By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — City Manager Scott Myers told the Land and Buildings Committee yesterday that, although conversations are ongoing, the current owner and prospective buyer of the private portion of the downtown parking garage are no nearer an arrangement that would enable one or the other to undertake repairs to the facility in partnership with the city.
The ramps and north end of the second and third levels, including the northernmost stairwell, are owned by the city. The ground floor of the garage, except for the ramps, and the south end of the second and third levels, including the southernmost stairwell, along with seven commercial units on the ground level, are privately owned.
Downtown Crossing LLC, which owns the private portion of the facility, has entered a purchase-and-sales agreement to sell its interest, consisting of 36 spaces in the garage and seven commercial spaces beneath it, to Genesis Behavioral Health.
Dubois & King Inc. has estimated the cost of structural repairs to the section of the garage owned by the city at $1.8 million and the privately owned portion of the facility at $290,000.
The city has indicated that it will repair its portion of the garage only with the cooperation of the owner of the private portion. So far Daniel Disangro of Rosindale, Massachusetts, the principal of Downtown Crossing LLC has shown himself unwilling either to bear the cost of repairing its portion of the garage or discount the selling price to offset the cost of repairs to Genesis. Maggie Pritchard, executive director of Genesis, has said the agency cannot absorb the cost of the repairs.
Myers told the committee he has suggested several scenarios for financing the repairs, but there has been no agreement between the private parties.
Councilor Bob Hamel (Ward 5), who chairs the Land and Buildings Committee, said that the committee is scheduled to meet before the City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 22. "It's kind of hard to vote on something when there are so many unknowns," he said.
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