A needed downtown parking deck near the corner of Kildaire Farm Road and Walnut Street – which will include public art – is one step closer to being completed by 2018.
The Cary Town Council unanimously approved Wednesday appropriating $9.35 million for the project from the fund balance. The amount includes $8.15 million for the parking deckand $1.2 million for a stormwater system that will serve the entire block, including the future Downtown Park.
The four-level, 350-space parking deck is one of several investments that will transform downtown Cary by the fall of 2018, along with the future Wake County regional library.
But there was some debate on whether public art should be integrated into the parking structure. The council voted 6-1 to appropriate an additional $180,000 to pay an artist and for other fees. Councilwoman Jennifer Robinson was the dissenting vote.
“Sometimes I get nervous with public art,” she said. “It’s a little bit risky. I just want it to be aesthetically pleasing. If it can just be architecturally done nicely, I’ll be happy.”
Other council members, including Lori Bush and Don Frantz, disagreed, saying it would be a missed opportunity next to the Cary ...