DDA Spends 400K On Parking
And when board members meet this week, they could learn that they may be selling one of their pri
The DDA recently agreed to help fund repairs needed for the
"Most of the repairs to the parking structure are waterproofing-related, with minor amounts of concrete repairs," said Mark De Clercq of Walker Parking Consultants.
Walker Parking, based in
The DDA also agreed to give another $100,000 for repair work to the pedestrian ramps and walkways near the
Some of the concrete slabs and curbs are cracked, waterproofing sealants have failed in some areas, and large cavities exist in the walkway closest to the bridge. Walker Parking told the city that it considers these repairs as "basic" and not preventive.
The city entered into an inspection-services agreement with Walker Parking and Carl Walker Inc., also of
In August, the city added $600,000 to the contract for structural services and $100,000 to the other parking-related tasks.
"They will go through and identify what needs to be done. As a project comes up, we may come back to you for additional dollars," DeVries told city commissioners.
"It sounds like a cash cow to me," said 1st Ward Commissioner James Jendrasiak.
Deputy City Manager Eric DeLong added that the additional dollars would cover services for future parking sites, possibly new DASH lots.
"It's all within the budget," he said. "A lot of it is pre-development work."
The money will come from Parking Services and the Wastewater Treatment fund.
The DDA also ratified up to $100,000 for repair work to the Area 7 parking lot, part of the DASH West system, located on
Materials Testing Consultants Inc. submitted an initial project estimate of $89,000. The work would fill a very large sink hole that has developed on the lot.
"They couldn't find the bottom of it," said DDA Executive Director Jay Fowler. "There is a void under the parking lot that is 75 feet underground. The sand is seeping into a cave."
City engineer Greg Krcmarik told the DDA that an underground water table washed away the gypsum below the lot. The solution is to drill six holes in the lot and pump grout through those openings until the void is filled.
"This is a natural occurrence," he said. "The good news is the grout is relatively cheap."
Parking Services, the Wastewater Treatment plant and the city are expected to join the DDA in picking up the repair bill. About 120 cubic yards of grout may be needed to fill the hole.
The DDA spent about $1.2 million earlier this year to acquire property on Winter Avenue NW just south of
And board members could get an update report on discussions DDA staff has held since last spring with KG Development over the sale of the Area 4 lot south of Van Andel Arena on
KG Development, a joint venture between Gershenson Realty and Development of Farmington Hills and Kirko Development of Troy, offered the DDA $3 million in April for 87,000 square feet of the 122,000-square-foot lot with the intention of building a 12- to 14-screen movie house with retail space.
KG Development entered into exclusive negotiations with the DDA for the lot in April and that agreement ran its course last week. Fowler told the Business Journal last month that he hoped to file a report with board members at the October meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday.
KG Development also replied to an RFP from the city to purchase the Area 5 lot to the immediate east of Area 4. The firm revealed last month that it would like to build a small hotel, condominiums, retail space and parking in a nine-story building on the 69,000-square-foot lot. The firm has offered the city $1.5 million in cash and will pay for the construction of 295 public parking spaces in return for the lot.