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-q Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-11 Parking, public plaza 'paradise' on Railroad? Eity, MTA, conservation district propose partnership By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Kathy Geist probably didn't intend to inject a Joni Mitchell song into the heads of the attend- ees of the Shelton City Commission's meeting Monday. But the manager of Mason Transit Authori- ty's Transit-Community Center quoted the Ca- nadian songbird's catchy 1970 hit "Little Yellow Taxi" when she told the commission that MTA doesn't want to simply "pave paradise and put up a parking lot" next to its Transit-Community Center. The city of Shelton, MTA and Mason Con- servation District have proposed a joint partner- ship to seek a grant to develop an outdoor pla- za and parking lot at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Sixth Street behind MTA's Transit- Community Center, which is scheduled to open in February. The commission gave preliminary approval Monday to seek a grant from this year's Storm- water Financial Assis- tance program offered by the state Department of Ecology. The agree- ment is scheduled to be part of the commission's consent agenda at Mon- day's study session. Under the proposal, Journal photo by Gordon Weeks The city of Shelton, Mason Transit Authority and Mason Conservation District are proposing to partner together to seek a grant to develop an outdoor plaza and parking lot behind MTA's Transit- Community Center at Railroad Avenue and Sixth Street. the city's Public Works Department would sub- mit a proposal by Nov. 7 and act as the grant's administrator if the project receives funding. Mason Conservation District and MTA would work as partners with the city to design and implement the project beginning in spring 2016 and estimates it could be completed by June 2020. The project would involve designing and retrofitting construc- tion of an MTA-owned gravel parking lot into a "state-of-the-art green stormwaterflow-impact development facil- ity." The site would be a "green-built" parking lot for MTA customers dur- ing the day and a public plaza space for events in the evening. The proposal sug- gests the plaza could be used for a farmers mar- ket, seasonal craft fair, summer evening mov- ies, concerts and other events, Geist told the com- mission she envisions the need for more park- ing next to the future TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY 1993 CHEVY COLORADO great condition with canopy. 253-686-0797 (Mc 10-23) transit center once it is completed. Part of the lot has long been used for park- ing, with access by foot off Railroad Avenue along what looks like "a cow path" next to Blondie's Restaurant, she said. Residents have told her they've used that path as an access route for decades, Geist said. Under the proposed plan, the path would remain to guide people into the center, she said. The parking lot/plaza concept would utilize green stormwater infra- structure techniqaes. None of the stormwater runs into city systems, Geist said. "It should be a nice amenity," she said. "It's local govern- ments working together to share resources," said John Bolender, district manager for the Mason Conservation District. The district has talented engineers and architects to work on the project, he added. The city is getting involved because only a city or county can ap- ply for the Stormwater Financial Assistance grant, said Greg Clark, the city's Public Works Department director. "It's a win-win for all three agencies and cer- tainly for the communi- ty," he said. Shelton City Commis- sioner Mike Olsen asked whether the proposal would make the parking lot permanent. "It could be prime retail (space) there," he said. Bolender said the stormwater system would have a lifetime of about 15 years and the site could be used for something else in the fu- ture. "It won't be locked away in perpetuity," he said. ET BACK INTHE ,SAD D LE better resolved throu pal :ee: replacemefil; presents fewer risks, needs about half the recovery, time and results in a more normal feeling knee. Repairing only the Mome Zechmann, MD damaged areas of the joint can also avoid or delay the need Orthopedic Surgo,, for total knee replacement. Join us for a free seminar with Dr. Jerome Zechmann to learn if partial knee replacement may be the choice for you! CAPITAL MEDICAL CENTER Your Community Hospital Tuesday, October 28 6 p.m. Register today by calling 1-800-798-5143 3900 Capital Mall Dr, SW, Olympia 360-754-5858 888-677-9757 capitalmedical.com