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Here is a rendering of what the planned Uptown parking garage at 60 W. Park St. will look like from the front side on Park Street. It should be completed late next summer.

Construction work on Uptown’s new parking garage is back on track, thanks to relatively warm weather so far this fall, a top county official said Tuesday.

Ground was broken this past August on the $7.5 million, 248-space structure at 60 W. Park Street, and was on schedule until last month when granite was discovered underneath an area where a bus stop had been located.

That had to be removed before more drilling and foundation work could be done, Community Development Director Karen Byrnes told the Urban Revitalization Board.

Local contractors were able to remove the granite without too much trouble, but it did push the project back two weeks. Nice weather for this time of year has allowed crews to catch up and not break for winter yet.

“Everything seems to be on track,” Byrnes said.

Major work will halt for winter in the next few weeks and resume in the spring. Officials still expect the project to be completed late next summer.

In other business Tuesday, the URA Board:

-- gave a $1,809 grant to Buddy Fisher to install new glass in the Stephens Block at 146 W. Park St. next to Taco Del Sol. Buddy and Carrie Fisher own Taco Del Sol and recently purchased the rest of the three-story building, thanks in part to a $181,500 URA loan.

The new windows will cost $7,235, with the URA grant covering 25 percent.

-- agreed to move $30,000 in remaining URA funds this fiscal year to a program that provides matching grants for people who replace their sidewalks Uptown. That leaves about $55,000 for other URA grants for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

Byrnes said more people are seeking URA assistance to put in new sidewalks and they remain one of the agency’s priorities.


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