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      Early plans underway for Short Street parking garage

      Columbia City Leaders held a public meeting on Tuesday morning to talk about the construction of another new downtown parking garage.

      City Officials and area property owners looked at different designs for a parking garage on Short Street.

      Many people have complained about this month TMs opening of a 10-story parking garage at the corner of Fifth and Walnut Streets.

      City Officials want to avoid public criticism with their latest project.

      Some people said Columbia TMs new 10-level parking garage across from the Columbia Post Office is an eye soar. It TMs now the second tallest building in Downtown Columbia. The Tiger Hotel is just a few feet taller. City Officials said the Fifth and Walnut Streets Parking Garage will be more appealing with some glass art that TMs scheduled to arrive next month.

      Columbia Public Works Spokeswoman Jill Stedem said, We TMre still looking at late April before we see the final product starting to be installed. It will definitely be a much needed improvement to the garage. The art will look beautiful when it TMs in place. It will definitely help the outside facade.

      Columbia City Leaders are going through this process all over again as they continue to make plans for another downtown parking garage. This time they want to build a new parking garage on Short Street.

      The proposed parking garage would sit on Short Street near The Regency Hotel. The Regency will soon be demolished to make room for a larger downtown hotel. Preliminary plans call for about 300 spaces in the proposed Short Street parking garage at a cost of about $7 million.

      Stedem said, The preliminary designs are just to give people an idea of what a parking garage could look like. Once the design actually starts, then we start looking at what it will actually look like.

      Planners are deciding if they should close Short Street or keep in place. City Council Members will look at preliminary designs before making a final decision.

      Columbia City Officials hope their current parking garage plans meet downtown parking needs for the next 20 years.