Voters approve bond for Montpelier parking garage

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Voters in the city of Montpelier have approved a $10.5 million bond for a public parking garage downtown.

City Manager Bill Fraser tells the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus that the garage passed by a good margin.

In 1993, the Bashara family bought the property. They are seeking to build a $15 million, five-story Hampton Inn along with the parking garage.

Some residents felt the project was too expensive.

Fraser says the Bashara family will lease 200 garage spaces to help offset the cost of the project.

Voters also passed a $16.7 million bond to upgrade the city's wastewater treatment plant.

Mayor Anne Watson says there was a large turnout of voters and she's pleased with the results.

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