With the Leavenworth Fruit Warehouse demolition nearing completion, city administrators are wasting no time determining how to cover the $1.2 million price tag.
The new parking lot, which will cover about 75 percent of the 118,000 square foot space along Highway 2, will be a pay-to-park lot.
“The city made the determination that the best way to purchase that parking lot was to do so with the plan that it would be a pay parking lot,” said Leavenworth Mayor Cheri Farivar. “The city paid a lot of money for it. This is the only way to pay it back.”
The new parking lot will be one piece of a major parking overhaul in Leavenworth and city administrators are asking residents to weigh in. Other parking lots in Leavenworth — the Department of Transportation parking lot, the lot behind the library, behind the pool and the lot between Bank of America and City Hall — will all see changes.
“We are certain that the Festhalle parking lot, the warehouse parking lot and the firehouse parking lot will all be paid parking, starting immediately,” Farivar said.
The firehouse parking lot is the non-paved lot between Bank of America and City Hall. The city plans to pave, light and landscape the lot this spring.
Farivar said she doesn’t know yet exactly how much it will cost to park in the lots but she thinks it will be comparable to the lot behind Leavenworth Festhalle: $10 per day on weekends and $5 per day on weekdays. Residents will be able to buy discounted monthly passes.
Other parking areas, such as other lots and downtown street parking, will become “controlled.” It will be free to park but drivers will have to move their cars after a certain amount of time. Maybe three or four hours, Ferivar said.
Farivar said the city won’t make any decisions about paid parking without community input. Leavenworth residents will receive a questionnaire in their next newsletter, which should be in mailboxes by next week. In January, the city will hold public meetings to let residents weigh in on paid parking.
“We don’t know what people are going to say about parking downtown,” Farivar said. “We want to hear from people and hear what they have to say.”
Kaylin Bettinger (509) 664-7146