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Fourth Street Garage Eminent Domain Decision Could Come By End Of Month

Fourth Street Garage demo

(Zach Herndon, WFIU/WTIU News)

Soon, all that’ll be left of Bloomington’s Fourth Street Parking Garage is the walkway bridge. Workers started the demolition process after Labor Day and should be finished by the end of month.

But the design plans for a new garage remain up in the air. The city is trying to acquire the property south of the garage through eminent domain.

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton says the judge should issue a decision by the end of the month. Juan Carlos Carrasquel owns the property the city wants.

The city is offering to pay Carrasquel $587,500. That’s $87,500 more than Carrasquel paid for it in March of 2018. And the city would offer him office space on the ground floor of the new garage.

“Look at my building – it’s just a perfect location for me," Carrasquel says. "And for a government to use the force that they are allowed to use for exclusive purposes and then offer me back the space is almost insulting.”

Hamilton says if the judge rules in favor of Carrasquel, the city would most likely appeal and/or redesign the garage.

“Either go taller or shrink fewer spaces for the public use, both of which would make it a more expensive per car per space garage and we’re trying to be efficient with the public’s money too,” Hamilton says. 

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 officials hope to complete construction of the new garage in 2020.

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