Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Easton Riverwalk plan concerns some residents

The $27 million Riverwalk condominium, parking and bus facility proposed for the Easton's downtown has some citizens concerned.

Mayor Phil Mitman said he's not surprised some residents have concerns, but he's only received about a half dozen phone calls on it.

''Our community has never dealt with anything this big,'' Mitman said. ''It's Easton's biggest project ever, so it's bound to bring up a lot of questions.''

Plans to build a parking garage and bus terminal in Easton began cultivating about seven years ago under then Mayor Thomas F. Goldsmith. But many changes, including the location, have been made to arrive at the final plan for the 12-story project slated for Riverside Drive now under city review.

The Easton Parking Authority, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, and the state and federal governments have pledged $14 million to the project. Developer Arcadia Properties will be using its own money to build about 140 condominiums on top of the 500-space parking garage and bus terminal.

The Historic District Commission is slated to review the Riverwalk plan for a second time at its 5:30 p.m. meeting Nov. 13, and the Planning Commission may approve it at a 7:00 p.m. meeting Dec. 6 .

No matter how the Historic District Commission votes next week, City Council has the final vote on whether the building fits into the downtown historic district.

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