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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 1:00 am

Parking deal for overpass altered

City redevelopment to manage spaces

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission on Monday approved a lease agreement with Norfolk Southern Railroad for use of parking spaces beneath the overpass that runs from Calhoun Street to Lafayette Street.

A contract currently exists between the railroad and the city's Board of Public Works for parking for city vehicles, redevelopment Director Nancy Townsend said. But in light of an ongoing parking study, Townsend said it makes more sense for the redevelopment division to handle the contract. Townsend said the city plans to use the 130 or so spaces for city vehicles, as well as event parking, overflow parking and month-to-month parking leases. 

“Norfolk Southern was kind of reaching out and we were talking, ... collaboratively with the parking study and other things going on, and perhaps it's better suited to be nestled in redevelopment where we have a parking management contract with ABM and the means and ability to manage and control parking,” Townsend said. “Norfolk and Southern is opening up for us to utilize that for things other than city vehicles or city employees.” 

The lease will cost the city $12,000 a year, Townsend said. ABM, the company that currently manages city-owned parking structures, will manage parking under the railroad tracks.