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Beach parking garage goes to Clearwater council — with changes

CLEARWATER — Clearwater's elected leaders are poised to approve a seven-story parking garage at the north end of Clearwater Beach's tourist district — with some last-minute changes to the deal.

The 642-space garage is to be built at Pelican Walk Plaza, a shopping center on the busy beach thoroughfare of Mandalay Avenue.

On Wednesday night, the City Council is to vote on a legally binding development agreement with developer Michael Connor to build the garage. A crowd of opponents is expected.

Detractors say the garage is too big and boxy and would attract extra traffic. But business owners say more parking is needed in the area.

The council unanimously approved a general agreement for the new garage in June. But proposed changes for the final version of the agreement were unveiled Monday at a City Council work session.

Under the new version of the agreement, it will be up to the developer whether the garage's bottom and top floors will be leased or hourly parking.

Originally, 89 spaces on the bottom floor were to be reserved for workers and customers at Pelican Walk Plaza. Another 103 spaces on the top floor were to be leased out, possibly to the nearby Sandpearl resort.

The public would park on the middle levels of the garage, where Clearwater would buy 450 parking spaces.

Contact Mike Brassfield at brassfield@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4151. Follow @MikeBrassfield.

Beach parking garage goes to Clearwater council — with changes 08/18/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2014 10:47pm]
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