Private firm plans parking lot downtown
Site of 2014 fire to be developed
The Fort Dodge Board of Adjustment approved the request Tuesday made by McClure Engineering on behalf of Royal Properties LLC.
Royal Properties owns the building at the opposite corner as well, at 1100 First Ave. N.
“It’s a structure they have rehabilitated for commercial on the first floor and apartments on the upper floors,” said Maggie Carlin, Fort Dodge associate city planner.
Board member Jeanne Gibson has faith the company would do a good job.
“I’ve seen the exterior of the building they’ve rehabbed, and it’s gorgeous,” she said.
The project will include landscaping, trees and shrubs and black fencing like is seen on other downtown parking lots, Carlin said.
Board of Adjustment approval was needed to build a parking lot in the downtown core. This is mostly to ensure that the city’s historic district designation is protected, and that the city’s parking study is followed.
The property once held an 1880s structure that was classified as a contributing structure of the city’s designated Historic District, Carlin said. But since it burned down in 2014, this is no longer a consideration.
The parking study recognizes shortfalls that may develop, and the new use of the building shows the need for the lot here.
The site plan for this parking lot project was granted conditional site plan approval by city staff on July 12, subject to the Board of Adjustment’s consideration for special exception approval. As part of this site plan review process, city engineering took into account the proposed flow of traffic lot relative to the existing traffic patterns of the area.