Developers present public safety building plans

Peter Cornell of the BBL Development Group said that paid parking would help mitigate downtown traffic.

"The majority of traffic in your city on Broadway is people cruising and looking for parking spaces," he said. "If people know that the garage is less than Broadway, they'll go right to the garage and go around Broadway."

The group has presented requests for proposals, or RFPs, for a public safety building on four occasions, and this most recent proposal calls for a 32,800-square-foot structure with court facilities for criminal cases, including a basement entrance for prisoner intake.

Commissioner of Public Safety Ron Kim expressed interest in Bonacio's plan after Friday's meetings, saying that an immediate cash infusion would help with the city's budget woes and that $4.5 million is "nothing to sneeze at."

Kim said he was not ready to throw his support behind any plan yet.

"In these economic times, you have to look at the money first," Kim said.

Bonacio presented a timeline showing the parking system installed in January, with all elements finished by late 2010.

High Rock Partners would scale to size

The High Rock Partners, a consortium of designers and money-men, was formed as a sort of dream team to come up with a High Rock proposal. Like Bonacio's plan, High Rock suggested the public safety building be paid for by the institution of paid downtown parking, but allows for private operation of the parking garage by Standard Parking Corporation.

Forum Industries and Garfield Traub Development are heading up design for the group, with Phinney Design Group acting as architect. The team presented a 56,000-square-foot public safety building as a "Rolls Royce" design, though the city could scale it down to reduce the cost.

"This is the nicest, best facility that we could offer you," said Stephanie Ferradino, an attorney representing High Rock.

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