Tomball City Council votes to accept land for construction of public parking lot at Commerce, Cherry streets

Parking on Main Street was removed in 2016 as a result of a project to add a center turn lane.
Parking on Main Street was removed in 2016 as a result of a project to add a center turn lane. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

Parking on Main Street was removed in 2016 as a result of a project to add a center turn lane. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)

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A new public parking lot is proposed for the corner of Cherry and Commerce streets. (Courtesy city of Tomball)
Tomball City Council members voted Nov. 4 to accept land at the southeast corner of Commerce and Cherry streets from property owner Ernest Grandinetti for construction of a public parking lot, which will add spaces in the Old Town area.

The dedication of a 0.0369-acre tract of land from Grandinetti allows the city to construct a parking lot with 15 spaces instead of six spaces, Community Development Director Craig Meyers said during the Nov. 4 meeting. Previous city proposals had included a six-space parking lot at this location, but with the additional 1,600 square feet, more spaces can be included, he said.


"In exchange for the dedication, the city will waive all development fees for 306 Commerce St., which is a property where Mr. Grandinetti desires to construct a restaurant," Meyers said.

A Texas Department of Transportation project in 2016 to create a center turn lane along Main Street removed 76 on-street parking spaces, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. In 2013, the city added 248 parking spaces between public parking lots on Elm and Fannin streets to provide more parking availability in the city's Old Town area, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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