we have done preliminary planning on what we call LCI 3, which is between …  essentially 13th and 20th Streets.”

Discussion of the Downtown Transportation Terminal included a spirited exchange between Council Member Elizabeth Beeton and Bill Ross of Mitchell Historic Properties.

Ross explained that when Mitchell purchased the parking lot at 25th and the Strand from the Brown Family Trust for the terminal, it was with the idea that a ramp from the Shearn Moody Parking Garage would provide ingress and egress to parking spaces on the top of the terminal.  Because the Port of Galveston was the successful bidder on the sale of the city-owned Shearn Moody Garage, and the sale was contingent on the owner of the garage providing access to the terminal, there must be a sharing of revenue at the gate

Ross said that MHP was surprised by the port’s bid on the garage days before the bids were to be opened.

“They asked for an extension of the proposal,” Ross said.  “I hate to say this publicly, but one of the main reasons is, do we ever see a representative of the port coming to a council meeting or a planning meeting or a chamber meeting or an economic development meeting?  They operate in a vacuum over there.”

“Given the fact that the agreement between the city and Mitchell Historic Properties didn’t include Shearn Moody Plaza (parking garage) but now I’m hearing you say that without it, the site is not workable,” Beeton said.

“Elizabeth, let me say this right up front,” Ross said. “We have been back to workshop with this group three different times.  The second time we appeared here we talked about the Moody Plaza garage.  You all were kind of positive about it.  You can’t sit there and tell me you didn’t know about it.”

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