Downtown parking meter pilot to start in 2016

Monday, December 7, 2015

Downtown parking meter pilot to start in 2016

In December of 2012, March and July of 2013 Roanoke staff started talking about high-tech parking meters in high-demand parking spots – more specifically around the Market Building. High tech parking meters will come at a slow methodical pace The parking meters are meant to reduce the driving round and round waiting for a free […]

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Roanoke City Market Building support quacks like a subsidy

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Roanoke City Market Building support quacks like a subsidy

“The City of Roanoke is contractually obligated to provide a financial support to the Market Building should it be necessary,” said Assistant City Manager Sherman Stovall. In 2007 estimated revenues from the rental of the city-owned Market Building was $286,500 with a General Fund supplement of $35,000 that covered total operating expenses of $321,500. The […]

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Just how much money is enough to “bring Roanokers downtown”

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Just how much money is enough to

UPDATE below from twitter conversation: The Roanoke Times in a Thursday online and paper editorial has jumped on the happy train band wagon again telling city leaders to “go for” the over budget $1.2 million Market Square redo. The city will take $500,000 from the streetscapes fund to make up the shortfall. Cost to transform Market […]

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A good way to endear yourself to the media

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A good way to endear yourself to the media

Was that nails on chalkboard I heard as I read Vice Mayor Court Rosen’s commentary in The Roanoke Times? Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners and media types at the hour of our death. Amen. “Information regarding city government in the media is often brief and covers the most controversial issues. I […]

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“Pay to Stay” approach floated for downtown parking

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Roanoker’s “can get very emotional about parking,” said city manager Chris Morrill as he prepared council for a downtown parking briefing last week. They were about to hear some “out of the box” solutions to Roanokers’ perception of downtown parking. This is just a starting point cautioned Morrill. The Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission conducted […]

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Cost to transform Market Square to a pedestrian plaza rises

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cost to transform Market Square to a pedestrian plaza rises

At last week’s city council meeting city engineer Phil Shermer briefed council on the complexity of the underground interstate highway of utilities that lays deep beneath Market Square. The square is directly across from the Market Building and mostly accommodates 24 parking spaces when not used for weekend events. The area lays in a flood […]

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Contract for sale of Market garage space approved

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Contract for sale of Market garage space approved

The contract of sale for the 11,000 square feet of the ground floor portion of the Market garage was approved after a public hearing at city council Monday. Windsor/Aughtry Company, Inc. operating as Southern Commonwealth Partners LLC will pay $800,000 for the base of the garage to be used for a hotel lobby. They have […]

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Market Square swaps parking spaces for a more pedestrian focus

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Market Square swaps parking spaces for a more pedestrian focus

The main portion of Market Square has been dubbed “Roanoke’s Living Room” and has functioned as such since Roanoke’s existence. “The nature of our commerce has changed,” said Sean Luther, Downtown Roanoke Inc. CEO. The two squares adjacent to Center in the Square and 202 Market accommodate 24 on street parking spaces. Luther wants to […]

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New farmer’s market canopies slated for dramatic new look

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New farmer's market canopies slated for dramatic new look

Replacing market vendor canopies every five years has become an increasing and expensive burden. “The canvas awnings are not really a long-term solution,” said Sean Luther Downtown Roanoke Inc. CEO. The city financed the current canopies capital improvement funds several years ago and this spring they failed said Luther. With the $250,000 price tag and […]

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Former First Lady Anne Holton tours downtown Roanoke businesses

Friday, February 24, 2012

Former First Lady Anne Holton tours downtown Roanoke businesses

The Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is getting help with his campaign from his most avid supporter – his wife, former First Lady Anne Holton. Her previous role as a Richmond City judge prohibited her from campaigning for her husband in past statewide races. Holton will take an active role […]

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Use the restroom before going to the City Market early

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Use the restroom before going to the City Market early

Bodily functions are a fact of life. The functioning only increases with age. When someone tells you that “you’re like a fine wine that gets better with age” just smack the crap out of them. Clearly no member of council understands that the “mature” adult requires more frequent visits to the restroom. Myself I ask […]

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Crowds pour into renovated City Market Building

Monday, September 5, 2011

Crowds pour into renovated City Market Building

The grand opening of the City Market Building was a little short of vendors Saturday but that didn’t keep the crowds from squeezing through the door as soon as Mayor Bowers cut the ribbon to the front door of Roanoke’s “living room.” There was a push to get in quickly as both anxious Roanokers and […]

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