City to consider parking lot deal

By Tom Joyce - [email protected]

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners is considering an agreement with a Winston-Salem company in which the city government would foot the bill for improving a private parking lot in exchange for its continued use by the public.

Action could be taken on that issue during a Thursday meeting of the board which begins at 7 p.m.

It affects property at 134 S. Renfro St., across from Reeves Community Center.

The site in question was the longtime location of John Jackson Insurance and is now owned by AIS Buildings, LLC, of Winston-Salem.

It is adjacent to city-owned property at the corner of South Renfro and East Pine streets where a small parking lot is located. A project recently began there to pave and make other improvements to that lot to increase safety and accessibility for patrons of the community center.

A proposed license agreement between the municipality and AIS Buildings which will be considered at Thursday night’s meeting notes that the adjoining private lot is in need of repairs similar to the city’s gravel lot.

That proposal stems from AIS Buildings recently requesting that Mount Airy officials amend the contract for the project begun earlier to also pave the adjoining AIS lot to the specifications previously agreed to for the city-owned space.

It makes mention of how both the former and present owners of the property in question have “willingly and graciously” allowed patrons of Reeves Community Center to use their lot for overflow parking without fees or stipulation for many years.

In exchange for the improvements to the private parcel, AIS Buildings is willing to sign a 10-year license agreement to keep the parking lot open for continued public use, according to the proposal.

The city government has requested, and the Winston-Salem entity has agreed, that the lot will be kept open to the public at all times when it is not needed by AIS Buildings for its own purposes.

City Manager Barbara Jones could not be reached for comment Tuesday regarding how much the extra paving and related work would cost for the private site.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

By Tom Joyce

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