LEWISTON — Councilors on Tuesday chose to delay a decision concerning a 375-space parking garage along Lincoln Street.

They quickly tabled discussion on a borrowing plan to pay for the garage, giving city staff more time to come up with alternatives. They first discussed the matter at a workshop meeting last week. 

Councilors have until March to act on bids to build the $5.8 million garage. If
they approve, crews would plan to start work this spring.

The previous council approved plans to replace part of the parking lot
southwest of the Bates Mill building at the corner of Main and Lincoln
streets with the garage. It would include 6,600 square feet of retail space.

The garage is part of an effort to bring more parking spaces to the
downtown as called for in a 2004 Bates Mill exit strategy with Platz
Associates. According to that agreement, the city must provide 1,162
parking spaces through 2011, and no more than 450 spaces per year.

But councilors last week said they were not convinced a garage was the best use for the land and asked staff to come up with other locations that would meet the requirements of the Bates Mill agreement.

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