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Vote On Fourth Street Garage Likely This Week

Bloomington Fourth Street parking garage.

The garage has sat vacant since January after structural assessment. (WTIU/WFIU News)

The Bloomington City Council could decide the future of the downtown Fourth Street parking garage this week.

Council members are debating whether to move forward with a 5-year garage repair plan they approved in December or to tear down the structure and build a new, bigger garage.

Most of the debate centers around adding more downtown parking and increasing carbon emissions.

City officials are lobbying for council to approve an $18 million dollar tax revenue bond to replace the garage after the estimated cost to repair the structure jumped to $1.6 million, which is $300,000 dollars more than structural engineers initially projected.

The garage has sat vacant since January after structural assessment.

In a preliminary vote last week, three council members voted to approve the bond, two voted in opposition and three chose to abstain.

The council will vote again at Wednesday night’s city council hearing at 6:30 p.m.

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