By Nick Nunn staff writer
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) of Madison looked at looked at possible parking plans for the area between Star Drug at 150 West Washington and the former Madison Hardware & Supply at 174 West Washington during their annual retreat and planning session last Thursday, March 6. Madison Planning Director Monica Callahan said that a project to construct parking spaces in this area of downtown Madison is “high” because of its proximity to two churches, several business, and the Madison extension of Georgia Military College.
Callahan stated that “progress has been made” regarding the early stages of planning, and had three sets of plans for the DDA members. The first plan consists of solely surface parking, providing 47 parking spaces. Four of those 47 spots would be handicapped parking spaces.
The second plan proposes a two-story parking lot with 34 spaces on the ground level and 43 on the upper deck level. The third plan combined covered and surface parking options, creating a lot with 58 total spaces, 29 of which would be covered. The DDA members were not asked to make any decision on the plans offered at the retreat, because of the preliminary status of the project.
Callahan indicated that she has been looking into several grant sources, such as the USDA’s Community Facilities Grant or Rural Business Enterprise Grant, for the project, but that the first step in the process will be to assess the property owners’ interest in the project. She also said that the parking project will be part of the DDA’s short term work list, and that she is currently looking into the cost and revenue aspects of the project.