It's a construction project that has been plagued by financial issues and delays every step of the way.
But the saga of the downtown Minot parking structures is nearing its conclusion.
The parking portion of the project is complete - about 450 parking spots are available today thanks to this structure and its counterpart a few blocks down.
But the exterior finish was not included in the initial development agreement.
Today is the day that bids open for that last bit of work.
City officials say it's a two-step process: a sealing coat and the exterior finish.The project is expected to cost
between 250- and 300-thousand dollars per building.
The city is aiming for a completion date of early June of next year - and for small business owners downtown, that date can't come quickly enough.
(Pam Karpenko, Owner - Mainstream Boutique) "I can't wait for the final wrap on the parking structure. I'm sure everyone else, like me, I'm tired of seeing the yellow insulation wrap, because it represents something unfinished. But once it's finished, it's going to be amazing. I think that'll be a great turning point, too, for our community to understand that they really truly are open."
Tonight, we'll meet another small business owner who isn't very happy with how this process has gone.
She calls it a "fiasco".
That's Tuesday night on KX News at 6.
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