Transportation consultant Barry Goodman met with Galveston City Council this morning to discuss a request that the award of a bid for the purchase of the Shearn Moody Plaza Parking Garage be extended for 30 days, changing the ending date to November 26, 2011. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
Mitchell Historic Properties had hoped to purchase the garage as part of its development of the Downtown Transportation Terminal in conjunction with a Livable Communities Initiative grant from the federal government. However, Mitchell was outbid by the Port of Galveston.
Goodman said city staff has been meeting with port staff “to get a better determination on how we can better work together and to get a determination of details of the port’s bid”.
“I don’t have a problem with that,” said Dianna Puccetti, who represents the city council on the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves and has abstained on votes regarding the garage at wharves board meetings. “They have felt that they won that bid outright and want to move forward.”
Goodman also talked about an item on this afternoon’s regular meeting agenda for completion of Livable Communities Initiative Phase 3 and achieving preliminary engineering on LCI Phase 3 on Market Street.