Wilmington City Council wishes to evaluate the city's downtown parking lots

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Linda Gray was appointed to the first District seat.
Delaware News Journal

Wilmington City Council wants the city to consider selling its downtown parking to get the money from the sales only, but also to start collecting tax revenue on the properties.

Wilmington Parking Authority, a separate agency from the city whose board is appointed by the mayor, operates six garages and two car parks in the center of Wilmington which are exempt from city property taxes.

The Council voted on Thursday to ask Mayor Mike Purzycki to assess these properties. The resolution expresses the members' interest in allowing owners of a town center office building to purchase more parking space to compete with suburban offices.

"We want to keep businesses in the city," said Councilor Ciro Adams. "Having received the report, we can make some decisions if necessary."

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A parking garage in the center of Wilmington (Photo: WILLIAM BRETZGER / The News Journal)

If the lot were placed in private hands they would also be placed on the city property tax rolls.

Finance Director Brett Taylor said Purzycki's decision was whether the assessment was carried out.

Wilmington is struggling with a vacant office space. Business owners have informed the News Journal that they want to establish themselves outside the city to avoid Wilmington's 1 percent pay tax.

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Adams said that improved parking availability to suburban office parks attracts tenants.

The resolution was one of the various measures run by the new city council after Linda Gray was appointed to the 1st District last month.

The members approved a new red light camera contract which allows the city to spend an extra $ 905 per month on 17 new cameras it is installing this year.

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City officials announced last month that they are going down six of 34 cameras at intersections that they say will be safer. There are 16 cameras being added at new sites and one existing camera upgraded.

The $ 2,095 per camera is charged to the city, per month for the 27 cameras which remain in operation. The new contract with Conduent State and Local Solutions (formerly known as Xerox State and Local Solutions) lasts three years.

The Council approved the appointment of Purzycki as a former public defendant Robert Goff to become a city attorney, and he approved a contract that allows DeTV, which runs Ivan Thomas, public access to the city and a leased access television station. to operate.

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The competition was over the bitter TV contract. Thomas's officials were impressed by Thomas's new organization and the vision of the positive things about Wilmington.

The older generation refused to lose the current station operator, the leased Nonprofit Access Producers Association, who said that it was a long-standing institution that provided the black community with rich programs and political criticism.

Contact Jeanne Kuang at jkuang@delawareonline.com or (302) 324-2476. Follow her on Twitter at @JeanneKuang.

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