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Demolition Date Set For Fourth Street Garage

Fourth Street parking garage render

The design is a 6-story garage with 510 parking spaces and just more than 11,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor facing Walnut Street. (City of Bloomington)

The City of Bloomington is preparing to demolish the Fourth Street Garage even though plans for the structure that will replace it have not been approved.

Demolition of the downtown garage will begin the week of Sept. 3, according to a press release from the city.

The release says there will be traffic restrictions on Third Street, Fourth Street and Walnut Street beginning Aug. 26.

Additionally, the alley behind the garage will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. during work hours. Demolition is slated to be complete by late November or early December of this year, with construction of the new garage expected to begin immediately after and be completed by December 2020.

The $18.5 million revenue bond approved by city council in April funds the acquisition, demolition, and construction of a new garage. That includes $200,000 in public art that has yet to be selected.

READ MORE: Bloomington City Council Votes 5-3 To Demolish, Rebuild Fourth Street Garage

The Bloomington plan commission met earlier this month to vote on the garage’s site plan. But after hours of discussion, presentation and public comment, the commission moved to delay the vote until August.

Further complicating the city’s plans for the garage is a property dispute with the owner of Juan Sells Realty, which is located on the same block as the current garage.

City leaders tried to buy the property from local realtor Juan Carlos Carrasquel. When that failed, they entered a court dispute with Carrasquel to acquire his property through eminent domain.

READ MORE: Bloomington Seeking Property Through Eminent Domain For Fourth Street Garage

The current garage design is a 6-story garage with 510 parking spaces and just more than 11,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor facing Walnut Street.

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