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Developer Eyes Downtown SBY Parking Lot

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SALISBURY, Md. - The city of Salisbury and a Delmarva developer are discussing the future of one downtown parking lot. 

Parking lot 30 is along the Wicomico River and across the street and down the block from "Brew River."  The city recently declared the lot as surplus so city leaders could begin discussions with a developer.

Some who frequent downtown Salisbury believe building something new is the right plan to get people downtown.

"Well I think that sounds good as long as people have an area that they can park in, to encourage the influx of new homes, apartments, and buildings," said Charles Roberts of Snow Hill.

The concerns over the loss of parking have been raised before.  The city is also in talks with another developer to revitalize two parking lots near the library.  That proposed plan includes a hotel, shops, and apartments.  If those plans become a reality, city leaders say parking lots will be included in the plan and the downtown garage has more than 700 spaces available.  However, parking aside, not everyone is on board with losing another lot.  WBOC spoke with a handful of downtown business owners on Friday who believe building new is not the answer.  They say redeveloping the older unused buildings downtown and putting new business into them is the answer.  But it appears the developer has its sights set on lot 30 downtown.

"Well I think maybe a mixture of apartments and retail.  Something that will bring an outside crowd in as well," said Roberts.

Whether its an outside crowd or a local crowd, city leaders just want people back in downtown Salisbury.  The developer discussing lot 30 with the city is Salisbury-based 'Green Street Housing."

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