With the announcement that the City is conducting an annual citizens survey, some residents have called to ask why. The reason that we conduct resident surveys is to get critical information from those that we serve, the citizens of the City of Aiken.
The City Manager’s Citizens Advisory Team (CAT) has announced dates for two public meetings to discuss design and allowable use questions related to proposed redevelopment in Downtown Aiken. The meetings will be held March 21 and April 5.
The CAT has been selected to advise Aiken City Manager John Klimm during negotiations related to a proposed project that would develop housing, retail, office space, and a potential parking garage in downtown’s historic core. A major focus of the plan is consolidating City of Aiken services by expanding the Municipal Building on Park Avenue. Doing so would allow the City to dispose of potentially surplus property, the present Administration and Finance Building at 135 Laurens St. SW, and see it converted to a mixture of retail and housing.
Parking and the possibility of a parking structure downtown will be the focus of a public meeting scheduled by the City of Aiken on April 12 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in City Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. SW.
Aiken City Manager John Klimm said the April meeting will be the latest in a series of public meetings where hundreds of local residents have gathered information and offered input on the future of the City’s central district.
“We are now recommending that we start a new journey of public meetings starting with a major public hearing on the need for and the pros and cons of a parking garage in the downtown,” Klimm said during a recent City Council meeting. “For many years the issue of parking in the downtown has been raised. When we had our workshops last year, the number one issue raised was the matter of parking in the downtown and the challenge of how best to address the parking issue.”
Watch the Aiken City Council Meeting from Monday, March 13, 2017, at 7 p.m.