HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council heard a proposal Tuesday from the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce to begin examining the feasibility of a third parking deck downtown.
There are two downtown parking decks, in the first blocks of North and South Potomac streets.
An informal survey of downtown businesses in the area indicated a demand for 842 spaces, said Shelby Penn of the Chamber's Downtown Task Force.
The Columbia Bank, Hagerstown Trust Division, is willing to negotiate with the city to develop the parking lot behind its West Washington Street branch, according to documents provided by Penn.
She described the endeavor as a "public-private deal."
The Chamber recommended the city take the lead in preparing a request for proposal. The estimated $25,000 cost of a feasibility and preliminary construction analysis would be shared by the city, county and businesses, Penn said.