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Three Salisbury Parking Lots Receive Developer Offer



SALISBURY, Md.- Change is on the way to downtown Salisbury. Back in fall WBOC reported
about some municipal parking lots that the city wanted to sell and redevelop.

Now three of those lots now have an offer. Those include Lot 1 and 11 by the library and LOT 10 on Church Street.

Mayor Jim Ireton said that all of them will be future home to more stores, restaurants and even apartments.

"We want apartments down here, we want public space, we have to have more people living downtown and that's what's going to revitalize it," Ireton said.

He said that while the plans are in their infancy, the project is an investment of at least $30 to $50 million. He added that the money would come from the developer.

The project is something Allison Shockley who works downtown said she wants to see.

"It economically benefits the downtown area as well make it livelier," Shockley said, "streets will be safer I think there will be much more activity and it's a great use of money."

Ireton said that at some point all cars parked in the lots will have to find space else where .

"That somewhere else is the parking garage which is right across the street," Ireton said, "we are not asking them to go eight or ten blocks away, it's just across the street."

But that's not good news for Bob Culver who owns Cellar Door Tavern by LOT 1.

"It would turn off the clientele it would turn off my customers because a lot of them park just out front," Culver said, "this is why I chose this location, because the parking lot was right there there's handicap parking and accessibility and that's a great asset to a new business."

Despite the grand plans, Ireton said it could be years before any redevelopment begins. 

He said final plans could go before the council within the next six months.



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