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Curry, city reach agreement over parking encroachment

Police have been using 5-foot area for APD vehicles

The city has come to an agreement with Curry Realty that will allow the Altoona Police Department to park on 5 feet of property that the company recently obtained.

The police have been parking on that ground, which is on the northern end of the police station parking lot, perpendicular to 12th Avenue, for years.

That end of the lot was adjacent to the side of a property that until recently was the site of the abandoned German Reformed church building and parsonage — a complex that Curry demolished to build a parking lot for its still unfinished headquarters building nearby.

After the demolition, upon re-establishing the lot lines, Curry discovered that the police parking lot encroached on what was now Curry property by 5 feet, city Public Works Director Nate Kissell told the Altoona Planning Commission on Wednesday.

Because the loss of that ground would eliminate spaces at the station and because parking is at a premium there, the city worked out an agreement whereby Curry can shrink the width of the landscaped island at that end of its parking lot from 11 feet to 6 feet, thus allowing the police to park as before, according to Kissell.

The 5 feet by which the police have been inadvertently encroaching will remain in the possession of Curry, officials said.

The island will be bedded with river stone, without shrubs that were originally to be planted because if they were planted now, they would likely die, according to paperwork provided at the meeting.

The river stone covering the island will also make it easier for police officers to access the ends of their vehicles closest to the curb that will be constructed there, Kissell indicated.

And it will make snow removal easier on both parking lots, he said.

The change was presented to the commission initially for information only, but the panel formally voted to approve it, because it represents an amendment to a land development plan it had previously approved.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.

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