ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Locals and visitors concerned about the loss of downtown parking spaces in Astoria have submitted a petition to city officials.
The 185 signatures oppose The Garden of Surging Waves and Heritage Square, a $3 million to $4 million project that seeks to make an outdoor town square for the community.
The petition organized by Mike Phillips urges Mayor Willis Van Dusen and other city officials to halt plans to remove more than 60 percent of the off-street parking in downtown Astoria.
Van Dusen told The Daily Astorian newspaper that the petition is too little, too late.
He says the Heritage Square block was acquired with the agreement it not become a long-term parking lot, and he plans to follow through on that commitment.
Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com