Hearing set for Park Board's proposed riverfront storage facility

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August 14, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
An aerial view of the Park Board's new $4 million operations center proposed for 1720 Marshall St. NE
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Ben Johnson

A public hearing on the Park Board’s controversial plan to use recently acquired riverfront property for a new maintenance and storage facility will be held on Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The hearing is scheduled as part of the Park Board’s regular board meeting. Board meetings start at 5 p.m. and are held at Park Board headquarters, located at 2117 West River Road. Those interested in speaking must sign up by 6:25 p.m. on the day of the hearing.

The Park Board wants to renovate the vacant building at 1720 Marshall St. NE to address its pressing need for secure, indoor equipment storage.

Residents of nearby Northeast neighborhoods have criticized the plan for bringing an unwanted industrial use to the riverfront, being too expensive and potentially creating livability issues from increased noise and activity at the site.

Psycho Suzi’s currently has a month-to-month lease to use the property’s parking lot for valet parking. It has circulated a petition against the project that has attracted more than 1,200 signatures.