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Businesses and residents oppose sale of McIntyre parking garage

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Businesses and residents criticized North Bay council Monday night over the potential sale of the McIntyre parking garage.  The big concern is what happens to the two hour free parking which businesses say brings shoppers and visitors to the downtown.  Resident Sandy O’Grady was upset that council has been secretive about the potential sale and that there’s been no bidding process.  Another resident suggested a public meeting before council met in-camera about this to see if alternatives to free parking can be found.  Other opponents include Brad Minogue who recently bought the former Lefebvre Sports building and has clients for it but says all that is jeopardized if the parking garage goes.  David Rennick of the Golden Age Centre says losing the garage will stop seniors from going to the centre because other parking spots are too far.  And business owner Pat Deegan says not having the two hour free parking will hurt businesses.  Deegan gave council a petition from 730 people who regularly use the parking garage opposing its sale.

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