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Parking/park project up for vote

A $49 million parking and public park project in First Ward could take a step toward reality this week.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will vote Tuesday on whether to authorize county staff to pursue the project, a joint effort of the county, city, UNC Charlotte and private developers.

Charlotte City Council last week voted in favor of city staff starting the planning process.

As proposed, the development would cost taxpayers around $26 million.

The plan calls for a 1,500-space parking deck and 435 more parking spaces under a mixed-use building of 525 residential units and 40,000 square feet of retail. Plans for the park are on hold until the county gives the go-ahead to staff.

With UNC Charlotte scheduled to open a new classroom and office building in First Ward, probably in 2010, the proposed deck will help alleviate parking issues.

Seventh and Ninth streets would border the project on the west and east, with Brevard and Caldwell streets framing it to the north and south.

The Mecklenburg County commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. in the lobby-level chamber at 600 E. Fourth St.